Hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "a gifted observer, able to discern the exact details that bring whole worlds into being" and "a storyteller who could keep a sultan on the edge of his throne for a thousand and one nights," A. S. Byatt ...
writes some of the most engaging and skillful novels of our time. Time magazine calls her "a novelist of dazzling inventiveness." Possession, for which Byatt won England's prestigious Booker Prize, was praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic when it was first published in 1990. "On academic rivalry and obsession, Byatt is delicious. On the nature of possession—the lover by the beloved, the biographer by his subject—she is profound," said The Sunday Times (London). The New Yorker dubbed it "more fun to read than The Name of the Rose . . . Its prankish verve [and] monstrous richness of detail [make for] a one-woman variety show of literary styles and types." The novel traces a pair of young academics—Roland Michell and Maud Bailey—as they uncover a clandestine love affair between two long-dead Victorian poets. Interwoven in a mesmerizing pastiche are love letters and fairytales, extracts from biographies and scholarly accounts, creating a sensuous and utterly delightful novel of ideas and passions. With an Introduction by the author that describes the novel's origins and its twenty-year gestation, this Modern Library edition is a handsome keepsake for fans of Possession—new and old alike.
Bella scoperta, un romanzo che e' insieme mystery, love story e la ricerca di una verita' letteraria. Ma e' anche un coming of age, la crescita spirituale, professionale e umana dei protagonisti. Anche un intenso intreccio di sentimenti passati maBella scoperta, un romanzo che e' insieme mystery, love story e la ricerca di una verita' letteraria. Ma e' anche un coming of age, la crescita spirituale, professionale e umana dei protagonisti. Anche un intenso intreccio di sentimenti passati ma ancora attuali. Ancora, un fitto rimando di echi letterari. Il mondo dei ricercatori ed accademici e' descritto come non lo leggevo dai tempi del mio primo Lodge. Unico, perdonabile difetto: le parti poetiche, a volte troppo lunghe e un poco tediose in un racconto che altrimenti scivola senza battute di arresto. ...Continua Nascondi
Some really impressive work with the poets and the poems... but that's pretty much it. Not really an impressive novel. The Victorian story is commonplace and pretty much spoiled to the end in the very first chapter (no mystery there). The modernSome really impressive work with the poets and the poems... but that's pretty much it. Not really an impressive novel. The Victorian story is commonplace and pretty much spoiled to the end in the very first chapter (no mystery there). The modern characters are shallow and they sort of lack drive in everything they do. And since the poets themselves were not real, all the hubbub around this earth-shattering discovery seems pointless. It reminded me of my university years (I'm a Literature major) when professors tried to convince us very hard that their everlasting researches on obscure minor works or obscure minor authors were not a waste of their and everybody's time......Continua Nascondi
A long book, that shows the work of an incredibly resourceful writer but that becomes, at times, cheesy and redundant... I'm not sure I liked it very much, in spite of the lively setting and care for even the tiniest details.
Stupendo il romanzo e ammirevole il fatto che sia incentrato tutto sulla vita e le opere di due poeti vittoriani (Ash e LaMotte) che sono stati inventati dall'autrice, così come le relative opere qua e là riprodotte nel testo (è tutti così veroStupendo il romanzo e ammirevole il fatto che sia incentrato tutto sulla vita e le opere di due poeti vittoriani (Ash e LaMotte) che sono stati inventati dall'autrice, così come le relative opere qua e là riprodotte nel testo (è tutti così vero che durante la lettura pensavo di essere così ingnorante da non conoscere un poeta inglese fondamentale!). Si tratta di una lettura che mi ha affascinato anche perchè riesce a rendere bene i personaggi tipici dell'ambiente accademico contemporaneo. Resta il fatto che si tratta di un libro che ad alcuni potrebbe risultare indigesto....Continua Nascondi
published-1990, victoriana, one-penny-wonder, booker-winner, fradio, paper-read, winter-20112012, re-read, film-only, mystery-thriller, poetry, play-dramatisation, 3m-bookshelf-challengeRecommended to Bettie by: Brazilliant LauraRead from January published-1990, victoriana, one-penny-wonder, booker-winner, fradio, paper-read, winter-20112012, re-read, film-only, mystery-thriller, poetry, play-dramatisation, 3m-bookshelf-challenge Recommended to Bettie by: Brazilliant Laura Read from January 01, 2009 to January 07, 2012, read count: 3
** spoiler alert ** ENCOUNTER ONE:FILM - You know how it is sometimes, so much to do and a very limited space of time such as cleaning a sticky kitchen floor after cooking. I bring out the mop and bucket and announce 'a lick and a promise' will do for now.
I have just watched the film Possession and it is lovely, really lovely but one knows for sure that the book must be far more in depth. So the watching is just 'a lick and a promise' before the real delight of the book.
ENCOUNTER TWO: Condition: Used - Good Sold by: roryallin £0.01
ENCOUNTER THREE: BBC in 15 episodes...
blurbs - Roland Michell, an academic research assistant, is completing some work in the London Library, when he comes across two unfinished letters written by the Victorian Poet, Randolph Henry Ash. These letters have obviously not been found by anyone else and they are not to his wife but to an unknown woman. Roland, whose entire academic life has been devoted to studying Ash, decides, recklessly to pocket the letters and try to determine exactly who they were written to.
This is the beginning of a quest that will change literary history and with the help of a feminist literary scholar Maud Bailey, they are determined to find out the truth behind these letters. Certain other characters hear about the letters and are eager to get their hands on them for their own financial gain and will do so, by any means necessary, and so the chase begins.
Written by A S Byatt. Dramatised by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Maud ...... Jemma Redgrave Roland ...... Harry Hadden-Paton Ash ....... James d'arcy Lamotte ..... Rachael Stirling Blackadder ..... Bill Paterson Cropper ..... Matthew Marsh George ...... Kenneth Cranham Joan ....... Joanna David Beatrice Nest ...... Stella Gonet Euan ...... Nicholas Boulton Fergus ...... Jonjo O'Neil Hildebrand ..... Robert Portal Val ...... Laura Pyper Leonora .... Lorelei King Raoul/Toby Byng .... Sam Dale Mrs Wapshott/Mrs Cammish/Mrs lees ..... Jane Whittenshaw Beth/PA/Mrs Judge/Librarian ...... Rachel Atkins Girl ...... Sylvie Goodwin