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I m not sure what prompted me to re read this but something did The beauty in the novel is in the use of words and description The characters, while not flat, have an otherworldly quality about them Which is pretty much how we see people in life when you think about it. I love revisiting Byatt s style, whether re reading or reading new works for the first time, and The Virgin in the Garden doesn t disappoint Her work is never light reading, but it is beautifully layered and textured, erudite without being overpowering, funny but never really light hearted it s language to lose yourself in.Frederica is the character who goes on to become central in the later books hence why this forms the first part of the Frederica quartet but here she s muchpart of I love revisiting Byatt s style, whether re reading or reading new works for the first time, and The Virgin in the Garden doesn t disappoint Her work is never light reading, but it is beautifully layered and textured, erudite without being overpowering, funny but never really light hearted it s language to lose yourself in.Frederica is the character who goes on to become central in the later books hence why this forms the first part of the Frederica quartet but here she s muchpart of an ensemble piece She s still a great character to read about Like Snape in the Harry Potter books, or Jane Austen s Emma, she s not someone whom you would particularly like were you ever to meet, but she s still fascinating to explore Most of the characters were similarly finely drawn fallible and curiously, eccentrically flawed without ever descending to the level of becoming mere grotesques.The only part of the novel which didn t really work for me were the long digressions involving Marcus and Simmonds The mystical aspects which they were interested in are not something which hold much attraction for me it also seemed curiously at odds with the rest of the book, where Byatt, for all her layers of literary erudition and allusions, is very down to earth Still a wonderful, wonderful novel, and I look forward to hunting down the rest of the quartet #READ EPUB Ô The Virgin in the Garden & Still Life ð From the author of Possession and winner of the Booker Prize, two enthralling novels which follow the fortunes of a Yorkshire schoolteacher s children Stephanie, Marcus and the awful Frederica from Coronation Year to the end of the fifties, moving between Yorkshire, Cambridge and London The joys, love and pain of their private lives mingle with their passionate explorations of ideas, and their complex response to the time they live in This probably is the best book I will have read this year This also is my first Byatt, and I love it This book is dense so dense I picked up a few other books as I was reading it, just to convince myself I did not become a slow reader overnight Byatt manages her subplots and first person narratives exceedingly well the only subplot that seems to belong elsewhere is nicely incorporated towards the end But the BIGGEST THING about it is how psychologically true it feels the psycho plot asid This probably is the best book I will have read this year This also is my first Byatt, and I love it This book is dense so dense I picked up a few other books as I was reading it, just to convince myself I did not become a slow reader overnight Byatt manages her subplots and first person narratives exceedingly well the only subplot that seems to belong elsewhere is nicely incorporated towards the end But the BIGGEST THING about it is how psychologically true it feels the psycho plot aside, I m not qualified to assess that In the book that is strikingly intertextual and metatextual to the point of artificiality in the best way possible, I had many a guilty giggle on that account , Byatt places her characters in situations we ache to see changed, and then when no violent incident occurs, no decision is taken, and what was to happen, happens we are compelled to say this feels right and real On my way to locate the rest of The Frederica Quartet.Click here for my review of the second installment of The Frederica Quartet series Still Life and the third I read this, some time in the mid 1990s, plowed my way through it, wishing it were Possession or Angels and Insects, which it wasn t The remaining pages got thinner and thinner, and I grew concerned about how things would possibly resolve.I read the final line, and threw the book across the room.In the mid aughts, I read this, grumbling aloud the whole way through by how familiar it all seemed, how angry it made me, thought I couldn t remember why.I read the final line.I threw the book across t I read this, some time in the mid 1990s, plowed my way through it, wishing it were Possession or Angels and Insects, which it wasn t The remaining pages got thinner and thinner, and I grew concerned about how things would possibly resolve.I read the final line, and threw the book across the room.In the mid aughts, I read this, grumbling aloud the whole way through by how familiar it all seemed, how angry it made me, thought I couldn t remember why.I read the final line.I threw the book across the room.I crossed the room, picked it up, and threw it again.I hereby promise to read other Byatt books in the future and not this one.Recommended for killing bugs on the wall I am not rating this novel since I am abandoning it at page 64 Nothing in me could face anyof thisand, unfortunately I have the other three in this series on my shelf, so it amounts to ditching four books Still, life is short and this could not be less engaging to me.I LOVED Possession so much that I could not envision not liking something she had written Sadly, this backfired on me this time.Not putting the read dates in either, since I do not want it to count toward my yearly total I am not rating this novel since I am abandoning it at page 64 Nothing in me could face anyof thisand, unfortunately I have the other three in this series on my shelf, so it amounts to ditching four books Still, life is short and this could not be less engaging to me.I LOVED Possession so much that I could not envision not liking something she had written Sadly, this backfired on me this time.Not putting the read dates in either, since I do not want it to count toward my yearly total Let me get this out of the way A.S Byatt is a great writer Her prose sparkles with learned intelligence, and her characters are sketched so well they feel like living, breathing people She is unafraid to mix in literary allusions or linger for extended periods of time over one subject or another Normally, these are qualities I admire in a novelist, and in a different book this being my first Byatt , I can easily imagine these qualities working brilliantly in her favor However, file this o Let me get this out of the way A.S Byatt is a great writer Her prose sparkles with learned intelligence, and her characters are sketched so well they feel like living, breathing people She is unafraid to mix in literary allusions or linger for extended periods of time over one subject or another Normally, these are qualities I admire in a novelist, and in a different book this being my first Byatt , I can easily imagine these qualities working brilliantly in her favor However, file this one under not my cup of tea The story sits there, inert, and when it does move it does so slowly Most of her characters are thoroughly unlikeable, and, what s worst, largely uninteresting There is a subplot involving a mad teacher and his poor student as they conduct metaphysical experiments which left me unsettled and strongly tempted to skip ahead The whole thing feels like walking into an amusement park that s closed for the winter You look at the rides shuttered away and the boarded up teacups and think, Boy, this would be lovely If only I could be allowed to get on This will not be my last by Ms Byatt, but count me disappointed for now Took a while to warm to this story but it managed to exceed my expectations I do enjoy the style and delivery of this author, the multi layering of her novels.This is the story of a young Frederica Potter and her very dysfunctional family The novel is set in 1953 on the eve of the Queen s coronation A great cast of characters on offer from the strong willed but quite selfish Frederica to Marcus, her fragile but gifted younger brother Enjoyed this as much as Possession. I read this one in Chicago and was rather impressed with the juggling of perspectives and the sweeping use of the Jubilee and Elizabeth I throughout Dovetailing erudion and emotional awkwardness made this a definite success. 1950s Yorkshire, Frederica Potter, still living at home, senses that something exciting is beginning Stars Hannah Watkins.A wealthy theatre director is producing a play and Frederica Potter is desperate to secure a role.Stephanie is increasingly worried about her brother, Marcus, and the influence a teacher is having on him Stephanie and Daniel declare their feelings for each other but her father reacts badly to the news In coronation year, Bill Pott 1950s Yorkshire, Frederica Potter, still living at home, senses that something exciting is beginning Stars Hannah Watkins.A wealthy theatre director is producing a play and Frederica Potter is desperate to secure a role.Stephanie is increasingly worried about her brother, Marcus, and the influence a teacher is having on him Stephanie and Daniel declare their feelings for each other but her father reacts badly to the news In coronation year, Bill Potter has trouble accepting his daughter s desire to marry curate Daniel.Stephanie and Daniel settle into married life, while sister Frederica continues with her acting Marcus and Simmonds experiments begin to take on asinister nature As their experiments continue, Marcus becomes worried over the deterioration of Simmonds state of mind Pompous and asphyxiating, the middle classes, and doubly so those writers who replicate so meticulously, although I did sit closer for Marcus s alchemy experiments with Simmonds I am committed to the tetralogy via R4x, please hope that not all the Spode will be smashed against the Aga in the process, heh4 PossessionOH The Children s Book3 The Virgin in the GardenCR Still Life4 The Matisse StoriesTR Ragnarok