Category Archives: Summer Reading – Possession by A.S. Byatt

Summer reading: Possession, chapters 21-28 and the postscript 7

It’s hard to talk about this without starting with the ending, so I’m going to kind of work backwards from the postscript. Two people met on a hot May day, and never later mentioned their meeting. This is how it was. The postscript is both unbearably sad and exactly as it should be. No matter […]

Summer reading: Possession, chapters 16-20. 3

Were you surprised? Had you guessed? I can’t remember if I was surprised when I read it the first time, but I remember being like, “Ohhhh, so that’s what’s going on. A baby.” I didn’t read these chapters twice, either, probably because the journal was quite long enough once, which is not to say I […]

Summer reading: Possession, chapters 11-15 2

This week went by quickly for me, thanks to my vacation. And so, I must admit that I only read these chapters once. While floating around in the pool. Tough life, I have. So, anyway, I don’t have tons of individual notes, since I didn’t have my post-its out at the pool (I am going […]

Summer reading: Possession, chapters 6-10. 2

In which, most importantly, we get to read The Correspondence. And other stuff happens, too, but . . . The Correspondence! Another great place to end. Okay, fine. We also meet the vile Cropper, learn more about Leonora. And Beatrice Nest, poor Beatrice (and through her, Ellen Ash). There are some very interesting themes in […]

Summer reading: Possession, chapters 1-5. 13

That’s not a very interesting title. If you have a better suggestion, feel free to let me know what it is and I will use it next week. Chapters 1-5: In which we meet Roland, Val, Blackadder, Fergus, and Maud; discover the connection between Christabel LaMotte and Randolph Henry Ash; and, of course, discover their […]

Summer reading: “Wait a second, this seems like homework, you nerd.” 0

I’ve been getting all my information together for our big Possession read, and I came across some things that seemed kind of helpful. As I mentioned before, there are many many references that aren’t necessary to understanding Possession, but which do enhance the reading of it. Or so I hear. I didn’t actually know where […]

Summer reading starts next week! 4

Next Monday, join us for our discussion of the first five chapters of A.S. Byatt’s Possession. In my copy, it’s about 100 pages, so there is plenty of time to read it before then!