“The story itself was very good and it was written beautifully. It's only stepping out of the story that I'd really criticize it. It's pretty snobby. Byatt sets up two famous (but fictional) poets of the same fame as Tennyson and the like, and includes tons of their works, obviously her own, which she is thus putting at the level of Tennyson--and it's not! It's also full of a sort of bitter feminism and American stereotypes. It definitely doesn't encourage me to read more of her stuff.”
kala_way wrote this review Monday, June 8, 2009.