Possession Winner of the Booker Prize Possession is a tour de force by one of the finest novelists of her generation Overflowing with ideas and themes it is a literary detective story a brilliant histori

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  • Title: Possession
  • Author: A.S. Byatt Rowena Dugdale
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Winner of the 1990 Booker Prize, Possession is a tour de force by one of the finest novelists of her generation Overflowing with ideas and themes, it is a literary detective story, a brilliant historical novel and a moving love story.While researching the Victorian poet Randolph Henry Ash, Roland Michell makes an extraordinary discovery a letter written by Ash to an unknWinner of the 1990 Booker Prize, Possession is a tour de force by one of the finest novelists of her generation Overflowing with ideas and themes, it is a literary detective story, a brilliant historical novel and a moving love story.While researching the Victorian poet Randolph Henry Ash, Roland Michell makes an extraordinary discovery a letter written by Ash to an unknown woman with whom he seems enamoured There is no evidence anywhere for the existence of such a woman, but Roland is determined to find out His detective work leads him to minor 19th century poet and author Christabel LaMotte, and to Dr Maud Bailey, an expert on LaMotte Together, Roland and Maud embark on a mission to unearth the truth about the relationship between Ash and LaMotte The they learn, the personal and urgent their involvement becomes as they strive to defend their discovery against other interests and their own desires.Byatt impeccably recreates the Victorian universe of Ash and LaMotte, with convincing and engaging letters, prose and even poetry She is no less expert in capturing the competitive atmosphere of the academic hothouse that Roland and Maud inhabit Above all, the novel examines the very concept of possession The result is a richly detailed and deeply engrossing book that draws the reader into the intertwining fates of the two couples, past and present.

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    1. That was not what I was expecting this time.I have to admit, I did not approach this book this time around with what I would consider pure motives. I wasn’t in it to find things I had never found before, to revisit a personal classic to explore ideas that I had left behind for the time when I was ready to connect with them in the way that they deserved. I wasn’t even in it to re-approach situations and characters with a new perspective of age and experience.No, I needed something from this b [...]

    2. A honking great piece of literary self gratification, a novel about writers (all novels about writers should be given a concrete overcoat), a grand excuse for A S Byatt to dazzle us with some fancy ventriloquism, and yes you can feel the throb of the author's perfervid intelligence like a lawnmower hacking away at the tough grass at the edge of the lawn but after all of that you have to come clean and say that Possession isn't worth the thinnest novelette written by Raymond Chandler or the most [...]

    3. OK I have to say something. People keep writing reviews of this book and talking about how it was great except for all the boring poems which they skipped throughAD THE POETRY, PEOPLE! What's the matter with everyone?? They're actually rather good, they are full of plot clues, and, duh, they're a key part of the novel you're reading. I mean what is going on here? Do people really hate poetry so much that they're skipping a few pages of it in the middle of a story? If you try that shit with Hamle [...]

    4. A while ago I said to myself, "I'm going to pay more attention to doing things that make me happy. So I'm going to cook more creatively and read more fantasy, because I keep forgetting I like those things."Then I started reading Possession. The happiness project got put on the back burner until I was ready to emerge from the Victorian melancholia, which placed demands on my time too great to allow for preparing meals. I never cried at this book, exactly, but I frequently wept the way a lemon mer [...]

    5. Stolen snapshots that defy the laws of space and time:Past.A poet observes a mystical creature, half woman half mermaid, scouting cliffs and creeks, bathing in unruly seas and still ponds, getting drenched in the cascade of his flowing words. The ache of losing God is not so acute when intellect is met with incandescent creativity. Or with unrestrained love. His gentle curiosity breathes life into inert things, making them shine with an inner glow of their own, because he doesn’t aspire to pos [...]

    6. Winner of the Man Booker Prize in 1990.Giving this book 5 stars was not ever in doubt for me. This is one of the most remarkable books I've ever read. I'm a romantic, I admit. I love art and art history. I love good historical fiction. But all that combined still does not make a good book. A.S. Byatt pulls all this together with the most important aspect of any book, great writing. But she adds something else also, something that's hard to put your finger on, a uniqueness, an edge, if you will, [...]

    7. Too much work for too little reward.I read somewhere that if you pick up a book, and you're not enjoying it by either: a) your age (if you are under 50); or b) 100 minus your age (if you are over 50), you should abandon it and move on. There is too much to read and life is too short to be spent reading bad books.I think this applies particularly to books in that grey zone, where you can tell the writer is winding up to something, and the style and story has enough ooomph in it to keep you poweri [...]

    8. “Like many biographies this was as much about its author as its subject.”AS Byatt has characters describing biography as “a form of religion… a form of ancestor worship”. She is a novelist who loves the academic approach to biography, applied to fiction and semi-fiction, creating po-mo metafiction that is rich in texture and research, but which can be a little hard for mortals to digest. There are two main timelines here: a pair of Victorian poets (Randolph Henry Ash and Christabel LaM [...]

    9. I just finished reading A.S. Byatt’s novel, Possession, again for about the fourth time. It has been several years since I last read it, and I have to say that I saw it in a completely new light. It is a literary masterpiece that is exquisitely plotted and written. This time around I very carefully studied the epigraphs leading off most of the chapters and all of the beautiful poetry included in the text. I don’t know that I gave much more than a cursory glance to the poetry during previous [...]

    10. I did it! I conquered the beast. That's a tad dramatic, but this book wasn't always the most fun to read even though I do appreciate everything Byatt accomplished. Creating this story about fictional Victorian poets, including their writings, letters, diaries, etc. is extremely impressive. But I did find it slow at times and she tends to digress a lot into descriptions that add very little to the story. I assume her own writing style was trying to mimic the poets' own writing styles, but I thoug [...]

    11. "With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog! Want to see my book report?" -Calvin & Hobbes (Bill Watterson)Indeed, Calvin. You speak the truth. And thanks to slogging through a sample portion of that intimidating & impenetrable fog known as Possession, I've learned an important lesson. Lend me your ears, gentle reader -- I'm about to whisper another truth that's been missing from your day-to-day literary drudgery.A.S. Byatt is smart. Oh, yes. A.S. Byatt i [...]

    12. This was mainly my fault. What went through my mind when I decided to read a book about a love story between two poets when I do not like poetry? Didn’t it cross my mind that there was going to be poetry in this novel? The answer is, not really. I read in the synopsis that there were going to be letters and a literary investigation. It sounded intriguing and it was a Booker winner, among which I found a few gems. After skipping quite a bit I have the following observations: 1. WARNING! Do not [...]

    13. A fun ride that wavers between the competitive/collaborative work of two literary contemporary scholars in England and their subjects, fictive Victorian poets who had a secret love affair. The latter slowly comes out through letters, close reading of poems, and other clues pieced together by creative sleuthing. I liked how the story contrasts the cultures of the two eras and its accounting for why literary scholars often become obsessed with the personal lives of their favorite writers in order [...]

    14. 4.5“Tell your aunt,” he said, “that you met a poet.”This is not a proper review. This is just a list of the thoughts that at one point or another, during or after the reading of the book, struck me and got stuck in my head, of the peculiarities of this book that enchanted me, and of a couple things more. This list is not supposed to make sense to anyone but me, but I hope you will still be able to draw from it inspiration or motivation to rush to the nearest bookshop or library and get a [...]

    15. O.K I finally finished Possession! Here goes.Possession is a highly celebrated novel by A.S. Byatt that contains two story threads. The first story could be categorized as historical fiction. We learn about the relationship of fictional poets Christabel LaMotte and R.H. Ashe through old journal entries, letters, and their "poetry" (the poems were actually created by Byatt, since the two authors never actually existed). Ashe was married, and LaMotte was in a relationship with a woman. But we come [...]

    16. Basically, "Possession" is a (n outstanding, albeit old-fashioned) poet's "showcase." I firmly believe that poetry books are not worthy of sharing the same shelf space as works of fiction-- this is a merger of two arts, surely. The plot and the prose is only a pretext for getting all these snippets of poetry in a book! Byatt's possession of her characters is the novelty here: she has done something pretty outstanding, mainly giving both fictional historical poets true, clear voices. The poetry s [...]

    17. Brilliant literary puzzle-book, including a well-realised fictitious author loosely based on Tennyson one of the best attempts of this kind since Pale Fire. Some people think the book is too clever by half, but what do you expect? Just as constructive to criticise Powell for including too many characters who are upper-class twits, or Proust for not making his sentences short and punchy

    18. There have been so many reviews written about this book, by so many people much more articulate than I am, that I really don't feel I have anything new and/or brilliant to add. I will, therefore, just record my thoughts about it. I thought it was lovely. The language flows beautifully, both in the prose and the poetry sections. The story itself is intriguing, the flowering illicit romance between the poet and his poetess, and the more muted one between the scholars obsessed by them. Byatt does a [...]

    19. For me, Possession is like a bottle of wine or a box of really good chocolate (the really, expensive and sinfully good kind). There is an aboluste beauty in this book, and it seems to lie in the details. How all the characters still in character, the resolution to both romances at the end, all the touches about criticism - all these ring true.Over the years I have read this book, my favorite character has gone from Maud to Leonora then to both. Leonora, it seems to me, is so much larger than lif [...]

    20. Artfully Told Tale of Academics, Victorian Poets and RomanceI wanted to like this book more than I actually did.Many Goodreaders really like this metafictional novel, which contains a story (and poetry) within a story. There is much to admire here.The author skillfully interweaves two time periods. One was 1987 (close to the time the novel was written), the other nineteenth century Victorian England.She not only invents two poets, but writes a lot of their poetry. The skill and brilliance involv [...]

    21. I picked up this book because I had seen it in a recommended reading site and then a friend said that it was really good. But Yes, there's a but it took me 3 tries to get past page 10. I should have known then but (again with the 'but') I persevered thinking that I would eventually get into it, that I would get to the meat of it. By, page 300 I felt like I was trapped. I had alreadyinvestedthis much time into it and felt, at that point, that I had to finish it. I'm not saying that it probably is [...]

    22. Belíssimo “tour de force” literário. “Possessão” é um romance com múltiplas camadas de significação e enquanto tal merece uma análise cuidada por camada. Do meu interesse em literatura, e do que me é mais facilmente acessível, defino três que me surgem de modo evidente — romance mistério, virtuosismo, e sátira académica — mas é claro que um trabalho mais profundo de análise e interpretação literária encontrará outras camadas de relevo. Daqui percebe-se que não es [...]

    23. ----------------------------------------It is a special treat to discover a book that ends so intelligently, so intuitively, and so emotionally beautifully---all at the same time.This book is sophisticated in its construction and its literary detail. It requires a good deal of attention and focus on the part of the reader during its first half. And the details of its parts, the virtuosity of its styles, and the puzzles that it is assembles kept me fascinated. The writing is so good. And as the s [...]

    24. Ah, did you once see Shelley plain,And did he stop and speak to you? And did you speak to him again?How strange it seems, and new! But you were living before that,And you are living after,And the memory I started at—My starting moves your laughter! I crossed a moor, with a name of its ownAnd a certain use in the world no doubt, Yet a hand’s-breadth of it shines alone’Mid the blank miles round about: For there I picked up on the heatherAnd there I put inside my breast A moulted feather, an [...]

    25. Maud Bailey (Gwyneth Paltrow) e Roland Michell (Aaron Eckhart) no filme realizado por Neil LaButeUm thriller literário - 5*Várias histórias de amor - 5*Em Setembro de 1986 Roland Mitchell, de vinte e nove anos, licenciado pelo Prince Albert College de Londres (1978) e doutorado em letras pela mesma universidade (1985), é um assistente de investigação a tempo parcial, que está à espera na sala de leitura da Biblioteca de Londres para examinar um livro que pertencera ao famoso poeta vitori [...]

    26. I met a lady in the meads, Full beautiful—a faery’s child, Her hair was long, her foot was light, And her eyes were wild And there she lulled me asleep, And there I dream’d—Ah! woe betide! The latest dream I ever dream’d On the cold hill’s side. I saw pale kings and princes too, Pale warriors, death-pale were they all; They cried—“La Belle Dame sans Merci Hath thee in thrall!”La Belle Dame sans Merci - Keats Christabel LaMotte is a sui generis version of Keats' La Belle Dam [...]

    27. DNF at page 229.I tried listening to the audiobook for this in July, but to no avail as my concentration skills are poor. Still, the story seemed quite interesting so I decided to get the book. I was so excited that I ordered it twice by mistake! I wish I'd loved this book, but the writing is far too lacy for me. I've noticed that beautiful writing tends to be the author compensating for a lack of plot. I wish there had been less poetry and Victorian dialogue. Either I'm becoming more stupid and [...]

    28. I'm not sure what to say except how have I not read this before? It is incandescent in its temporal treatment of time. The multi-genre format contributes to the progression of the narrative in a way that a traditional format could not. I wanted to be on the trek of the mystery surrounding Christabel and Ash. Amazing, visual, intriguing. I loved it!

    29. No, can't do it. 2 hours into it and not a glimmer of hope. Man Booker Prize winner and was referred to as the best ever romance novel in one of my favorite books, but alas, I am giving up. Might be more suitable for people who love reading books about books and literary research. Or maybe I am just not smart enough Painfully reminded me of "The Historian" too.

    30. It is easy to quietly read her articulated prose so well wrought as to shine in a glossed reflection if the reader looks away. It’s poeticized scheme perfectly planted. So simple for this reader to enjoy its simple tune, the easy flow of curved notes. The story of scholars dedicating themselves, their lives, to the study of Ash, his life, a Victorian poet. Immersed in the world of academics, departments, collectors, the profiteers, the dense competitiveness, some form of tenderness arising by [...]

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