Saturday, August 11, 2007

I'm reading....

wiki says:
Possession: A Romance is a 1990 bestselling novel by British writer A. S. Byatt. It is a winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize.

Part historical as well as contemporary fiction, the title Possession refers both to issues of ownership and independence between lovers, and to the possession that a biographer feels of their subject. The novel incorporates many different styles and devices: diaries, letters and poetry, in addition to third-person narration. Possession is as concerned with the present day as it is with the Victorian era, pointing out the differences between the two time periods satirizing such things as modern academia and mating rituals.

The novel concerns the relationship between two fictional Victorian poets, Randolph Henry Ash and Christabel LaMotte, as revealed to present day academics Roland Michell and Maud Bailey. Following a trail of clues from various letters and journals, they attempt to uncover the truth about Ash and LaMotte's past before it is discovered by rival colleagues.

NYTimes says:
"Even A. S. Byatt's house is an advertisement for her intellectual passions. Besides the predictably weighty presence of books, William Morris wallpaper and aforementioned reference to Elizabeth I, her yellow and blue dining room is an allusion to Monet's paintings of Giverny, and her dog William is named after Wordsworth."

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