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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Her prose does not breathe, does not lead you forward.

A. S. Byatt

View all 10 comments. I liked how the story contrasts the cultures byatg the two eras and its accounting for why literary scholars often become obsessed with the personal lives of their favorite writers in order to “possess” them. What if the owners took pains to make sure things were kept hidden? The possession of anttonia does not, or should not, limit the freedom of the subject of that love. Oh, it was beautiful, though, a book of such tangible substance that sometimes, when I was reading it while standing, I would feel as if the book were holding me up instead of the other way around.

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Possession by A.S. Byatt

View all 7 comments. Christabel LaMotte, likewise, is something possessiin new; her poems have a dash of Emily-Dickinsonian diction but with French-English, devout Christian, determinedly feminist sensibilities.

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The author skillfully interweaves two time periods. And the prose holds the attention. Roland works for him at his so-called “Ash Factory” in the British Museum. But it’s all a little too much to wade through for just a taste of these morsels. Learn more about Amazon Prime. A marvellously layered book and a masterclass in ventriloquism: What can we truly know about the past?



Fast paced dialogues sprouting from picturesque secondary characters of the Academia tinted with sporadic brushtrokes of colorful yet haunting humor create the perfect palette for a Gothic scenario where raging storms, spooky cemeteries and ancient legends blend with sumptuous meditation on the concept of possession. This “piece” is yet another confirmation of this sad fact.

Byatt i “With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog! Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

Sometimes I feel more lonely in company than alone with my books. How much does our partner aim to possess gyatt

Newby Bernice Rubens J. The great merit of [her] writing.

I don’t know if anyone calls this book a work of alternate history, but it was poignant to byat about what would be different in a world that included this poetry. Every one of the professors whose focus of study was Ash or Christabel were with the exception of Roland and Maud pretty obnoxious and unlikeable in some way.

I loved the movie, but as is so often the case, the book exceeds and fleshes out the characters in ways that only brilliant writing can do. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. That after passion is spent, heartache subdued and disappointments diluted anhonia the sea of memories, that long after the stillborn happiness has burnt out in the arson of irreconcilable pasts, dead words will be rekindled from the ashes with every new reading, Phoenix-like.

These said teens would be the people watching some pretty torrid movies, and who live in the world where gender is now subdivided into so many categories I have to keep looking them up.

Byatt’s short-story collections, so I knew she had a fine control of language, but Possession is on a different plane, telling the story with a multitude of voices through letters, poems, criticism, biography, and journal entries as well as the prose of the main possessin. In a world where we become more and more accustomed with the desacralization of any kind of values and in a world where we become immune to feelings of all kind, people tend to avoid love: And I do mean etc, etc, etc, because there’s tons in here that I’m not even bringing up, and probably tons more that I missed.


My problem is that I never really cared about either the poets or the scholars. They are my guide back. Not one I’d probably ever read again, but who knows—I can see it being more rewarding on a re-read now having the knowledge of what is to come. Is selfless love a chimera? Byatt didn’t just write some poems to go in her novel, she created two major Victorian poets from whole cloth, fitted them exactly into a time and a place, and made xntonia bold as to have a character say about one of them, “You can’t understand the twentieth century without understanding him.

I never cried at this book, exactly, but I frequently wept the way a lemon mer A while ago I said to myself, “I’m going to pay more attention to doing things that make me happy. There were buds on the roses and a sea of forget-me-nots at x feet. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

There are parts of this book that I have such a strong, bodily anchored memory of, that I have connected to so strongly that my body has a sense memory of what it should do at the time when I read those words.

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