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Shrines of Gaiety
par Kate Atkinson
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Not my favorite story. Some great characters. Very nice ending. ( )
I gave up on this after a few chapters because I never felt engaged with any of the characters or the plot. I have enjoyed Kate Atkinson's books in the past, but this one was not for me.
I found this historical crime-romance novel set in 1920s London to be very entertaining. It concerns several nightclubs owned by one family and the people involved in running them, working in them, or working to bring them down. Needless to say, there is a large cast of characters. I loved the historical aspect, the shoutouts to 1920s literati, the characters (especially the women), and the setting. The only thing I did not love was the ending, which felt too pat and like it short-changed several of the more interesting characters. Why not write a sequel extending into the 1930s instead? I would read it.
I really did try reading this book but after 4 chapters, had to give in to defeat. It really wasn't for me, I do love an uplifting book and this most certainly wasn't
Pure entertainment, on a par with Wodehouse, although there is more characterisation; a delightful confection.
Sprightly, full of itself and exuding an overwrought 1920’s joie de vivre after the horrors of the First World War, this is a seductively moreish read. Short chapters tell the story from multiple perspectives, set in 1926 London, using flashbacks to fill in the characters’ backstories.
And it’s a fun story, knowing and sometimes arch, plotted like an intricate dance, a complicated clockwork carousel with plenty of coincidences, and although humorous like Wodehouse, it doesn’t descend into farce. However Atkinson does delightfully ham up her characters at times, and includes many throwaway literary quotes (one character is a librarian and the police detective is well read).
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"The #1 national bestselling, award-winning author of Life after Life transports us to the dazzling London of the Roaring Twenties in a whirlwind tale of corruption, seduction, and debts that have come due. 1926, and in a country still recovering from the Great War, London has become the focus for a delirious new nightlife. In the clubs of Soho, peers of the realm rub shoulders with starlets, foreign dignitaries with gangsters, and girls sell dances for a shilling a time. The notorious queen of this glittering world is Nellie Coker, ruthless but also ambitious to advance her six children, including the enigmatic eldest, Niven, whose character has been forged in the crucible of the Somme. But success breeds enemies, and Nellie's empire faces threats from without and within. For beneath the dazzle of Soho's gaiety, there is a dark underbelly, a world in which it is all too easy to become lost. With her unique Dickensian flair, Kate Atkinson gives us a window in a vanished world. Slyly funny, brilliantly observant, and ingeniously plotted, Shrines of Gaiety showcases the myriad talents that have made Atkinson one of the most lauded writers of our time"--
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Classification décimale de Melvil (CDD)823.914Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 1901-1999 1945-1999
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