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The title Possession highlights many of the major themes in the novel: The story could have been told without it, but I do think it would have lessened the impact to have had the poems discussed so frequently and never have seen any of them. And that is true! Through it all emerge two love stories, triangulated differently, the contemporary one oddly moving, and a tale that probes the relationships between poet and poetry do we need to know a life to understand the text?

Roland uncharacteristically pockets the letters. Or is it literally just verse? And it isn’t as if they are pointless.

I picked up this book because I had seen it in a recommended poseession site and then a friend said that it was really good. What if the owners took pains to make sure things were kept hidden?

Also this book definitely made me think a lot about poems vs. Other characters include Sir George Bailey and his disabled wife Joan. The other, Christabel LaMotte, is less well known, pkssession because she is a woman. Are the spirits of the ones who’ve gone on before us capable of possessing the ones who remain behind?


abtonia Retrieved 1 October I have no doubt that this book is beloved by many, just not me. He is a dour Scot, who turns out to not be as curmudgeonly as he seems to be.

I was self-medicating with this book. Retrieved 18 January The plot is very slowly revealed. Is selfless love a chimera? View all 10 comments. For me, Possession is like a bottle of wine or a box of byagt good chocolate the really, expensive and sinfully good kind. One was close to the time the novel was writtenthe other nineteenth century Victorian England.

Reading it, I had a sensation of driving an old heavy car on a bumpy road.

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I have to admit, I did not approach this book this time around with what I would consider pure motives. It was a cycle of memory and experience, one feeding off the other to bring me back, make me disappear and make me whole again, here in the present. But it’s all a little too much to wade through for just a taste of these morsels. And the more contemporary romance was rather chilly. Man Booker Prize Winner But mostly, it was all so much words, words, wordsparagraphs and pages put together in just that way.

The author gently mocks the academics and their obsessions with ideas no one else cares about.

After skipping quite a bit I have the following observations: Her knight in shining armor is poet Randolph Henry Ash. Jun 27, Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it Shelves: And to all stories, there is always another side, and another side, and another side. If you try that shit with Hamlet you’re going to miss half the play. How much does our partner aim to possess us? It’s the warmth and spirit that Byatt has breathed into her characters rather than their cerebral pursuits that makes us care”.


Only when the object of our desires, be it the beloved person, a professional career, an idealized obsession or the inspiration to write, is released from selfish need will it open its locked gateways freely and show us the pathway to fulfillment. Now tell me, do you suppose what I just wrote is the truth or a lie? I chose this job because I had become so disillusioned with the ivory tower academic path I was on that I chose the most opposite thing that I could think of to do that still fell within the realm of my skills and education.

Never to be fully possessedbut forever adored.

The timeline involves a gaggle of academics. I needed some beauty in my life so badly, and this is how you know the disease of bibliophilia has really set in- books are what I turn to antomia I need that. He slept curled against her back, a dark comma against her pale elegant phrase. As a good number of these characters living more than a century apart start telling their storiesthree, four, five, and more writing styles in both prose and possessoon began to multiply.

Virginia Leisham’s reading of the audio didn’t help matters.