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Behind the Scenes at the Museum [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Kate Atkinson
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Februar 1997
A deeply moving family story of happiness and heartbreak, Behind the Scenes at the Museum is bestselling author Kate Atkinson's award-winning literary debut.  

National Bestseller
Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year

Ruby Lennox begins narrating her life at the moment of conception, and from there takes us on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of an English girl determined to learn about her family and its secrets.  Kate Atkinson’s first novel is “a multigenerational tale of a spectacularly dysfunctional Yorkshire family and one of the funniest works of fiction to come out of Britain in years” (The New York Times Book Review).

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  • Taschenbuch: 332 Seiten
  • Verlag: Picador; Auflage: First. (Februar 1997)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0312150601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312150600
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,1 x 14,1 x 2,2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (52 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 670.486 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"I exist!" exclaims Ruby Lennox upon her conception in 1951, setting the tone for this humorous and poignant first novel in which Ruby at once celebrates and mercilessly skewers her middle-class English family. Peppered with tales of flawed family traits passed on from previous generations, Ruby's narrative examines the lives in her disjointed clan, which revolve around the family pet shop. But beneath the antics of her philandering father, her intensely irritable mother, her overly emotional sisters, and a gaggle of eccentric relatives are darker secrets--including an odd "feeling of something long forgotten"--that will haunt Ruby for the rest of her life. Kate Atkinson earned a Whitbread Prize in 1995 for this fine first effort. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"Remarkable . . . A multigenerational tale of a spectacularly dysfunctional Yorkshire family and one of the funniest works of fiction to come out of Britain in years."—Ben Mcintryre, The New York Times Book Review
"Scoundrels, malcontents, misfits, and cheats. Every family has them, though seldom are they handled with the winsome wit and wisecrackery that make Behind the Scenes at the Museum such a smart and funny read."—The Washington Times
"Startlingly original . . . A poignant and beautifully wrought portrait of a young girl's growth."—Johanna Stoberock, The Seattle Times

"Really comic, really tragic, bracingly unsentimental . . . What a triumph! What joy!"—The Boston Sunday Globe

"An effervescent, affecting delight."—Rebecca Radner, The San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Well done, Ruby! 20. März 1998
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I discovered Kate Atkinson through her second novel, _Human Croquet_. I quite enjoyed it, but it was my 13-yr-old daughter who liked it so much that she later picked up Atkinson's debut novel about Ruby Lennox and her far-flung family. My kid has solid instincts!
Both novels explore dysfunctional families through the eyes of the children stranded in those families. Both narratives are marked by sudden chronological shifts and reveal information that the narrators realistically don't have access to; through this device Atkinson raises interesting questions about the nature of memory, of time, of family itself.
I think _Behind the Scenes... is the better book. Certainly it is more consistent in tone, very funny, but with the humor of a survivor, looking back over years of neglect, emotional abuse, deceit, outright tragedy, and, above all, years of (almost) unremitting bleakness. The characters are well drawn, and even the most repugnant of them is worthy of some sympathy. That Atkinson can relate all this and make it so incredibly readable is a testament to her talent. Although I occasionally found her sentence structure irksome, that is a minor quibble, especially when one considers the images she is able to create in just a few words, as when Ruby is trying to reconcile her idea of what love is with the "autistic motherhood" of Bunty. Ruby has been talking about her mother off and on for several hundred pages, but this phrase, in the last few pages of the novel, sums up perfectly that part of Bunty's character that was most important to Ruby.
A good read; I recommend it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderful novel! 13. November 2006
I keep reading that this is such a hilarious book with great humour in it, but actually, I found it rather sad. True, the sadness is lightened (or rather, made bearable) by the entertaining, ironic tone, but most of the "jokes" are highly cynical in nature and really just reflect the protagonist's inner sadness.

Her life is clearly overshadowed by certain events in her childhood, as well as her mother's rejection and the bad relationship of her parents.

True, the "secret" is predictable, but the very fact that so many clues are being dropped made me eager to read on, because it was not so much WHAT happened, but HOW it happened that came to be the big question.

One of the most interesting points is definitely the narrative voice. Ruby's tone changes from childhood to adulthood along with her degree of maturity, and although narrated in retrospect, the reader comes to realise that she is actually an unreliable narrator and begins to question her account of her life.

Another one is, of course, the relation to time. Although stories are usually told forward in nature, this one keeps going backwards, in rather expansive footnotes, that do not merely add to the storyline, but create a new one. This really shows how the lives of these generations interconnect, from Alice to Ruby.

The novel focuses on women from different generations, who were socialised into certain gender roles that are perceived as oppressive, but that is not all there is to it.

The story is wonderfully written, and it involves the reader on so many levels! I could go on forever about it, since we are going over the book in my English Literature course at uni right now, but before buying, what you need to know is basically:

It's a touching book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Lives up to - and surpasses - its hype 2. Juni 2000
Von Carol S.
The slightly surreal sound of this book - it begins with a woman narrating her own conception -made me fear this would be an annoyingly weird or obtuse book. I also was a little skeptical that the book could live up to its positive reviews. I was delighted to discover that it is not, and it does.
Atkinson effortlessly gets inside the head of protagonist Ruby from, yes, conception to middle age. Interwoven with Ruby's story are the stories of her female ancestors, viewed through the prism of contemporary British history. (A thinking Englishwoman's Forrest Gump?) It's all here: emotion, vivid description, gripping plot, characters that come alive, humor, sly wit, and a truly original and fresh writing style. This is one of those books that intrudes on your life, making you want to shove everything aside so you can keep on reading it. At the same time, you dread finishing it because then there won't be any more of it to read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A "chick book" that ruined me! 29. Mai 2000
If you read a lot (more than a dozen books a month for pleasure), then you're probably familiar with the sensation of being ruined by a book. This happens when you realize that you never want it to end, can't bear not to know more, can't believe this is the last sentence, and then can't find another thing to read for upwards of a week because nothing else compares to what you've just read. So it was for me and Behind the Scenes at the Museum. This is likely to be dubbed a "chick book." So be it. If a chick book is an amazing story that deftly spans generations of filial dysfunction and decades of national history, making the reader alternately weep and guffaw, then this is a chick book. It's also one helluva read, twisting, building, then soaring to a climax that shatters the reader while finally making the narrator whole. It begins with the moment of Ruby Lennox's birth, a device that usually bothers me (consider Tristam Shandy), but Ruby more than hooked me by the end of the first chapter, and I wanted her for a blood relative by the time she described her mother's love as "autistic parenting." That this is the author's first novel makes this book even more amazing. Don't miss this one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must read!
Pick up this book and forget everything around you until you have read it. The first book by Atkinson is one to be read again and again.
Vor 11 Monaten von Gillian Herrmann veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen False title
This book is a thorough disappointment. Not only does it have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with a MUSEUM, there is an unreliable narrator. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 15 Monaten von Carlos veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Außergewöhnliche Erzählstimme
"Behind the Scenes at the Museum" hat mich besonders mit seiner herrlichen Erzählstimme beeindruckt - die Ich-Erzählerin Ruby Lennox hat einen herzerfrischenden und... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 24 Monaten von Miezekatze veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Behind the scenes at the museum
This book is just fantastic! It`s sometimes funny, it`s somtimes sad but never boring. You won`t be able to escape Atkinson`s dry sort of humor. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Januar 2002 von Kristina Wehrmann
4.0 von 5 Sternen The Family From Hell
Reading this book makes you think, thank goodness I haven't been born into Ruby's family! The story is loaded with energy and imagination: Starting with Ruby's description of her... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Juli 2000 von Dominic Buschi
5.0 von 5 Sternen An incredibly funny, engaging and entertaining first novel
Kate Atkinson's "Behind The Scenes at the Museum" is an incredibly funny, engaging and entertaining first novel. It is also deservedly the 1993 Whitbread Prize winner. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 17. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A great first novel
Follow the journey of Ruby Lennox from conception to middle age and enjoy her dysfunctional family along the way. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Februar 2000 von "rhiannonlightfoot"
4.0 von 5 Sternen Time plays with the Mind
Enjoy bites of the life of Ruby Lennox and some of her more colourful relatives.
Both flippantly realistic and romantically idealised, the various competing agendas of the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Februar 2000 von "pure-swallow"
5.0 von 5 Sternen Pure delight
This is the sort of book that keeps you up past your bedtime -- "just one more page..." Kate Atkinson is wonderfully funny and inventive. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 1. Februar 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Pure poetry! Amazing imagery!
I stumbled upon this book quite by accident. It turned out to be one of the best books I've ever read. I can't believe this is Atkinson's first novel. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. Januar 2000 von J. Murphy
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