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Possession by A.S. Byatt
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really liked it
bookshelves: audio-book, british, historical-fiction, epistolary

Oh, how I loved Possession - let me count the ways. I listened to this, because I thought I might get distracted and rush if I actually read it. It's a fantastic book to listen to - it allows you to focus on the gorgeous language, and the poetry (although I skipped a little bit of the super long ones, forgive me).

Possession is essentially a mystery - Roland and Maude, present day scholars, following the trail of some letters they discover between two Victorian poets - Randolph Ash and Christabel La Motte. We get the letters, the poetry, the diary entries, and two love stories at once - Randolph and Christabel's, then more gradually, Roland and Maude's. It's a wonderful book. Definitely more A S Byatt in my future.

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