Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt (the movie)

Summary: Roland Mitchell is an American scholar, out of place in the British academic world. He is studying the life of the Victorian poet laureate, Randolph Henry Ash, when he happens upon two letters addressed to an unknown woman, whom Roland suspects to be a minor supposedly lesbian poetess, Christabel LaMotte. Roland begins to suspectContinue reading “Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt (the movie)”

Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt

It is two weeks into February and the blog desperately needs to be fed. It also happens to be Valentine’s Day, so I’m going to seize the moment and write a post about one of my favourite literary love stories. I have never been much fond of the romance novel. I like subtle romance weavedContinue reading “Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt”

The Thing in the Forest by A.S. Byatt

Little Black Book of Stories tells five tales, which blend the ordinary with the absurd. The collection opens with a perfectly intriguing story, about the blurred edges of reality, called The Thing in the Forest. It is the story of two girls, Penny and Primrose. It is set during the WWII, when children are evacuatedContinue reading “The Thing in the Forest by A.S. Byatt”

Ragnarok: The End of the Gods by A.S. Byatt

I must say, this was a great start to Once Upon a Time VII. Join the challenge here. When I saw this at the book store, I immediately bought myself a copy, even though I knew nothing about Ragnarok (the Norse Armageddon) and very little about Norse mythology in general. Why? Well, firstly, it’s part ofContinue reading “Ragnarok: The End of the Gods by A.S. Byatt”

The Children’s Book by A. S. Byatt

About the book: Published in 2009, The Children’s Book is a novel by  A. S. Byatt, which is loosely based on children’s author E. Nesbit’s life. It was shortlisted for the 2009 Booker Prize. Summary (partly from here.): The book spans the Victorian era through the World War I years, and centers around a famous children’s book author andContinue reading “The Children’s Book by A. S. Byatt”

Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice by A. S. Byatt

I think the beauty of a well-written short story, is that you can experience everything that a novel has to offer and experience it in a really short time. I appreciate the sense of fulfillment, as E. A. Poe put it, which you get from reading a tale in a single sitting. When I picked upContinue reading “Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice by A. S. Byatt”