Van recently finished reading…Possession by AS Byatt

19 Oct

Possession by A S Byatt.

I found this book a bit of an undertaking at first. I really got into it at the first batch of letters though. At this point the characters from the past really came to life, and for me breathed life into the whole story. I think it’s the strength of these characters from the past that really impresses. Their language and interplay is expertly measured, where it could so easily be overdone and ring false.

It’s very intricate, and I don’t doubt would benefit from a second reading. This would be from a point of truly enjoying the depth of language. It’s not just a dream for the lexicon lover though. The thread of the story is easy to follow, and presents engaging mysteries as relationships unfold, both past and present.

The postscript is a gem, at once beautiful and deeply sad.

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