"Possession" is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once a literary detective novel and a triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars investigating the lives of two Victorian poets. Following a trail of letters, journals and poems, they uncover a web of passion, deceit and tragedy, and their quest becomes a battle ...
"Possession" is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once a literary detective novel and a triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars investigating the lives of two Victorian poets. Following a trail of letters, journals and poems, they uncover a web of passion, deceit and tragedy, and their quest becomes a battle against time.
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Having loved the movie, it's a pleasure for me to have the book, which I'm enjoying. Delivery was prompt and the condition is excellent, as described.
Sep 23, 2010
'my center of gravity'
I disagree with negative comments about the movie. I enjoyed the movie, and that is what prompted me to read the book, never having read any other Byatt. At first, it was not so engaging, but I plowed on.. and ended up experiencing what may be the most fulfilling read ever. While reading, I became Possessed, and I was disappointed when the process ended. It was a heady experience indeed, this novel.
Jul 20, 2010
Wonderful writing and story.
A good read, Byatt's work is engaging. Holds one's interest. I also recommend her latest, 'The Children's Book'.
Jul 10, 2007
Another enjoyable work by AS Byatt. Readers of her short, fairy-tales for adults will perhaps recognize some of the stories in Possession. I found it incredible that a single author could create such detailed worlds for her characters, inventing Victorian poems and academic "citations." I enjoyed, I suppose, the restrained passion in this book, also the portrayal of the modern academic world (it has its good and bad sides).
Apr 3, 2007
Definitely an interesting story
This book was slow in the beginning and I had a hard time really getting into it but I'm glad I persisted because it was definitely an interesting story full of subtle twists and turns. It is a romance but it is also mysterious. The author wove several stories about people who were all connected together in a way that mixed several different time periods and was very enjoyable.
Publishers Weekly, 1991-09-06 Two contemporary scholars, each studying one of two Victorian poets, reconstruct their subjects' secret extramarital affair through poems, journal entries, letters and modern scholarly analysis of the period. PW called this Booker Prize winner ``an ambitious and wholly satisfying work, a nearly perfect novel.'' (Oct.)
Publishers Weekly, 1990-08-24 The English author of Still Life fuses an ambitious and wholly satisfying work, a nearly perfect novel. Two contemporary scholars, each immersed in the study of one of two Victorian poets, discover evidence of a previously unimagined relationship between their subjects: R. H. Ash and Christabel LaMotte had secretly conducted an extramarital romance. The scholars, ``possessed'' by their dramatic finds, cannot bring themselves to share their materials with the academic community; instead, they covertly explore clues in the poets' writings in order to reconstruct the affair and its enigmatic aftermath. Byatt persuasively interpolates the lovers' correspondence and ``their'' poems; the journal entries and letters of other interested parties; and modern-day scholarly analysis of the period. One of the poets is posthumously dubbed ``the great ventriloquist''; because of Byatt's success in projecting diverse and distinct voices, it is tempting to apply the label to her as well. Merely to do so, however, would ignore even greater skills: her superb and perpetually surprising plotting; her fluid transposition of literary motifs to an infinite number of keys; her amusing and mercifully indirect criticism of current literary theories; and her subtle questioning of the ways readers and writers shape, and are shaped by, literature. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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