Next Up: Possession
The title of today’s post sounds a little like you guys should be expect an exorcism on the blog soon. But let’s hope things don’t get that dramatic.
Possession is a “romance” novel between two Victorian poets! How fabulous!
That’s what I get with A.S. Byatt’s Possession, my next novel from the list. But, really, there’s much more to it than that.
The novel was written as a response to John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman, a novel I reviewed back in August 2011.
So here are a few facts about Possession and its author, A.S. Byatt:
- Possession was published in 1990 and won the 1990 Booker Prize.
- The novel was well-received critically, drawing strong reviews from The New York Times.
- The novel was made into a feature film in 2002, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart. From what I’ve read, the film and the novel differ greatly.
- The novel’s author, A.S. Byatt, appeared on The Times’ list of 50 greatest British writers since 1945.
- Byatt (her actual name is Dame Antonia Susan Duffy) lives in Sheffield, England and has a terrible website. Tell me this isn’t an official site.
Outside of the Possession movie, I know very little about this book and even less about its author.
So come join me in the learning experience that is this 500+ page novel called Possession.
And, as always, tell me what you think about the novel if you’ve read it.