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Angels and Insects By A.S. Byatt Angels and Insects In these breathtaking novellas A S Byatt returns to the territory she explored in Possession the landscape of Victorian England where science and spiritualism are both popular manias and domestic d

  • Title: Angels and Insects
  • Author: A.S. Byatt
  • ISBN: 9780679751342
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • Angels and Insects By A.S. Byatt In these breathtaking novellas, A.S Byatt returns to the territory she explored in Possession the landscape of Victorian England, where science and spiritualism are both popular manias, and domestic decorum coexists with brutality and perversion Angels and Insects is delicate and confidently ironic Byatt perfectly blends laughter and sympathy with extraordinary sIn these breathtaking novellas, A.S Byatt returns to the territory she explored in Possession the landscape of Victorian England, where science and spiritualism are both popular manias, and domestic decorum coexists with brutality and perversion Angels and Insects is delicate and confidently ironic Byatt perfectly blends laughter and sympathy with extraordinary sensuality San Francisco Examiner.
    Angels and Insects By A.S. Byatt

    Angels and Insects Nov , Directed by Philip Haas With Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patsy Kensit, Jeremy Kemp In the s a naturalist marries into a family of British country gentry. Angels Insects Angels and Insects Rotten Tomatoes Sep , Angels and Insects is like the dark underside of a Merchant Ivory film in one scene, we visit a sunny, pastoral clearing in the woods, and lift up a rock to see the plump, slimy little slugs and Angels Insects Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott ANGELS INSECTS is probably one of the most fascinating movies of the s With beautiful set designs and marvelous costumes, AI wins Patsy Kensit, Mark Rylance, and Kristen Scott Thomas in one of her best roles ever light up the screen with a dark story hidden in the walls of one aristocratic house in the early years of the s. Angels and Insects by A.S Byatt Oct , Angels and Insects is comprised of two novellas Morpho Eugenia is the first of such and within it, the hero states, You may argue anything at Angels Insects Two Novellas Byatt, A.S Angels and Insects is delicate and confidently ironic Byatt perfectly blends laughter and sympathy with extraordinary sensuality San Francisco Examiner.

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    1. Paul on said:

      A S Byatt goes back again to the Victorian era she writes about so well and has put two novellas together Morpho Eugenia and The Conjugial Angel Both are well written and as always Byatt makes excellent use of poetry especially Tennyson s In Memoriam in the second novella.Morpho Eugenia the Latin name for a South American moth is about William Adamson and ian explorer who has returned and is consulting with Lord Alabaster, a cleric who is also obsessed with moths, butterflies, insects and is a g [...]

    2. Teresa on said:

      Reread My name , she said, is Matilda Up here at night there is no Matty Only Matilda Look at Me The above is dialogue from the book s first novella, Morpho Eugenia, and eerily echoes a recent read of mine, which eerily echoed another novel I read not too long ago While an overall theme of Morpho Eugenia is the dichotomy between the male protagonist s present life with a Victorian English family and his past experiences in the , Matty Matilda is revealed as a patient, reckoning force Though I fu [...]

    3. Michael on said:

      As a fourth read from her, this helps confirm Byatt as among my favorite authors All complex, rich, and mesmerizing This pair of novellas was published together in 1992, soon after Booker Prize winner Possession The blurb on the cover did a good job hooking me and mystifying me with semi spoilers in distorted compression The shipwrecked naturalist who is the protagonist of Morpho Eugenia is rescued by a family whose clandestine passions come to seem as inscrutable as the behavior of insects In T [...]

    4. Jonfaith on said:

      Angels and Insects is comprised of two novellas Morpho Eugenia is the first of such and within it, the hero states, You may argue anything at all by analogy, Sir, and so consequently nothing This deft piece had me cheering for Matty Crompton, a real badass, and pondering these lengthy explorations into entomology as a reflection for Victorian or our own folly As noted, I saw the film almost 20 years ago and was prepared for the development which lists the plot akimbo Such didn t leave the plotti [...]

    5. Anastasia on said:

      Benvenuti.Ora.Prendete un esemplare della sottoscritta in statuetta, miniatura, quello che vi pare, e rinchiudetela in una mini gabbia completamente murata.No, fermi Prima metteteci dentro una semplice farfalla Noterete che alla vostra mini Anastasia si rizzeranno i peli delle braccia, se state guardando attentamente noterete che scatta sulla difensiva e rimane immobile a guardare i minimi movimenti della compagna di cella, la farfalla, e vedete che strabuzzer gli occhi con diversi cipigli nervo [...]

    6. Lucrezia on said:

      Entomologia e vita , e digressioni filosofiche sulla immortalit dell anima e sulla poesia con tanto di sedute spiritiche Patapam In effetti potrei limitare il mio punto di vista s questo romanzo a queste due singole righe, ma vorrei andare un pochino pi a fondo Come improvvisamente si decide di abbandonare le due noiosissime ore di fisica e di darsi all entomologia ma non verrebbe anche a voi la voglia di farlo , quando vedete che il vostro professore invece di spiegare legge le scontatissime, e [...]

    7. Kristina A on said:

      I quickly skimmed the first page of the other reader reviews of this book and discovered that my opinion in comparing the two novellas that comprise it is opposite of most readers It seems most readers from the top page, at least prefer the first novella, Morpho Eugenia the Insects section to The Conjugal Angel the Angels section.For me, Morpho Eugenia was a little disappointing I don t always need to be surprised by what I read, but the characters in this novella were a bit too derivative, the [...]

    8. Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.) on said:

      A.S Byatt, with Angels Insects, has created a rich and complex book comprised of two medium length novellas set in the mid 1860s and 1870s, both of which address themes important to the people of the Victorian Era The first novella, Morpho Eugenia focuses on the relationships between a family, its friends, servants, and the natural world around them in the English countryside The tale pivots around the study of society and nature, and then there s the tension and struggle between theology and sc [...]

    9. The Eleventh Hour on said:

      Hmmm I m really torn about this book On the one hand, the writing was excellent On the other, it was very bizarre Lots of insect imagery and themes in the first story, Morpho Eugenia I felt it was too much, however Although the writing itself was exquisite, I just think I don t like A.S Byatt s style very well She has a way of telling stories that I find to be very off putting She ll start the story getting the narrative ball rolling and making me like all of the characters and then she ll stop [...]

    10. Vorbis on said:

      It took me a long, long time to read this It was dense, and had characters that seemed flat and lifeless due to being secondary to the message the author was exploring I get that the Insects were a metaphor for mankind, but exploring that took too long and just wasn t enough to hold my interests for an entire story.This is two stories in one, the first I pushed through and read all of, the second I started and got lost from the very first sentence They have wings They re doing seances my least f [...]

    11. Elaine on said:

      There are very few authors in my mind that even come close to having the command of language Byatt has and, rarer still, she is an author that credits her reader with as much intelligence as she herself possesses.That being said, Angels and Insects just didn t deliver for me It s wonderfully written of course but it didn t quite enrapture me the way Byatt s other novels and short stories, in particular, have.There are two novellas within the book which explore, in turn, the Victorian fascination [...]

    12. Magdelanye on said:

      loved this so much with all I ve read of her so far, worth the work.

    13. Aubrey on said:

      Well This is it My first review written since the Electoral College decided the will of the people didn t mean shit Am I scared Yes Am I angry Yes Will this interfere with my reading Rate wise, probably Make up wise, however, I ve been practicing my avoidance of white male authored lit for so long that I can t make as much of a dramatic shift in reading habits as I could have a year or two ago I could start dedicating successive reads to authors whose people are going to have even bigger targets [...]

    14. Althea Ann on said:

      Angels and Insects A.S Byatt Morpho Eugenia and The Conjugial Angel This is really two books in one, joined only by the most tenuous ofconnections.The first, Morpho Eugenia, is the story that the 1995 movie Angels Insects tells The film follows the plot of the book faithfully, whichdefinitely influenced my reading of the book A shipwrecked naturalist,William Adamson, is befriended by a wealthy Victorian gentleman, whoinvites him to stay at his estate The naturalist falls inlust at first sight wi [...]

    15. Rage on said:

      This is a beautifully written book The first story concerns a man who, shipwrecked, finds a new home with a collector of specimens from such places as the the man becomes entangled in the family, inevitably uncovering some dirty secrets, all the while trying to find his purpose There s some philosophical musing, and several long digressions on ants, as well as extensive excerpts from contemporary literature, religious works etc I would have preferred fewer excerpts and original text, true of bo [...]

    16. Moses Kilolo on said:

      Life does get busy sometimesBut in the midst of it all to curl up with a book like Angels and Insects is a pure delight I must confess that A.S Byatt is a favorite of mine, and I came in these novellas expecting a lot, of sensuousness in words, of depth in insight and mystery in story telling I got in fact, about possibly everything, death, life, love and betrayal, and the afterlife, and so much Which all made me pause in awe, what a fine mind this lady hasThe first novella tells the story of [...]

    17. Mag on said:

      These are two novellas in one volume The first oneMorpho Eugenia, was made into an esthetically stunning I thought Angels and Insects movie in 1995 I was really fond of the movie when it came out but haven t seen it since The book was a nice review of it, plus Really nicely written, clever novel of ideas, very skillfully woven to be satisfying at both intellectual and emotional levels On the other hand, I couldn t get into the second novella at all Like the first one, it s also set in Victorian [...]

    18. Highlyeccentric on said:

      The first, Morpho Eugenia , was interesting Byatt was playing, quite heavy handedly, with notions of whiteness, civilisation, and purity It s very obvious that she was doing it on purpose the rich English countryfolk whom Our Hero falls in with are the family of Lord and Lady Alabaster You don t pull that trick accidentally And she did manage to write a story about a Victorian era explorer of the who s fixated on the whiteness of his whitepeople hosts without, so far as I could see, committing a [...]

    19. Adam on said:

      Morpho Eugenia is an amazing piece of literary craftsmanship It reads straight through as a great romance story and family drama In hindsight everything shifts into another register Byatt composed extensive passages of scientific and ethical dialogues that read like quotations from the Victorian period They re preoccupied with Victorian concerns but Byatt uses them to construct a very contemporary post modern dialogue on the limitations of analogy and anthropocentrism And they do triple duty as [...]

    20. Tita on said:

      This book contains two novellas, Morpho Eugenia and The Conjugal Angel The first is a suspenseful and shocking Gothic tale of a young man s gradual enlightenment about the depths of depravity in his wife s family The second is a comic and whimsical story of Alfred Lord Tennyson s sister Emily at a seance which was an extremely popular thing to do in the 19th century meeting up with the spirit of Arthur Henry Hallam, the person her brother mourned in his famous poem, In Memoriam The joy of this b [...]

    21. David on said:

      The rating and review only pertain to the first novella, Morpho Eugenia I was interested to read Morpho Eugenia because I watched the film adaptation Angels and Insects The film was a very faithful adaptation of the novella, meaning that reading the book after seeing the movie took away any suspense and intrigue their might have been The writing style is enjoyable and very evocative of the Victorian setting, but the pacing is strange The narrative is often interrupted by poems or texts fiction a [...]

    22. Ms Tlaskal on said:

      I read this in French and for a very literary author it was surprisingly easy to read Could be the translation, or likely the wonderfully clear, limpid writing that holds you spellbound It is set in late Victorian times and deals with one of the passions of the age collecting specimens of the natural world and classifying them as meticulously as their own society was ordered Unfortunately for the hero William, he is pinned by poverty upon the whims of the wealthy Alabaster family who snare him [...]

    23. Aeron on said:

      I started this book in Paris, where my mother handed it down to me I was hot on the heels of The Children s Book, and eager for Byatt Truth be told, I was desperate You know how it is Worse than drugs.I hadn t even finished the first story, which while interesting wasn t as compelling as The Children s Book, when somehow the plastic glass by my bedside table developed a crack and slowly leaked out all the water over the course of the night The sun peaked in through the curtains, woke me up and [...]

    24. Michelle on said:

      I read the first half, Morpho Eugenia, and found it predictable and pretentious The author digresses into lengthy descriptions of insect life and inserts pseudo fairy tales, which are extremely symbolic but don t forward the plot at all In the end it seems these passages were shoehorned into the story, which would have kept movement and flow had they been taken out Some of the prose is gorgeous, and the characters are convincingly Victorian, but I couldn t bring myself to read the second half.

    25. Paul on said:

      Very impressed Byatt has clearly sold her soul to the devil That said, it must be conceded that these stories are not for the impatient Not everyone is going to be charmed by endless descriptions of ant activity, Tennyson s poetry, Swedenborgian theology, and a somewhat unremarkable fable written by one of the characters, but everything comes together so neatly, you finally have to stand up and applaud Best of all, both stories conclude with happy, dare I say exuberant, endings This writing that [...]

    26. RunRachelRun on said:

      Must be completely honest I ve read Angels Insects halfway just can t get through The Conjugal Angel it s just brutally weird My eyes read the words but my brain goes Aggh Can t compute the names, the plot, the details, aggh they just don t work I do love the first story the characters of William and Amy and Matty come through clear as a bell Just rip the book in half, place the first half on your must read again shelf and the last on the maybe on a long weekend and there is nothing else to read [...]

    27. Jonathan on said:

      NOT A REVIEW I am floored This is writing of the highest caliber I love the way Byatt builds a plot The elements and events combine in such a natural way that, when the crisis comes, I think, That is perfect I do so love an author who draws so greedily from Tennyson and Dante Tennyson is indeed a character in the latter novella of this pair, his friends and relations being main characters Brava

    28. Jaime on said:

      Beautiful I love the coherence between this book and Possession I love how A.S Byatt s writing fuses poetry and prose I love the times in which her stories take place That s all I have to say.

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