The Virgin in the Garden
Publish date: December 10th 1994
Pages no: 566
Edition language: English
Series: The Frederica Quartet (#1)
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.
This probably is the best book I will have read this year. This also is my first Byatt, and I love it. This book is dense - so dense I picked up a few other books as I was reading it, just to convince myself I did not become a slow reader overnight. Byatt manages her subplots and first-person narrat...
4 stars for beautiful descriptive prose, but 2 stars for 'what was the point of this book?' The story centers around a cast of characters that are putting on a play about the life of Queen Elizabeth I - the Virgin queen. And it's important that she is called the 'Virgin' Queen because much of this...
A.S. Byatt is one of my favourite authors and so when I found out she had written a quartet of novels I was eager to begin reading them. This first part of the quartet takes place in 1953 (although there is a prologue featuring Frederica, Alexander and Daniel in 1968), the year of the Queen’s cor...
The characters enjoyable, the story good, but... there is so much static in this book. Which might be great for English lit grads, who can pick up on these nuances or enjoy the critiques and arguments, but not for people like me whose love of books is restricted (more or less) to more modern-day, co...
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