The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye Epub ☆ The Djinn

The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye I just encountered Byatt for the first time, and despite her jaundiced view of the Harry Potter books, I have to say she s really a great read This book contains four retellings or reimaginings of traditional fairy tales and arealistic novella about a middle aged professor who encounters the titular djinn on a trip to Turkey The literary snob in me really appreciates the fact that she s a master wordsmith who also treats fairy tales seriously, but what really won me over was The Story o I just encountered Byatt for the first time, and despite her jaundiced view of the Harry Potter books, I have to say she s really a great read This book contains four retellings or reimaginings of traditional fairy tales and arealistic novella about a middle aged professor who encounters the titular djinn on a trip to Turkey The literary snob in me really appreciates the fact that she s a master wordsmith who also treats fairy tales seriously, but what really won me over was The Story of the Eldest Princess Anyone who s ever ground their teeth at the seemingly inescapable fate of birth order in fairy tales will appreciate this one Because sometimes, a completely modern fairytale, so called, just won t do.I still have sitting on my bedside table Possession, by Byatt It is sitting there all forlorn, halfway read with a growth which stagnated a couple of months back, when I found I just couldn t read another page at that moment And still I haven t reached the next moment that will make me pick up the book and continue reading it.Possession is one of those books that s like very dark, incredibly rich chocolate brownies Because sometimes, a completely modern fairytale, so called, just won t do.I still have sitting on my bedside table Possession, by Byatt It is sitting there all forlorn, halfway read with a growth which stagnated a couple of months back, when I found I just couldn t read another page at that moment And still I haven t reached the next moment that will make me pick up the book and continue reading it.Possession is one of those books that s like very dark, incredibly rich chocolate brownies The first 5, and you re absolutely loving them But then, suddenly, the chocolate becomes a little sickly to the tongue, and then as you continue to gorge yourself, you begin to taste the ingredients by themselves, like eggs and flour, that taste so magical when mixed together but now they re just breaking apart and asserting themselves and becoming plain and unmagical, simply from too many mouthfuls Which is why I really enjoyed Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye It was like one sweet, rich brownie with all the same fantastical ingredients, but somehow better in its own quiet solitude.The book itself is made up of five fairy stories, the final one taking the title s name, and also taking up about two thirds of book in the process Like Possession, it is Victorian and romantic, but unlike Possession, you can see where the story is leading, the existence of a story arc, the precise confinement of would be tangents.Each of the stories play on traditional Victorian fairy tales, reminiscent of Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson NOT Disney, thank the gods but with little twists and knots and sudden turns that make the familiar refreshingly strange The Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye, the final story, is the most mixed of modern and traditional, which I somehow felt weakened the story a little too much milk in the tea kinda thing Consequently, it was my most unfavourite of the lot But the reviews I ve read online seem to think that opposite, that the fifth and final, perhaps most original fairy story is the triumph, the masterpiece I admit the story is surprisingly erotic I found myself a little heated on the bus home from work when I first encountered the character of the Djinn, whom I imagined from the description to be bald, and naked, and with an incredibly masculine smell , with kohl rimmed eyes and defined lips, like an ancient Egyptian Scribe, only about 10 times bigger than a human As are his extravagant genitals which somehow reminded me of an elephant s trunk Perhaps because of all the folds references He regales his Aladdin , modern career woman Gillian, with his love tales of 1000 years past lived in Arab palace chambers and loving his masters or mistresses, as they tend to be The three wishes Gillian receives and ponders play second fiddle to these stories they seem rather than the centre of the tale, to be woven deftly inbetween his tales and their evolving passionate and philosophical discussion Gillian s choices for her three wishes might surprise you, and the end part of the story is perfectly tantalising.I ve chosen not to go into detail about the other 4 stories, mainly because they are thetraditional style and some of them are taken from Byatt s other works, such as Possession But also I ve kept my opinions, thoughts and explanations of the four remaining stories hidden as I d like to keep the delightful surprise of them for the reader.They are the type of stories that you can only truly enjoy if you have your very best eiderdown quilt thrown over the top of you on a very comfortable lounge, with the wind quite still outside and the fat rain lullabying you to almost sleep you pick up your wine glass, and your chocolate of choice, and become so immersed in the story that you let the wine from time to time dribble down your front And even when you become aware of your gluttony you don t care, because the feeling is so simply delightful.4 stars for the Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye I wish there werestories like them The magnificent title story of this collection of fairy tales for adults describes the strange and uncanny relationship between its extravagantly intelligent heroine a world renowned scholar of the art of story telling and the marvelous being that lives in a mysterious bottle, found in a dusty shop in an Istanbul bazaar As AS Byatt renders this relationship with a powerful combination of erudition and passion, she makes the interaction of the natural and the supernatural seem not only convincing, but inevitableThe companion stories in this collection each display different facets of Byatt s remarkable gift for enchantment They range from fables of sexual obsession to allegories of political tragedy they draw us into narratives that are as mesmerizing as dreams and as bracing as philosophical meditations and they all us to inhabit an imaginative universe astonishing in the precision of its detail, its intellectual consistency, and its splendor I fell in love with the work of A S Byatt after reading her story The Story of the Eldest Princess I love fairy tales, but I also am the eldest child in my family and always felt a little slighted because in most fairy tales the older children fail Even after I learned why that was, it still got tiresome It was refreshing to read a story that approached fairy tales from the viewpoint of an eldest child who knows she is caught in the tale and what that means It s a wonderful story for any I fell in love with the work of A S Byatt after reading her story The Story of the Eldest Princess I love fairy tales, but I also am the eldest child in my family and always felt a little slighted because in most fairy tales the older children fail Even after I learned why that was, it still got tiresome It was refreshing to read a story that approached fairy tales from the viewpoint of an eldest child who knows she is caught in the tale and what that means It s a wonderful story for any eldest children to read, and, quite frankly, worth the price of the book.The other stories are good The Glass Coffin appears in Byatt s Possession, and the title story, while slow, is one of those stories that rewards dedicated readers If you want to read Byatt, but prefer short stories to novels, this collection is worth reading There are five short stories in this book The first four are just that, short, but the last one which gives the name of this book is quite lengthy.The Glass Coffin is about a tailor who goes out into the world to find his luck He meets a little grey man who gives him shelter for the night in exchange for helping with house chores The tailor cooks, feeds the animals who also live in the house, and in return for his good work and kindness, gets to choose one gift out of the three the little gre There are five short stories in this book The first four are just that, short, but the last one which gives the name of this book is quite lengthy.The Glass Coffin is about a tailor who goes out into the world to find his luck He meets a little grey man who gives him shelter for the night in exchange for helping with house chores The tailor cooks, feeds the animals who also live in the house, and in return for his good work and kindness, gets to choose one gift out of the three the little grey man is offering You have chosen not with prudence but with daring , says the little grey man, and the tailor sets off on his way His choice will make him face a difficult challenge, but guided by optimism and courage, the tailor will have to let go of his fear in order to fully experience the life changing adventure He sees a beautiful glass coffin, has to confront an evil magician, and dispel a terrible curse It s a nice little story, beautiful and quite straightforward.Gode s Story is also about a man, this time a young sailor, who s in love with the miller s daughter It s a complicated love story, full of symbolism that would be difficult to explain without giving away too much It reminded me of The French Lieutenant s Woman, because it takes place near the sea and it involves a lot of waiting I ve enjoyed this as well but not as much as the first story.The Story of the Eldest Princess is about three sisters, princesses in a kingdom between the sea and the mountains One by one, they go on a quest to bring back the blue color of the sky which had changed to other shades The eldest princess meets a scorpion, a toad and a cockroach on her way she helps them and they return the favor This has echoes of Little Red Riding Hood, but is also a story within a story and by the end of it I felt trapped, not knowing what to believe The abrupt ending left me confused Dragon s Breath is about a family with three children, Harry, Jack, and Eva, who grow up on tales about dragons Life in their village is boring for the three siblings and they all dream ofexciting things, of adventures and castles and riches within their walls And one day adventure comes but not in the way they thought it would, and it changes their lives and their perspective on things Such wonder, such amazement, are the opposite, the exact opposite, of boredom, and many people only know them after fear and loss Once known, I believe, they cannot be completely forgotten they cast flashes and floods of paradisal light in odd places and at odd times The Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye is the last story and it takes upthan half the book I loved the first passage a brilliant description of modern times told in a fairy tale way, one of those paragraphs that echoes in the mind for a long time after the story has ended Its beauty spills into the rest of the story but somewhere along the thread of this tale I became bored and wished for somethingexciting to happen In a way I was like the three siblings in the previous story, impatient, wanting adventure, excitement And just like them, I got my wish, but I had to wait a while This is the story of a woman narratologist, middle aged, successful in her career, who travels a few times a year to conferences where she meets like minded academics and they listen to each other discourse on the history of fairy tales and legends and such This is by far the most academic story in this collection references and analysis of John Milton s Paradise Lost, Shakespearean plays, Greek myths, the Thousand and One Nights and the origins of various fairy tales made the story quite interesting up to a point There are plenty of details that help make the reader familiar with the heroine s life, her feelings, her hopes There are also a few stories woven into this tale, of Patient Griselda, of Gilgamesh, bits of history about Turkey, where the woman visits for one of her conferences, and where she buys, in a bazaar, a curiously shaped bottle which she will later discover, houses a djinn The bottle could be made from nightingale s eye , a famous Turkish glass from the 19th century, she is told, and because she is a collector of glass paper weights, she buys it That s when the real adventure begins Her first meeting with the djinn involves a funny little part about a tennis match, which was quite amusing to read, and also endless philosophical discussions Byatt s prose is anything but simple and in this last story its construction is intricate, layered, there are vivid descriptions of colors and smells, of sensuality, and it pulls the reader right in from the first sentence It is also the kind of prose that you have to work for to fully appreciate, but the reward is well worth it The beginning was interesting, but I felt a little disappointed with the way things were progressing The appearance of the djinn brought back the interesting element and it never slacked off until the end This was my favorite story along with The Glass Coffin Being inside a woman has certain things a few things in common with being inside a woman a certain pain that at times is indistinguishable from pleasure We cannot die, but at the moment of becoming infinitesimal inside the neck of a flask, or jar, or a bottle we can shiver with the apprehension of extinction as humans speak of dying when they reach the height of bliss, in love I think I have a new author to add to my quiver of favorites This is the second book by Byatt I have read, and both have been spectacular Byatt s style is poetic, lyric and beautiful The words process like an ancient tapestry telling an epic story Byatt s sentences are often long and contain many phrases, but rarely do they seem clumsy or hard to follow Instead the phrases march out a beat that leads to a clear concise thought There is an echo of haunting in the writing as well, a note of I think I have a new author to add to my quiver of favorites This is the second book by Byatt I have read, and both have been spectacular Byatt s style is poetic, lyric and beautiful The words process like an ancient tapestry telling an epic story Byatt s sentences are often long and contain many phrases, but rarely do they seem clumsy or hard to follow Instead the phrases march out a beat that leads to a clear concise thought There is an echo of haunting in the writing as well, a note of undercurrent that is terrifying, in the way that legends are terrifying Byatt s writings step in and out of fantasy they are fairy tales, everyday life interjected with the otherworldly My appetite for fairy tales has been growing of late, and Byatt provides a feast The book has four shorter stories, then the much longer title story The early stories build, each was progressively better for me The Story of the Eldest Princess lived both inside and outside the bounds of traditional fairy tales It is a fairy tale with a self aware participant She knows she is in a fairy tale and tries to act accordingly However, she is never sure if her second guessing is a correction to a wrong first choice, or self doubt keeping her from a correct first choice Having read Grimm s fairy tales, it is a wonderful take on the frequent subject of three daughters sons Dragon s Breath contains much of the haunting I alluded to earlier Is it a metaphor of what life is like for insects looking at humanity Is it a cautionary tale of the destruction of society that technology brings I have no idea, but I love it Byatt has an outstanding observation that after surviving harrowing incidents, that the memories of those great moments in life cast flashes and floods of paradisal light in odd places and at odd times It has been so true in my own life distant memories of powerful moments flash in at very strange times Byatt also makes a great commentary that the everyday boredom is winnowed out of stories, legends, fairy tales Even in the midst of any epic tale, most of the time has to be spent doing the tedious, eating, sleeping, walking, relieving one s self Those moments never make the story I think it is safe to say that the title story is not like anything I have read What would it be like if you came upon a genie djinn in a bottle in modern life What would you wish for Would you learn from the warnings of other fairy tale wishers Byatt s story wanders and meanders around this topic She has frequent precursors and foreshadowing, as well as nods back to events from a few pages ago There is a heavy reward for paying attention, as these backtracks create a balance in the story that tips back and forth Perhaps Byatt s greatest strength is her beautiful wordplay She uses many subtle puns and plays on words, and nowhere do they shine as bright as in these references to past and future parts of the story I couldn t help but compare Byatt to Margaret Atwood even though their writing style is not similar But, both deal with the supernatural in creative ways They are only 3 years apart, Byatt being the elder, both refer back to a youth affected by World War Two Both seem to frequently write about aging women and their body image, expressing feelings of betrayal on how their bodies have changed I find it fascinating I have not found male writers who write about their aging bodies in the same way I enjoyed the portrayals of sex in the book, it was used much in the way as it is in 1001 Arabian Nights The expressions of sex are very eastern, free from the influence of Christianity and is damning of the flesh I also enjoyed the many, many references to other great works Proust, Chaucer and, others are brought up, compared and contrasted Byatt seems to skim the cream from these iconic writers Each adds their drops of flavor to her tales They help get across points the author is trying to make.Despite deeply enjoying her previous work, Ragnarok, I approached this book skeptically I did not think it would be a book I love, especially with such a wild name But I fell hard for it It is something I can strongly recommend to anyone who likes fairy tales and daydreams Take the time to read it slowly, or even out loud It is a book that is meant to be heard It lands on my bookcase hall of fame.5 7 20Every bit as good as I remember This is the kind of writing that you can fall into and let enfold you Page after page, story after story, it is wonderful read There are so many observations on humanity in these stories And I love the play on traditional fairy tales offered Its so hard to pick a favorite Other than the first story, the other four all have aspects I really enjoyed I always imagined this sort of thing must exist A fairly large subset of bibliophiles love fairy tales for their own sake, and plenty of us are self conscious of narrative tropes and seek stories that seem mature and emotionally complex Perhaps there are a lot of stories like these fairy tale retellings are kind of a thing these days, from Grendel to The Bloody Chamber to Wicked, not to mention any of the TV schlock In the hands of lesser writers, the concept is too wry and knowing and on t I always imagined this sort of thing must exist A fairly large subset of bibliophiles love fairy tales for their own sake, and plenty of us are self conscious of narrative tropes and seek stories that seem mature and emotionally complex Perhaps there are a lot of stories like these fairy tale retellings are kind of a thing these days, from Grendel to The Bloody Chamber to Wicked, not to mention any of the TV schlock In the hands of lesser writers, the concept is too wry and knowing and on the nose.Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye the story reads like a fusion of Jorge Luis Borges and Barry Lopez told through the lens of a middle aged woman It shares Borges obsession with the trappings and inner logic of the fairy tale and medieval Arabic culture, but uses them to explore Gillian s life and personality, rather than metaphysics and ontology Where Lopez finds the magic to move his characters in the natural world, Byatt s magic is in narrative, its ineluctable power to drive our lives and the marginal agency we obtain in acknowledging it Byatt, then, is finally the post modern fairy tale teller I d been looking for.The execution is what really makes these stories stand out They embrace much of the style of fairy tales, their enchanted objects and looming hand of fate, their castles and princesses and toads and witches, but eschew their incessant grandiosity and penchant for pat endings Dragons Breath is a great example, the kind of anticlimax, purposeless event that could never happen in classical Western fairy tales though it would feel right at home with these Japanese Tales I ve been reading Her prose is wonderful, imbuing the prosaic with magic and efficiently painting the experiences of her characters how does anyone describe prose without sounding silly Is that a thing Gillian the other four stories don t really even have proper modern protagonists is emotionally nuanced and substantial, a model for aspiring fantasy writers to shoot for I read this for the Mythic Fiction book group here on Goodreads, but never got around to going and posting about it over thereA collection of 5 stories 4 very short, and one novella length the title story The first 4 stories were excellent but 4.5 stars for the first half of the book, and 2 stars for the second half actually, it s a littlethan half averages out to 3.The Glass Coffin A humble tailor granted magical gifts, a sleeping princess, an enchanted prince, an evil magic I read this for the Mythic Fiction book group here on Goodreads, but never got around to going and posting about it over thereA collection of 5 stories 4 very short, and one novella length the title story The first 4 stories were excellent but 4.5 stars for the first half of the book, and 2 stars for the second half actually, it s a littlethan half averages out to 3.The Glass Coffin A humble tailor granted magical gifts, a sleeping princess, an enchanted prince, an evil magician and a happy ending The familiar elements meshed together by Byatt s exquisite writing create a fresh story which could have come straight from a 19th century book of fairy tales.Gode s Story A handsome young sailor s careless ways come back to haunt him literally in this tragedy.The Story of the Eldest Princess In a kingdom with three Princesses, an unexplained phenomena occurs the sky turns green The eldest princess heads out on a quest to discover the reason for this change, and to turn the sky back to blue On the road, she encounters some elements that you might expect from a quest story and some things that you might not.Dragon s Breath A village is plagued by dragons that sap the will and rob life of meaning More allegorical feeling than the others, but a thoughtful and lovely tale.The Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye This is the one, sadly, that I really didn t like at all This clearly semi autobiographical story of a modern narratologist who meets a ridiculously handsome djinn in a bottle, and, of course, grants her three wishes, just felt self indulgent, annoyingly metafictional, and rather dull.Overall, the book left me with the same feelings I ve had about most of Byatt s work except here my positive and negative feelings were sharply divided Usually the brilliantly lovely parts and the dull parts of her books areintertwined.I did love the selection of nineteenth century illustrations as headers for each story Reading this reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend recently about the films of Wes Anderson and Jim Jarmusch, how I love their artistic sensibilities but yearn in vain for, as my friend said, an intersectional lens I love these stories but I can t put away my ideological discomfort about them I get the impression they are not meant to be read ideologically, but we already know what the absence of an ideology amounts to Anyway they are lovely, very graceful and clever, but a litt Reading this reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend recently about the films of Wes Anderson and Jim Jarmusch, how I love their artistic sensibilities but yearn in vain for, as my friend said, an intersectional lens I love these stories but I can t put away my ideological discomfort about them I get the impression they are not meant to be read ideologically, but we already know what the absence of an ideology amounts to Anyway they are lovely, very graceful and clever, but a little too obedient, too restful, compared to, say, Angela Carter The first story introduces the overall theme, which to my mind is the impact of storytelling on storytelling I believe that we apprehend through stories and exist as stories, so this topic is entirely congenial to me This theme runs in the recurrence of acts of intervention when a character becomes conscious of the narrative conventions of their situation and use that awareness somehow The hero is the proverbial little tailor and he rescues an institutionally desirable white, blond sleeping beauty from the depredations of a black artist these words unfortunately do not denote a person of African descent engaged in creative production but a stereotypically creepy magician who can t handle rejection view spoiler and who is casually bumped off without a backward narrative glance hide spoiler The tailor s own virtue is treated realistically, against the wide eyed innocence of the fairytale voice, and perhaps the messy ending is a deliberate resistance to happily ever after, or abdication of authorial power, but it was halfhearted if so The second story caused me to reflect that my passion for folklore does not readily extend to fabricated folklore The story of the eldest princess wasto my liking as it poked critically at some especially unpleasant narrative conventions, replacing the evil witch with a wise woman skilled in healing and able to set her female visitor free, and gave a normally glossed over character the right of reply to the stories that have forgotten to mention herthan in passing This is a rehabilitation of sorts As in the first story of the tailor, I enjoyed the intelligent presence of the animals in this story and how they collaborated with the human protagonist very much Still, why do fairytale morals positively require kindness to animals yet condone meat eating Often fairytale is a location for the mythologies of meat, such as that it is given gladly by animals, but Byatt simply places compassionate behaviour to animals alongside the eating of dead flesh, casually erasing the animal on the plate.The fourth tale seems to have some relationship to Byatt s story The Thing in the Forest which, in my reading, imagines war, or the second world war, or the civilian experience of that war, as a monster view spoiler The monsters in this story might be allegorical they are an invasion, but they do not occupy They raze, but at random If anything, they are most like the eruption of a volcano Unlike the war monster which poisons minds, the volcano worms leave behind leaven for the villagers uneventful lives, sparking new stories, as volcanic ash enriches the soil on the slopes below hide spoiler The title piece, which takes up the great majority of the book, is a virtuoso piece of writing inspired by the 1001 Nights Our protagonist is middle aged narratologist Gillian, who has recently become single as her husband has run off with a younger woman, a plot detail that Byatt ostentatiously marks as tedious and commonplace In fact the tedium of patriarchal oppression is the villain of this tale one of its internal stories is that of Chaucer s Patient Griselda I was very cross though that Byatt prominently chastises Muslim women who wear hijab, identifying them in the form of three women in the front row at a lecture Gillian gives in Turkey with this patriarchal tedium by making them silent, impassive, explicitly obedient to the men in their lives she both speaks for and silences them Ahdaf Soueif wrote a similar scene in In the Eye of the Sun which in the context of a novel from the viewpoint of a Muslim woman functioned as an effective critique of Egyptian patriarchy, but here in a story about classical Arabic literature from a white woman s perspective I feel it is othering and essentialising, reinscribing the colonialist Orientalist tropes of the Lost Islamic Golden Age and the oppressed hijabi that speak over writers like Soueif One delightful thing about this story is the quality of the description which is, as always, sensuous and sumptuous, but also witty, when Byatt describes features of contemporaneity with the arch expansive tone of once upon a time, a technique I usually enjoy in magical realism because it reminds us that what we take for granted daily is wondrous and would have seemed fantastical to our ancestors in England we dream of peaches in the dead of winter and find them spread on our breakfast tables I thought it clever and apt that the flying djinn found the air crowded with emanations meaning signals at non visible electromagnetic frequencies Modernity has made some aspects of the magical real, and Byatt arranges them like a composer into poetry Gillian s Turkish colleague Orhan gives a lecture on a story from the 1001 Nights that illuminates the approach to storytelling in the classical Islamic World tradition My impression of this strand was that djinn tend interact with the human world as aesthetes, appreciative observers of a drama, rather playfully manipulating things like the gods of the pagan traditions of Greece and Rome, except that humans are occasionally placed in positions of power in relation to them This threads into the theme of wish fulfilment which Gillian pursues as an object of study having gained a few of her wishes meeting the theme of stories of women s lives and the question of what women most desire is it beauty, love or to give shape to the lives of others Or is it the freedom to dream I think the reason this story is so bewitching is that it combines the unsettling mythological quality of classical storytelling and its sonorous, poetic voice with the critical subjectivity of the novel and its concomitant interiority Fairytales do not tell us what people feel except in the broadest strokes possible fear, excitement, happiness, despair but here the resolution of emotion is 20 20, we feel, for instance, Gillian s frustration at her inability to communicate bourgeois distaste to someone who has never sat in a lower middle class English drawing room Byatt synthesises these disparate voices really effectively, mining all of their discords for delight the brief teleportation of Boris Becker is particularly delicious and stirring ancient pleasures into a modern symphony This volume has 5 stories first 2 I didn t read any as they were inserted in Possession and although I don t remember exactly how to grade them, I remember what they were about , a short story about the deeds of an elder sister from a family with 3 daughters, a short story about the breath of a dragon and a story occupyingthan half of the volumeThe Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye.The story from the title is amazingly good It is only one story but it contains several other stor This volume has 5 stories first 2 I didn t read any as they were inserted in Possession and although I don t remember exactly how to grade them, I remember what they were about , a short story about the deeds of an elder sister from a family with 3 daughters, a short story about the breath of a dragon and a story occupyingthan half of the volumeThe Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye.The story from the title is amazingly good It is only one story but it contains several other stories Remember theArabian NightsNot only does this story have its structure somehow, but it also borrowed its charm Our hero gets to make wishes in a modern world and they are granted Her wishes are not for prosperity or happy forever afters, but for solving issues that she has to deal with in the modern world Byatt confronts old and modern with great literary ability, magic and real, Western ideas with Eastern ideas She talks about fate and choice, about predestination and freedom, about the existence of uncanninness in our daily lives whether we accept it or notThe emotion we feel in fairy tales when the characters are granted their wishes is a strange one We feel the possible leap of freedom I can have what I want and the perverse certainty that this will change nothing that Fate is fixed This last story is a modern fairy tale and in the meantime a thorough analysis of classic fairy tales Byatt tries to make a sense of happy ever afters as modern man cannot stop at that any that happy ever after is just a moment in time after which comes anotherIn fairy tales, said Gilian, those wishes that are granted and are not malign, or twisted towards destruction, tend to lead to a condition of beautiful stasis,like a work of art than the drama of Fate It is as though the fortunate has stepped off the hard road into an unchanging landscape where it is always spring and no winds blow Alladin s genie gives him a beautiful palace, and as long as this palace is subject to Fate, various magicians move it violently around the landscape, build it up and cause it to vanish But at the end, it goes into stasis into the pseudo eternity of happy ever after When we imagine happy ever after we imagine works of art a family photograph on a sunny day, a Gainsborough lady and her children in an English meadow under a tree, an enchanted castle in a snowstorm of feather in a glass dome Turkey as seen through Byatt s eyes is a land of magic her descriptions of Topkapi and the Grand Bazaar, as well as the stories told to accompany random objects seen within, and the stories from the Djinn earlier releases from bottles he was imprisoned in contribute to create a wonderful realm where all stories come alive I wish I had read this story first and then see Istanbulmaybe I would have seen it with different eyes If this story alone had made the whole volume of stories, I would have given it 5 stars, but it doesn t So, I will only praise it in words and say that together withStone Womana story from another volume written by Byatt are way better than Possession and I gave this one 5 stars Hats off to Dame Byatt


About the Author: A.S. Byatt

A.S Byatt Antonia Susan Byatt is internationally known for her novels and short stories Her novels include the Booker Prize winner Possession, The Biographer s Tale and the quartet, The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman, and her highly acclaimed collections of short stories include Sugar and Other Stories, The Matisse Stories, The Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye, Elementals and her most recent book Little Black Book of Stories A distinguished critic as well as a writer of fiction, A S Byatt was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999.BYATT, Dame Antonia Susan , Dame Antonia Duffy , DBE 1999 CBE 1990 FRSL 1983 Chevalier de l Ordre des Arts et des Lettres France , 2003 , writer born 24 Aug 1936 Daughter of His Honour John Frederick Drabble, QC and late Kathleen Marie BloorByatt has famously been engaged in a long running feud with her novelist sister, Margaret Drabble, over the alleged appropriation of a family tea set in one of her novels The pair seldom see each other and each does not read the books of the other.Married1st, 1959, Ian Charles Rayner Byatt Sir I C R Byatt marriage dissolved 1969 one daughter one son deceased 2nd, 1969, Peter John Duffy two daughters.EducationSheffield High School The Mount School, York Newnham College, Cambridge BA Hons Hon Fellow 1999 Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, USA Somerville College, Oxford.Academic Honours Hon Fellow, London Inst., 2000 Fellow UCL, 2004Hon DLitt Bradford, 1987 DUniv York, 1991 Durham, 1991 Nottingham, 1992 Liverpool, 1993 Portsmouth, 1994 London, 1995 Sheffield, 2000 Kent 2004 Hon LittD Cambridge, 1999PrizesThe PEN Macmillan Silver Pen Of Fiction prize, 1986 for STILL LIFEThe Booker Prize, 1990, for POSSESSIONIrish Times Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize, 1990 for POSSESSIONThe Eurasian section of Best Book in Commonwealth Prize, 1991 for POSSESSIONPremio Malaparte, Capri, 1995 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, California, 1998 for THE DJINN IN THE NIGHTINGALE S EYEShakespeare Prize, Toepfer Foundation, Hamburg, 2002 Publications The Shadow of the Sun, 1964 Degrees of Freedom, 1965 reprinted as Degrees of Freedom the early novels of Iris Murdoch, 1994 The Game, 1967 Wordsworth and Coleridge in their Time, 1970 reprinted as Unruly Times Wordsworth and Coleridge in their Time, 1989 Iris Murdoch 1976The Virgin in the Garden, 1978 GEORGE ELIOT Selected Essays, Poems and Other Writings , 1979 editor Still Life, 1985Sugar and Other Stories, 1987 George Eliot selected essays, 1989 editor Possession a romance, 1990Robert Browning s Dramatic Monologues, 1990 editor Passions of the Mind, essays , 1991 Angels and Insects novellae ,1992The Matisse Stories short stories ,1993 The Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye five fairy stories, 1994Imagining Characters, 1995 joint editor New Writing 4, 1995 joint editor Babel Tower, 1996 New Writing 6, 1997 joint editor The Oxford Book of English Short Stories, 1998 editor Elementals Stories of fire and ice short stories , 1998 The Biographer s Tale, 2000 On Histories and Stories essays , 2000 Portraits in Fiction, 2001 The Bird Hand Book, 2001 Photographs by Victor Schrager Text By AS Byatt A Whistling Woman, 2002Little


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back To Top