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  1. says:

    If the test of a great novel is that you want to read it again or pick up the next one this is the first of a uartet then this is a good novel If Still Life—the next title in the uartet—had been right here on the shelf I'd have started it right after I reread the PrologueThe present time of the novel is 1953 the year of the Coronation of ueen Elizabeth II and in the world of the novel of a verse drama about the first ueen Elizabeth enacted on the grounds of an old and elegant estate in Yorkshire The story is that of a Yorkshire family father Bill Potter who’s reputed to be a magnetic teacher at Blesford Ride a public school but we see him primarily as a dogmatic liberal who terrorizes his family while promoting his ideas on education he’s for it and religion he’s against it Winifred his wife caters and defers of necessity becoming exactly the kind of woman he deplores and whose life her daughters Stephanie and Frederica seek to escape Marcus the youngest and his mother’s favorite is inner directed even spiritual awkward with just about everyone observant of phenomena of his world and becomes prey for a disturbed science teacherThe novel which in general is slow moving and highly allusive has a surprisingly dramatic closing seuence for a writer who says she didn’t think she could tell stories I had to laugh though at the very end the scene is between Daniel the fat unkempt priest who marries the elder Potter daughter against the wishes of her parents and Frederica in the small flat where the pregnant Stephanie is comforting the very disturbed MarcusHere's the last paragraph Waiting and patience of this inactive kind did not come easily to him Or to Frederica he decided without much sympathy for her He gave her a cup of tea and the two of them sat together in uncommunicative silence considering the still and passive pair on the sofa That was not the end but since it went on for a considerable time is as good a place to stop as anyI loved that ending and asked myself why1 It caused me to consider the title of the second book in the uartet Still Life Stephanie and Marcus were still in their way but that was not true of Frederica and Daniel about whom stillness is almost the last word that would occur in any description of their characters2 It sent me immediately back to reread the prologue where I rediscovered that Daniel was one of the guests at the celebration in the Portrait Gallery in 1968 long after the New Elizabethan Age furor is over Alexander Wedderburn who wrote the 1953 verse play as a budding writer teaching at Blesford Ride is also there signaling perhaps that these two and Frederica who invited them are of most interest in the novel3 The implication that there's to the history of these characters made me want to continue immediately with the next book And that reminds me that I absolutely loved the way Byatt handled time in the novel the constant references to what different characters would do or think in the future often with a date attached usually in the 1970s So you know the story goes on beyond the 1968 prologue That's not an end to the story AND that Byatt must have had the seuence fairly well planned out4 It reminded me that I liked the third person omniscient narrator which since Henry James has been used less freuently in serious fiction I think Byatt uses it brilliantly and this ending paragraph is an example SHE knows what happens to them all and will tell you if you're patient The ostensible third person narrative showcases the author’s extraordinary insight into so many different characters Before the novel is over we know all the Potters well and even have some insights into the extraordinarily bad father And 4 or 5 additional characters as wellThere is a narrator though in this novel and one who gradually makes us realize that Frederica is the main character Some readers see Frederica as the narrator and that is possible if one assumes a Frederica observing at some point in the future and if one assumes as I do that Frederica is capable of considerable detachment But I prefer to think it's Byatt's re incarnation of the 19th century 3rd person omniscient narrator who as the novel goes on focuses on the awkward studious 17 year old ready to catapult herself into real life In addition it's this narrator definitely female who provides the considerable humor in the novelMy argument that the narrative is essentially if not strictly third person centers around the intimate and convincing inside view of so many different characters What makes this a strong novel it seems to me is that Frederica is NOT Byatt thinly disguised even though the family does seem uite similar but then it also seems similar to the Bröntes a point of view some in the novel espouse In the real family she was the eldest and she even says that killing off Stephanie which happens in another novel seems in retrospect killing off herself But she also says that she was shy and uncommunicative as a child with interests in science—and that Marcus is in many ways a portrait of herself


  2. says:

    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


  3. says:

    1950s Yorkshire Frederica Potter still living at home senses that something exciting is beginning Stars Hannah WatkinsA wealthy theatre director is producing a play and Frederica Potter is desperate to secure a roleStephanie 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 DanielStephanie and Daniel settle into married life while sister Frederica continues with her acting Marcus and Simmonds' experiments begin to take on a sinister 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


  4. says:

    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 ualified 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 uartetClick here for my review of the second installment of The Frederica uartet series Still Life and the third


  5. says:

    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 inFrederica is the character who goes on to become central in the later books hence why this forms the first part of the Frederica uartet but here she's much part 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 grotesuesThe 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 uartet


  6. says:

    I am not rating this novel since I am abandoning it at page 64 Nothing in me could face any of 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 meI LOVED Possession so much that I could not envision not liking something she had written Sadly this backfired on me this timeNot putting the read dates in either since I do not want it to count toward my yearly total


  7. says:

    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 resolveI read the final line and threw the book across the roomIn 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 whyI read the final lineI threw the book across the roomI crossed the room picked it up and threw it againI hereby promise to read other Byatt books in the future and not this oneRecommended for killing bugs on the wall


  8. says:

    Let me get this out of the way AS 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 ualities I admire in a novelist and in a different book this being my first Byatt I can easily imagine these ualities 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


  9. says:

    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 novelsThis is the story of a young Frederica Potter and her very dysfunctional family The novel is set in 1953 on the eve of the ueen's coronation A great cast of characters on offer from the strong willed but uite selfish Frederica to Marcus her fragile but gifted younger brother Enjoyed this as much as Possession


  10. says:

    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 uality about them Which is pretty much how we see people in life when you think about it


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