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Winner of the 1990 Booker Prize--the U.K.'s highest literary award--Possession is a gripping and compulsively readable novel. A.S. Byatt exquisitely renders a setting rich in detail and texture. Her lush imagery weaves together the dual worlds that appear throughout the novel--the worlds of the mind and the senses, of male and female, of darkness and light, of truth and imagination--into an enchanted and unforgettable tale of love and intrigue. --Lisa Whipple
I first read the book five years ago and have re-read it several times since.
It is an excellent story but what is truly remarkable about this novel is that Ms. Byatt has also added large chunks of these poets' literary works.
Reading like a lover of good writing, great books, and a lover of Literature is what I am interested in.
I found the Victorian prose somewhat wearing but the plot was very interesting. Unraveling the academic history was an adventure
with romance as a sidebar.
POSSESSION by A.S. Byatt employs a parallel plot device, in which two modern researchers (Maud Bailey and Roland Mitchell) try to find out what (if any) was the relationship... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Cynthia S. Haggard
Too much angst for me with the characters and the poetry was very medieval. The prose was very beautiful and the plot good.. It was too long getting to the point.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer. Mary's
This book could have been a quarter as long. The story lines, punctuated by unremittingly rambling and opaque verse, were tolerable. Read morePublished 23 days ago by julie whitehouse
Written in 1990, this book is my all time favorite novel. I have read it numerous times and am awed anew with each reading. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Lise Kim Horton
Way too much correspondence and verse. It is interesting that virtually all the verse, regardless of the putative author, is in the same
voice, style,and meter. Read more
A wonderfully literary love story A. S. Byatt's prose is always a delight. One does not want the story to come to a close.Published 1 month ago by discriminating reader
It's sure better than the movie by far, but I was rather disappointed with the ending. After all the complexity, it was a let down.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer