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Possession by Antonia S Byatt

Unusually blond and displaying a cool and poised detachment, she covets loneliness guided by fear of being possessed. I can find no flaw in Byatt’s telling and I think it is kind of laziness not to want to put in any hard work yourself for the pleasure of such a tale. Product details Paperback Publisher: Oct 12, Paul Bryant rated it did not like it Recommends it for: There were parts where the rhythm of it was enough, and parts where I read and re-read a page again and again until I felt I had understood it on many levels.

I love how the letters reveal so much about both the characters and their deepening relationship. 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. It’s too clever, and too complicated, by half. Leonora, it seems to me, is so much larger than life, and I have to wonder if the character got away from Byatt, if perhaps, she had been intended to be more of “bad” critic than she is.


There was no way I appreciated this book beyond a few very shallow things. Maud had a romance with Fergus. That self-begotten bird In the Arabian woods embossed That no second knows nor third And lay erewhile a holocaust From out her ashy womb now teemed Revives, reflourishes, then vigorous most When most unactive deemed And though her body die, her fame survives A secular bird, ages of lives. In marriage, are there parts of our partner’s souls that we’ll never possess unless they choose to reveal them to us?

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The language flows beautifully, both in the prose and the poetry sections.

Perhaps a different season, a different frame of mind. View all 4 comments. This list is not supposed to make sense to anyone but mebut I hope you will still be able to draw from it inspiration or motivation to rush to the nearest bookshop or library and get a copy of 4. There are some books that we readers can no longer do this with. I was 16 years old, and the movie was coming out.

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I needed to be transformed. The send-up of feminist scholarship is priceless. See my very old review HERE.

And the fact that I know that I’m going to do that, that I expect my copy to wear out and that I’ll have to get a new one before I die, well, that speaks volumes, doesn’t it? She not only invents two poets, but posseszion a lot of their poetry. I am keeping this one, along with others of its kind, on my bedside table.

JM Coetzee and other Booker authors”. Byatt really managed to recreate a Victorian atmosphere. Their possesssion goes under different rules of morality than the story of the people discovering their story.


DNF at page Posesssion have a Kindle? A poet observes a mystical creature, half woman half mermaid, scouting cliffs and creeks, bathing in unruly seas and still ponds, getting drenched in the cascade of his flowing words.

I have to think that she was satirizing the world of literary criticism and academic focus on authors.

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As to the poetry that Byatt includes in the book, it is both quite angonia and interesting in its own right and serves to furnish clues and press the unveiling antonla the mystery itself.

He slept curled against her back, a dark comma against her pale elegant phrase. My initial reaction is that people often say that love implies possession, whereas I think the two are mutually exclusive.

Byatt pulls all this together with the most important aspect of any book, great writing. The last pages or so were definitely the best, and I really enjoyed the ending.

It’s the simple result of a simple equation: Byatt provides extensive letters, poetry and diaries by major characters in addition to the narrative, including poetry attributed to the fictional Ash and LaMotte. The prose itself bordered on poetry, to such an extent that sometimes I had to stop to savor a rhythm.

I never had a real life person who wanted to share my possessive passion for books. But we co O.