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Angels and Insects By A.S. Byatt Angels and Insects In these breathtaking novellas A S Byatt returns to the territory she explored in Possession the landscape of Victorian England where science and spiritualism are both popular manias and domestic d
  • Title: Angels and Insects
  • Author: A.S. Byatt
  • ISBN: 9780679751342
  • Page: 359
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  • Angels and Insects By A.S. Byatt In these breathtaking novellas, A.S Byatt returns to the territory she explored in Possession the landscape of Victorian England, where science and spiritualism are both popular manias, and domestic decorum coexists with brutality and perversion Angels and Insects is delicate and confidently ironic Byatt perfectly blends laughter and sympathy with extraordinary sIn these breathtaking novellas, A.S Byatt returns to the territory she explored in Possession the landscape of Victorian England, where science and spiritualism are both popular manias, and domestic decorum coexists with brutality and perversion Angels and Insects is delicate and confidently ironic Byatt perfectly blends laughter and sympathy with extraordinary sensuality San Francisco Examiner.
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      A.S Byatt Antonia Susan Byatt is internationally known for her novels and short stories Her novels include the Booker Prize winner Possession, The Biographer s Tale and the quartet, The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman, and her highly acclaimed collections of short stories include Sugar and Other Stories, The Matisse Stories, The Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye, Elementals and her most recent book Little Black Book of Stories A distinguished critic as well as a writer of fiction, A S Byatt was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999ATT, Dame Antonia Susan , Dame Antonia Duffy , DBE 1999 CBE 1990 FRSL 1983 Chevalier de l Ordre des Arts et des Lettres France , 2003 , writer born 24 Aug 1936 Daughter of His Honour John Frederick Drabble, QC and late Kathleen Marie BloorByatt has famously been engaged in a long running feud with her novelist sister, Margaret Drabble, over the alleged appropriation of a family tea set in one of her novels The pair seldom see each other and each does not read the books of the other.Married1st, 1959, Ian Charles Rayner Byatt Sir I C R Byatt marriage dissolved 1969 one daughter one son deceased 2nd, 1969, Peter John Duffy two daughters.EducationSheffield High School The Mount School, York Newnham College, Cambridge BA Hons Hon Fellow 1999 Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, USA Somerville College, Oxford.Academic Honours Hon Fellow, London Inst 2000 Fellow UCL, 2004Hon DLitt Bradford, 1987 DUniv York, 1991 Durham, 1991 Nottingham, 1992 Liverpool, 1993 Portsmouth, 1994 London, 1995 Sheffield, 2000 Kent 2004 Hon LittD Cambridge, 1999PrizesThe PEN Macmillan Silver Pen Of Fiction prize, 1986 for STILL LIFEThe Booker Prize, 1990, for POSSESSIONIrish Times Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize, 1990 for POSSESSIONThe Eurasian section of Best Book in Commonwealth Prize, 1991 for POSSESSIONPremio Malaparte, Capri, 1995 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, California, 1998 for THE DJINN IN THE NIGHTINGALE S EYEShakespeare Prize, Toepfer Foundation, Hamburg, 2002 Publications The Shadow of the Sun, 1964 Degrees of Freedom, 1965 reprinted as Degrees of Freedom the early novels of Iris Murdoch, 1994 The Game, 1967 Wordsworth and Coleridge in their Time, 1970 reprinted as Unruly Times Wordsworth and Coleridge in their Time, 1989 Iris Murdoch 1976The Virgin in the Garden, 1978 GEORGE ELIOT Selected Essays, Poems and Other Writings , 1979 editor Still Life, 1985Sugar and Other Stories, 1987 George Eliot selected essays, 1989 editor Possession a romance, 1990Robert Browning s Dramatic Monologues, 1990 editor Passions of the Mind, essays , 1991 Angels and Insects novellae ,1992The Matisse Stories short stories ,1993 The Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye five fairy stories, 1994Imagining Characters, 1995 joint editor New Writing 4, 1995 joint editor Babel Tower, 1996 New Writing 6, 1997 joint editor The Oxford Book of English Short Stories, 1998 editor Elementals Stories of fire and ice short stories , 1998 The Biographer s Tale, 2000 On Histories and Stories essays , 2000 Portraits in Fiction, 2001 The Bird Hand Book, 2001 Photographs by Victor Schrager Text By AS Byatt A Whistling Woman, 2002Little

    767 thoughts on “Angels and Insects”

    1. 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 novella.Morpho 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 g [...]


    2. 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 Eugenia, and eerily echoes a recent read of mine, which eerily echoed another novel I read not too long ago While an overall theme of Morpho Eugenia is the dichotomy between the male protagonist s present life with a Victorian English family and his past experiences in the , Matty Matilda is revealed as a patient, reckoning force Though I fu [...]


    3. 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 T [...]


    4. 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 consequently 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 plotti [...]


    5. Benvenuti.Ora.Prendete un esemplare della sottoscritta in statuetta, miniatura, quello che vi pare, e rinchiudetela in una mini gabbia completamente murata.No, fermi Prima metteteci dentro una semplice farfalla Noterete che alla vostra mini Anastasia si rizzeranno i peli delle braccia, se state guardando attentamente noterete che scatta sulla difensiva e rimane immobile a guardare i minimi movimenti della compagna di cella, la farfalla, e vedete che strabuzzer gli occhi con diversi cipigli nervo [...]


    6. Entomologia e vita , e digressioni filosofiche sulla immortalit dell anima e sulla poesia con tanto di sedute spiritiche Patapam In effetti potrei limitare il mio punto di vista s questo romanzo a queste due singole righe, ma vorrei andare un pochino pi a fondo Come improvvisamente si decide di abbandonare le due noiosissime ore di fisica e di darsi all entomologia ma non verrebbe anche a voi la voglia di farlo , quando vedete che il vostro professore invece di spiegare legge le scontatissime, e [...]


    7. I quickly 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 section.For 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 [...]


    8. A.S 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 sc [...]


    9. Hmmm 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 was too much, however Although the writing itself was exquisite, I just think I don t like A.S Byatt s style very well She has a way of telling stories that I find to be very off putting She ll start the story getting the narrative ball rolling and making me like all of the characters and then she ll stop [...]


    10. 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 story.This 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 f [...]


    11. There are very few authors in my mind that even come close to having the command of language Byatt has and, rarer still, she is an author that credits her reader with as much intelligence as she herself possesses.That being said, Angels and Insects just didn t deliver for me It s wonderfully written of course but it didn t quite enrapture me the way Byatt s other novels and short stories, in particular, have.There are two novellas within the book which explore, in turn, the Victorian fascination [...]




    12. Well This is it My first review written since the Electoral College decided the will of the people didn t mean shit Am I scared Yes Am I angry Yes Will this interfere with my reading Rate wise, probably Make up wise, however, I ve been practicing my avoidance of white male authored lit for so long that I can t make as much of a dramatic shift in reading habits as I could have a year or two ago I could start dedicating successive reads to authors whose people are going to have even bigger targets [...]


    13. Angels and Insects A.S Byatt Morpho Eugenia and The Conjugial Angel This is really two books in one, joined only by the most tenuous ofconnections.The first, Morpho Eugenia, is the story that the 1995 movie Angels Insects tells The film follows the plot of the book faithfully, whichdefinitely influenced my reading of the book A shipwrecked naturalist,William Adamson, is befriended by a wealthy Victorian gentleman, whoinvites him to stay at his estate The naturalist falls inlust at first sight wi [...]


    14. 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 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 bo [...]


    15. Life does get busy sometimesBut in the midst of it all to curl up with a book like Angels and Insects is a pure delight I must confess that A.S Byatt is a favorite of mine, and I came in these novellas expecting a lot, of sensuousness in words, of depth in insight and mystery in story telling I got in fact, about possibly everything, death, life, love and betrayal, and the afterlife, and so much Which all made me pause in awe, what a fine mind this lady hasThe first novella tells the story of [...]


    16. These are two novellas in one volume The first oneMorpho Eugenia, was made into an esthetically stunning I thought Angels and Insects movie in 1995 I was really fond of the movie when it came out but haven t seen it since The book was a nice review of it, plus Really nicely written, clever novel of ideas, very skillfully woven to be satisfying at both intellectual and emotional levels On the other hand, I couldn t get into the second novella at all Like the first one, it s also set in Victorian [...]


    17. The first, Morpho Eugenia , was interesting Byatt was playing, quite heavy handedly, with notions of whiteness, civilisation, and purity It s very obvious that she was doing it on purpose the rich English countryfolk whom Our Hero falls in with are the family of Lord and Lady Alabaster You don t pull that trick accidentally And she did manage to write a story about a Victorian era explorer of the who s fixated on the whiteness of his whitepeople hosts without, so far as I could see, committing a [...]


    18. Morpho Eugenia is an amazing piece of literary craftsmanship It reads straight through as a great romance story and family drama In hindsight everything shifts into another register Byatt composed extensive passages of scientific and ethical dialogues that read like quotations from the Victorian period They re preoccupied with Victorian concerns but Byatt uses them to construct a very contemporary post modern dialogue on the limitations of analogy and anthropocentrism And they do triple duty as [...]


    19. This book contains two novellas, Morpho Eugenia and The Conjugal Angel The first is a suspenseful and shocking Gothic tale of a young man s gradual enlightenment about the depths of depravity in his wife s family The second is a comic and whimsical story of Alfred Lord Tennyson s sister Emily at a seance which was an extremely popular thing to do in the 19th century meeting up with the spirit of Arthur Henry Hallam, the person her brother mourned in his famous poem, In Memoriam The joy of this b [...]


    20. The rating and review only pertain to the first novella, Morpho Eugenia I was interested to read Morpho Eugenia because I watched the film adaptation Angels and Insects The film was a very faithful adaptation of the novella, meaning that reading the book after seeing the movie took away any suspense and intrigue their might have been The writing style is enjoyable and very evocative of the Victorian setting, but the pacing is strange The narrative is often interrupted by poems or texts fiction a [...]


    21. I read this in French and for a very literary author it was surprisingly easy to read Could be the translation, or likely the wonderfully clear, limpid writing that holds you spellbound It is set in late Victorian times and deals with one of the passions of the age collecting specimens of the natural world and classifying them as meticulously as their own society was ordered Unfortunately for the hero William, he is pinned by poverty upon the whims of the wealthy Alabaster family who snare him [...]


    22. I started this book in Paris, where my mother handed it down to me I was hot on the heels of The Children s Book, and eager for Byatt Truth be told, I was desperate You know how it is Worse than drugs.I hadn t even finished the first story, which while interesting wasn t as compelling as The Children s Book, when somehow the plastic glass by my bedside table developed a crack and slowly leaked out all the water over the course of the night The sun peaked in through the curtains, woke me up and [...]



    23. I read the first half, Morpho Eugenia, and found it predictable and pretentious The author digresses into lengthy descriptions of insect life and inserts pseudo fairy tales, which are extremely symbolic but don t forward the plot at all In the end it seems these passages were shoehorned into the story, which would have kept movement and flow had they been taken out Some of the prose is gorgeous, and the characters are convincingly Victorian, but I couldn t bring myself to read the second half.


    24. Very impressed Byatt has clearly sold her soul to the devil That said, it must be conceded that these stories are not for the impatient Not everyone is going to be charmed by endless descriptions of ant activity, Tennyson s poetry, Swedenborgian theology, and a somewhat unremarkable fable written by one of the characters, but everything comes together so neatly, you finally have to stand up and applaud Best of all, both stories conclude with happy, dare I say exuberant, endings This writing that [...]


    25. Must be completely honest I ve read Angels Insects halfway just can t get through The Conjugal Angel it s just brutally weird My eyes read the words but my brain goes Aggh Can t compute the names, the plot, the details, aggh they just don t work I do love the first story the characters of William and Amy and Matty come through clear as a bell Just rip the book in half, place the first half on your must read again shelf and the last on the maybe on a long weekend and there is nothing else to read [...]


    26. NOT A REVIEW I am floored This is writing of the highest caliber I love the way Byatt builds a plot The elements and events combine in such a natural way that, when the crisis comes, I think, That is perfect I do so love an author who draws so greedily from Tennyson and Dante Tennyson is indeed a character in the latter novella of this pair, his friends and relations being main characters Brava


    27. Beautiful I love the coherence between this book and Possession I love how A.S Byatt s writing fuses poetry and prose I love the times in which her stories take place That s all I have to say.


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