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I am keeping this one, along with others of its kind, on my bedside table. Christina, although apparently a beautiful woman, had Italian coloringdark hair and olive skin or so it seems in the pictures of her. All of them are scholars of Victorian poets and writers. The Mookse and th I’ve read and loved a couple of A. I assume her own writing style was trying to mimic the poets’ own writing styles, but I thoug I did it! Byatt’s relationship with her sister Margaret Drabble has sometimes been strained due to the presence of autobiographical elements in both their writing.

There were parts where I came up gasping for air, and parts that I danced over lightly, barely reading, except for letting the pieces of a well-known structure fall reassuringly into place.

Booker Prize recipient Leonora, it seems to me, is so much larger than life, and I have to wonder if the character got away from Byatt, if perhaps, she had been intended to be more of “bad” critic than she is.

So, yeah, that’s what the good books should do to you.

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Oct 03, Duane rated it it was amazing Shelves: Her knight in shining armor is poet Poxsession Henry Ash. Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and triumphant love story. Retrieved September 28, I will certainly read more.


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I learned a lot about appropriate and inappropriate emotional responses from reading fiction as a preteen and teen. Too much alliteration brings on your irritable bowel syndrome?

No one discovers what has become of the child until years later. Reading them, Maud learns that rather than being related to LaMotte’s sister, as she has always believed, she is directly descended from LaMotte and Ash’s illegitimate daughter.

Only when the object of our desires, be it the beloved person, a professional anntonia, an idealized obsession or the inspiration to write, is released from selfish need will it open its locked gateways freely and show us the pathway to fulfillment. Aug 13, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: I failed to appreciate that A. Preview — Possession by A. I found it difficult to come to care for antlnia characters because the story progresses very slowly, not really flowing, due to bgatt abundance of letters, academic documents and such, and also of POVs, even POVs of very secondary characters in whom the reader is, generously, only tenuously interested.

View all 4 comments. Byatt pulls all this together with the most important aspect of any book, great writing.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Proudly full figured, flamboyant, omnisexual she is mostly lesbian anntonia seems to be open to any type of sexual partnershe is resplendent and she knows it and plays it up.

I love good historical fiction. She writes about female sexuality in LaMotte’s poetry. It is a book about books, but in such a generous way that nearly everything books can be about is in here.


Mar 13, Deea rated it really liked it Shelves: He keeps his find secret. No, I needed something from this boo That was. Nov 11, Maxwell rated it liked it Shelves: The story could have been told without it, but I do think it would have lessened the impact to have had the poems discussed ybatt frequently and never have seen any of them.


I’m not saying that it probably isn’t a great book. Do we have the right to know? Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Does this book get easier with age or is it really that pretentious? The marriage was dissolved in Her behavior completely turns off her French cousin Sabine, who is actually a more sympathetic character that Christabel is. Byatt i “With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!

Of course, he was cut out of the Hollywood movie as well.

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Christabel LaMotte, likewise, is something entirely new; her poems have a dash of Emily-Dickinsonian diction but with Antoniaa, devout Christian, determinedly feminist sensibilities. Sep 01, Alison rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Regarding the epigraphs, I recommend that the reader carefully study each epigraph before reading the chapter; and then upon finishing the chapter, go back and read it again and see if you correctly figured out the true meaning of it.

Is selfless love a chimera? I think it is antoonia difficult to maintain a story within a story, span different ages, and have all the characters seems real and interesting.