Possession by A. S. Byatt

"Possession" is a novel that interweaves two storylines, one set in contemporary times and the other in the Victorian era. The contemporary plot follows two academics who uncover a secret love affair between two 19th-century poets, while the Victorian storyline presents the clandestine romance itself. As the modern scholars delve deeper into the past, they find themselves falling in love as well, mirroring the historical romance they are researching. The book explores themes of love, passion, and the power of the written word.

The 331st greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 1277

Since this book was first published in 1990, there is a penalty of 25.6%. The age adjusted score is 950.09.

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