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Possession: A Romance

Possession: A Romance

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He was excited by the ferocious vitality and darting breadth of reference of the work, and secretly, personally, he was rather pleased that all this had been achieved out of so peaceable, so unruffled a private existence. I come home at the end of the day and spend my time trying to reconnect with the other person I know I am and want to continue being. They all assume that the lock of hair in Ash's grave belongs to LaMotte and that he never learnt the truth about his daughter. I have pushed this book to the back of the shelf for years, simply because I saw the movie first (a practice I try very hard to avoid) and felt I might not be so captivated knowing the basic story already. People keep writing reviews of this book and talking about how it was great except for all the boring poems which they skipped through.

The novel was adapted as a feature film by the same name in 2002, and a serialised radio play that ran from 2011 to 2012 on BBC Radio 4. I just didn't enjoy the poems very much, perhaps I would have gotten more out of the novel by fully reading the poems but I don't feel as though my overall enjoyment was too much affected. As the Great Storm of 1987 strikes England, the interested modern characters come together at Ash's grave, where they intend to exhume documents buried with Ash by his wife, which they believe hold the final key to the mystery. She fled to France to deliver her baby and then gave her daughter to her sister to raise as her own.

This brings us to the second layer: beyond the love story and the poetry is a very ironic and good humored critique of the academia in the late 80s, early 90s - the extremely alienating postmodern fad as well as the „cultural/womens/etc“ studies that were developing at the time. Now I've read a lot of dross so far, but this one was particularly apposite to my own "tiresome and bewitching endlessness quest for knowledge" (p. It sends up academics of all stamps (dusty, thrusting, shy, ambitious, greedy, gender-obsessed, sex-obsessed, celibate).

A successful scholar specialized in the underrated poetess Christabel LeMotte flushes with emotion as she anxiously leafs through yellowish pages, wrapped by the familiar odor of mildew, wax and ash. I cannot do not think I am can be mistaken in my belief that our meeting was also important interesting to you, and that however much you may value your seclusion. In connection with that, I wonder if you have thought of Vico's history of the primitive races--of his idea that the ancient gods and later heroes are personifications of the fates and aspirations of the people rising in figures from the common mind? He could not identify the Fairy Topic, either, and this gave him a not uncommon sensation of his own huge ignorance, a grey mist, in which floated or could be discerned odd glimpses of solid objects, odd bits of glitter of domes or shadows of roofs in the gloom. Or is this perhaps a product of the over-excited brain of a middle-aged and somewhat disparaged poet, when he finds that his ignored, his arcane, his deviously perspicuous meanings, which he thought not meanings, since no one appeared able to understand them, had after all one clear-eyed and amused reader and judge?Whoever has felt a novel take POSSESSION of heart and mind for hours on end knows that reading is a curse and a blessing at the same time, for it makes one feel angry about being POSSESSED by schedules and everyday life business when all one wants to do is curl up alone and take POSSESSION of the story waiting between two covers. Does that mean we can't understand the twentieth century fully, in a world where there was never a Randolph Henry Ash? Possession is set both in the present day and the Victorian era, contrasting the two time periods, as well as echoing similarities and satirising modern academia and mating rituals. This is a very fine work of literature indeed interspersed with writings from the Victorian poets the academics are supposedly pursuing and letters as well.

Folded into the page of Vico on which the passage appeared was a bill for candles on the back of which Ash had written: "The individual appears for an instant, joins the community of thought, modifies it and dies; but the species, that dies not, reaps the fruit of his ephemeral existence. In short, the whole book is a gigantic tease – which is certainly satisfying on an intellectual level" but, "Possession's true centre is a big, red, beating heart. There are little puzzles and clues throughout the entire novel, most of them residing within the poetry sections.Complete Works in ''what was known as Blackadder's Ash Factory'' since 1951 and is Mitchell's dour mentor. But I run on again; assuredly you have determined on your own best ways of presenting the topic, you who are so wise and learned in your retirement. Maybe it is just the subject matter- I don't know how you avoid pretentiousness when you're writing about overeducated Victorian people with literary tendencies. And there was a pleasure to be had from reading the sentences Ash had read, touched with his fingers, scanned with his eyes.



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