/BYATT A.S. The Booker Prize-winning author of Possession presents a stunning, contemporary story set against the clashing politics, passionate ideals, and shifting sexual roles of the early 1960s. In Byatt's vision, the presiding genius of the day seems to be a blend of the Marquis de Sade and The Hobbit. Peopled with weird and colorful ...
/BYATT A.S. The Booker Prize-winning author of Possession presents a stunning, contemporary story set against the clashing politics, passionate ideals, and shifting sexual roles of the early 1960s. In Byatt's vision, the presiding genius of the day seems to be a blend of the Marquis de Sade and The Hobbit. Peopled with weird and colorful characters, charted with brilliant, imaginative sympathy, Babel Tower is as comic as it is threatening and bizarre. 100,00
Very good. Signed by author. Jacket has light shelf and edge wear, may be price-clipped. Cover is clean and square, with no edge or shelf wear. Binding is tight, solid and square, appears unread. Pages are clean, bright and tight, with no internal marks or wear.
Fine in Fine jacket. Collectible. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. x, 625 pages; 25 cm. Tight, clean copy. Stated "First U.S. Edition." Dust jacket protected in a mylar book cover. A fine copy of the first printing. OVERSIZE! No priority/international, except by special arrangement. "The Booker Prize-winning author of Possession presents a stunning, contemporary story set against the clashing politics, passionate ideals, and shifting sexual roles of the early 1960s. In Byatt's vision, the presiding genius of the day seems to be a blend of the Marquis de Sade and The Hobbit. Peopled with weird and colorful characters, charted with brilliant, imaginative sympathy, Babel Tower is as comic as it is threatening and bizarre. / A.S. Byatt is the author of Possession, winner of the Booker Prize and a national bestseller. Her two novels that lead up to Babel Tower, tracing the fortunes of Frederica and her family through the 1950's, are The Virgin in the Garden and Still Life, and her other fiction includes The Shadow of the Sun, The Game, Angels and Insects and two collections of shorter works: Sugar and Other Stories and The Matisse Stories. She has also published three volumes of critical work, of which Passions of the Mindis the most recent. She has taught English and American literature at University College, London, and is a distinguished critic and reviewer. She lives in London."-Publisher.
Like New in FINE jacket. Looks NEW stated FIRST US EDITION Hardcover 1996 (24689753) PERFECT black on black boards FLAWLESS Dust Jacket Red dot and a bit of soil on upper page width 9-1/2 x 6-5/8 inch with 623 clean crisp pages A.S. Byatt [author] also author of POSSESSION Random House Publishers~*Usually same or next day service with possible use of recycled materials by a reliable seller~GUARANTEED~FIVE STAR SELLER~
Fine in fine dust jacket. SIGNED by the author on title page (signature only). 1st edition, 1st printing, complete number line. Nearly as new. By the Booker prize-winning author of 'Angels and Insects' and 'Possession'. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 544 p. Audience: General/trade. Where possible, all books come with dust jacket in a protective mylar sleeve, sealed in a ziplock bag, wrapped in bubble wrap, shipped in a box.
Fine in Fine jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author(s) "America discovered A. S. Byatt when 'Possession', her Booker Prize-winning Victorian novel, was published here in 1990 and became one of the bestselling books of that year. Readers have been waiting ever since for her next full-length novel. 'Babel Tower' is every bit as brilliant and ambitious as its predecessor, but with a more contemporary setting: the 1960s, a decade of turbulence and passionate ideals that Byatt uses to both frame and propel the lives of her characters. Fine copy in like non price clipped dust jacket. Signed by the author.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-03-25 One does not usually associate Byatt, who has often worked on a small-even miniature-scale, with the notion of an epic novel; but that, in terms of scope and ambition, is just what she has created here. It is an invigorating spectacle, as well as a welcome reminder of how a fine novelist can illuminate a whole era in ways not even the most skilled social historian can. Set in England in the mid-1960s, the novel focuses on Frederica, an attractive, highly intelligent and bookish young woman who cut a swath at Cambridge University, then married Nigel Reiver, a well-to-do member of the landed gentry with a country house, two doting sisters and a way of life that soon seems utterly stifling to Frederica. Her small son, Leo, passionately loved by both parents, is soon the only vital element in her existence; and when friends from her former life come calling, and are rudely rebuffed by Nigel, Frederica rebels. When Nigel, ever apologetic, but convinced it is for her own good, starts knocking her about, Frederica flees to London, with Leo clinging to her in desperation. Thereafter, the book is an account of the drawn-out custody battle over Leo, climaxing in a divorce hearing that exquisitely renders the issues of a woman's independence. More impressively, it is a riveting account of changing mores, as England begins to emerge from its ancient certainties into the shifting priorities, freedoms and follies of the "Swinging Sixties." Among the manifestations of such changes is a book written by an eccentric, Nietzschean acquaintance of Frederica's-a fantasy, with sado-erotic overtones, about the pleasures and limits of freedom. This book (a reprise of the book-within-a-book device Byatt employed in Possession) becomes the focus of another court case when its author is prosecuted for obscenity. Through the two cases (which leap from the page much more enthrallingly, convincingly and thought-provokingly than most legal thrillers) Byatt represents a whole society trying to come to terms with new values. The narrative is mesmerisingly readable, except for long excerpts from Babbletower, the prosecuted novel, and Frederica's own rather hermetic attempts at self-expression-though even these are perfectly believable in their own right. In many ways, this is a book about language, and how it is used to conceal and reveal (there is a wonderfuly satirical subplot about a commission examining English educational methods). But it also employs language, brilliantly, to create a large cast of characters whose struggles, anxieties and small triumphs are at once specific to a time and place, and universal. Simultaneous Random AudioBook; author tour. (May)
Publishers Weekly, 1997-06-09 In a starred review, PW praised this "mesmerizingly readable" tale of a single mother's struggle for independence in swinging '60s London. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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