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A major tour de force,
By A Customer
This review is from: Possession: A Romance (Paperback)
Being a greedy reader, I feel confident to say that this is one of the best books I've read - ever! It has so many levels of interpretation and such a playful interweaving of detective novel with romantic novel with academic novel with gothic novel with historical novel with feminist novel with... that I think it can appeal to almost any reader! I found the past love story deeply moving - and you can only grasp it thoroughly if you read Ash and LaMotte's letters. I enjoyed the rendering of this love affair so much that I can't help saying with Roland and Maude Bailey, the contemporary scholars that have unearthed this relationship and will re-live it, that in our postmodern times we are deeply suspicious of love and desire. I also loved one of the long poems, «Melusina», especially the part that mentions how women's power was ultimately undermined through men's fear. I can't help feeling that this is still true in our time! I recommend this book to anyone who is patient enough to appreciate taking the time to discover things by themselves and not being told right out. It's worth the effort, because, as one of the characters says, there are readings by which you can know what has been there all the time and make you understand it, see it, in a different light. This is certainly the case!