Reading list: Fall 2011, Man Booker Prize, BBC’s Top 100 Books
Got it: At the Friends of the Baldwin Public Library book sale (for $1!)
Quick thoughts upon finishing: After I finished Possession late-late last night, all I could say was ‘Wow.’ I’m sort of surprised I had that reaction as well, and I know it’s corny, but there you have it. Possession is dense — very dense. It’s a story of academia and Victorian poets, told primarily through letters, after all. Parts of it were tough to slog through, but in the end, Byatt’s story (or combination of stories) is extremely powerful and heart-wrenching and the subtitle (“A Romance”) makes perfect sense. This one is hard to recommend because it is so tough, but if you’re looking for quality writing and engaging storytelling, you really can’t miss with this book. If you do attempt it, just make sure you make it to the end. I promise — it’s totally worth it.