"Possession" is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and a triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets. As they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire -- from spiritualist seances to the ...Read More"Possession" is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and a triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets. As they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire -- from spiritualist seances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany -- what emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas.Read Less
Fine in fine dust jacket. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING + LIKE NEW + ORIGINAL HARDBACK FORMAT, PROTECTED BY A MYLAR COVER; COLLECTING BOOKS SINCE 1988, SELLING BOOKS SINCE 2008. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 555 p. Audience: General/trade.
Good jacket. Signed. Good in Good unclipped dust jacket; shelfworn with wear to edges and corners; fading and sunning to dj; crease to inner flap of dj. SIGNED; signed by Author, A.S. Byatt at title page. Used with NO markings in text. Pasadena's finest independent new and used bookstore.
Fine in Fine dust jacket. 8vo. 0394586239. A handsome First US Edition/First Printing in unread Fine condition in Fine dust-jacket. Minor wear to edges of dustjacket. Overall a tight clean copy; The novel traces a pair of young academics as they uncover a clandestine love affair between two long-dead Victorian poets. Winner of the1990 Booker Prize. Basis for the major 2002 motion picture starring Aaron Eckhart and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The book is everything the critics said. First class story in two time zones, deep and subtle characterization, enormously convincing background of Victorian poetry and social mores - all fully if fictitiously represented, precise use of vocabulary, very visual three-dimensional settings. All in all a worthy winner of the Booker prize. My copy was a splendid first American edition, with a sound dust jacket incorporating the magnificent Merlin and Vivien of Burne-Jones.
Apr 1, 2007
A book to 'Possess' you.
I had tried to read Possession many years ago. I stopped reading after the first 4 chapters, as i knew i wasn't in the right frame of mind to truly appreciate what i knew to be a fine piece of literature . Six years later, tired of seeing it sitting in my bookcase waiting to be read, i realised that I was ready to let myself be absorbed. Possession is one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read! A.S. Byatt's use of language is inspiring and creates/paints vivid images in your mind. Making it easy to think, feel and see everything that our characters do. Byatt's ability to blend the two eras - Victorian and modern - so effortlessly gives the book it's momentum. This is a long book and could be alittle off putting for some. However, it is definately worth your use of freetime. The poetry and love letters within the book genuinely stole my heart and left me dejected when I realised that Ash and LaMotte were fictitious poets and I would not be able to further my reading. The characters will live on with you long after you have put down the book. I will definately recommend this to fellow bookworms and literary fiends!
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