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Nov 11, Maxwell rated it liked it Shelves: For the novel by Elana Johnson, see Possession Johnson posession. But even after failing to meld with PossessionI’m gripped by the most ignorant of blind faiths. I was self-medicating with this book. He keeps his find secret. With little possesxion of ghostly Madonna lilies-they were of Italian design-on certain tiles, not all.

View all 8 comments. Leonora can be obnoxious and irritating, but still she is one of my favorite characters.

ss She gave Cropper, who’s from New Mexico, an inexplicable stagey Southern accent that would have been more suitable for a production of “The Glass Menagerie” than for a guy who grew up in the Southwest. The timeline involves a gaggle byyatt academics. Still, I think I would have preferred a different reader.

It was the smell of the aftermath, a green smell, a smell of shredded leaves and oozing resin, of crushed wood and splashed sap, a tart smell, which bore some relation to poesession smell of bitten apples. What is required is to keep alive, to polish… And yet to add something of yours, of the writer, which makes all these things seem new. But we are human- and to be human is to desire to know what may be known by any means… I would not for the whole world diminish you.

My problem is that I never really cared about either the poets or the scholars. This “piece” is yet another confirmation of this sad fact. I’m considering assigning this as an option for an independent reading assignment for a class of high school sophomores all girls.


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The novel was adapted as a feature film by the same name inand a serialised radio play that ran from to on BBC Radio 4. Byatt’s cup of tea. I have called you my Muse, and so you are, or might be, a messenger from some urgent place of the spirit where essential poetry sings and sings”. And, as the cover proclaims, it is a romance–a set of entwined love stories written with impossible precision and believability. Freed from obscurity and a dead-end relationship, Michell remedies the potential professional suicide of stealing the original drafts, and sees an academic career open up before him.

I’m not saying tha 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. A pure waste of time which I was suckered into by someone whose taste I had thought trustworthy, so that was a lesson bitterly learned. Ashe was married, and LaMotte was in a relationship with a woman. This is one of the most remarkable books I’ve ever read. Newby Bernice Rubens J.

This is a type of book that fills your mind, not a possesxion you’d expect, but definitely in a good way. Because we stumble upon things, or they are left to us via a legacy, do we own them because we possess them? And yet there was a disconnect between me and the words. Byatt to be awarded Park Kyong-ni Literature Prize”.

How can the bird fly free in the gilded cage of desire? She shows up unbidden at Maud’s apartment, to Maud’s annoyance. The film differs considerably from the novel. The great merit of [her] writing. 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 nyatt keep byxtt sultan on the edge of his throne for a thousand and one nights,” A.


Creating this story about fictional Victorian poets, including their writings, letters, diaries, etc. The two of them decide to disappear for awhile on a secret quest to find out more about the connection between Ash and LaMotte.

Surprisingly, Maud takes to Beatrice. A very intelligently delicious book–once you get past the slow beginning. Now a lot of people say that they abandon this book because they z it too pretentious, or too self-gratifying, etc.


After years of being shut up inside a library going crazy inside my head, I got sick of the whole exercise as a merry-go-round of narcissistic and masochistic head games. I have a feeling I will need them again soon. I think rather the opposite is the case—this kind of fictive narrator can creep closer to the feelings and inner life of characters—as well as providing a Greek chorus—than any first-person mimicry.

I was also possessed while reading this time–by the desire to know how the mystery ends. I am at the point with this book where I am not only remembering the scenes and words, I am doubling that over with my memories of myself reading them and feeding off of them, trying to make them a part of my immediate self again. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Or with unrestrained love. Byatt writes some of the most engaging and skillful novels of our time.

Jun 27, Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 Byatt does an excellent job of leading us into the ever-deepening waters of the mystery.