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Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Lu par : Susan Jameson
Durée : 12 h et 18 min
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Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster, telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D cup that he wasn't married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but there she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with sensible and sardonic Patrica, aged five; greedy, cross-patch Gillian, who refused to be ignored; and Ruby...

Ruby tells the story of the family, from the day at the end of the nineteenth century when a travelling French photographer catches frail beautiful Alice and her children, like flowers in amber, to the startling, witty, and memorable events of Ruby's own life.

©1995 Kate Atkinson (P)2014 AudioGo Ltd. Published by Random House Audiobooks
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Poignant masterpiece I will never forget

I first read Behind the Scenes aged 40 when it quickly shot into my top five of all time favourites. Ten years on it is even more poignant. I cannot read this book - or listen to it- without a physical reaction of guts wrenching. Bunty and her “autistic” mothering - how perfect a portrayal of the northern mother you so much hope will love you as a child. Her withering resentment. Her inadequacy. The perfect portrayal of my own northern mother. So much so - I wondered if we could be related. As this novel shows, you can be related to the most unexpected of people without knowing it! This book inspired me ten years ago to write - and I was published. My own portrayal of what it means to grow up and be a “just” Ruby was inspired by this novel. Thank you Kate Atkinson. I know I will come back to this book again and again. It can’t all be taken in one one reading.
Karen Webb (author of “A Stranger in Paris”)

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Excellent writing and performance

This book will make you laugh out loud in one breath and want to cry in the next. Many layers of this story unfold gradually.

Atkinson, as usual, writes excellently and delivers complex characters and tackles difficult issues. Susan Jameson brings these characters to life in a way which complements the book wonderfully.

Highly recommended, as always.