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Burning Bright

By Tracy Chevalier

Burning Bright

Started reading:
30th December 2007
Finished reading:
16th January 2008


Review & Quotes

Rating: 7

Like Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, Burning Bright centers around another artist’s work this time the poetry of William Blake… while I wasn’t familiar with his poetry prior to reading the book, it was still quite good and the details of London, the effect of the French Revolution, and the life of the circus in 1792 were very interesting…

One of the main themes through the books is opposites… Mr. Blake askes the children what is between the opposities Innocence and Experience and in following the interactions three children: Jem and his sister Maisie who have traveled to London with their family following their brothers’ death and native Londoner Maggie; we see the development of Blake’s Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience. While it is a very good book I still think my favorite by Tracy Chevalier is Virgin Blue.