Byatt's capacity for creating a slow (470 page) lead up to the perfect scene is both frustratingly deliberate and then suddenly, inexorably impressed on your mind. There were so many in this brutal book, that I am going to restrict myself to one. Often bizarre, and, in anyone else's less capable hands, these scenes are almost comical in their blatant imagery.
"Her helplessness made her furious. She took in a deep breath of tainted air and fell unconscious to the ground: the dead heart rolled damply beside her."
The Children's Book, p. 470