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Possession by A.S. Byatt
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Oct 16, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: disheartening
Read in January, 2008

I picked up this book because I had seen it in a recommended reading site and then a friend said that it was really good. But...
Yes, there's a but... it took me 3 tries to get past page 10. I should have known then... but (again with the 'but') I persevered... thinking that I would eventually get into it, that I would get to the meat of it. By, page 300 I felt like I was trapped. I had already invested this much time into it and felt, at that point, that I had to finish it. I'm not saying that it probably isn't a great book. I'm sure it won awards and I'm sure that the writing is considered fair, but when I pick up a book called 'Possession - A Romance', I don't know... I guess I was expecting something with a bit more passion . Maybe the fact that it had to include 'A Romance' in the title should have tipped me off. The story centers around the discovery that two fictitious 'famous' poets had an affair and thus altered the meaning of their work to the scholars that study said poets. Okay. My problem is that I never really cared about either the poets or the scholars. There were times that I thought 'Yes, here we go'. But, it fizzled. Maybe the writing is too 'proper' for me. I have no doubt that this book is beloved by many, just not me.
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Jackie "the Librarian" Heh. This one made me feel poorly educated, with all the references to literature that went flying over my head.
Not much of a romance at all, you're right. I liked it for the solving a puzzle aspect, though.

message 2: by Kim (new) - rated it 2 stars

Kim I couldn't even get that far into it. Hey, have you read The Secret History? Let's see if we agree on that one!!!! :)

Jackie "the Librarian" The book by Donna Tartt? Yeah, I've read The Secret History...

message 4: by w (new)

w b Thank you, Kim. I'm on page 47. To me, it's been about a very boring man with a very boring life with a very boring job. One reviewer wrote it's a book for literary junkies......I guess that's not me. You're review has convinced me not to get trapped like you did.

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