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In her New York Times bestselling follow-up, Tracy Chevalier once again paints a distant age with a rich and provocative palette of characters. Told through a variety of shifting perspectives- wives and husbands, friends and lovers, masters and their servants, and a gravedigger's son-Falling Angels follows the fortunes of two families in the emerging years of the twentiethIn her New York Times bestselling follow-up, Tracy Chevalier once again paints a distant age with a rich and provocative palette of characters. Told through a variety of shifting perspectives- wives and husbands, friends and lovers, masters and their servants, and a gravedigger's son-Falling Angels follows the fortunes of two families in the emerging years of the twentieth century....

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Falling Angels Reviews

  • K.D. Absolutely
    2019-05-29 00:42

    Gaslit England during the turn of the century. The story starts during the funeral of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) and ends during the funeral of King Edward VII (1901-1910). On their visit to the cemetery to pay respect to their beloved queen, two families meet: the Colemans and the Waterhouses and their relationships are started by the friendship between their two 5-y/o daughters, Maude Coleman and Lavinia Waterhouse. They meet when they are 5 years old and the story ends when they are in the brink of adulthood at the age of 15.One noteworthy aspect of this novel: narrated in first person by each of the major characters without losing the story’s focus and the delivery of its message: that women are not the weaker sex.The plot is thin and the prose is easy yet mesmerizing in its beauty. The frequent reference to cemeteries and death seems to be a reminder to its readers that we are all mortals and all of us will die sooner or later. So, it is but proper that we do what is right and contribute in our own ways to leave this world a better place just like what Kitty Coleman and her support to suffragettes’ dream of having women vote during elections. It also teaches us that we are all human being and we commit mistakes like Jenny Whitby’s pregnancy and Kitty’s affair with Richard and the abortion of their baby. It also shows us that time changes no matter what we do like how the Waterhouses try to hold on to their conventional beliefs compared to the openness of the Colemans to change.The title comes from the angel in the grave of the Waterhouses that falls and breaks into parts in one of the scene. In another, it is Lavinia’s belief, being a more imaginative child, that the falling stars are actually falling angels that are falling because they are going to earth to deliver some messages. The more practical-minded Maude insists that they are meteorites and not angels. These are 5 year old girls in England in 1901 and this is an example of how Chevalier provides the contrast between the two girls.Okay, those really are not new. The novel is cute though. Smooth reading and Chevalier’s attention to details and making use of those details to make her story worth-reading is something that I appreciated. There are still nice novels that do not need to have huge political impact, endorse some earth-shaking philosophy or use big words for me to enjoy. Sometimes, surprises come in small package and this novel for me definitely falls in that category. Not a 1001. Not a 501. No awards from Pulitzer, Booker, etc. No one of my friends here in Goodreads recommended this but definitely a joy, although there are two deaths towards the end, to read.

  • CherylBennett
    2019-06-09 00:46

    This book grabbed me from the very first page. Set at the turn of the century, the story takes place amidst the women's suffrage movement. Gender issues are also noted, whereas the man was the head of the household and "handled" the wife.Each character speaks individually, allowing the reader to listen and decide for themselves where to put the importance of each character. The voice of the youngest children is included, as is the maid, cook, grave digger to the "gubner."Issues of class are also raised in this story from the servants and grave diggers to those of the most forward thinking family.

  • Melika Khoshnezhad
    2019-06-24 04:59

    تریسی شوالیه رو به خاطر «دختری با گوشواره‌ی مروارید» می‌شناسم، و وقتی این کتاب را انتخاب کردم فقط همین را ازش می‌دانستم اینکه تریسی شوالیه آن را نوشته است. بدون هیچ پیش‌فرضی شروع به خواندن کردم. داستان بسیار روانی داشت که با وجود آنکه هر بخشش از زبان یک نفر بود گیج نشدم. شخصیت موردِ علاقه‌ام مود بود، مود خیلی صبور و آروم بود و از همون اولم مشخص بود که هر بلایی هم سرش بیاد بالاخره راه خودش را پیدا می‌کنه. شخصیتی که آزارم می‌داد و نمی‌تونستم قضاوتش کنم کیتی بود. کیتی خیلی سردرگم بود و هدفش رو در زندگی از دست داده بود، روحیه‌ی سرکشی داشت و مهم نبود دلیلش برای جنگیدن چیه، مهم این بود که همیشه دلیلی برای جنگیدن داشته باشه. و می‌دونستم که چقدر آخرین دلیلی که داشت براش می‌جنگید یعنی اکتساب حق رأی برای زنان ارزشمند بود، اما نمی‌تونستم واسه اینکه اینطور مود را رها کرده بود ببخشمش. خلاصه که خیلی اذیت شدم. هنوزم اذیتم و نمی‌دونم کیتی رو دوست داشته باشم یا نه.

  • Niloofar Masoomi
    2019-06-03 06:47

    این کتاب رو چند ماه پیش خوندم و فکر کردم که خب، از اون داستانهایی که بعد از تموم کردنش از یادت میره و همون سه ستاره براش کافیه. اما همون سادگی داستان بعد از چند وقت هنوز توی ذهن می مونه و اصلا نمی دونم چه ویژگی ای توی داستان باعث این اتفاق میشه. در کل تریسی شوالیه رگ خواب خواننده رو بلده و نویسنده خیلی خوبیه.

  • Amy
    2019-06-02 02:49

    Once again Tracy Chevalier weaves a tale of everyday life in a different time- takes us gently through the customs and mores that define a particular point in hostory. She also allows her characters to unfold, not from one single point of view or from an omnipotent observer, but each from their own perspective. Through her words, they each grow and evolve- even the most shallow of characters shows surprising depth. The descriptive quality, simple prose, multiple perspectives, all help the story unfold.This period of English history is not one I know that much about, but I found the customs fascinating. (My knowledge of the suffragette movement in England was for a long time limited to the mother in Mary Poppins). I really feel that I learned a great deal about the customs of the time.I am perhaps an odd duck, because I really like reading the acknowlegdements and afterwards in books. Chevalier made me smile when she wrote in hers:"The acknowledgements is the only section of a novel that reveals the author's "normal" voice. As a result I wlways read them looking for clues that will shed light on writers and their working methods and lives, as well as their connections with the real world. I suspect some of them are written in code. Alas, however, there are no hidden meanings in this one-just an everyday voice that wants to express gratitude for help in several forms."

  • Craig Monson
    2019-06-20 06:49

    Chevalier’s second novel shifts from 17th-century Delft to London between the deaths of Queen Victoria and Edward VII. A lot of the action takes place in a cemetery, much like Highgate, populated by some 30 angel monuments, one of which eventually topples. The title presumably also refers to some of the female characters, who are in the process of abandoning the Victorian pedestals that have kept them somewhat set in stone. The narrative unfolds in a stream of brief, first-person accounts, less like letters (in which writers might choose their words less with “truth” than with ulterior motives in mind) and more like diary entries (supposedly unguarded and spoken “from the heart”—though characters can, and do, lie to themselves). Chevalier observes appropriate class distinctions in putting words in lower class mouths (e.g., those of cooks, housemaids, the youthful gravedigger, or “naughty boy,” who becomes chums across class lines with two young girls, habitués of the cemetery, who serve as chief protagonists); from a very early age the precocious Maude and Lavinia, on the other hand, sound little different than their parents.Maude’s mother, the restive Kitty, contrasts notably with Lavinia’s mother, Gertrude (much mired in Victorian proprieties), not to mention with Kitty’s mother-in-law (a thoroughly unlikable version of Maggie Smith from Downton Abbey, without the wit). Fallen Angels and its cast perhaps resemble Upstairs, Downstairs of blessed memory more than that most recent BBC stately home juggernaut.One experiences a lot about the Edwardian way of death as all these women (and their less visible husbands and paramours) confront Britain’s post-Victorian social growing pains. These include women’s suffrage, to which Kitty becomes thoroughly committed. Chevalier also suggests the sorts of unfortunate consequences that can result when various characters remain so unswervingly faithful to Principle that they forget or ignore "lesser" concerns. Humanity, it seems, is sometime left in this story to those who have little time for and can ill afford such principles.

    2019-06-19 06:56

    به ساعت نگاه کردم درست سه و سی پنج دقیقه بود،و تمام .شاید تمام کردن و خوندن این کتاب کمتر از پنج ساعت وقتم رو گرفت اما... امان از خودم که هر چی میکشم از خودم است!سعی کردم ستاره بدم که نشد:( این کتاب کتابی است سطحی.... هم چیز بر سطحی حرکت میکند، شخصیت پردازی ها و حتی گر ها، گره گشایی ها همه و همه...مثل یک تک چوب بر موج و سطح اقیانوس داستان... ما از علت رفتارهای شخصیت ها سر در نمی اوریم.. اوه زود وارد نقد شدم .داستان حول دو خانواده اشرافی انگلستا ن می چرخد درست اوایل قرن بیستم و اواخر قرن نوزدهم در بزنگاه تجدد خواهی و مبارزه برای حق رای زنان!!!ما با روایت های ذهنی تک تک اعضا بخصوص دو کودک وارد زندگی این دو خانواده میشویم. در واقع پیشبرد داستان و نحوه روایت حوادث از زبان شخصیت هاست چیزی که در میانه کتاب ،ص 200 ازارم داد همین بود!بیشتر روایت ها از ذهن شخصیت های زن داستان بیان میشود ما هیچ از مردان و نگاهشان نسبت به حوادث نداریم ،جز ان که دو مرد خانواده به کریکت علاقه دارند و در این داستان هیچ چیزی از اتفاقات در خانه شان نمی دانند هیچ چیز ، تنها در میابیم یکی از مردها کریکت میکند و مرد دیگری که علاوه بر کریکت به رصد ستار ها هم میپردازد همین!!! میشود گفت داستانی زنانه بوده است اما با این احوال ما نمی توانیم حتی با شخصیت کیتی همذات پنداری کنیم چرا او نسبت به همسرش که چیز زیادی هم از او نمی دانیم بی توجه است ؟ چرانسبت به فرزندش چنین بی محبت است ؟ و هزاران چرای دیگر .شخیصت مود واقعا جای کار داشت و شخصیت لیوی و خانواده اش بجز خواهر بدبختش همه و همه از تیپ سازی فراتر نرفتند. شخصیت جکسون ؛سیمون و باقی ادم ها ؛خدمتکاران هم همین همگی پرداختی سطحی داشتند.راستش داستان ضربانگ تند و غم انگیزی دارد؛ طوری که شمای خواننده ،دست از پرس جو بابت علل رفتار شخصیت ها برمیدارید...... مطمئن هستم عد ه ای عاشق داستان هستند ولی نه من! این یک داستان ساده وسرراست وبه شدت غم انگیز است در لحظاتی حتی خفقان اور:( اما درست مثل زندگی مان بعد از هر لحظه مصیبت بار افتاب می تابد و استخوا نهای یخ زده مان را گرم میکند وچه گرمای مطبوعی !!!!!

  • Susan Roy
    2019-06-10 23:09

    When I picked the book I was intrigued by the time period and the vehicle of using several characters and their point of view to narrate the story. I read “Girl with the Pearl Earring” which I liked very much and thought the author did a marvelous job researching the period and bringing the time period and the characters were well developed. Based on my past experience with this author I thought I’d give it a try. Unfortunately I was deeply disappointed with this book. Various characters in the story told short descriptions of events in the story – the descriptions by each character were too short to capture and develop the character and they told so little in each of their sections…I was begging for more detail and information. These brief narrations by the speaker causes the character to be undeveloped, flat, uninteresting and as a reader I was not able to get very involved with the character. I did not find that each character had their own distinctive voice such that without looking at the title of who was speaking I could immediately tell who was speaking. (In fact when the young girls were five they were speaking and thinking about things much too adult and sophisticated for their age so their voices felt believable.) For most of the beginning of the book the comings and goings and discussions focused around a cemetery –boring. I was more than half way through the book before I saw a glimmer of a plot. At first I thought the plot would center on turn of the century women and unhappy marriage, affairs, unwanted pregnancy, finding a soul mate but that never really developed. As the plot switches away onto something else (women’s rights in turn of the century London, women suffragettes) I thought, at last here is the real plot but that was never really developed either. So much more could have been done to describe the women’s suffragette movement, the hardships, the imprisonment of the women and the frustration embarrassment and misunderstanding on the part of the men and society.I imagine the author did extensive research on the era but that never came out in the story. The rich details, descriptions, of the times and the deep feelings, frustrations, fears and concerns of the characters were not brought out. I found the ending came abruptly but I guess after wondering all over the place the author had to finally just stop. Overall this book was a big disappointment but I kept reading to the end to see why this book was published …I thought surely it must have something meaningful to contribute.

  • Stacy
    2019-06-07 23:56

    Victorians were obsessed with death and sex. This book opens with the death of Queen Victoria, and ends with the death of King Edward, placing it squarely in Edwardian times, but the Victorian obsessions of death and sex are the two themes of this novel, pushing and pulling each other forward to modern times or back towards the Victorian age.The book follows two rival families sharing adjacent cemetery plots and who eventually become next door neighbors. The two little girls become friends, the fathers play cricket and go to pubs together, but the mothers are constantly comparing themselves to the other in every way.Through the point of view of all of the different family members, servants, and the gravedigger's son, the nature of the families' friendship and rivalry is uncovered. This style of shifting 1st person narration was very effective for this book. With headings indicate who was writing, it was never confusing, and the plot unfolded itself slowly and beautifully as motivations for past actions others observed became clear.Death surrounded these families. The girls were just old enough to understand death when Queen Victoria died. They live next door to the cemetery and visit their family plots. They learn how to mourn. They live in the shadow of death every day.Sex was ever present as well: the wife that turned her husband away; the husband that went to wife swapping parties; sexual escapades with men who work at the graveyard, and the consequences of those actions. Sexual roles were explored as well, as men are told to handle their woman as one handles a horse, and an accidental encounter with a leading suffragette leads one of the wives deep into that movement.Eventually, the families become too entangled with each other and with the Suffragette movement so that even the smallest things that these rivals and friends do will have unintended and drastic consequences.This was an excellent novel.

  • Tocotin
    2019-06-08 03:56

    I found this book to be initially better than the infuriating "Girl with a Pearl Earring", maybe because it tried to present the story from different points of view, but then I got angry because the promise was totally unfulfilled. The characters were unbelievable and flat, as if written with some sort of manual in hand. There were two girls who became friends despite the differences between their families and personalities, but nothing came out of it, because simply labeling one girl as "shallow & pretty" and the other as "intelligent and plain" couldn't make for developing their characters. Actually I liked the stupid and pretty Lavinia better, she was at least some fun. Maude I can't say anything about for the life of me, and she was the stupider one, what with her being so oblivious about Jenny the servant or Simon or her mum. She only cared about herself. The mothers, the grandmother, the fathers were even worse, one-dimensional tools good only for thinking textbook thoughts about "the spirit of the day", politics, suffrage and such - no character development, no independent thought, just timid agreement to be obvious puppets of the author.The story was so predictable it was sad. Of course something bad was going to happen during the suffrage rally. Of course the poor boy would fall in love with rich ladies, and think about them lots of gentle stuff. Of course the independent woman would neglect her daughter. Of course all the internal monologues would consist entirely of hypocritical exclamations, declarations and declamations, what with all these persons being, y'know, Victorians and stuff.So why 2 stars? Because it was a fast read and I like POV changes. But grrr.

  • Mary Pellecchia
    2019-05-28 07:11

    This takes place in Edwardian London, beginning the day after Victoria's death in 1901 and ending with the death of Edward VII in 1910. It concerns how the turn of the 20th Century affects two neighboring families, one of which hearkens back to the Victorian Era and one of which looks ahead to a new time. It especially concerns the incredibly stifling lives of women at the time. The mother in the forward family becomes a suffragette, pushing them forward perhaps a bit faster than they would wish to go. The climactic moment is a fictional account of a real event of the time, a huge demonstration demanding votes for women. It has tragic results for both families--the young girls of each family are especially affected. The novel is told in Spoon River Anthology style, with different characters taking the narrative voice of succeeding chapters, as if the reader were glimpsing into their personal journals. The differing reactions of one character to events deepen your understanding of the character who spoke before, and you piece out the story by taking in all the characters. There was an Upstairs, Downstairs quality as well because she gives a voice to everyone from the dictatorial grandmother to the poor upstairs maid to the barefoot boy who digs graves. It was a bit of a depressing book, but oddly uplifting when you finished seeing the whole picture. I enjoyed the author's "Girl with the Pearl Earring," and I enjoyed this one as well even though it was so different.Just as a side note: it is incredible to me when I think of it that my own grandmothers were not allowed to vote until well after they became mothers. God bless those suffragettes.

  • Dinjolina
    2019-06-24 23:47

    Hmpf.Hmpf,hmpf.This book was a bad try at writing dark.Well all the books from this author are that,but still!I had a real problem whit the destiny of the main character and her mother.At least she was the main character to me.All the others were so horrible you wanted to beat them whit a stick!So,the mother dies.And the girl does not get the boy she wants because of her winy bratty friend that indirectly messed up her and her mothers life.Go figure.I just have enough of injustice to look at in real life.Why read about shallow evil people that tend to make life miserable for the marginally good ones?I gave it the second star because it was not badly written when it comes to form.Just when we consider the plot.

  • ZaRi
    2019-06-26 00:44

    تاحالا جنازه ندیده ام . گفتن این حرف از یک گورکن بعید به نظر می رسد . تمام روز را با جنازه های اطرافم سر میکنم ولی همه شان توی تابوت اند . درشان محکم میخ شده اند و روی شان هم خاک ریخته شده . بعضی وقت ها می ایستم روی یک تابوت ، داخل قبر . بین من و جنازه فقط چند سانتی متر فاصله است . اما نمی بینمش . اگر زمان بیشتری را بیرون از قبرستان صرف می کردم جنازه های بیشتری می دیدم . مسخره است ، مادر و خواهرهایم صدتاشان را دیده اند . همه زن ها و بچه هایی که موقع دنیا آمدن مرده اند و یا همسایه هایی که از گرسنگی یا سر ما تلف شده اند .

  • Amin
    2019-06-20 00:10

    هیچ چیز ناراحت‌کننده‌تر از آن نیست که کسی متوجه نباشد داری تنبیهش می‌کنی انتخاب این کتاب برای خوندن در ابتدا تقریبا هیچ توجیهی نداشت. نه نمره‌ی گودریدزش خوب بود، نه قبلا از نویسنده کتابی خونده بودم، نه کسی از دوستانم خونده بودش که به من پیشنهاد بده. شاید علت اینکه این کتاب رو از قفسه‌ی کتابخونه برداشتم و امانت گرفتم، خیلی مضحک بیاد، اما واقعیت داره: رنگ عطف و پشت جلد کتاب و برگ‌های بالکی‌اشمطمئنا چنین دلیلی نمی‌تونه برای انتخاب یک کتاب دلیل منطقی‌ای باشه، اما خوشبختانه «سقوط فرشتگان» کتاب خوبی از آب در اومد. هنوز نمیدونم دقیقا از چی این کتاب خوشم اومده، اما مطمئنم که خوشم اومده چون دو شب با وجود خستگی خیلی زیاد منو تا 3 شب بیدار نگه داشت. داستان کتاب داستان عجیب یا خاصی نیست، معمولیِ معمولی است، اما برای من خوندن سطرهایش دلنشین بود. البته همه‌ی این موارد یک طرف، ترجمه‌ی خوب و روان هم یک طرف دیگه. واقعا ترجمه‌ی خوب چقدر می‌تونه روی علاقه‌مند شدن آدم به یک کتاب اثر داشته باشهاگه کسی از من بپرسه که «سقوط فرشتگان» رو بهش توصیه می‌کنم یا نه، نمی‌دونم چه جوابی بدم. چون واقعا نمی‌دونم چی در این کتاب بود که منو دنبال خودش کشوند. با این حال اگر هرازگاهی اهل گرفتن تصمیم‌های یک هویی و بی‌منطق توی زندگیتون هستید، شاید انتخاب خوندن این کتاب چندان پشیمونتون نکنهپ.ن: البته بعد از امانت گرفتن کتاب با دیدن نمره‌ی گودریدزش تقریبا قید خوندنش رو زده بودم که نقل قول ابتدای این ریویو رو دیدم و اونقدر برام دلنشین بود که با خودم گفتم حتما باید این کتاب رو بخونم!پ.ن 2: آخر این کتاب تنها چیزی که تمام فکر و ذکرم رو به خودش مشغول کرده بود این بود: خاک خیلی سرده. خیلی... اینکه همه‌ی وسایلی که لازم دارید در یک مغازه پیدا شود، تسلی‌بخش است

  • Pam Jenoff
    2019-06-08 03:49

    I love everything Chevalier has written but this unique story set in Edwardian London has been a particular, long-time favorite. The story focuses on the friendship of two young girls from different backgrounds and includes several perspectives, including that of a gravedigger's son and an ardent suffragette. A well-researched piece of historical fiction and a gripping story.

  • Alex
    2019-06-02 00:06

    I enjoyed this book from the first to the last page. When Maude Coleman and Lavinia Waterhouse, both five years of age, meet at their families' adjoining cemetery plots on the day after Queen Victoria's death, the friendship that results between sensitive, serious-minded Maude and narcissistic, melodramatic Livy is not unlikely, despite the difference in social classes. But the continuing presence in their lives of a young gravedigger, Simon Field, is. Far too cheeky for a boy of his age and class, Simon plays an important part in the troubles that will overtake the two families. Other characters are gifted with insights inappropriate to their age or station in life. Yet Chevalier again proves herself an astute observer of a social era, especially in her portrayal of the lingering sentimentality, prejudices and early stirrings of social change of the Victorian age. When Maude's mother, Kitty, becomes obsessively involved with the emerging suffragette movement, the plot gathers momentum. While it's obvious that tragedy is brewing, Chevalier shows imaginative skill in two neatly accomplished surprises, and the denouement packs an emotional wallop.

  • Riadiani Marcelita
    2019-06-09 06:57

    I love how this book exposes so many different aspects of the Victorian lifestyle; from people with high society statuses, to servants and even a gravedigger's son. The fact that the story is told through the eyes of thirteen very different characters makes it even more interesting to read, since I never seemed to get bored with the whole concept of the story.Through this book I can delve into the past and examine the London lifestyle in the Victorian era that I didn't have much clue about before. I didn't know how difficult life was to women during those years. They didn't have what modern women now take for granted: the freedom of choice, of speech, and of having equality.This novel is romantic, heart wrenching, tragic, entertaining, and just simply beautifully written. I finished it in less than a week. I cried when Kitty Coleman and Ivy May passed away. I simply couldn't put it down. Praise for Tracy Chevalier. I am a fan.

  • Alison
    2019-06-07 04:46

    This is the first Tracy Chevalier's book I read. I really enjoyed the style of writing and the different perspectives. The main theme of the book is rather sombre and poignant as it mostly revolves around death and mourning but despite all this, I liked it a lot as it also includes the Victorians' way of thinking when faced with a death of a loved one. A favourite topic of mine - the suffragettes, is also mentioned quite frequently during the latter half of the novel. Although, it does not form part of the main plot, the novel gives some insight to this struggle and the opposition surrounding it.The novel was quite fast-paced and easy to read. I look forward to reading 'The Girl with a Pearl Earring', the author's much more acclaimed novel.

  • Colleen
    2019-05-29 05:52

    I totally enjoyed this book even though I didn't give it a 5 star. But it was a "period" book that gave a glimpse of the historical importance of cemetaries for "preambling" and for showing the wealth and position that each person held. But, even more than that, what it was like for ladies of the time to live in the parameters of the lives they were destined for. And the children who also fell into that society and what is expected of them. Fascinating stuff -- to me. Well written book and would recommend to anyone who likes historically based fiction. Second book I've read by Tracy Chevalier (Girl with the Pearl Earring), but think I'll be readying more.

  • Terry Mark
    2019-06-24 04:57

    This is the third Tracey Chevalier book I've read and my least favourite. I quite liked the early stages of the book when the girls first met and their times playing in the cemetery but for me the book then went down hill and got more depressing and very sad, and I realise it was probably a very miserable time for a lot of people at that time but it dragged me down with it I'm afraid.So that won't be going on to my bookshelf with the other two.I hope it can find it's way to someone else's.

  • Magrat Ajostiernos
    2019-06-08 01:57

    No me ha gustado mucho :(Personajes planos, previsibles y con poca fuerza. Tramas vistas una y mil veces... En fin, me quedo con el contexto, que al menos se nota que la autora se documentó para realizar el libro

  • Lori Anderson
    2019-06-15 04:01

    This was one of those stories that brought tears to my eyes at the end. It's an Edwardian tale of friendship, tragedy, loss, and recovery.Some people say this book isn't plausible because friendships between a richer yet well-grounded girl, a less-rich but melodramatic girl, and a lowly grave-digger their age is highly unlikely. I would say, things happen when kids are involved. You never know who your friends will be.I was little jarred when the story line, which is told by the point of view of all of the main characters, abruptly switched to one of the mothers (Kitty Coleman)all of a sudden jumping head-first into the burgeoning suffragette movement. However, it quickly became obvious this storyline was going to be irrevocably entwined in the novel's denouement. The first night I started reading, I got through 238 pages with no trouble whatsoever. I felt something for all the characters, whether it was sadness, a kindred longing, or slight revulsion. That's my criteria for giving Five Stars -- living with the characters.Highly recommended.Lori AndersonBlog Shop Facebook

  • Jo Ellen
    2019-06-22 01:55

    I abandoned the last book I was reading because after reading halfway through the book, I felt no interest in any of the characters. The opposite was true of the people in this novel. I was immediately caught up in all of their lives from the beginning. And I must say, the beginning was rather shocking considering the novel started in 1901.A cemetery and the suffragette movement provided dramatic backdrops for each character to narrate his/her story. I was amazed at how much one can learn about life and culture through death. England mourned the deaths of a queen and later a king. Meanwhile, families mourned personal losses according to the expected traditions of the time. Except for anyone daring to be a bit unconventional.Speaking of unconventional, the women of the early suffragette movement had to be unconventional to say the least. The novel reminds us of personal sacrifices many have made long ago just to give women the vote.

  • Sheyda Dehghan
    2019-05-30 06:44

    در دنیای واقعی کارکتری مثل "لیوی" یا بقول خودش "لاوینیا" فقط در دنیای بچگانه ش دوستداشتنیه، تازه اونهم زمانیکه جنبه های منفیشو نادیده بگیریم اما وقتی بزرگ میشه تبدیل میشه به یکی مثل "کیتی کولمن". امیدوارم دو گروه "روشنفکرها" و "روشنفکرنماها" دست از بزرگ کردن بیخودی کارکترهایی مثل کیتی کولمن و خانم بوواری بردارند! آدمای خودخواه و بی مسئولیتی که اطرافیانشونو ذله میکنن. اگر کسی خلاف این فکر میکنه چطوره نظرشو درمورد داشتن یه همچین مادر، خواهر یا همسری بپرسیم؟کتاب حرف خاصی برای گفتن نداشت! یه ماجرای خیلی معمولی از زندگی یکنواخت و معمولی دوتا خانواده ی کاملا معمولی! نویسنده همه سعیشو بکار گرفت تا یکم هیجان چاشنی کارش کنه اما چیزی که از کاردراومد صرفا یه تراژدی بود و بس

  • Diana
    2019-06-03 05:11

    I love this author, and the subject matter of this book was so macabre, yet intriguing. On my last trip to London we visited Highgate cemetery (which the fictional cemetery in this book is based on. Chevalier describes everything is such detail. Highgate was a Victorian cemetery and can only be toured on the Victorian side with a guide. I was as enchanted with this book as I was with the cemetery. Both gave me chills.

  • Ilija Ilić
    2019-06-19 07:04

    I love this women!

  • Elahe
    2019-06-02 23:41

    سقوط فرشتگان از آن کتاب هاییست که نمی توانم تصمیم بگیرم دوستش دارم یا نه.داستان با مرگ ملکه ویکتوریا در سال 1901 شروع می شود و به مدت نه سال (سال های سلطنت ادوارد هفتم) سرنوشت دو خانواده را دنبال می کند. نثر کتاب نثر مخصوص و دوست داشتنی تریسی شوالیه است. نثری روان با همان توصیف ها و جزئیات دقیق که در «دختری با گوشواره مروارید» هم استفاده شده و این بار مخاطب را به ابتدای قرن بیستم و آغاز تغییرات در انگلستان ویکتوریایی می برد. تریسی شوالیه در این کتاب از چندین راوی اول شخص استفاده کرده بود و تقریبا به همه شخصیت های داستانش فرصت داده بود تا بخشی از داستان را از زاویه دید خود روایت کنند. اما بخش اصلی کتاب از زبان زنان کتاب روایت می شود و با توجه به سیر اتفاقات می توان گفت «سقوط فرشتگان» کتابی درباره زنان در اغاز قرن بیستم است. «سقوط فرشتگان» بر خلاف «دختری با گوشواره مروارید» (که از سرشار رنگ های درخشان و حس خوب هنر و نقاشی بود)، بوی مرگ میداد. کتاب با یک مرگ شروع (ملکه ویکتوریا) و با یک مرگ پایان یافت (پادشاه ادوارد هفتم). در طول داستان هم مرگ بر بخش های مختلف داستان سایه انداخته بود. (قبرستان، گورکن ها، فرشته ها و ظرف های خاکستر، تشریفات خاکسپاری و عزاداری و...)مشکل اصلی در مورد این داستان این بود که من تا صد صفحه اول داستان سردرگم بود که داستان چه مسیری را در پیش گرفته و هدف نویسنده و شخصیت ها چیست و قرار است به کجا برسند. و اضافه شدن این مسئله به جزئی گری نویسنده باعث شد حس کنم در لندن قرن بیستم گم شده ام. مشکل بعدی رفتار غیر قابل درک بعضی از شخصیت ها به خصوص کیتی کولمن بود. که حتی روایت بخشی از داستان از زبان خودش توجیهی بر رفتار های عجیب و غریبش نبود. انتظاری که از تریسی شوالیه داشتم در این کتاب براورده نشد و با توجه به همه مسائل امتیاز من به این کتاب بین سه و چهار است.

  • Dana Loo
    2019-06-01 01:01

    Straordinariamente brava la Chevalier anche in questo romanzo storico/sociale molto introspettivo e non solo per ciò che riguarda la scelta della struttura narrativa, una sorta di diario a POV alternati che coinvolge tutti i protagonisti, anche quelli minori. Una storia che presenta un plot tutto sommato sobrio ma che fa emergere, attraverso la voce e i comportamenti dei vari protagonisti i contrasti, le diversità, gli scontri, i pensieri, le interiorità, i disagi di ognuno di loro. Tutto si svolge in un arco di tempo piuttosto limitato: i dieci anni del breve regno Edoardiano (il romanzo inizia nel 1901 nel giorno della morte della regina Vittoria e finisce nel maggio del 1910 nel giorno della morte di Edoardo VII) che presenta i primi germogli di una modernità che scalpita per liberarsi dalle arcigne radici ideologiche vittoriane e questo scontro coinvolge e sconvolgerà, alla fine, due famiglie, due classi sociali diverse, due modi essere, di pensare che incarnano l'apertura ma anche la resistenza e il rifiuto del nuovo... E attraverso le loro vicende, anche tragiche, la Chevalier tocca tantissimi temi di questo decennio di storia inglese: i cambiamenti che si producono nelle idee, nei costumi, nei comportamenti, nella moda, il progresso, le nuove invenzioni. Ma sopratutto la presa di coscienza della donna che afferma il suo diritto, non solo al voto, ma anche allo studio, all’uso della sua intelligenza, alla sua sessualità. L'autrice lascia che siano i suoi personaggi a parlare – i Waterhouse, i Coleman, le bambine, due donne di servizio, la nonna Coleman aristocratica e snob, Simon il figlio del becchino. Ognuno ha la sua voce, la sua identità sociale riconoscibilissima, ognuno espone il suo punto di vista: rigido, frivolo, pungente, saggio, tacito, ribelle. Ognuno ci dice di sé e degli altri. A volte gli interventi sono brevissimi: una sola ma toccante riga per la sorellina di Livy, “Da sopra la sua spalla ho visto cadere una stella. Ero io.”...Punto di incontro, punto di ritorno, il cimitero di Highgate, là dove la Londra degli inizi del ‘900 amava passeggiare e venerare i morti. Il cambiamento si produrrà anche lì...

  • Anne
    2019-05-29 00:46

    I've read and enjoyed a couple of Tracy Chevalier novels, Falling Angels was published in 2002 and it is another great historical read - quirky, informative, at times very funny and some great characters.It starts at the beginning of the twentieth century and is set in London, narrated by different characters including members of two families and a grave digger's son who lives and works in the neighbouring cemetery.The two main characters are the two females of the families - Kitty and Gertrude. Kitty is beautiful, intelligent and smart, but resents the restrictions put upon Victorian women and is bored with her safe and quite boring husband, she dreams of excitement and longs for her family at home in Lincolnshire. Gertrude, on the other hand, would love to be like Kitty. She longs to be seen as an upstanding member of the community and is very concerned that everything she and her two daughters is right and proper.The two families are brought together when they meet in the cemetery, their family graves are ajoining. The two daughters of the households soon become firm friends, spending time in the cemetery and befriending Simon, the grave-digger's son - a totally unsuitable friend for any well brought up Victorian young lady.The story then follows the girls as they grow up - their blossoming friendships, the ups and downs of family life. There is some really interesting facts about Victorian mourning fashions and funerals and Chevalier is a real expert at historical facts and scene setting.Although not as engaging as Girl With A Pearl Earring, I did enjoy this novel.

  • LindyLouMac
    2019-06-02 06:00 is the third novel by Tracy Chevalier that I have read and I have found them all utterly compelling and so different. I loved the choice of title which I felt was a clever use of symbolism, with angels falling throughout the book! The opening chapter may well surprise you about those staid Victorians.Falling Angels is about the friendship of two little girls Lavinia Waterhouse and Maude Coleman.Covering the time from when they first met in the local graveyard, where their family plots are next door to each other. It is 1901 and everyone is in mourning for the death of Queen Victoria. We follow the girls growing up through changing times for the next nine years. The book is narrated by just about every character in the book, so the story comes together seen through the eyes of not only the two protagonists but their families, household staff and two members of the graveyard staff that play important roles in the plot. This structure gave the effect of feeling very much part of the plot oneself as though all the characters were speaking to you personally, which very cleverly makes you feel you are there! Drawn into the seemingly mundane lives of the Waterhouse and Coleman families the drama builds as Maude’s mother becomes involved with the suffragette movement and a series of tragedies occur. I recommend this novel as an enjoyable read written from an interesting angle about a fascinating period in British history.