Angels & Insects by A. S. Byatt audiobook

Angels & Insects

By A. S. Byatt
Read by Wanda McCaddon

Blackstone Publishing

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781441703224

  • ISBN: 9781441703200

  • ISBN: 9781441703231

Runtime: 11.21 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In two breathtakingly accomplished novellas, A. S. Byatt explores the landscape of Victorian England, where science and spiritualism are both popular manias and domestic decorum coexists with brutality and perversion.

In "Morpho Eugenia", a shipwrecked naturalist is rescued by a wealthy family and immediately falls for the eldest daughter. But before long the family's 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.

Angels & Insects offers further proof of Byatt's prodigious powers and magical sympathy for characters who might have been our great-great-grandparents.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The British novelist A. S. Byatt is a very clever woman, and Angels & Insects exhibits her cleverness.” New York Times
“Proven professional [Wanda McCaddon]...rises predictably to the challenge. Hers is a gifted storyteller’s voice, perfect for a tale of Victorian England, full of expectation and interest in the wonderments of what she has to say. Her characterizations of both males and females of varied social registers are excellent, as is her ability to transmit clearly the tonal subtexts of Byatt’s clause-laden, gracefully qualified sentences.” AudioFile
“Delicate and confidently ironic.... Byatt perfectly blends laughter and sympathy [with] extraordinary sensuality.” San Francisco Examiner
“Byatt effortlessly exploits the opportunities for pastiche, belletristic flourish and critical commentary. If her symbolism is as excessively upholstered and overdetermined as the narratives of her Victorian models, beneath the padding she sets out a delicate chain of thematic concerns—19th-century tensions between science and faith, erotic currents within families, the nature of marital happiness—and heightens them by juxtaposing the two novellas here. Her easy ventriloquism mocks Victorian excesses even as she uses these same elements to inveigle her readers. Complex and captivating, this fluid volume recasts itself on every page.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: A. S. Byatt

Author Bio: A. S. Byatt

A. S. Byatt, a distinguished critic and author, was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge; Bryn Mawr College; and Somerville College, Oxford. In 1999 she was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Her other works include Possession, The Biographer’s Tale, and The Matisse Stories, among many others.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.21
Audience: Adult
Language: English