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Possession by A.S. Byatt
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Aug 19, 2009

it was amazing
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

*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?

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Reading Progress

August 19, 2009 – Shelved
September 4, 2009 –
0.0% "can't wait to start with with Allika and Laurie and The Victorians :)"
September 7, 2009 –
page 30
5.41%
September 8, 2009 –
page 80
14.41%
September 9, 2009 –
page 110
19.82%
September 14, 2009 –
page 185
33.33%
September 14, 2009 –
page 185
33.33% "Slogging, with intermittent periods of delight"
September 20, 2009 –
page 220
39.64%
October 10, 2009 –
page 252
45.41%
October 13, 2009 –
page 365
65.77%
October 15, 2009 –
page 414
74.59%
Started Reading
October 17, 2009 –
page 555
100.0%
October 17, 2009 – Finished Reading
November 3, 2009 – Shelved as: neo-victorian
November 3, 2009 – Shelved as: words-art-language
November 3, 2009 – Shelved as: group-club-read
November 6, 2009 – Shelved as: to-reread-and-study
March 11, 2011 – Shelved as: favorites

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