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#179 ~ Possession

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Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt

I tried to read this novel with Medieval Bookworm. It sounded so fun, but I’m just not that into this book. The story itself was interesting.  Roland Mitchell, an American studying Randolph Henry Ash, comes upon previously unknown letters written by Ash to a minor female poet, Christabel LaMotte.  In order to persue what he’s found, he had to team up with Maud Bailey, an English academic who specializes in Christabel LaMotte. There is sexual tension everywhere, but I couldn’t make it through all of the poetry and pedantic discussion of poetry and writing.

I can see why people might love this novel.  Meghan really is.  This is a novel that requires complete concentration and I don’t have that available right now.  I think it would make for an interesting book for a college course. Although I want to know how the story ends, I don’t care enough to wade through the rest of the book – and that it is a longer book makes that task seem hurculean. I might just hold off for the movie on this one.

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  • At 2009.07.10 15:03, heidenkind said:

    Yeah… that is pretty much how I felt about it. I wouldn’t call the poetry stuff pedantic, necessarily; but there is too much of it to keep the narrative moving at a brisk pace. I might try to read this book again someday, though. It was really well-written, I just couldn’t get through it.
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    • At 2009.07.10 15:42, Meghan said:

      It definitely requires concentration. I had trouble reading it in little bits like I was trying to do; it’s a book you need to settle into, especially with regard to the poetry.
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      • At 2009.07.10 15:58, Alyce said:

        I guess this is one I’ll have to save for when my kids are at school. It’s on my list to read, but I definitely don’t have that kind of focus while the kids are home for the summer. (I’m not sure if I’ll have that focus later either, but at least I’ll be able to give it a better shot.)
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        • At 2009.07.10 16:25, Kathy said:

          Sorry this didn’t work for you!
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          • At 2009.07.10 18:21, bookworm said:

            thanks for the great review, I wonder if this one would hold my attention for long.

            • At 2009.07.10 18:47, Sandy said:

              Based on your description, I think I would be in the same boat with you. Sometimes, the movie is just easier.
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              • At 2009.07.10 20:10, Veens said:

                Sorry to hear you didn’t like it 🙂
                I wouldn’t get to this one too!
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                • At 2009.07.10 21:23, softdrink said:

                  I tried listening to this one. And only made through about 10 minutes. You’re so right about having to concentrate!
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                  • At 2009.07.11 05:35, Sheri said:

                    Just a note to say “I miss ya’!”

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                    • At 2009.07.11 07:46, Wendy said:

                      I wanted to like it, I really, really did. I finally gave up after 100 pages, and I rarely don’t make myself finish a book. LIke I heard someone else say, “I’ve already wasted my money, I don’t need to waste my time too.”

                      • At 2009.07.11 12:24, mari said:

                        I have not read the book but have seen the movie. The movie was good. 🙂
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                        • At 2009.07.11 17:22, Amy Reads Good Books said:

                          I actually enjoyed the movie more than the book. A rare occurence! I tried reading this while on jury duty. I agree. . . it took far more concentration than I really wanted to give it.
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                          • At 2009.07.12 12:03, Nymeth said:

                            I love this book, but it definitely does require concentration. That’s actually why I’ve been putting off reading Byatt’s new one even though I’ve had it for a month and am dying to read it. If I pick the wrong moment, the reading experience just won’t be the same.
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