The New Canon celebrates great works of fiction published since This review focuses on Possession by A.S. Byatt. The questions, discussion topics, author biography, and suggested reading that follow are designed to enhance your group's reading of A. S. Byatt's Possession. A. S. Byatt's beloved novel—winner of the Booker Prize and an international best seller—is a spellbinding intellectual mystery and an.


Author: Estefania Schultz
Country: Argentina
Language: English
Genre: Education
Published: 21 October 2015
Pages: 689
PDF File Size: 48.28 Mb
ePub File Size: 18.32 Mb
ISBN: 622-8-20150-460-9
Downloads: 68193
Price: Free
Uploader: Estefania Schultz



Jacketed Introduction by Philip Hensher About Possession 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 possession byatt keep a sultan on the edge of his throne possession byatt a thousand and one nights," A.

Byatt writes some of the most engaging and skillful novels of our time.

Ash's marriage is revealed to have been unconsummated, although he loved and remained devoted to his wife. He and LaMotte had a short, passionate affair; it led to possession byatt suicide of LaMotte's companion and possibly loverBlanche Glover, and the secret birth of LaMotte's illegitimate daughter possession byatt a year spent in Brittany.

LaMotte left the girl with her sister to be raised by her, and possession byatt off as her own. Ash was never informed that he and LaMotte had a child.

Possession by A.S. Byatt

As the Great Storm of strikes England, the possession byatt modern characters come together at Ash's grave, where they intend to exhume documents buried with Ash by his wife, which they believe hold the final key to the mystery.

To bring her Victorians to life, for instance, Byatt doesn't simply tell their stories, she sets down their own words. possession byatt


There are more than pages of invented — and generally convincing — journal extracts. Yet more impressive are in excess of 1, lines of original poetry, generally possession byatt at a pitch of intensity worthy of the pre-Raphaelites and dripping in allusion possession byatt metaphor.

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.


Byatt luxuriates in long digressions and ornate possession byatt. This is a book where it's impossible for possession byatt character to simply photocopy something.

He first has to let the machine warm up, and then: Now tell me, do you suppose what I just wrote is the truth or a lie?

Possession by A. S. Byatt |

What shall I say of it? How shall I characterize it? So if I construct a fictive eyewitness account- a credible plausible account- am I lending life to truth with my fiction- or verisimilitude to a colossal Lie with my feverish possession byatt Do Possession byatt do as they did, the evangelists, reconstructing the events of the Story in after-time?

Or do I do as false prophets do and puff air into simulacra?. I have called you my Muse possession byatt so you are, or might be, a messenger from some urgent place. But we are human- and to be human is to desire to know what may be known by any means… I would not for the whole world diminish you.

Guardian book club: Possession by AS Byatt | Books | The Guardian

Did we not- did you not flame and I catch fire? Shall we survive and rise from our ashes? That self-begotten bird In the Arabian woods embossed That no second knows nor third And lay erewhile a holocaust From out her ashy womb now possession byatt Revives, reflourishes, then vigorous most When most unactive deemed And though her body die, her fame survives A secular bird, ages possession byatt lives.

I would rather have lived alone, so, if you would have the truth.

Fuck, I remember now. That is the shit that started me down possession byatt path in the first place, that lead me to make choice after choice that I thought was going there, even if it went somewhere different.

That restored me again.