Here is a Finnish review of A S Byatt's recent novel "The Children's Book" written by Siru Valleala. Enjoy:
British AS Byattin (b. 1936), the newest book Children's book is a 971-page epookkiromaanina a large number of adventure, which drills down for a long time. Besides the fact that it is taiturillinen literary creation, it also teaches a high dose of 1800s and early 1900s, the valley is the British and European history. We are living in a time when anarchists, Fabian companions, socialists, suffragettes, and sexual freedom to dream of changing the world believe. The idea of the fire fueled as artists than peräkammarin poikiakin, and none can tell what kind of future to expect idealists.
Children's book starring in the name of the children and their growth on Victorian adults, the pre-war, the different ideologies fierce turmoil. The second aspect is related to children in the child's suffering, which is most of the novel is also cherished by adults - or obsessed with worship. Adults, therefore, parents are artists, creative, capricious personalities, and by the adults in the lives of children programmed embroidery of colorful drama, a lively puppet show, art summer camps, mythical celebration - and, of course, fairy tales.
Era is characterized by riehakkuuden, liberalism and creativity of the time, the same as that of the whole of Europe in one turn of the century. The child's assets combined with the feature of irresponsibility, which is creating uncertainty in children, many of whom are themselves to take a responsible role.
The third aspect relates to a childish fairy tale world. Olive Wellwood, one of the main characters, a large flock of the child's mother and a writer, write your own follow-up report on the story for each child. Cabinet-preserved fairy tales are taken seriously and they are written and monitored by advanced youth. In particular, Olive's eye, sensitive to Tom, is experiencing a huge - too - their importance to their tales from a small prince, who goes to an underground world to search for abducted shadow. Tom has a son who lives in close contact with nature and the imagination, and if someone does not crowd never grow up, it's just Tom, the story of prison.
Abundance are widely used for a number of European fairy tale tradition, stories, anecdotes of whom the novel is all the time. The most important increase, including Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Grimm's fairy tales and traditions among the play of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream . In addition to referring to the tales of this era, the rest of this literature, objects of art, theater, and even Freud's psychology. The characters will visit the Paris World's Fair, and once appeared on pages actually some familiar, such as HG Wells, Oscar Wilde, Auguste Rodin , and Otto Gross .
Byattin compared to the rest of the production of a children's book will continue to completion, focusing on England's historic style. Frederica Potter series (1985-2002) described the social changes in England 1950-1970, a popular Riivaus (1990, translated 2008) walked the Victorian period of time unlike the present. It is said that most children's book points out, however Byattin short stories, many of which are located in the 1800's.
An amazing personal gallery
Children's book is an impressive number of main characters. At the beginning of the listing of a person, you can return if necessary. Mainly the need does not require, as a description of the person Byattin is second to none. He describes, but not too much, and never in vain. The characters tells a bit more at a time, just enough to wake the thirst for knowledge and to grow. Each person has a rich and deep, and everyone seems to have its own secrets.
It is sensible, as a doctor willing, Dorothy, suddenly found a link to the German puppet master father, will take an adventure the world of puppetry. It is curious to Hedda, the youngest to reach that numerous children will experience the need for revolution, and ends up in his youth rapids syömälakkolaiseksi feminist woman. It is Julian who is looking for sexual identity, and Tom falls in love with the natural child. It is an orphan, rustic Philip, by Tom and Julia will find the museum's basement, and that ends up pottery master gifted apprentice. It is Philip's sister Elsie, who walks his feet to find her brother and there is blood in order to become a servant of this new family, only to give rise to a shameful secret grove of the child. It is Imogen, pottery master's daughter, who, upon reaching home I guess the way out of the atmosphere reveal the talent in the field of art. It is in Pomona, Imogen's sister, who has a dark, secret related to her father, and who walks in his sleep at night, Philip, to bed. It is Humphry, Olive's husband, loving women hunsvotti, which has no alternative but to apologize over and over again. It is Violet, Olive's sister, who manages Wellwood children diligently than his own. It is Major Prosper Cain, good-hearted museum's curator of special precious metals, which lifts its feet lost sheep, and surrenders to unconventional love. There are a number of other adults and children, who each deserve their own story of the novel, and their tales.
Well the text full of Olive Wood, along with two other artists evoke strong emotions neighbors. Anselm Stern, a German puppet genius, and brings to life great adventures incredible puppets. Byatt describes as precisely perfect performances, the reader is one in the audience, among others.
Another genius is a leading-edge ceramics involved. Benedict Fludd is änkyrä guy whose tuittuiluun related party has had for many years to get used to. Man's hands, however, a great expert, and once again Byattin description conjures up different glazing colors glow, painfully created and burned, unique dishes, which light plays on surfaces and the mythical world of tentacles reaching for.
Children's book is a hilarious, rich story, and as a bottomless box.
Olive, Benedict and Anselmi in any one of the risk type, even a hint of terror. Olive viehtynyt throughout the world of hiding mysterious and tuonpuoleisuuteen. Anselm's dolls and their stories are often terrifying and lifelike puppet and receive guests säikkymään an enjoyable way. Benedict does not explain much, he is a dark figure with a dark ways, gloomy effect with his family and a dark fate. Everyone is an art in itself and a gift that will take time to transport the family and its creator constantly to other worlds:
"- aavemaisten blue flames covered with a hemisphere became Olive virvatuleksi captured in the eyes, and right away she came up with the story liekkimenninkäisestä, which were put to work people to the kitchen and caused chaos out there. "
These three characters can be equated with the creator in his own way for a novel image. Similarly, as Olive put the personal character to work, Anselm puppets move and Benedict clay to life, to move the marionettes like characters in an external, social force and the threat of war, which hyppysissä people flounder, as Olive fairy-tale Tom Thumb.
Towards a cruel adulthood
Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's dream main theme is love, and so is the book for children . Young people looking for their loved one, but still is a more central role of parents and children between the love. This love may be interesting features in the event that it is not completely known, who, ultimately, is kenenkin child, mother or father.
Yllytään also questionable in love, even incest, and even that is not always clear what the mother has really forgiven the father and what does not. Love is often achieved at cruelty. Young people between the love is still pure and beautiful, and the work has a charming old-fashioned courting - not forgetting the disappointments, mistakes, and fall.
The narrator knows everything, but does not reveal all to know. The narrative is seesawing and polyphonic and visit a while at a time in different individuals. The characters' emotional states are not described at all with the same precision, as objects, and presentation details. The narrator looks at events from the future:
" When Dorothy later remembered this conversation, he felt, as the older woman had decided to behave well and that will make sure that there would be an outsider. "
The narrator also teases her, and not to tell a few interesting points which fall fighting operations. How Elsie became pregnant? What Violet thought of their own children? What Benedict Fluddille really happened? What bothered Tom? The imagination is left much room for.
Often, a fictional novel, the narrative breaks the historical period piece, for example, a list of the 1901 regular report on major novels, or wretched a realistic presentation of acts of social activists. The amount of a powerful person in the characters, however, capture the interest that sometimes feels like a historical period to be too long and boring. History lovers will be in-depth descriptions are additional. Byatt has done a tremendous job to bring out hundreds of real and authentic objects, works of art, places, landscapes, moods and memories.
Translator Kersti Juva says the final words of the book fascinating visits to the novel event venues and all the material sources. A meritorious translation pohjaakin thorough investigation, in addition to a translation of the language is beautiful and rich, just like Byattinkin worlds.
Children's book is hilarious, the rich and the story of a bottomless box, but the fairy tales in a special way, it does not end very happily. At the same time as the children grow up, growing unrest in Europe. Childhood innocence and unruliness of youth as well as exploration and uncertainty are broken as the knife to pass through the First World War. The children are now adults, and adults playing with guns do not fall from the fairy tales. Plays katharttinen the world will change the real, dangerous and destructive world where hatred and cruelty are not clean, but to kill.
Byatt describes the war going for young men's minds as Misty, chicks are not correctly present the reality to which they have suddenly tuupattu auvosta childhood. They follow a common requirement for departure to the war, the orphan Philip, although it has already found a couple of artistic vocation:
" In fact, he considered joining, because the world had changed in such a way that his work was no longer possible. Where then was the question, it was determined in one and it was an end. He does not seem to have a choice. "
The work comes to mind the tragic end of a magnificent, detailed doll house, which is suddenly crushed sledge hammer to the ground. Still, all hope is not surely die, because as and when lives are lost, new ones will. It's all cycles, uusintamista culture, the beginning of the construction once again.
The chip Valleala
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