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Top 40 Book Club : 2011
16 17 ‘ . .. the reader learns how creativity can ultimately be destructive and how lives are impacted when fantasy takes over... ThE childrEn’s Book // a. s. byatt The Children’s Book is A. S. Byatt’s visually bold and detailed narrative of personal identity and familial relationships. It is a tangled and rich tale, set at the end of the Victorian Era, telling the stories of a family across two generations. Their interactions show the intricate balance between reality and fantasy, and how each person sees the same world in a different way. The core of the novel is Olive Wellwood’s unusual connection with her children, as she writes each a unique novel. Through Olive’s relationships and literature, the reader learns how creativity can ultimately be destructive and how lives are impacted when fantasy takes over. The novel juxtaposes Olive’s fairytale writing style with her stable and mundane actuality. It is a book of dreams and secrets, but most of all it is a book of life. F