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Possession :a romance


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ISBN13: 9780394586236
ISBN10: 0394586239
Condition: Standard
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"Possession" is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and a 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 seances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany — what emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas.

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Bethany Dotson, October 22, 2012 (view all comments by Bethany Dotson)
From what I can tell from the reviews on Goodreads, you either hate this book, or you love it.

I loved it.

Possession is the story of two modern-day academic researchers (literary critics & postgrads/professors) and the parallel (somewhat) story of two Victorian-age poets and writers, modelled, apparently, after Christina Rosetti and perhaps Robert Browning. I'll be the first to say that I was not a fan of Byatt's The Children's Book, but her writing and storytelling in Possession is absolutely first rate. It's a love story to Victorian literature and culture; an ode to academia (with its quirks & downsides, admittedly) and the love of learning and pursuit of knowledge.

The poetry that Byatt writes as her characters and the way that she creates distinct voices for many different people and personalities is a testament to her skill. Five stars.
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(a romance )
Byatt, A S
Random House
New York :
Love stories
Poets, English
Poets, English -- Fiction.
Manuscripts -- Collectors and collecting -- England -- Fiction.
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1st American ed.
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555 p.

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