Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Library Loot

Hosted by Eva at A Striped Armchair.

This week's loot:

Possession by A.S. Byatt 562 pages pb. (1990)

Completed. A very enjoyable story and an excellent example of well-written contemporary literature. Highly recommended. This is my first fiction by Byatt and I will be reading more very soon. Any recommendations?

I read this as part of my Filling in the Gaps 100 Project, but it also part of the Booker Prize Challenge (it won in 1990), and is on the 1001 Books you must read before you die list. And at 562 pages, it completes my Chunkster Challenge 2009 as the sixth book.


  1. Sandra,
    You are speedy!! I loved this movie and have thought about reading this on more than one occasion. Glad you enjoyed it!!

  2. This is a book I've been thinking I should read for a while now, but still haven't got around to it. One of these days..

    BTW, just wondering if you got my email about The Museum Guard.

  3. I bought this at the library book sale last summer. Sounds like I should move it up higher in the tbr pile!

  4. I haven't read any Byatt yet. I;m adding this to my TBR list. Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. I loved Possession and I am so glad to know that you enjoyed it too. I'be struggled with A S Byatt's bigger books but I would definitely recommend Angels & Insects, a volume with two novellas.

  6. It is on my TBR pile. I will get to it fast!

  7. I read this awhile ago. I just finished the first book of 2666 and find myself thinking of Possession quite a bit. It think it's the common theme of academics obsessed not only with an author's work but the author himself and his life. I remember there was a comment in Possession somewhere about the how people will descend on a recently-deceased writer's papers in a rather undignified manner.

  8. So glad you liked this one! I recently picked it up and hope to read it soon. With so many awards, though, I'm hoping it hasn't been too talked up.

  9. Hi Sandra :)
    Remember me?!

    Wow! that's loads of pages :) I would love to read it... but the bulk :) :) of it, tells me to wait :)

    Not read anything by this author :) but would love to do so :)

  10. Wanted to stop in and let you know that your blog was mentioned as A Book Blogger’s New Discovery by Alvah’s Books.

  11. I wish I were a speed reader. I'm going to look but I must not add another book. My stack is ridiculously high.

  12. Byatt's one of my favourite authors!! All of her short story collections are great. :D My favourite three collections are The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye, The Little Black Book of Stories, and Stories of Fires and Ice.



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