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Possession: A Romance

Possession: A Romance

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These tiles extended halfway up the walls, where they met a paisley vinyl paper crawling with busy suckered globules, octopods, sea-slugs, in very bright purple and pink. And, as the cover proclaims, it is a romance--a set of entwined love stories written with impossible precision and believability. They all assume that the lock of hair in Ash's grave belongs to LaMotte and that he never learnt the truth about his daughter. Following a trail of clues from letters and journals, they collaborate to uncover the truth about Ash and LaMotte's relationship, before it is discovered by rival colleagues.

I say “at home” what extraordinary folly- when you take pleasure in making me feel most unhemlich , as the Germans have it, least of all at home, but always on edge… But poets don’t want homes- do they? He was excited by the ferocious vitality and darting breadth of reference of the work, and secretly, personally, he was rather pleased that all this had been achieved out of so peaceable, so unruffled a private existence. it featured Jemma Redgrave as Maud, Harry Hadden-Paton as Roland, James D'Arcy as Ash and Rachael Stirling as LaMotte. I wasn’t even in it to re-approach situations and characters with a new perspective of age and experience. If it had, where was it, what jewels of information about Ash's "ignored, arcane, deviously perspicuous meanings" might not be revealed by it?This novel is likely, for me, like drinking single-malt scotch in the summer: sometimes I do, but I rarely enjoy it. The text was taken apart and formed into whatever the accidental school held as its dogma, as it’s ideology. Byatt provides extensive letters, poetry and diaries by major characters in addition to the narrative, including poetry attributed to the fictional Ash and LaMotte. But mostly, it was all so much words, words, words, paragraphs and pages put together in just that way. So I'm going to cook more creatively and read more fantasy, because I keep forgetting I like those things.

Byatt plays with the multiplicitous meanings attached to the word and concept of ‘possession’: material things that have contested ownership, owning and being owned, self-possession, obsession. As they unearth their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire--from spiritualist séances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany--what emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas. It was shabby but civilised, alive with history but inhabited also by living poets and thinkers who could be found squatting on the slotted metal floors of the stacks, or arguing pleasantly at the turning of the stair. I’ve heard this talked about in so many different ways, if perhaps not in those words, by other book lovers that I know that I can’t be the only one who does this.It's the warmth and spirit that Byatt has breathed into her characters rather than their cerebral pursuits that makes us care. Creating this story about fictional Victorian poets, including their writings, letters, diaries, etc. They feel the need to keep their discoveries private as many other academics are chasing similar leads. Byatt was the author of numerous novels, including The Children's Book, The Biographer's Tale, and Possession, which was awarded the Booker Prize. The literary critic forces the author to become parroting minions, and closes his interpretation to anything new the author has to say.



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