On is an interesting character and she plays the part of the intellectual foil to Adamson very well It is a satisfying and intellectually stimulating gothic taleThe Conjugial Angel takes a look at the Victorian obsession with s ances and the next world There is a tenuous link between the two stories in the form of the sea captain The main focus of the tale is Emily Jesse formerly Emily Tennyson Alfred Tennyson s sister The s ances revolve around amongst others Arthur Hallam the subject of Tennyson s poem In Memoriam Hallam was a close friend of Tennyson s who died at the age of 22 he was also engaged to Emily Tennyson The novella takes place many years after Hallam s death and after the writing of In Memoriam Byatt examines the persistence of love memory and the way the living hold onto and re interpret the dead It is also about the guilt of those who carry on living There is a bleakness about the s ances and Byatt throws in some Swedenborgian theology just to spice things p There are some masterly touches which provide symbolism and humour the pet raven and the farting dog The se of the poem is excellent and Byatt provides a master class in the meanings behind the poemTwo very good novellas providing a snapshot of the Victorian period and some of its eccentricities and hidden depths The strong characters in these tales are the women the men are mostly weak led though amiable absent opinionated or villainous The women have the inner strength and sually see the way forward Byatt writes beautifully and if you like Victorian tales this is for you Angels and Insects is comprised of two novellas Morpho Eugenia is the first of such and within it the hero states You may argue anything at all by analogy Sir and so conseuently nothing This deft piece had me cheering for Matty Crompton a real badass and pondering these lengthy explorations into entomology as a reflection for Victorian or our own folly As noted I saw the film almost 20 years ago and was prepared for the development which lists the plot akimbo Such didn t leave the plotting any less beautiful The Conjugal Angel is the second novella and it concerns a s ance a few years after the events of the first section There is but a thin thread linking the pair of narratives While THE FIRST NOVELLA APPEARS RIPE AND WELL PACED THE first novella appears ripe and well paced the appear inchoate a stillborn effort which would one day be realized as The Children s Book It took me a long long time to read this It was dense and had characters that seemed flat and lifeless due to being secondary to the message the author was exploring I get that the Insects were a metaphor for mankind but exploring that took too long and just wasn t enough to hold my interests for an entire storyThis is two stories in one the first I pushed through and read all of the second I started and got lost from the very first sentence "THEY HAVE WINGS THEY RE DOING SEANCES MY LEAST "have wings They re doing seances my least part of Possession her earlier novel I just had no idea what was meant to be happening and couldn t find it in me to care This is a beautifully written book The first story concerns a man who shipwrecked finds a new home with a collector of specimens from such places as the the man becomes entangled in the family inevitably Die Pharaonin uncovering some dirty secrets all the while trying to find his purpose There s some philosophical musing and several long digressions on ants as well as extensive excerpts from contemporary literature religious works etc I would have preferred fewer excerpts and original text true of both novellas because I genuinely enjoyed AS Byatt s writing Characters had that really humanality of being both likeable and irritating at times repulsive at times delightful I did suspect the twist I believe there is meant to be a bit of a shocking reveal from almost the beginning The second story is about a group of people interested in communicating with the dead a woman who has lost five children a woman whose betrothed died while he was traveling whose new husband also attends and is a source of social discomfort as she was expected to live and die in mourning and a lusty itinerant preacher There is one medium who specializes in automatic writing and desperately misses the embrace of her husband presumed drowned and one medium who seems to exist almost entirely in the realm of spirits The story focuses on Alfred Lord Tennyson and his family as his brother was the dead fiancee and so there is much Something Radiates uoting But the passages about the spirits the delicate examinations of everyone s reasons and beliefs and despair and love and hopelessness so gentle and incisive meandering and precis. Care se ascunde în spatele textului ar putea fi rezumat întrna dintre frazele nui personaj feminin din Morpho Eugenia Lucrurile nu sunt ce par a
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O derivative the family secret incredibly OBVIOUS WELL ACTUALLY THE WHOLE PLOT well actually the whole plot most of the characters were either obvious or one dimensional While I am tterly in awe of Byatt s ability to replicate Victorian prose debates about science and religion I have to admit that nlike her eually brilliant but also beautiful and highly readable faux Victorian poetry and fairy tales I did not "Want To Read Her "to read her Victorian debates Ultimately things felt too simplistic the story just didn t hang together for meSo why the four stars Well part of it has to do with The Conjugal Angel which I ll get to in a minute But part is that despite my problems with the plot of Morpho Eugenia I have to admit that much of the imagery of the story has stuck with me Especially the parts where human and insect sex and reproduction are compared Ew but also very hauntingThe Conjugal Angel I thought was completely brilliant This could be my own personal bias in favor of stories about spiritualism but in any case I really loved it It was different from any story I ve recently read about spiritualists in that it takes the idea seriously To make it that much better one of the main characters is Alfred Tennyson s sister so there s lots of poetry and interpretation to boot plus a beautifully imagined inner life of several historical figures This novella to me approaches the achievements of Possession nearly than the first it is a gorgeous meditation on grief and love the burdens of the past and how we idolize the dead and how what is nseen to others can strangle Graveyard Shift us Plus lots of commentary on poetry and wordplay and I love getting lost in Byatt s twisty sentence structure AS Byatt with Angels Insects has created a rich and complex book comprised of two medium length novellas set in the mid 1860s and 1870s both of which address themes important to the people of the Victorian Era The first novella Morpho Eugenia focuses on the relationships between a family its friends servants and the natural world around them in the English countryside The tale pivots around the study of society and nature and then there s the tension and struggle between theology and science that resonates throughout all of which funnels to a shocking climax involving the relationships between the story s central characters Once started it was hard to stop reading I have to say that not only was the plot amazing but the prose was just exuisitely beautiful Byatt cements her reputation in my opinion as a superb storyteller with Morpho EugeniaThe second novella The Conjugial Angel is a complicated but lushly presented story of the impact of Losspon a small group of characters brought together around a seance table The Victorian poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson and the relationships between Tennyson his sister Emily and a young poet Arthur Henry Hallam who died many years before the story begins all figure prominently Elements associated with the supernatural a tinge of gothic horror and the theology of Swedenborg all swirl together in this wonderful tale Be warned though one needs to read The Conjugial Angel slowly and thoughtfully like a slice of pecan pie it is rich and deserves to be savored and enjoyed slowlyFans of AS Byatt or Victoriana in general will not be disappointed one jot with either of these two novellas I know that I will be back for a visit again sometime soon A S Byatt goes back again to the Victorian era she writes about so well and has put two novellas together Morpho Eugenia and The Conjugial Angel Both are well written and as always Byatt makes excellent GameMaker Studio Book - RPG Design and Coding use of poetry especially Tennyson s In Memoriam in the second novellaMorpho Eugenia the Latin name for a South American moth is about William Adamson and ian explorer who has returned and is consulting with Lord Alabaster a cleric who is also obsessed with moths butterflies insects and is a generally obsessive collector Adamson agrees to catalogue his collection and becomes entangled with his family and marries one of the daughters This is a suitably gothic tale and is layered with symbolism Adamson himself becomes one of the specimens There is intrigue and secrecy and Byatt plays with the surname alabastersing the whiteness of the skin of Adamson s wife to symbolize purity She then plays with the idea of the purity and decay and degeneracy The Diary of Jack the Ripper underneath This is also set around the time that Darwinian ideas and the debate about evolution are taking place and the tensions around these ideas alsonderlay the novella There are fairly lengthy descriptions of the social life of ants which are gruesome and fascinating at the same time Matty Crompt. Araţiune victoriană filosofie ştiinţă şi poezie volumul este printre cele mai incitante dintre cărţile semnate de AS Byatt Mesajul naratorului.