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Possession
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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 could keep a sultan on the edge of his throne for a thousand and one nights," A. S. Byatt writes some of the most engaging and skillful novels of our time. Time magazine calls her "a novelist of dazzling inventiveness." Possession, for which Byatt won England's prestigious Booker Prize, was praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic when it was first published in 1990. "On academic rivalry and obsession, Byatt is delicious. On the nature of possessionthe lover by the beloved, the biographer by his subjectshe is profound," said The Sunday Times (London). The New Yorker dubbed it "more fun to read than The Name of the Rose . . . Its prankish verve [and] monstrous richness of detail [make for] a one-woman variety show of literary styles and types." The novel traces a pair of young academicsRoland Michell and Maud Baileyas they uncover a clandestine love affair between two long-dead Victorian poets. Interwoven in a mesmerizing pastiche are love letters and fairytales, extracts from biographies and scholarly accounts, creating a sensuous and utterly delightful novel of ideas and passions. With an Introduction by the author that describes the novel's origins and its twenty-year gestation, this Modern Library edition is a handsome keepsake for fans of Possessionnew and old alike.
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Ruthiella
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Have you already been tagged @Tamra ? Would you like to post a cover you love each day for seven days with no explanation?

#7days7covers #covercrush

batsy Aaaah! Beautiful book and cover. 5d
Tamra Thank you! But my books are in boxes. 😫 5d
Ruthiella @Tamra ahh! Too bad!😢 5d
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Ruthiella @batsy Thanks! I loved this book and the slightly creepy yet opulent cover belies the content. 5d
LeahBergen I loved this book. ❤️ 4d
Ruthiella @LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 4d
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sprainedbrain
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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I LOVED THIS BOOK. So very much.

Full review: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/09/07/another-1001book-review-possession-by-a-s-b...

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

LMJenkins This has been in my Top Ten forever....l love this book. 🙌🏻 2w
Daisey I enjoyed this one much more than I expected to. It was so good! 2w
vivastory Such a brilliant book 2w
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Prairiegirl_reading A few things have held me back from reading this one. 1. It‘s a chunkster and that always scares me. 2. I‘ve heard the first hundred pages are slow and I know I‘ll give up before that. 3. Gwenyth Paltrow is in the movie, enough said. 2w
sprainedbrain @Prairiegirl_reading I would say don‘t be afraid of 1 & 2. Also, I was bummed when I googled to see if there was a movie and then saw that she was in it... maybe I don‘t need to watch this one. 😂 2w
Prairiegirl_reading @sprainedbrain 🤣🤣I‘ll have to give the book some serious consideration then! The movie-hard no! 2w
LeeRHarry I loved this book! 💕 And I actually liked the movie 😊 2w
sprainedbrain @Prairiegirl_reading @LeeRHarry ok, so the movie is on hbo on demand so I just watched it. They changed a lot of stuff (why is Roland American?) and left a lot of stuff out, then rushed through things, but I suppose that‘s to be expected when a huge book is adapted to a little movie. It wasn‘t horrible though! Obviously, the book is far superior. 😃 2w
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twohectobooks
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#bookhaulchallenge Had to scroll back pretty far to get to this, posted three years ago! I couldn‘t figure out how to get litsy to tell me the actual post date. 🤨

I‘ve read Roadside Picnic and His Majesty‘s Dragon (and the first sequel to it) but not Possession. Hoping to get to that one by the end of the year.

Lcsmcat Loved Possession! 1mo
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Mtroiano
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Final getaway of the summer ☀️

Definitely ready for some fall weather after this!

Zelma Me too! We won‘t get fall temps until late November though. Blech! 1mo
KathyWheeler This is one of my favorite books. The weather app says it feels like 113 here today, and I‘d agree with it. I could go for some fall weather. 1mo
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ValerieAndBooks
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Two academics find surprising secrets about the subject of their studies —two Victorian poets — via discovered letters, diaries, and rereading their poetry. And meanwhile they learn more about each other and themselves. Add to this the other academics on the same trail and this is quite a story. I do admit to skimming, instead of thoroughly reading, the poetry and some of the discovered writings — in favor of the action and dialogue.

#1001Books

Sweettartlaura Maybe I need to skim - I gave up on this some time back, but felt like I might try it again. Skimming might be the answer 🤔 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Sweettartlaura yes, I wasn‘t too crazy about the long epic poetry, but figured out that the modern-day characters would discuss the meaning of them anyway — so skim it was! 😂 2mo
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ValerieAndBooks
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Current #1001Books read. About 1/3 through and I keep going back and forth thinking “this book is brilliant” and “this book goes on a bit too much”.

No power all morning — stormed through the night! Reading this by the window and may have to do a Starbucks run soon as I cannot make coffee here.

Suet624 I had this on my shelf for years and eventually got rid of it. I look forward to hearing how it goes. 2mo
DivineDiana Hope your power has been restored! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 it does require a certain mood. I had it in my TBR for years! As I mentioned in the review, I skimmed some of the non-plot parts 🤫 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana it was out for several hours— just enough that food didn‘t spoil but got a lot of reading done 😊 2mo
DivineDiana Perfect! 👏🏻 2mo
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MrBook
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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😳🙈 What do they all have?! I need to know! #LitsyHumor

Susanita My step brother does this in all his Facebook posts, and it drives me crazy. 2mo
Hooked_on_books At least they‘re consistent 2mo
Sherri Why is this so prevalent on signs? Ugh. 2mo
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LiterRohde
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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“I cannot let you burn me up, nor can I resist you. No mere human can stand in a fire and not be consumed.”

#LilithJuly | 12: #Possession

📷: Made with Typorama

JamieArc I loved this book, and it was a true highlight to meet AS Byatt at an event she spoke at. 2mo
LiterRohde @JamieArc I read it back in college and it has stuck with me all these years. 2mo
LeeRHarry I LOVE this one too😊 2mo
KarenUK Love this book so much 💕 2mo
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jenniferw88
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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TrishB You got there first 👍🏻 2mo
Cinfhen That‘s such a gorgeous cover! Haven‘t read this author before. 2mo
jenniferw88 @TrishB 🤣😁 I was going to do my favourite 'bookish' possession but this was my first thought! 2mo
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KathyWheeler One of my favorite books. 2mo
KarenUK Looovvvveee this book 💕💕💕 2mo
Carissa-Green-Reads Byatt deserves a rediscovery by the new generation of readers. 2mo
gradcat Yaaasss! Love this!! 2mo
currerbelle One of my very favorite books! Got my hooked on Byatt. 2mo
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vivastory
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Four of my favorite books of the past year have involved a romantic relationship gone wrong in some way. #TaintedLove #AnglophileApril
@Mdargusch @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Looks like 4 very different forms of love. 5mo
emilyhaldi I keep seeing White Teeth everywhere!!! So many books, so little time 😅 5mo
Reggie A friend and I at work used to act out that scene from the movie. “Everything that is good in me is cause of you.” “She‘s not here.” And then later...”Give me your hand. Do you know what this is? It‘s my heart and it is broken.” Lololol good times. 5mo
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Mdargusch Great collage! ❤️ I haven‘t read any of these! 5mo
Reviewsbylola Possession has been on my TBR forever! (edited) 5mo
readordierachel Wow, that edition of White Teeth is incredible! 5mo
vivastory @readordierachel Right?!! I am going to have to track down a copy. I ♥ it. I think it's a Penguin Ink edition 5mo
readordierachel That explains it. I've never met a Penguin Ink I didn't like. They're all so cool. Be sure to post pictures in all it's glory if you do track one down! 5mo
vivastory @readordierachel I definitely will. I feel the same way. The only one I have is Paul Auster's Moon Palace 5mo
readordierachel I haven't see that one! Will have to look it up. I only have one as well, a copy of The Bloody Chamber 5mo
vivastory @readordierachel I just looked up the Bloody Chamber & it is pretty awesome. I think I have at least one book in all of the different lines that penguin does, except maybe Orange. 5mo
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Autumnscribe
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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I started reading this last year, and then life got very complicated for a while. Now that things are finally stating to calm down a bit, or rather that I have gotten used to the chaos, I am going to attempt to finally finish it. It is beautifully written, but can be a bit of a slog if you are exhausted.

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Palimpsest
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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A person could write essays about this book which is about two scholars who stumble upon new material about two Victorian poets. I mostly loved it as I am in love with everything Victorian including the literature/ subjects of that time. Byatt took on a huge project inventing characters and their poetry, journal entries, letters etc. That being said I didn‘t necessarily care about the characters except for two minor ones. I have much more to say.

vivastory I read this last year & loved it. Couldn't help but wonder if the name Maud Bailey was inspired (at least in part) by Yeats' wife, Maud Gonne 7mo
Palimpsest @vivastory I‘m sad to say that I am not informed about Yeats or his personal life, but given the extensive research and knowledge of Victorian lit and poetry that went into this book, I wouldn‘t doubt it. I hope to remedy my lack of knowledge regarding Yeats soon! 🙂 7mo
Freespirit I have had this on my bookshelf for years. Your review has inspired me to actually read it😊Thank you! 6mo
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Palimpsest @Freespirit I actually had this book on my shelf for years as well (packed in storage now so I had to take it out of the library to read it.) I‘m glad I finally read it. I do recommend it. 😊 6mo
Freespirit I meant to add what a gorgeous cover this edition is!❤️ 6mo
Palimpsest @vivastory I had a thought and could be completely wrong, but I was reading Little Women and there was a reference in one of the chapters to a looking like a Maud. In the notes it said it was the Maud from Tennyson‘s poem of the same title. I thought since the poet Ash was based on Tennyson perhaps Byatt also used the name Maud from his works. Just a long shot of an idea. 6mo
vivastory Ah, that is a fantastic idea actually! I've read Tennyson, but don't recall that specific reference. Possession is the only Byatt I have read, I will definitely be reading more. Thanks for tagging me! 6mo
vivastory I just remembered that I read one of her stories in the following anthology, which I thoroughly enjoyed 6mo
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twohectobooks
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Forgot to post my #tbrbingo update at the end of October because once again I‘ve made zero progress. Argh! I hope to get to at least one of these books in November.

DivineDiana Intention is the first step! 😉 11mo
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vivastory
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Byatt's intricate dual narrative is a masterful exploration of the meanings & themes of the title. Roland Michell & Maud Bailey, literary scholars who are self-aware, yet slightly dissatisfied, with their postmodernist era & values. Byatt often seems to be subtly debating the narrative uncertainty & lack of closure of pomo. The story of poets Randolph Ash & Christabel LaMotte is told via various uncovered sources (the discovery of said sources 👇

merelybookish Loved this book! 13mo
vivastory providing the modern day story) yet, when there's a lacuna in source material, Byatt steps in & provides it. By providing narrative unity (which itself is often deceptive, as she brilliantly proves), Byatt is illustrating a shortcoming of pomo ideas while simultaneously documenting the impetus for said ideas. If this all sounds very dry & boring, it's not. There are profoundly moving passages on the power of literature. 👇 13mo
vivastory It's also a great love story aware of the timeless challenges that love faces. I will be contemplating this for awhile. 13mo
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vivastory @merelybookish Such a layered, brilliant book. The way Byatt used the difficulties of love as a metaphor for the challenges of narrative unity, just astonishing. 13mo
readordierachel Wonderful review! I am so looking forward to this one. 13mo
vivastory @readordierachel Thanks! I hope you love it! It really is special. 13mo
rohit-sawant Stellar review! 13mo
vivastory @rohit-sawant Thanks. It was one of those books I could go on and on about. 13mo
BarbaraBB Excellent review! 13mo
LeahBergen Brilliant review. You‘ve made me want to read it all over again. 13mo
Daisey This book was one I knew nothing about until I started it and ended up thinking it was fantastic! 13mo
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vivastory
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Maud Bailey is easily the best name of a character in a book I've recently read. Also, this book is fantastic.

MellieAntoinette I ❤️ this book so much! 13mo
sprainedbrain This one is on my list for this year! 13mo
vivastory @sprainedbrain You've been flying through the #1001 list! How do you decide which one to read? 13mo
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sprainedbrain @vivastory I am doing several reading challenges for 2018, and I planned my books for each prompt at the end of last year (I also have myself on a book van for this year)... I tried to throw 1001 books in wherever they fit. 😃 13mo
readordierachel I almost started reading this today!! 13mo
vivastory @ReadOrDieRachel I'm loving it. Have you read Byatt before? 13mo
readordierachel I got halfway through The Children's Book and stalled. It was *beautifully* written but so sprawling, with so many characters (some more interesting than others). I'll go back to it one day, I'm sure but ai just couldn't focus. I've heard so many good things about Possession though! 13mo
vivastory @sprainedbrain At the end of the year, I'd love to see you post your favorites you read from the list. Also, my #1001 group is about to finish, but I think a few of us might start a new round. You're more than welcome to join us. 13mo
vivastory @ReadOrDieRachel Children's Book is on my list. I read & loved her story in 13mo
readordierachel @vivastory That sounds like a good collection! 13mo
sprainedbrain @vivastory that‘s another way I have added more... the 1001 traveling book group. We are about done, too, I think. I would definitely be down for another round! 13mo
vivastory @ReadOrDieRachel It is! One of my favorite story anthologies that I've read the past couple of years. 13mo
vivastory @sprainedbrain Wonderful! I will tag you when we begin, it'll probably be a month or so 13mo
JamieArc I love this book. And when I met AS Byatt at a book signing, I was starstruck and couldn‘t think of anything to say 🤦🏻‍♀️ 13mo
batsy @ReadOrDieRachel I struggled with The Children's Book for the same reason; it was strangely fractured. Chiming in to recommend Possession! A beautiful book, just stunning in its intensity ❤️ 13mo
BarbaraBB I liked this one much better than The Children‘s Book too. Enjoy 💜 13mo
LeahBergen Gahhh! This is one of my favourite books. ❤️ 13mo
Liz_M I just reread this! I thought it was masterful -- the slow layering of storylines, building tension until they all converge. 13mo
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bonnetpunk
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Mehso-so

A thoroughly and detailed crafted piece of literature but maybe it was the wrong book for me right now - the sadness and lack of fulfillment from everyone in the story was painful. There was a time, when I was immersed in academia, that this might have sung to me, but ten years on from that, it's like a memory of a bad dream.

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Branwen
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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I scored really big at my library's used book sale today! I got all this for only $25! 😀📚💕 #bookhaul #librarylove

Samplergal You did great! 1y
Branwen @Samplergal Thank you! 😄 1y
WhatThePuck *checks library's website for their next sale 1y
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Branwen @WhatThePuck 🤣🤣🤣 1y
blondie Yay! Book sales are the best ♡ 1y
Branwen @blondie Yes! I totally agree! 😁👍 1y
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scripturient
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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My AbeBooks order arrived this morning. Look at this stunning beauty!! 😍😍😍 #foliofreaks

Aimeesue 😍😍 1y
Sophoclessweetheart It‘s so pretty!! 1y
readordierachel Wow 😍 1y
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Sarah83 Awwww 😍 1y
LeahBergen I love this book. 💕 1y
Avanders 😍 1y
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jenniferw88
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DivaDiane Loved that book! I think I might reread it one day. 1y
TrulyBookish A lifetime favourite. Byatt is one of my favourite writers! 1y
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LiterRohde
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I read this novel influenced by British Romanticism in college. I loved it. (Edited to reflect user objections to my use of the word ‘romance‘ as a misleading description that might persuade someone to believe they were about to read a book from the modern romance genre. It was never my intent when using a word with a bigger history. I wish the focus had been on the beautiful quote. 😪😠)

#ReadingResolutions | 23: #Sunshine

📷: Google Books

Graywacke Never heard anyone call it a romance before. (I haven‘t read her...yet) 1y
LiterRohde @Graywacke It is subtitled ‘A Romance‘. 1y
Graywacke But... 🤔 1y
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LiterRohde @Graywacke If you are talking about a bodice-ripper with Fabio on the cover, then ‘no‘ it is not a ‘romance‘. If you are talking about a love story (one tragic and in the past; one burgeoning in the present), or deeper still, the whole issue of how the book uses, addresses and confronts many of the themes of Romanticism, then ‘yes‘ it is a ‘romance‘. (edited) 1y
KathyWheeler This is one of my favorite novels, but I definitely wouldn‘t call it a romance (even though Byatt does), simply because that word conjures up a very specific genre in people‘s minds and it‘s definitely not that genre. Does it have romantic elements? Yes, but so do many books that don‘t fit the romance genre. 1y
LiterRohde @KathyWheeler Again, that is only when taken in the modern sense. Romanticism is different than the modern romance genre, yet a succinct description of both would be ‘romance‘. (edited) 1y
KathyWheeler @LiterRohde I get that and agree with you. My argument is simply that the modern sense of the word is what most people know and labeling this book a romance will lead the majority of people to misunderstand its nature before they‘ve read it. 1y
Graywacke Byatt is messing with us. 🙂 1y
KathyWheeler I‘m sorry you felt like you add to edit your entry to reflect objections to the word “romance”. I certainly never meant for you to feel that way. I was just pointing out that the understanding of the word is different now. Also, I couldn‘t say anything about the quote because it‘s too small for me to read on my phone, which is often the case with Litsy because you can‘t enlarge images. When I look at it on my tablet, I may remark on it. 1y
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Daisey
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I listened to a lot of audio this month! Possession was a great read and one I only picked up thanks to the #1001books list. I also really loved the biography of Louisa May Alcott and her mother, the only nonfiction I completed this month.

#ReadingStats #monthlystats

JazzFeathers Wow! Gteat totals 😁👏💪 1y
Q84 Awesome! 1y
sprainedbrain Hooray for audio! I read so many more books since I found audiobooks. 😃 1y
Daisey @sprainedbrain Same here! I rarely read nonfiction but love it on audio, and the longer I listen the more willing I am to listen to different types of fiction as well. 1y
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Daisey
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This book was fascinating, and I loved how the all the experiences of the characters were woven together with excerpts from poems, letters, and journals. The story was complex with layers of development as secrets were revealed.

I listened to the audio and enjoyed the narrator, but I also downloaded the ebook in order to see the poetry and reread sections as needed.

#Reading1001 Randomized List
#1001books #audiobook

batsy Nice review! It's such a good book. 1y
Daisey @batsy Thank you! 1y
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Daisey
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This book is fascinating, but the different perspectives and all of the excerpts from journals, letters, and poems were a bit overwhelming to keep track of on audio. I listened during my drive and walk today, and then I skimmed through the same pages to reread and mark a few passages. I‘m just over halfway through and am definitely curious about where the story is headed.

#1001books #audiobook

Eyelit One of my favorites! 1y
Daisey @Eyelit I had never heard of it until I started reading the #1001books list, but it‘s gotten a lot of love in my posts. I‘m really enjoying it. 1y
BookwormM I have this on my TBR really should read it 1y
Daisey @BookwormM I picked this one thanks to the Reading 1001 randomized list! 1y
Ericalambbrown I absolutely loved this book! I read it ages ago, but it‘s still a favorite ❤️ 1y
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Daisey
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I started this audiobook on my way to visit family for Easter weekend and listened to more of it on the longer drive back home due to snow. It has taken me a while to become interested in the story, but I think I'm getting there. The style with all of the poetry and letters is fascinating, although I think I'm going to need to cross reference the audio with print to fully appreciate it.

#audiobook #1001books #Reading1001 Randomized list

Bookworm83 I love this one so much. It would be interesting to listen to it! 1y
kathleenaflynn Is such a fantastic book. But listening to it first might be a challenge. It's one where I had to keep flipping back. And honestly on my first read skipped a lot of the poetry. 1y
Daisey @Bookworm83 @kathleenaflynn I‘m really enjoying the audio, but sometimes it‘s hard to keep track with different characters and specifically the letters. I also like to see verse when I read, and I want to mark parts for future reference. Luckily the ebook was also available from the library! 1y
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Bookworm83 @kathleenaflynn I did, too. This conversation inspired me go find my copy. I think I‘m due for a reread 🙂 (edited) 1y
Bookworm83 So glad you can read it in print and listen @Daisey I look forward to hearing your thoughts! 1y
kathleenaflynn The second time I read all the poetry etc. it reflects on the story in an interesting way, makes it even deeper & str- 1y
kathleenaflynn ....anger. Wow, just thinking about Possession is giving me shivers. So good. 1y
Daisey @kathleenaflynn @Bookworm83 I usually only listen to one audio at a time, but I‘ve set this one aside for this week until I have a chance to skim through the text to where I am so far. I think reading the lines of poetry will add more to the experience. Your comments have made me even more interested in what‘s going to happen! 1y
Bookworm83 I‘m going to reread it, paying more attention to the poetry. So glad I came upon this post...it‘s been too long since I‘ve read this one 😊 @kathleenaflynn @Daisey 1y
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misslala
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Used bookstore haul. Happiness.

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 1y
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dwnrnsfst
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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I‘ve been looking for books with themes on obsession - this was recced by lists. Got any recs for me?
#bookrecommendations #lists #fiction #lookingforrecs

kathleenaflynn Wuthering heights! 1y
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batsy
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Thanks for the tag @merelybookish !

1. Drew a complete blank, then I remembered Randolph Ash, his wife Ellen and Christabel LaMotte in A.S. Byatt's Possession 💔

2. Tracy Lord and CK Dexter Haven in The Philadelphia Story (not sure what that says about me 😂)

3. Eric Stoltz and Mary Stuart Masterson in Some Kind of Wonderful 😍

4. @ReadOrDieRachel , if you'd like to play :)

Thanks @JenlovesJT47 this was fun #TuesdayTidbits

JenlovesJT47 Ok your choices for 2 and 3 are awesome!!! I'm a huge Cary Grant fan and The Philadelphia Story is a great movie! And that kiss in SKOW is my all time favorite! 😍💋Might have to watch it tonight. ❤️ 2y
JenlovesJT47 Haven't read the tagged book but it sounds interesting! 2y
merelybookish John Hughes knew how to make a good kissing scene! And nice work on #1. I love that book! 2y
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Cathythoughts Well done. ! I think these are hard questions! 2y
readordierachel Love The Philadelphia Story! Great film! And I have a copy of Possession waiting patiently to be read. We'll see if I ever get to it 😂. I did see the film adaptation, which I'm sure doesn't do the book justice :) 2y
MidnightBookGirl Philadelphia Story is one of my all time favorites! 2y
Christine11 I need to read Possession - I‘ve had it for years but haven‘t read it yet ! 😊 2y
LeahBergen I forgot about Possession! Good one 👍🏻 2y
batsy @JenlovesJT47 I feel a rewatch coming on, too! 😊 Possession is a slow-burn but it's gorgeous, I highly recommend! 2y
batsy @merelybookish @LeahBergen Thank you, it's a brilliant book 💜 I was stumped after your answer @merelybookish Archie, Betty and Veronica are iconic :) 👌 2y
batsy @Cathythoughts Than you, I'm tagging you too, would love to see your picks! 😊 2y
batsy @MidnightBookGirl Yes! Mine too... I haven't watched it in awhile. Need to fix that 😀 2y
batsy @ReadOrDieRachel @Christine11 The book is just beautiful! To be read ideally during a time when you can take your time with it and sink into that world... 😊 2y
Cathythoughts Well done !! & thankyou for the tag my friend ❤️ 2y
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Ellen_C
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What an amazing novel! Two stories set in different times but featuring couples brought together by intellectual pursuits. This sparks creativity and romance but also jealousy and pain. Byatt is a genius. The poetry is unbelievable. https://cannonballread.com/2018/02/my-possession-obsession/

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Wilkie
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This book gave me a headache! Very tiring. Very rewarding. Very good. Very #purple #riotgrams

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CKtheLibrarian
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book is beautifully written. It didn‘t pick up for me until about 3/4 way in but that may be because I only read it in the beginning in short spurts. Towards the end I would read 100 or so pages at a time. I may reread this at a later time to fully enjoy it.

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balletbookworm
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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The #riotgrams prompt for today is “underrated reads” - I love AS Byatt‘s lush literary mystery, so deftly put together that when I finished reading I was certain that Christabel LaMotte and Randolph Henry Ash were real Victorian poets (spoiler: they aren‘t, but I found Christina Rossetti instead). Even though it won the 1990 Man Booker Prize it still flies under the radar. @bookriot

LeahBergen I adore this book. ❤️ 2y
LauraBrook Loved loved loved this one!!! 2y
Karlamia Same happened to me! I couldn't love this book more if I tried! ❤️ 2y
batsy I loved it and felt the same. 2y
GhostStories This book is amazing! I want to reread it. Thanks for the push to do so! 2y
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Balibee146
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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One of the few times I'd read a book calling itself 'A Romance' as it's not a genre I really enjoy #TBRsomeday

scripturient True. But then it is such a clever book! 😍 2y
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enidkeaner
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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I don't think I like this...

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wanderer15
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Pickpick

A slow burn but ultimately extremely satisfying. I found the characters' poetry, letters, and journals very authentic - impressive on Byatt's part. Excited to get back on my reading grind with Scrabble stuff quieting down!

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Pam.Kokomo
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Pickpick

4 / 5 ⭐️. This one took me a while to get into, but eventually I found myself returning with great curiosity to see what would be discovered next.

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jenniferw88
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Book 10 of #20booksofsummer completed - halfway there! ✅

Book 3 of #24in48 @24in48 completed ✅

#LRC2017 Number 16. Written by someone your age completed ✅ (A S Byatt was 26 when Possession was published, & I was 26 when I was compiling my list for the challenge)

4 ⭐

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jenniferw88
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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My top three #bookish #roadtrip destinations. I've been lucky enough to visit Chawton House Library (Jane Austen) but I would like to visit Hogwarts and Lord Baelish's tower too! @24in48

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youneverarrived
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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My ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rated books on Goodreads this year!
#jubilantjuly #bestreadsof2017sofar

KarenUK Possession is so good! 💕 2y
youneverarrived I know I picked it up randomly in a charity shop and I'm so glad I did! 2y
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jenniferw88
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Beloved & A Weekend with Mr Darcy are TBR. All three of these are not books I would generally pick up, but they are possible #beachreads. #readingwomenmonth @thereadingwomen

CaramelLunacy I really enjoyed the movie version of Possession when I first saw it (despite cringing at Aaron Eckhart in the modern story) 2y
KathyWheeler Possession is one of my favorite books. 2y
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EliLettriceCompulsiva
Possession | A. S. Byatt

"My Solitude is my Treasure, the best thing I have. I hesitate to go out. If you opened the little gate, I would not hop away—but oh how I sing in my gold cage."

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Seshat
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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#riotgrams #kissingbook @bookriot I don't read a lot of genre romance, so this is as close to a kissing book as I own in physical form.

LeahBergen I loved this book. 3y
KVanRead @LeahBergen @Seshat Me too, too. 😍😍😍 3y
HotCocoaReads One of my very favorites! 3y
Nat_Reads One of my most favorites! Serendipitous pull from 10 cent pile at a library sale. 😻 2y
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Tanner
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Day 13 #lovetriangles #feistyfeb Roland/Maude/Val, Roland/Maude/Fergus, Randolph/Christabel/Blanche, Randolph/Christabel/Ellen. Tensions all over!

Tav If you liked this book you have the read 3y
Tanner @Tav No, I haven't so I just stacked it. Thanks for the recommendation! 3y
Tav There's a giveaway for it going on right now at Goodreads...! 🐍📗 3y
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Tanner @Tav What tag is it listed under in the giveaways? I can't find it. 😢 3y
Tanner @Tav You are wonderful, thank you! 3y
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rubyslippersreads
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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I've wanted to read this ever since I saw the movie, but somehow haven't gotten around to it. #FunFridayPhoto #somanybookssolittletime

LeahBergen I loved this book. It's a bit of work but worth it. 3y
Imagineannie I also loved it. I might need to read it again. 3y
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BookInMyHands I read the book first, which I loved, so naturally I hated the movie. It's awesome that you are doing this the other way around! (edited) 3y
Lmstraubie That's a beautiful cover 3y
RealBooks4ever Been meaning to read this for so long! 📖❤️ 3y
ValerieAndBooks I've had this in my TBR for a long time! But with a different cover (with a Pre-Raphaelite painting on it). 3y
rubyslippersreads @ValerieAndBooks That's the cover I've always seen too. 3y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @Lacythebookworm @Imagineannie Another one I'll have to move up my TBR list. 😄 3y
zsuzsanna_reads I found this one hard work, but the more I read on the more interesting it got. 3y
rubyslippersreads @zsuzsanna_reads That sounds promising. 3y
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Jas16
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My copy is 605 pages and is probably the book I most wish I could read again for the first time. #funfridayphoto

Bookworm83 Such a great book. Signed, too 😍 3y
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heylaurenmack
Possession | A. S. Byatt

Vocabularies are crossing circles and loops. We are defined by the lines we choose to cross or to be confined by.

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It is a remarkable novel. Part romantic, part mystery, part coming of age. Despite his shabbiness and somewhat grayish appearance (I kinda imagined a modern day, academic Remus Lupin) Roland was and is my favorite character. There are no villains in this, nor are there white knights, everyone is in between shades of gray, which I liked a lot. I love novels that offer up intellectual puzzle and this one paid off big thing where I'm concerned.

LeeRHarry Great review, a real favourite of mine 😊and I actually liked the movie, which doesn't happen very often! Love that some of it is set in my childhood home of Lincolnshire too 💕 (edited) 3y
LeeRHarry @writerlibrarian I was just making my 'read' list more complete when I came across this 😏 2y
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COLearyDavidson
Possession | A. S. Byatt
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I found this book both tedious & brilliant. But as I read, I began to dog-ear pages & when I finished, I returned to them, re-reading & underlining passages. POSSESSION deals with a wide range of themes: plot & story, literary criticism & academia, sex, love, money & class, through multiple points-of-view & clever acts of literary ventriloquism: Byatt invents 2 Victorian poets, with complete poems, no less! An English nerd's book!

Nat_Reads I discovered Robert Graves through this novel ❤️❤️ 2y
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heylaurenmack
Possession | A. S. Byatt

He made us curious, did he not? - he made us questioning - and the Scribe of Genesis did well to locate the source of all our misery in that greed for knowledge which has also been our greatest spur - in some sense - to good. To good and evil. We have more of both those, I must believe, than our primitive parents.

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BarbaraJean
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Other than a Greek New Testament, I think this is the only book I have that's #notinenglish. And it's still a stretch... while it's a Chinese edition, only the front matter is in Chinese... the cover is a combo of English and Chinese, and the text of the novel is all in English. Even with all the traveling I've done, sadly, my library and my brain are very monolingual! #seasonsreadings2016