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Angels and Insects: Two Novellas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2001


    A. S. Byatt, once again, proves to be an extremely talented novelist, with her passion for biology, history, and spirituality. 'Angels & Insects,' which is my favorite book by A. S. Byatt, deals with subjects that might seem odd to us, 'contemporary' people living in the twenty first century. It is nevertheless an amazing novel, one that might give birth to the very deep thoughts, and one that might force you to draw analogies between us and the world of nature. 'Morpho Eugenia,' my favorite of the two novellas, tells us about a shipwrecked naturalist, who, having returned from the Amazon, finds himself 'taken in' by an aristocratic family whose members are compared to insects. I must confess that I loved that novella at once, although I did think that all that bug talk was getting pretty boring. I am, however, into entomology, so it didn't seem that bad to me, but some people may find it long and gratuitous. Anyway, 'Morpho Eugenia' is a magical novella, one that strikes you with its luscious prose and poems, and beautiful love and nature scenes. I especially loved the butterfly scene where Eugenia stood in a cloud of moths, which 'flittered' and 'danced' around her head, and her 'outstretched hands.' The last of the two 'pictures' in the end is absolutely unforgettable- dealing with the healing of the heart and a new beginning. The second novella, 'The Conjugial Angel,' tells us about the relationship between Alfred Tennyson and Arthur Hallam. If you don't know much about the authors of the Victorian era, and if you are not interested in spiritualism, then this novella is certainly not for you. I guess that you have to be a 'Victorian literature lover' to appreciate these beautiful tales about the people who might have had the same problems and choices that are before us now. I would recommend this book to anybody who loves Wilkie Collins, Sharlotte Bronte, and Jane Austen.

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