I LOVED this book! I just had to make that the first thing I tell you, dear reader! What a wonderful and marvelous story. Alan Bradley is an extremely talented writer. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is the first novel of Flavia de Luce but by no means the last. And I cant wait to get the next one.
This charming book is the story of the youngest de Luce daughter, Flavia, who is quite a bright young chemist-enthusiast living at Buckshaw, a rambling multi-centuried British aristocracy home. The story is told from the 11 year old’s view of the world. She is extremely bright, somewhat clinical, endearing, pragmatic, and full of energy and spunk. The character of Flavia engages you from the very first.
Bradley’s use of the English language is brilliant. He has a wonderful way of bringing this character to life on the pages of this book. There is something about the way he orchestrates words on the page that remind me of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. The use of language is not blousey and overblown, its a dance of images that engage the senses and put into place a beautiful concerto of literary imagery that few can truly master. I loved this book and highly, enthusiastically and whole-heatedly recommend it to both readers old and young.
See you at the finish line!