Monday, July 30, 2007

Review: Possession, A Romance by A.S. Byatt

BOOK: Possession, A Romance by A.S. Byatt

Genre: Literary Fiction

Rating: B+

This is my first book completed for the Awards Challenge. It won the Man Booker Prize Award in 1990. I've looked forward to reading it for awhile and I'm happy to have finally done it. However, I was just a little bit disappointed. I thought it would be more.... hmmm... more.... I don't know.... page-turning, or quickly moving or something. It was actually quite slow. I liked the story, about two scholars each with a particular poet as their speciallty. One of them discovers that there may have been a link in the past with the lives of these two poets. So together, they investigate and unravel the mystery. All of it is done with journal entries, letters and poems from the these poets and people in their lives. I loved how she did this, except the poetry. I must admit...shhhhh.... that I skipped the really long poems! But other than that, it was really quite good. Amazing that stories this complicated can come out of someone's head! Amazing!


  1. I cannot tell you how many times I've picked up this book only to set it down after two or three pages. I've been told it is good, but I can't seem to get into it. I'm about ready to chuck it forever, but I'll give it one more chance, I think. Nice review.

  2. It was hard to get into, but then I was into it enough to want to know how it ends, how it all comes together, and like I said, I skipped the poetry bits which I figured didn't really have much to do with the story. Try again!



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