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(KINDLE) [Angels Insects Two Novellas]

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 who shipwrecked finds a new home with a collector of specimens from such places as the the man becomes entangled the family inevitably 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 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 favourite 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 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 of narratives While first novella appears ripe and well paced the second appear inchoate a stillborn effort which would one day be realized as The Children s Book 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 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

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returned and is 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 alabaster using 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 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 also underlay the novella There are fairly lengthy descriptions of the social life of ants which are gruesome and fascinating at the same time Matty Crompton 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 ne. Volumul Îngeri şi insecte Angels and Insects cuprinde două romane scurte Morpho Eugenia şi Îngerul conjugal Amestec de ficţiune postmodernă cu Angels Insects Two Novellas

A.S. Byatt É 8 REVIEW

Ocking climax involving the relationships between the story s central characters Once started it was hard to stop reading I the story s central characters Once started it was hard to stop reading I 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 Loss upon 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 years before the story begins all figure prominently 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 now that I will be back for a visit again sometime soon I uickly skimmed the first page of the other reader reviews of this book and discovered that my opinion in comparing the two novellas that comprise it is opposite of most readers It seems most readers from the top page at least prefer the first novella Morpho Eugenia the Insects section to The Conjugal Angel the Angels sectionFor me Morpho Eugenia was a little disappointing I don t always need to be surprised by what I read but the characters in this novella were a bit too derivative the family secret incredibly obvious well actually the whole plot and most of the characters were either obvious or one dimensional While I am utterly in awe of Byatt s ability to replicate Victorian prose debates about science and religion I have to admit that unlike her eually brilliant but also beautiful and highly readable faux Victorian poetry and fairy tales I did not want to read her faux 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
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which I ll 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 unseen to others can strangle us Plus lots of commentary on poetry and wordplay and I love getting lost in Byatt s twisty sentence structure Reread My name she said is Matilda Up here at night there is no Matty Only Matilda Look at Me The above is dialogue from the book s first novella Morpho. Care se ascunde în spatele textului ar putea fi rezumat într una dintre frazele unui personaj feminin din Morpho Eugenia Lucrurile nu sunt ce par a Xt 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 years after Hallam s death and after the writing of In Memoriam Byatt examines the persistence of love memory and 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 up There are some masterly touches which provide symbolism and humour the pet raven and the farting dog The use 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 usually see the way forward Byatt writes beautifully and if you like Victorian tales this is for you I picked up Angels Insects mainly for its second novella which is about spiritualism and a seance and as such interests me greatly All I new about the first novella was that it had something to do with insects and the Victorian era and I d give it a shotWell that first novella blew me out of the freaking water 55 stars for sure The twists The prose The unadulterated yearning The talk about insects which I Thought Would Be So would be so I m really torn about this book On the one hand the writing was excellent On the other it was very bizarre Lots of insect imagery and themes in the first story Morpho Eugenia I felt it wastoo much however Although the writing itself was exuisite I just think I don t like AS Byatt s style very well She h As a fourth read from her this helps confirm Byatt as among my favorite authors All complex rich and mesmerizing This pair of novellas was published together in 1992 soon after Booker Prize winner Possession The blurb on the cover did a good job hooking me and mystifying me with semi spoilers in distorted compression The shipwrecked naturalist who is the protagonist of Morpho Eugenia is rescued by a family whose clandestine passions come to seem as inscrutable as the behavior of insects In The Conjugial Angel a circle of fictional mediums finds itself haunted by the ghost of a very real historical personage The naturalist one William Adamson has lost most of his specimens and notes from his ten years in the jungles of South America and his prospects for a lucrative career based on the work are slim One of his weal 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 sh. Araţiune victoriană filosofie ştiinţă şi poezie volumul este printre cele mai incitante dintre cărţile semnate de AS Byatt Mesajul naratorului.
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