I haven't read a contemporary book as elegantly written as Possession in a long time. This is my first book by A.S. Byatt and she really made a fan out of me.
I love the descriptions, whether it was "twanging music" or a "frigid voice" or "shelf after shelf of wet stone and ledges of rock-pools, stretching away to the sea." Even "caught in the lips of the letterbox." Just beautiful, isn't it?
The story was captivating. I wanted to know more and more about Ash and Christabel, the two Victorian poets whom Roland and Maud are trying to discover whether had a love affair or not. They investigate by reading and comparing Christabel and Ash's letters, diary entries, and poems.
A.S. Byatt created a wonderful array of letters and poems for the two poets. I loved reading the language of their time and the beauty of the way they put words together. I also liked that not only was this story a romance story but also a mystery and a world of intellectual ideas and thoughts. It kept my mind very entertained and it also challenged me.
I can certainly see why this book won the Booker Prize. It is very well-written, with well-defined characters and beautiful writing. I really recommend it.
BOOK #: 42
RATING: 4.5 Stars
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GENRE: Literary Fiction
PUBLISHER: Vintage International
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