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The Game: A Novel Paperback – November 10, 1992
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''Byatt is the most formidably equipped of contemporary novelists . . .The great merit of [her] writing . . . is that it continually engages the reader's mind.'' --Daily Telegraph (London)
''Nadia May's expert narration adds to the drama of this complex and satisfying work. Recommended.'' --Library Journal --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
This was A.S. Byatt's second novel, published in 1967, the summer of love and all that business. It is a masterful work. Julia runs into trouble when she writes a book about Simon and Cassandra and all the mess they went through. Both sisters begin to question whether their lives have become fiction or whether the fictions they made up as kids have become their lives. It is an interesting question for a writer's second work and one which I've seen taken up by Dostoyevsky. The Game is really about whether other people's perceptions of us is stronger than our own self-image.Read more ›
An unsatisfying exercise interesting only in the context of Byatt's later writings.
_The Game_ is basically the story of two sisters: Julia, a sociable but shallow novelist who writes about the boredom of domestic life; and Cassandra, a nunlike scholar who hides away from real life in the cloistered world of high academia. The "game" referred to in the title is an imaginary Arthurian world invented by the sisters when they were children, but it has little bearing on the rest of the novel, except in that Cassandra went on to become an Arthurian scholar, and Julia uses it as an example of Cassandra's condescension. It could have been dropped from the plot without much effect, which is sad for me, since the Arthurian element is the biggest reason I wanted to read the book in the first place.
Leaving out Arthur, who is mostly irrelevant anyway, we have Julia and Cassandra, who are just repairing their estranged relationship, when Simon Moffat comes back into their life. Simon was both women's first love; Cassandra adored him from a distance, while Julia slept with him. This triangle was the reason for their estrangement. When he reappears, so do the tensions between the sisters.
_The Game_ failed to engage me; most of the characters were pretty one-dimensional and cold. Cassandra had a few moments of stunning dignity, but she didn't seem real either. A.S. Byatt has gotten much better since.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
COuldn't catch my attention. Sorry. Very wellwritten but perhaps not timely enough?Published 2 months ago by G Kossow
The Game (1967) was A.S. Byatt’s second novel and first written as an adult (her first, The Shadow of the Sun, was composed when she was still a schoolgirl, though it was reworked... Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. Buzalka
Reminiscent of the intensely intellectual, unrelentingly psychological and unwholesomely church-y novels of Evelyn Waugh and other English writers of the 1930's. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Brenda Teese
An intriguing story of how a childhood game of imagination has a lingering influence on adult relationships. Elegantly written prose. A "cannot be put down" story.Published on June 11, 2014 by blooms
If this were the only book of hers I ever read, I would never read another one. I loved Possession, and so had some expectation of another engaging read with characters I would... Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by Susan Ricci
The breach between Byatt and her younger sister and fellow novelist, Margaret Drabble, is longstanding and well known. Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Roger Brunyate
A S Byatt is one of my favorite authors, but this book was not her best. Book about sisters Cassandra and Julia, and their relationship with the enigmatic Simon. Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by Ada Ardor
This is probably the worst book I've ever read, especially disappointing because I heard so much about Possession: A Romance (Modern Library), highly praised by my friends... Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by C. Macauley
Another A.S.Byatt novel I thought I would really enjoy but it just was not what I was looking for; maybe the next will be.Published on April 20, 2008 by Linda