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Possession: A Romance

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The two scholars find more letters and evidence of a love affair between the poets (with evidence of a holiday together during which – they suspect – the relationship may have been consummated); they become obsessed with discovering the truth. I think a lot of the things that could be deemed 'pretentious' are being used by Byatt to make fun of the ridiculousness of some of the characters within who are indeed pretentious. This brings us to the second layer: beyond the love story and the poetry is a very ironic and good humored critique of the academia in the late 80s, early 90s - the extremely alienating postmodern fad as well as the „cultural/womens/etc“ studies that were developing at the time. As the Great Storm of 1987 strikes England, the interested modern characters come together at Ash's grave, where they intend to exhume documents buried with Ash by his wife, which they believe hold the final key to the mystery. I need a bracing cool autumn evening, or a blizzardy night, woodfire blazing, my faithful companion, Sutcliffe, the Beagle, by my side.

I was slightly worried about Roland's fate at the beginning of the book - unemployed postgraduate - it's clearly where I'm heading myself but I've just got to make the most of the journey, I think. Every brick breathed fresh air; each had been stripped and drenched with blow-torch and high-speed jet, so that the house lay revealed beneath its original skin.but that is enough of my egoistical mutter, and of those of my personae, who are not, as you so rightly remarked, my masks. Years later, while teaching the work of Robert Browning at University College, London (she had inherited a passion for Browning from her mother), Ms.

it featured Jemma Redgrave as Maud, Harry Hadden-Paton as Roland, James D'Arcy as Ash and Rachael Stirling as LaMotte. I go to books to remind myself that beauty exists and it is worth something and it is a part of me, no matter how much I forget that sometimes. I just didn't enjoy the poems very much, perhaps I would have gotten more out of the novel by fully reading the poems but I don't feel as though my overall enjoyment was too much affected.As ''Possession'' progresses, it seems less and less like the usual satire about academia and more like something by Jorge Luis Borges. I feel, I know with a certainty that cannot be the result of folly or misapprehension, that you and I must speak again.

Aunque he de reconocer que la poesía me ha resultado algo pesada en ocasiones, el libro resulta adictivo por su originalidad en la mezcla de tramas, de pasado y presente , y en la curiosidad que despierta la historia principal. In connection with that, I wonder if you have thought of Vico's history of the primitive races--of his idea that the ancient gods and later heroes are personifications of the fates and aspirations of the people rising in figures from the common mind? Roland was first profoundly shocked by these writings, and then, in his scholarly capacity, thrilled. I have to admit, I did not approach this book this time around with what I would consider pure motives.When a connection between the two Victorians is discovered, professional rivalry and collaboration are at odds in the literary detective story that ensues. I've also wondered for some time if my anti-AS prejudice was a bit daft and thought I should give her another – fairer – reading. But more of it is about being so far away from what I like to think of as myself that there are days where I can’t get back. In short, the whole book is a gigantic tease – which is certainly satisfying on an intellectual level. Following a trail of letters, journals and poems they uncover a web of passion, deceit and tragedy, and their quest becomes a battle against time.

I’ve seen reviews where readers have skipped the poetry which is sad because it’s both an important carrier of the novel’s ideas and themes as well as making interventions in the narrative. For the next half hour Roland worked haphazardly, moving backwards and forwards in the Vico, half-looking for Proserpina, half-reading Ash's notes, which was not easy, since they were written in various languages, in Ash's annotating hand, which was reduced to a minute near-printing, not immediately identifiable as the same as his more generous poetic or letter-writing hand. The first thing that surprised me about an author I had previously pigeon-holed a dry old stick was how witty she is – and how playful.

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 enjoyed reading this book very much - not only did it encapsulate the area very well (in the sections when it was in Whitby) but it also recorded an interesting and engaging story in an enchanting way.

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