The Magnolia Story

This eBook includes the full text of the book plus

You are here: Home - Books - Possession


Possession By A.S. Byatt Possession Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance at once an intellectual mystery and triumphant love story It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poet

  • Title: Possession
  • Author: A.S. Byatt
  • ISBN: 9780679735908
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • Possession By A.S. Byatt Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and triumphant love story It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets As they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire from spiritualist s ances to the fairy haunted far west of Brittany Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and triumphant love story It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets As they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire from spiritualist s ances to the fairy haunted far west of Brittany what emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas.Man Booker Prize Winner 1990
    Possession By A.S. Byatt

    • ✓ Possession ☆ A.S. Byatt
      160 A.S. Byatt

    One thought on “Possession

    1. Kelly on said:

      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 book I [...]

    2. Paul Bryant on said:

      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 o [...]

    3. Warwick on said:

      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 Hamlet you r [...]

    4. Marjorie Hakala on said:

      A while ago I said to myself, I m going to pay attention to doing things that make me happy So I m going to cook creatively and read 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 meringue pie weeps w [...]

    5. Dolors on said:

      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 possess [...]

    6. Duane on said:

      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, that put [...]

    7. Jennifer (aka EM) on said:

      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 powering on, d [...]

    8. Cecily on said:

      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 LaMotte, loosely based [...]

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

      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 than a cursory glance to the poetry during previous reads This ti [...]

    10. Maxwell on said:

      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 thought it w [...]

    11. Sarah Mac on said:

      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 is smart, she wants everyone [...]

    12. Adina on said:

      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 attempt to [...]

    13. Michael on said:

      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 to [...]

    14. Simona Bartolotta on said:

      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 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 copy of this mag [...]

    15. Alison on said:

      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 to find ou [...]

    16. Manny on said:

      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

    17. Cindy Newton on said:

      There have been so many reviews written about this book, by so many people much 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 muted one between the scholars obsessed by them Byatt does an excellent j [...]

    18. Chris on said:

      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 life, and [...]

    19. Mona on said:

      Artfully Told Tale of Academics, Victorian Poets and RomanceI wanted to like this book 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 involved here is [...]

    20. Kim on said:

      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 isn t a gre [...]

    21. Fabian on said:

      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 shines through [...]

    22. Nelson Zagalo on said:

      Bel ssimo tour de force liter rio Possess o um romance com m ltiplas camadas de significa o e enquanto tal merece uma an lise cuidada por camada Do meu interesse em literatura, e do que me mais facilmente acess vel, defino tr s que me surgem de modo evidente romance mist rio, virtuosismo, e s tira acad mica mas claro que um trabalho mais profundo de an lise e interpreta o liter ria encontrar outras camadas de relevo Daqui percebe se que n o estamos perante um simples romance, mas antes uma obra [...]

    23. Mosca on said:

      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 story began to grow around me, the characters p [...]

    24. Riku Sayuj on said:

      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 eagle feat [...]

    25. João Carlos on said:

      Maud Bailey Gwyneth Paltrow e Roland Michell Aaron Eckhart no filme realizado por Neil LaButeUm thriller liter rio 5 V rias hist rias 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 , um assistente de investiga o a tempo parcial, que est espera na sala de leitura da Biblioteca de Londres para examinar um livro que pertencera ao famoso poeta vitoriano Randolph Henry Ash O [...]

    26. Deea on said:

      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 Dame sans Merci in prose Her knigh [...]

    27. Roya on said:

      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 stupid and that s wh [...]

    28. Carrie on said:

      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. Tatiana on said:

      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 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. Stephen P on said:

      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 a join [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *