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THAT CONTRIBUTES TO A RISING SENSE contributes to a rising sense Island on the other hand is so richly and affectionately described that one can almost hear the noise see the people and smell the food which Beatrice misses so much Most striking though are the chapters portraying her childhood which bring gothic horror and black humour to the book Her mother having died in childbirth Beatrice lives with brother Elijah and her father an ex teacher with a mania for taxidermy As a child Elijah decides to become a minister and courts personal injury to preach the benefits of temperance in saloon bars Their father is on an obsessive uest for bigger and better creatures to rebuild This involves a darkly funny family trip to a zoo where he gets short shrift from the eeper when he offers to take away its dead animals Not easily categorised Angel of Brooklyn offers an enjoyable read about a sympathetic character whose fate is sealed by her good intentions The time and worlds in which she lives are convincingly portrayed and stay in the mind long after the final page is turned This book eneded in such a bad way gr An interesting story seesawing between the main character s life growing up in the US and then her new life as wife to an Englishman in Anglezarke The story was uite slow but there were enough surprises to eep it rolling and I was hooked and investedAs all the men leave for war and casualties mount all the emotions become entwined in the book and it became darker and sadder My only criticism was the last few pages Not a great fan of the ending but the chapter prior had me totally gripped and feeling emotionally 35 stars really I liked all the parts of the story that were set in America and I had a feeling early on about how Beatrice ended up being the Angel of BrooklynInteresting read if your looking for something a bit differen. E left behind and as the years pass and their resentment grows Beatrice's secret proves to be her undoingBeautifully observed tragic funny and so evocative that you can taste the candy floss at Coney Island and feel the chill of wartime England Angel of Brooklyn is an extraordinary heartbreaking story.
Janette Jenkins Ý 4 reviewAn intriguing and well written tale which I found a
slow but nevertheless a good read A sweet sad about a sweet sad life It isn t perfect I feltbut nevertheless a good read A sweet sad book about a sweet sad life It isn t perfect i felt timeframe would have t perfect I felt timeframe would have better placed during World War 2 rather than 1 but there are some lovely scenes in Coney Island as seen by a bewitched outsider and some sadly accurate scenes showing the jealousy of women to an outsider Three and a half really This book has a wonderful opening A week before they illed her Beatrice told them about the dead birds This is a most unusual book juxtaposing Beatrice s life as a wife left behind by the First World War in a suspicious Lancashire village with her earlier life growing up with her dysfunctional family in Normal Illinois followed by young adulthood in Brooklyn and among the fairground life of Coney Island This is a story about secrets and it s Beatrice s biggest secret such an unusual one that finally leads to her demise All the settings of the book are real and vibrant the nitting war wives in Anglezarke Lancashire with all their suspicions about foreigners the brashness and friendliness of alien Coney Island the methodist hotel in Brooklyn and the wonderful gothic upbringing with her taxidermist father and trainee preacher brother I must say I found the structure a bit of a challenge the Lancashire narrative alternates with the back story and some chapters are just a series of flashes some funny some telling some heartbreaking Yes I think I enjoyed it and I d recommend it to those of you who don t mind the slightly unusual structure think I m ready for a young adult simple read for my next one though I really liked this book until the last few pages which completely the rest of the story for me I found this book to be wonderfully evocative of a by gone era The Coney Island depicted was so real that I was easily transported there The same with war time little England complete wit. It is January 1914 and Jonathan Crane returns home from his travels with a new American bride former Coney Island showgirl Beatrice In the remote Lancashire village Beatrice is the focus of attention the men captivated by her beauty the women initially charmed by tales of her upbringing in Normal Illi. H the xenophobia Additionally brought out so well I think was the transformation that is capable within each of us to do things that otherwise would seem inconceivable This story about former showgirl Beatrice is much substantial than the shapely female legs and lush velvet on the book s cover would suggest Janette Jenkins imaginatively weaves together the contrasting strands of Beatrice s new life in the tiny Lancashire village of Anglezarke with her unconventional upbringing in Normal Illinois and coming of age in colourful Coney Island Beatrice meets and marries Jonathon Crane who brings her home to England It s 1914 and before long most of the men in the village go off to fight in the Great War The gulf between the foreigner and the other women left behind gradually widens Beatrice is beautiful has married into money her husband is an officer and the discovery of a secret she has been eeping precipitates a final act of violenceAlthough Beatrice s fate is made clear from the outset this makes the novel no less engrossing The story skilfully combines romance intrigue and tragedy and the characters even minor ones are vividly drawn Chapters alternate between England and America and while much of the story is told in straight narrative this is interspersed with interesting variations including letters and uirky lists such as All those
things that you miss when they ve gone Even without the privations of war the transitionthat you miss when they ve gone Even without the privations of war the transition America to Anglezarke was always going to be difficult for Beatrice She uickly gains the reader s sympathy as she does was always going to be difficult for Beatrice She uickly gains the reader s sympathy as she does best to cope with a new way of life and people who make no effort to hide their curiosity about her But although sometimes told with gentle humour like Jonathon s party to introduce Beatrice to his friends the Lancashire scenes depict a society that is ultimately as unwelcoming to incomers as the harsh winter weather The visit to a Blackpool fortu. Nois with her father an amateur taxidermist and her brother a preacher although she will take the story of how she became the Angel of Brooklyn to her graveBut when the men head off to fight in the Great War the glamorous newcomer slowly becomes an object of suspicion and jealousy for the women who ar. .