A long, rich work; full of excerpts of (Victorian) poems, letters and diaries. All brilliantly devised by Byatt, who didn't forget to include a good plot as well. It's an excellent mockery of a number of scholarly pitfalls, such as overzealous biography hunting or poststructuralist cynicism; liked that quite much, especially coupled with the exciting literary mystery. A very nice historical novel (I think I should call it), albeit a bit long.

4 November 2008


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