Possession: Vintage 21
A special celebratory edition to mark the 21st birthday of Vintage books.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... show more
A special celebratory edition to mark the 21st birthday of Vintage books.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.
Publish date: August 4th 2011
Pages no: 528
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
Decent back and forth between current and past. A romantic mystery, tracing a poet and love in the 1800s while trying to figure out love in the 1980s. Twist at end was pretty apparent, but decent.
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...
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...
This book is indulgent. In its language, plot, characters, it was thick with it.But I liked it, really really liked it. Sometimes I like to read a book that doesn't so much draw you into it, but instead oozes into your life. It wasn't that I became preoccupied with the story or the characters, I'd r...
I did ultimately love this book, but it took me over half its length to warm up to it. I enjoy literate love stories, the mixing of genres, literary allusions and pastiches, and this book provides all of the above. This is a literary mystery as well as a contemporary and a historical romance: two co...
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