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Possession - A.S. Byatt
Possession
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Hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "a gifted observer, able to discern the exact details that bring whole worlds into being" and "a storyteller who could keep a sultan on the edge of his throne for a thousand and one nights," A. S. Byatt writes some of the most engaging and skillful... show more
Hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "a gifted observer, able to discern the exact details that bring whole worlds into being" and "a storyteller who could keep a sultan on the edge of his throne for a thousand and one nights," A. S. Byatt writes some of the most engaging and skillful novels of our time. Time magazine calls her "a novelist of dazzling inventiveness." Possession, for which Byatt won England's prestigious Booker Prize, was praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic when it was first published in 1990. "On academic rivalry and obsession, Byatt is delicious. On the nature of possession—the lover by the beloved, the biographer by his subject—she is profound," said The Sunday Times (London). The New Yorker dubbed it "more fun to read than The Name of the Rose . . . Its prankish verve [and] monstrous richness of detail [make for] a one-woman variety show of literary styles and types." The novel traces a pair of young academics—Roland Michell and Maud Bailey—as they uncover a clandestine love affair between two long-dead Victorian poets. Interwoven in a mesmerizing pastiche are love letters and fairytales, extracts from biographies and scholarly accounts, creating a sensuous and utterly delightful novel of ideas and passions. With an Introduction by the author that describes the novel's origins and its twenty-year gestation, this Modern Library edition is a handsome keepsake for fans of Possession—new and old alike.
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9780307819567 (0307819566)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 517
Edition language: English
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Linda Hilton
Linda Hilton rated it
5.0 A. S. Byatt's Possession - Great, but not perfect
I first read this book around 20 years ago, and I loved it then. Reading it now, and knowing the ending, I enjoyed it even more. But . . . . It wasn't as perfect this time around as the first. The diminution of my enjoyment wasn't due to knowing the ending but rather to knowing more -- much mo...
Linda Hilton
Linda Hilton rated it
5.0 Full review to follow
I finished this last night but need a day or so to put all my thoughts in order. Many, many layers to this one. Although I give it five stars, it's more like 4.75.
Moonlight Reader
Moonlight Reader rated it
5.0 Possession by A.S. Byatt
I don't even know where to begin with this book. I bought a used copy from Abebooks because it's on my Round 2 Classics Club list, and I've been meaning to reread it. I read it for the first time decades ago, around the time that it won the Booker Prize. I remember really loving it when I first read...
Major Leser
Major Leser rated it
3.0 Possession
3.8 stars really for minor imperfections in the whole 'detective' plot but it's still a dazzling novel for readers written by a passionate reader. I liked the French Lieutenant's Woman better (even though on the whole it's a less polished novel). Can someone write a properly introspective, feminist...
Electric Library
Electric Library rated it
3.5 Review | Possession, A. S. Byatt | 3.5 Stars
A. S. Byatt’s Possession is a deeply peculiar book. It won the Booker Prize when it was published in 1990, and as the Booker judges and I tend to have similar taste and the blurb intrigued me, I decided to give this one a go. How to describe Possession? Possession is what you might get if Dan Brow...
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