Dame Antonia Susan Duffy, DBE, known as A. S. Byatt, is an English novelist, poet and Booker Prize winner. In 2008, The Times newspaper named her on its list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. show more
Dame Antonia Susan Duffy, DBE, known as A. S. Byatt, is an English novelist, poet and Booker Prize winner. In 2008, The Times newspaper named her on its list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.
Birth date: August 24, 1936
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(Original Review, 2002)“Toby had received, though not yet digested, one of the earliest lessons of adult life: that one is never secure. At any moment one can be removed from a state of guileless serenity and plunged into its opposite, without any intermediate condition, so high about us do the wate...
Ok, this is not for me. 70 odd pages and no hint of a plot, just a lot of scene setting and Victorian historical information. I get that this is likely to be character or society study rather than a plot-driven novel, which is fair enough, but I'm not digging the writing. There is a lot of info...
This is really more of an essay than a book, a fact that Byatt does acknowledge. There is quite a bit of Byatt in here. It's more of a mediation on the two artists than anything. Still a fascinating read.
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I'm not sure what prompted me to re-read this but something did. The beauty in the novel is in the use of words and description. The characters, while not flat, have an otherworldly quality about them. Which is pretty much how we see people in life when you think about it.