These wordy Victorian outpourings are of course reflected back, in a modern narrative that is every bit as baggy and rich as those that the best Victorians used to trot out.
I think rather the opposite is the case—this kind of fictive narrator can creep closer to the feelings and inner life of characters—as well as providing a Greek chorus—than any first-person mimicry. Clearly and specifically stated.
The novels and stories are rife with intertextuality and literary allusions and references: In the middle of writing her quartet, Byatt wrote another novel, Possessionwhich turned out to be her most successful.
He is only an assistant so we begin to feel what a big deal this might be for him, to find a new reference or source. I have a feeling I will need them again soon. Did we not- did you not flame and I catch fire? In spite of the theft, Roland is portrayed as the underdog you might want to root for.
I reached for Possession after two weeks of working twelve hour days and only one Saturday to restore my Self.
The compelling story of the Wellwood family is intertwined with the social and political context of the world in which they live: Yeah, that was about the extent of my thoughts at the time, I think. He must not only tolerate her disappointment with her life but also her ridicule of his inability to do better.
This described book, in itself, is not important to the plot only what will be found slipped within it pages. Its boards were bowed and creaking; it had been maltreated in its own time. Which is why I think this book is a gold mine.
I part company with Evers, however, from that point on — perhaps because we chose different books with which to reacquaint ourselves with the writer.
There were parts where the rhythm of it was enough, and parts where I read and re-read a page again and again until I felt I had understood it on many levels. But mostly, it was all so much words, words, words, paragraphs and pages put together in just that way. The entire section is 1, words.
The final blow comes when she fails her final exams. Roland had the small single table he liked best, behind a square pillar, with the clock over the fireplace nevertheless in full view…. 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.
Shall we survive and rise from our ashes? The two academics fall for each other as did the two Victorian poets in the central story, while hundreds of other points of light spread from them, like crystals on a chandelier, showing various reflections on ideas about ownership and loss, attitudes to sexuality and celibacy, reactions to the compromises of cohabitation and living alone, notions of privacy, personal autonomy and public good, mythologies and counter-mythologies … The effect is dazzling — and similarly ludic erudition is on display throughout.
In academic terms the drafts of the letters to an unknown woman are a real find. I felt purged, like I had gone on a cleansing diet for a month. It mocks class mores. At the same time, their own personal romantic lives — neither of which is satisfactory — develop, and they become entwined in an echo of Ash and LaMotte.
The End of the Gods The letters present the literary opportunity of a lifetime. Now tell me, do you suppose what I just wrote is the truth or a lie? The two scholars find more letters and evidence of a love affair between the poets with evidence of a holiday together during which — they suspect — the relationship may have been consummated ; they become obsessed with discovering the truth.
Parts of this book made me laugh and smile and exercise my brain in the way that I want it to be exercised, and alternately, it devoured me whole. He can only give his credentials in respect to his supervisor, suggesting he has no achievements of his own worth mentioning.
Author statement Critical perspective For many years A. I come home at the end of the day and spend my time trying to reconnect with the other person I know I am and want to continue being.
The letters, in a very different voice, suggest an intimacy and urgency not present in the main, rather controlled, scholarly narrative. I did cry at the end, but for the most simple of reasons, something that you could cry at a freaking Hallmark special on the Lifetime channel about.
Possession is another ambitious novel, a spectacular intertextual literary web which combines explorations of Victorian literature and culture with a gripping detective story and love story.
Although Roland and Val had fallen in love over romantic poems and heady critical debates, the harsh reality of academic life—the A-Levels and Firsts—exposed a troubling insecurity in Val.Possession: A Romance is a best-selling novel by British writer A.
S. Byatt that won the Booker Prize. The novel explores the postmodern concerns of similar novels, which are often categorised as historiographic metafiction, a genre that blends approaches from both historical fiction and metafiction.
Intertextuality in Byatt's Possession. Knowledge of the sources of Byatt's novel is certainly an advantage to the reader when it comes to divining Possession. Her work is highly intertextual, self-consciously drawing on Victorian poetry, biography, and other texts.
Nov 21, · 1st chapter close reading – Possession by AS Byatt November 21, November 21, Posted in Nano Poblano, Opening Chapters, Possession by AS Byatt, The craft of writing, Writing When I started my blog and Nano poblano (3 weeks ago) I made a plan and this is one of this things I said I’d blog about.
This time the subject is Possession by AS Byatt, an author most critics seem to adore, but many readers love to hate. Stuart Evers recently wrote an interesting blog expressing this distaste and what he termed an "allergy" to AS Byatt.
It struck a chord. Ironically, Byatt’s most popular novel, Possession is also the one most deeply imbued with literary scholarship, even if the world of belles.
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