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Angels And Insects: A.S. Byatt [Sep. 9th, 2013|09:04 am]
Tony Grist
Angels and Insects contains two novellas about the existential terrors the Victorians experienced around science and religion. In the one we look at ants, in the other at In Memoriam.  I like Byatt's short fiction better than her big, door-stopper novels- where the demands of plot and characterization and all the things we expect of "a good read" tend to overwhelm her gift for fable and fairy tale. She's stranger, less conventional and (oddly) more ambitious when she's writing short.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2013-09-09 01:27 pm (UTC)
I liked Possession tremendously. But I'll look for Angels and Insects on your recommendation.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-09 02:53 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed Possession but I think A & I is better.

Possession was spoiled for me by the verse- supposedly the work of major poets- being so uninspired.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2013-09-09 03:55 pm (UTC)
I'm a very prosaic soul, so it all looks uninspired to me. Perhaps I'll acquire a taste for verse in my dotage. EDIT: And I skipped most of the verse.

Edited at 2013-09-09 03:56 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-09 06:40 pm (UTC)
Skipping the verse was a wise move. It's dreadful. The man's poetry is a lifeless pastiche of Browning- with hints of Arnold- and the woman's verse is a lifeless pastiche of Dickinson- with hints of Rossetti.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2013-09-09 03:57 pm (UTC)
Angels And Insects: A.S. Byatt

This is my favorite of her books, full stop.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-09 06:36 pm (UTC)
I think it's mine too.
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[User Picture]From: ashlyme
2013-09-09 06:06 pm (UTC)
That's a wonderful book. Byatt's underrated as a fantasist.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-09 06:37 pm (UTC)
Fantasy- or something very like- is what she's best at.
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