Heather's Reviews > Possession

Possession by A.S. Byatt
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Mar 11, 11

bookshelves: neo-victorian, words-art-language, group-club-read, to-reread-and-study, favorites
Recommended to Heather by: my father in law and sister in law
Read in October, 2009, read count: 1

*Update 10-27-09*
Quote from Byatt from 2003: "I would like my readers to take me on trust, which is difficult in the present academic climate. If they don't understand something I would like them to keep reading, instead of saying, "Hey, I don't understand this, it isn't for me." I would like them to keep reading until they have a sense of how the novel fits together. It isn't what Coleridge meant by a suspension of disbelief, but I need them to suspend judgment until they've got into the book, and that's hard these days." http://www.cercles.com/interviews/bya...

*Original Review 10-17-09*
Wow. This book was a struggle for me, for a long while. And then somewhere along the way, things started to click, I started to enjoy the poetry, I began to appreciate the layers, and the plot thickened. I have the feeling that this book is like Heart of Darkness for me, where second and third readings will reveal and delight, and if I ever get into poetry, this book is the reason. I am glad this book was difficult; I needed a good, hard read after all that Twilight. I wonder what it will be like to hear Byatt talk this week?


Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Possession.
sign in »

Reading Progress

09/04/2009 "can't wait to start with with Allika and Laurie and The Victorians :)" 1 comment
09/14/2009 page 185
33.33% "Slogging, with intermittent periods of delight"
show 9 hidden updates…

No comments have been added yet.