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A. S. Byatt - The Virgin in the Garden

A. S. Byatt - The Virgin in the Garden

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3.7/5 Goodreads

In Possession, A.S. Byatt produced a tour de force that brought together Victorian romanticism and modern sensibility, a novel that combined the elements of mystery, romance, and scholarship in a utterly captivating narrative. Those same ingredients are present in The Virgin in the Garden - a wonderful entertainment in which enlightenment and sexuality, Elizabethan drama and contemporary comedy, intersect richly and unpredictably. Set in Yorkshire in 1952 as the inhabitants of the area set about celebrating the accession of a new Queen, this is the tale of a brilliant and eccentric family fatefully divided. 

"Comic, well plotted, immensely touching... gaudy excitement and splendour" - The Times
"One to be reckoned with. It cannot be glibly praised or readily dismissed; it is, massively, there, and demands serious consideration" - Isobel Murray, Financial Times

"A pleasure to read" - Robert Nye, Guardian

"An ambitious novel (whose) narrative everywhere displays knowledge and intelligence" - Times literary supplement
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