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Byatt revisits the Victorian landscape of Possession in these two fluid and intricate novellas.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This work consists of two novellas set in the mid-19th century. The first, "Morpho Eugenia," is a Gothic fable that explores the multiple themes of earthly paradise and Darwin's theories of breeding and sexuality. There is an implied parallel between insect and human society throughout. The hero, a poor, scholarly entomologist, is taken into a wealthy Victorian family. His life and loves, particularly for the daughter Eugenia and the eponymous species of butterfly, comprise this tale. The second novella, "The Conjugal Angel," is reminiscent of Possession ( LJ 11/1/90), Byatt's 1990 Booker Prize winner for fiction, wherein poetry is woven into the narrative. Here, the poem is Tennyson's "In Memoriam , " written to mourn the death of Tennyson's friend Arthur Henry Hallam, who was engaged to the poet's sister Emily--a main character here. This is a philosophical ghost story, bizarre and comic, but since assorted mediums meet real characters, it is difficult to relate to any of them. These novellas will attract attention due to the fame of their author, but they will appeal to a very limited audience. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/92.
- Patricia C. Heaney, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The title says it all, the delivery was fast and efficient. The book was in good quality too!Published on April 22 2010 by Taco Trivia
The literary conceit of the book is so great I admit that I am intimated. But baring my ignorance, I will say the book was tedious. Read morePublished on June 7 2002 by Mary T. Dumont
The first book I read by A.S. Byatt was Possession, which remains one of my all-time favorite books. Then I wanted to read more of her work. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2002 by Amazon Customer
The four stars are for the "Insects" portion of this double novella. The second half, a yawner on spiritualism, can be skipped. Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2001 by Jeff Dunn
Byatt is one of my favourite authors, and her talent for style, subtlety and depth in her narrative are present in these novellas. Read morePublished on July 25 2001 by moonstealer
The first novella, Morpho Eugenia, is an account told in the fashion of a Victorian novel and is set in that time. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2001 by Eric Anderson
I bought this looking for more of A.S. Byatt based on some Amazon recommendations, so I must write it's NOT her best. Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2000 by J. Case
Shimmering beauty and shocking sensuality are the only phrases to adequately describe A.S. Byatt's Angels and Insects. Read morePublished on July 29 2000