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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 Bara No Tame Ni: 5 long digressions on ants as well as extensive excerpts from contemporaryiterature religious works etc I would have preferred fewer excerpts and original text true of both novellas because I genuinely enjoyed AS Byatt s writing Characters had that really human uality of being both Lebanon likeable and irritating at times repulsive at times delightful I did suspect the twist I believe there is meant to be a bit of a shocking reveal from almost the beginning The second story is about a group of people interested in communicating with the dead a woman who hasost five children a woman whose betrothed died while he was traveling whose new husband also attends and is a source of social discomfort as she was expected to Clarkesworld (Clarkesworld Anthology, live and die in mourning and austy itinerant preacher There is one medium who specializes in automatic writing and desperately misses the embrace of her husband presumed drowned and one medium who seems to exist almost entirely in the realm of spirits The story focuses on Alfred Lord Tennyson and his family as his brother was the dead fiancee and so there is much uoting But the passages about the spirits the delicate examinations of everyone s reasons and beliefs and despair and خداوند الموت love and hopelessness so gentle and incisive meandering and precise I picked up Angels Insects mainly for its second novella which is about spiritualism and a seance and as such interests me greatly All I knew about the first novella was that it had something to do with insects and the Victorian era and I d give it a shotWell that first novella blew me out of the freaking water 55 stars for sure The twists The prose The unadulterated yearning The talk about insects which I thought would be somewhat boring rendered incredibly interesting That ending I am in such awe of the way AS Byatt wove sentences together It s a novella I m going to reread at some point and dissect so I canearn the art of writing from her of that I am sureAs for the second novella 45 It was uite slow and I do admit I knew incredibly Facing Redemption little about Tennyson The story still worked for me because AS Byatt is a wonder wit AS Byatt with Angels Insects has created a rich and complex book comprised of two mediumength 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 science that resonates throughout all of which funnels to a shocking climax involving the relationships between the story s central characters Once started it was hard to stop reading I have to say that not only was the plot amazing but the prose was just e It took me a ong ong time to read this It was dense and had characters that seemed flat and ifeless due to being secondary to the message the author was exploring I get that the Insects were a metaphor for mankind I get that the Insects were a metaphor for mankind exploring that took too ong and just wasn t enough to hold my interests for an entire storyThis is two stories in one the first I pushed through and read all of the second I started and got The History of Provincetown lost from the very first sentence They have wings They re doing seances myeast favourite part of Possession her earlier novel I just had no idea what was meant to be happening and couldn t find it in me to care 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 wastoo much however Although the writing itself was exuisite I just think I don t Captured like AS Byatt s style very well She has a way of telling stories that I find to be very off putting Shel start the story getting the narrative ball rolling and making me خاطرات یک زن توده ای like all of the characters and then shel stop the story interjecting a thousand different unrelated poems and fairy tale fables In Morpho Eugenia s case she stopped the story countless times to give the reader very dry tehcnical narrations on ant behavior While germane to the story I felt Is Government the Source of Monopoly? and Other Essays (Cato Paper ; No. 9) like I was reading a textbook Towards the end of the book the main storyline drops almost completely becoming a rather dull collection of made up fables and ant behavior texts without very much attention to the main characters It made the end events seemike a surprise since the character development had all but ground to a halt in the middle of story One Too Many Blows To The Head leavingittle time for the organic character development needed to make the ending believableI attempted the second story but couldn t get into it at all Something about Tennyson Dead The Dressmakers Gift lovers Usually I d be all over that but again Byatt s attempts to interject a bunch of faintly related material into the narrativeeft me cold Ultimate rating C 25 stars I uickly 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 east prefer the first novella Morpho Eugenia the Insects section to The Conjugal Angel the Angels sectionFor me Morpho Eugenia was a ittle 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 family secret incredibly obvious well actually the whole plot and most of the characters were either obvious or one dimensional While I am utterly in awe of Byatt s ability to replicate Victorian prose debates about awe of Byatt s ability to replicate Victorian prose debates about and religion I have to admit that unlike her eually brilliant but also beautiful and highly readable faux Victorian poetry and fairy tales I did not want to read her faux Victorian debates Ultimately things felt too simplistic the story just didn t hang together for meSo why the four stars Well part of it has to do with The Conjugal Angel which I l get to in a minute But part is that despite my problems with the plot. Volumul Îngeri şi insecte Angels and Insects cuprinde două romane scurte Morpho Eugenia şi Îngerul conjugal Amestec de ficţiune postmodernă cu Angels Insects Two NovellasG to its wrinkled breast and is this Running from Strangers love made fleshNo frog no hound even could have a vision of the Angel of Annunciation Where does it all come fromThe second novella makes a wonderful juxtaposition with the first in that the fad of spiritualism and s ances is another form of resistance of Romanticism to the advances of science Mrs Papagay whose husband disappeared at sea is a medium gifted in automatic writing from the minds of the dead while her otherworldly partner Sophie has the second sight to see ghosts and through windows it seems to angels and alienife forms of alternate universes His sister Emily now married to a Captain Jesse wants to use the s ances to communicate with her first beloved her brother s best friend Arthur Hallam who died before their wedding The Tennyson of nature being red in tooth in claw in Morpho Eugenia becomes in The Conjugial Angel a core presence for bravely holding to the immortal ualities of ove beauty and the soul Readings of his poems are used to set the mood for the s ances and the ghosts summoned into presence make use of his poetry to communicate Especially Tennyson s In Memoriam which was a response to his 17 years of grief over the death of his beloved friend and fellow poet Arthur Mrs Papagay is endearing both pragmatic and nurturing as well as strong enough to see through the manipulators and users in her circle She recognizes the entertainment value of the parlor tricks often employed in s ance productions but she can t help believing in the reality of Sophie s visions I oved how she handles the If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai: A Conducted Tour of India lecherousay minister Mr Hawke who is always pontificating on Swedenborg s views about the afterlife and witnessing of the permanent fusion in heavenly angels between male and female souls as a sexual apotheosis of human Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects love Swedenborg teaches us as you know that conjugialove comes to us all but once that our souls have one mate one perfect other half whom we should seek ceaselessly Swedenborg was the first religious founder to give the expression of sexual delight the central place in heaven that in holds in many of our hearts on earth to divine and to constate that earthly The Monk as Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda love and Heavenly Love are truly One at their highest This is a noble a daunting understanding of our nature and our one true duty do you not think Better to marry than burn said Mrs Papagay reflectively uoting the gloomy admonition of the misogynist St Paul but thinking of her own state of mind and body Mr Hawke made her aware of her own discreet burning at her sideMrHawke Mrs Papagay thought would theorise if a huge red Cherub with a fiery sword were advancing on him to burn him to the bone he would explain the circumstances whilst the stars fell out of the sky into the seaike ripe figs from a shaken fig tree The s ances conjure up some surprising presences and have significant impacts on the participants The Tomb of Iuchiban lives Ioved the way Tennyson s overblown sentimentality gets deflated through the tale Emily in particular comes to realize how her much her brother usurped her own grief effectively making himself the widow to Arthur s death in his epic poem It was she knew and said often the greatest poem of her time And yet she thought in her bursts of private savagery it aimed a burning dart at her very heart it strove to annihilate her and she felt the pain of it and could not speak of that pain to a soulByatt is a charmer in her story telling great on fruitful beginnings surprising but apt in her endings and masterly in her characters development and diversions in the body of her tales We can feel the warmth of compassion for the ones trying to solve ife s great problems and a ively amusement in her fools and snobs Reread My Name My name she is Matilda Up here at night there is no 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 Advanced First Aid, CPR, and AED (Orange Book) long ago While an overall theme of Morpho Eugenia is the dichotomy between the male protagonist s presentife with a Victorian English family and his past experiences in the MattyMatilda is revealed as a patient reckoning force Though I fully remembered the ending from my prior read I was still surprised by part of it Despite some self indulgent sections knowing full well that s what you get with Byatt I once again found this novella a multi Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow layered fascinating work Mrs Papagay wondered whether other people told themselves stories in this way in their heads whether everyone made up everyone elseiving and dead at every turn whether this she knew about Mrs Hearnshaw could be called knowledge or ies or bothBefore starting the second novella The Conjugial Angel I was already swarmed by 19th century women real fictional even hybrids With this work I can now add two one fictional and the other a hybrid As interesting and erudite as Byatt s Swedenborgian and Tennysonian riffs were I preferred being in the heads of the women Adding to the minor theme of the unseen woman of the first novella a minor theme here is resistance to the Victorian age s angel in the house mentality a resistance that perhaps eads to Emily s willful eccentricity perhaps also to a bit of The Yellow Wallpaper but at Norte: A Novel least not to The Madwoman in the AtticAfter reading Byatt back to back along with my recent read of The Children s Book it struck me that despite her very dark themes these stories end on uplifting notes endings that may be fantasies especially for the time but are not fantastical 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 novellaMorpho 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 generally obsessive collector Adamson agrees to catalogue his collection and becomes entangled with his family and marries one of the daughters This is a suitably gothic tale and isayered with symbolism Adamson himself becomes one of the specimens There is intrigue and secrecy and Byatt plays with the surname alabaster using the whiteness of the skin Care se ascunde în spatele textului ar putea fi rezumat într una dintre frazele unui personaj feminin din Morpho Eugenia Lucrurile nu sunt ce par a .



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Of Morpho Eugenia I have to admit that much of the imagery of the story has stuck with me Especially the parts where human and insect sex and reproduction are compared Ew but also very hauntingThe Conjugal Angel I thought was completely brilliant This could be my own personal bias in favor of stories about spiritualism but in any case I really oved it It was different from any story I ve recently read about spiritualists in that it takes the idea seriously To make it that much better one of the main characters is Alfred Tennyson s sister so there s Mi karma y yo lots of poetry and interpretation to boot plus a beautifully imagined innerife of several historical figures This novella to me approaches the achievements of Possession nearly than the first it is a gorgeous meditation on grief and Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved love the burdens of the past and how we idolize the dead and how what is unseen to others can strangle us Plusots of commentary on poetry and wordplay and I The Prime Minister of Paradise love gettingost in Byatt s twisty sentence structure 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 conseuently nothing This deft piece had me cheering for Matty Crompton a real badass and pondering these Charlie O. and the angry A's 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 whichists the plot akimbo Such didn t The Sisters of Sinai leave the plotting anyess beautiful The Conjugal Angel is the second novella and it concerns a s ance a few years after the events of the first section There is but a thin thread inking the pair of narratives While the first novella appears ripe and well paced the second appear inchoate a stillborn effort which would one day be realized as The Children s Book 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 The Conjugial Angel a circle of fictional mediums finds itself haunted by the ghost of a very real historical personage The naturalist one William Adamson has ost most of his specimens and notes from his ten years in the jungles of South America and his prospects for a ucrative career based on the work are slim One of his wealthy customers for rare butterflies and the ike takes him in and gives him work organizing his collection Harald Alabaster also tasks him to serve as a sounding board for his ideas for a treatise that can reconcile God with Darwinian evolution which at this point in the 1860s is a hot topic Fascinating discussions but to William the efforts of Alabaster don t inspire him But you do not feel your own sense of wonder corresponds to something beyond yourself William I do indeed But I also ask myself what has this sense of wonder to do with my moral sense For the Creation we so admire does not appear to have a Creator who cares for his creatures Nature is red in tooth and claw as Mr Tennyson put it The jungle does indeed arouse a sense of wonder at its abundance and Dark Passage luxuriance But there is a spirit there a terrible spirit of mindless striving or apathetic inertia a kind of vegetable greed and vast decay which makes a mindless natural force much easier to believe in He may be a rational scientist but he succumbsike a fool to American Military History and the Evolution of Western Warfare love at first sight with one of Alabaster s daughters Eugenia Happy days come for him at winning her agreement to marriage and persuading her father to accede despite hisow birth But there is something missing in Eugenia who passively goes along with being a baby machine This is one of so many analogies with the social insects that were his focus in his field work and a major topic of the discussions with his father in aw Being a useless drone to his ueen is something he resists He comes to appreciate studying the ants and bees on the estate with a female tutor for the Alabaster children Mattie who is a refreshing though androgynous a female tutor for the Alabaster children Mattie who is a refreshing though androgynous who strives to surmount gender and class barriers to the playground of knowledge In teaching the household s children about the ways of ants and bees they find a path to write an accessible educational book I oved the fantasy tale she pens from the inspiration Byatt s presentation of the ferment of Victorian thinking about the world and the place of humans in it is wonderfully done It goes far beyond assailing creationist arguments In winding up this ensemble cast of characters with all the sublime Romantic thinking and poetry and the new scientific knowledge of the biological roots of human nature Byatt gets to play the Watchmaker god who walks away It felt playful on her part to The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez let her charactersinger on thinking about nature and nuture instinct and predestination that presaged modern formulations and debates on sociobiology from the ikes of Stephen Jay Gould E O Wilson and Richard Dawkins William s fascination with the craft in ant slavery and the analogies between individual ant workers and cells in a superorganism makes a warm spot in my heart Mileage from this may vary among other readersSome of my pleasure is biased from the allure ant behavior Had For Me In Childhood for me in childhood shaped my choice ater to become a biologist But I think others out there might feel the brilliance of how her heroes in their uest for knowledge faces down the almost Gothic horror of all the ways of parasitism and dog eat dog brutality in nature Getting the reader to see the proper privileged society through the images and metaphors of insect ife was marvelous Its not hard to empathize with Alabaster s reluctance to relinuish the divine sublime of human art and esthetics Here he dwells on his altered responses to a beautiful painting of the Annunciation to Mary by angels with colored wings echoed by butterflies And now all this it as it were erased and there is a black backcloth on an empty stage and I see a chimpanzee with puzzled eyes and a hanging brow and great ugly teeth clutching its hairy offsprin. Araţiune victoriană filosofie ştiinţă şi poezie volumul este printre cele mai incitante dintre cărţile semnate de AS Byatt Mesajul naratorului.