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Possession: A Romance

Possession: A Romance

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An interesting and at least as important theme is that on the female condition and feminism, now and then.

But it was just possible that Ash's own Vico had marginalia missed even by the indefatigable Cropper. This time though, I focused on Byatt’s poetry and discovered just how much it enriched and influenced the novel’s dual plots. Roland and Maud come across as real (if not as enthralling) as the poets and their story drives the mystery forward to its solution.I chose this job because I had become so disillusioned with the ivory tower academic path I was on that I chose the most opposite thing that I could think of to do that still fell within the realm of my skills and education. It was of this golden apple that Virgil, most learned in heroic antiquities, made the golden bough Aeneas carries into the Inferno or Underworld. I can see that putting people off to begin with, but if you picked up the book already knowing it was about Victorian poets and squabbling Victorian scholars then I would think you'd be prepared for that kind of thing and be able to wade through it. After years of being shut up inside a library going crazy inside my head, I got sick of the whole exercise as a merry-go-round of narcissistic and masochistic head games.

She is an intelligent and multi-talented author, and I was delighted to accompany her through the throes of Randolph Ash and Christabel LaMotte's love story to the last riveting moment. Through it all emerge two love stories, triangulated differently, the contemporary one oddly moving, and a tale that probes the relationships between poet and poetry (do we need to know a life to understand the text? The structure of the novel incorporates many different styles, including fictional diary entries, letters and poetry, and uses these styles and other devices to explore the postmodern concerns of the authority of textual narratives. So the golden apple which Hercules first brought back or gathered from Hesperia must have been grain; and the Gallic Hercules with links of this gold, that issue from his mouth, chains men by the ears: something which will later be discovered as a myth concerning the fields. Byatt's facility with the English language, combined with her broad, classical knowledge, make this a read for those who want to savor every sentence and poem.The set-up of the grad student/teaching assistant/temp couple, living in a dank basement, banned from the garden, and feeding off of each other in passive-aggressive co-dependency was .

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