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Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars. POSSESSION by BYATT, ANTONIA SUSAN [Antonia ] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Possession. Film Tie-in. [Antonia S. Byatt] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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This is a type of book that fills your mind, not a romance you’d expect, but definitely in a good way. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Byatt’s relationship with her possessuon Margaret Drabble has sometimes been strained due to the presence of autobiographical elements in both their writing. Want to Read saving….

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That restored me again. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Want to see my book report? View all 27 comments. She writes about female sexuality in LaMotte’s poetry. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I am not a big fan of poetry, but here it had a wonderful effect: But never one to not finish a book I kept reading. How strange w seems, and new!

Fuck, I remember now. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I am only 23, posswssion I’m old enough to be mostly embarrassed for myself at 16 though I still think parts of this book are smokin’ sexyand I do feel like I’m getting worlds and worlds more out of this book than I ever got back then, and I can see myself getting more and more as I grow older, as the characters do.

I assume her own writing style was trying to mimic the possessjon own writing styles, but I thoug I did it! I can see that putting people off to begin with, but if you picked up the book already knowing it was about Victorian poets and squabbling Victorian scholars then I would think you’d be prepared for that kind of thing and be able to wade through it.



Every one of the professors whose focus of study was Ash or Christabel were with the exception of Roland and Maud pretty obnoxious and unlikeable in some way. We get to explore together with Roland and Maud the traces of these two poets Victorian love story as the novel goes on and we are given clues just like in a detective story. What’s the matter with everyone?? But all that combined still does not make a good book. In an essay in Byatt’s nonfiction book, On Histories and Storiesshe wrote:.

After years of being shut up inside a library going crazy inside my head, I got sick of the whole exercise as a merry-go-round of narcissistic and masochistic head games. On the nature of possession–the lover by the beloved, the biographer by his subject–she is profound,” said The Sunday Times London.

I have no doubt that this book is beloved by many, just not me. And I know there are still vast things in here that I missed, things that I don’t think I quite understand yet, or call bullshit at at the moment that I just know will be of comfort to me when I pick this book up again in ten years or so, in twenty years, in thirty years.

Whoever considers z library their most important “Literary critics make natural detectives. I suspect Possession isn’t a novel so much as an intellectual mercy killing, byattt she’s taken it upon herself to antonnia the error of our feeble dreams — i. Now a lot of people say that they abandon this book because they find it too pretentious, or too self-gratifying, etc.

Now about the inserts. In ‘Possession’ I used this kind of narrator deliberately three times in the historical narrative—always to tell what the historians and biographers of my fiction never discovered, always to heighten the reader’s imaginative entry into the world of the text. There were toning ceramic fitments, in dusty pink pottery, a lavatory-paper holder, a tissue-holder, a toothmug on a plate like d huge African lip-decorations, a scallop-shell holding pristine ovoids of purple and pink soap.


Now tell me, do you suppose what I just wrote ;ossession the truth or a lie? View all 15 comments.

I have pushed this book to the back of the shelf for years, simply because I saw the movie first a practice I try very hard to avoid and felt I might not be so captivated knowing the basic story already. I have to admit, I did not approach this book this time around with what I would consider pure motives. I was intellectually engaged throughout, not always emotionally so. Jun 27, Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it Shelves: Possession by AS Byatt”.

Byatt is a writer in mid-career whose time has certainly come, because Possession possesssion a tour de force that opens every narrative device of English fiction to inspection without, for a moment, ceasing to delight.

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Either I’m becoming more stupid and DNF at page What can we truly know about the past? Is selfless love a chimera?

Possession by A.S. Byatt

Fergus, a fellow scholar, refers Roland to Maud Bailey. Do people really hate poetry so much that they’re skipping a few pages of it in the middle of a story? Your entire life is spent studying every detail of someone else’s life.