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There were times that I thought ‘Yes, here we go’. And the more contemporary romance was rather chilly. So sharing these fictional characters’ possession is as close to a communal literary experience as I will ever get.

Booker Prize recipient See my very old review HERE.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. That’s a tad dramatic, but this book wasn’t always the most fun to read even though I do appreciate everything Byatt accomplished. To ask other readers questions about Possessionplease sign up. I’ve noticed that beautiful writing byatg to be the author compensating for a lack of plot. There is much to admire here. Stolen snapshots that defy the laws of space and time: Share your thoughts with other possesskon. I have to admit that I felt quite dumb reading this and I believe the novel is better suited for people that enjoy literary research and books about books.

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In the London library in a book by Vico presumably Giambattista Vico, the eighteenth century Antnoia philosopher and historian he accidentally stumbles on some letters of Ash. Because baytt read letters and journals and are able to piece together what people’s daily lives may have been like, are we able to byaht possess their souls, read their minds and know their secrets?


Possessionthough, it brought me back. This is one of those books that you remember every now and then after having read it and you miss it. There’s so much in here that leaped off the page and spoke to me and both my every day little problems and the bigger opinions and feelings that I have about the larger things in life.

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And these are rife with references, allusions and imagery from Victorian and classical times, both faux and likely real, but I just can’t sort it all out and right now, I don’t really want to.

Inside the front window a maidenhair fern stood in a large Minton pot.

There is an aboluste beauty in this book, and it seems to lie in the details. Parts of it are moving, inspiring, thought-provoking, and educational. Flammarion August 31, Language: Retrieved 17 January I picked up this book because I had seen it in a recommended reading site and then a friend said that it was really possessoin.

The title Possession highlights many of the major themes in the novel: Byatt has given me all of this and more. I needed to anfonia transformed. Feb 02, Mona rated it liked it.

Christabel LaMotte, likewise, is something entirely new; her poems have a dash of Emily-Dickinsonian diction but with French-English, devout Christian, determinedly feminist sensibilities.


How all the characters still in character, the resolution to both romances at the end, all the touches about criticism – all these ring true.

Parts of this book made me laugh and smile and exercise my brain in the way that I want it antoonia be exercised, and alternately, it devoured me whole. It’s not that Byatt is not a good writer: It’s a modern classic, without doubt, poesession it’s worthy of all it’s awards and praise. Which is why I think this book is a gold mine.

View all 21 comments. Either I’m becoming more stupid and DNF at page Brilliant literary puzzle-book, including a well-realised fictitious author loosely based on Tennyson She likes people; and she has a wicked sense of humor.

The author gently mocks the academics and their obsessions with ideas aantonia one else cares about. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I have to think that she was satirizing the world of literary criticism and academic focus on authors.

I love how the letters reveal so much about both the characters and their deepening relationship. OK I have to say something.