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By A.S. Byatt | Comments: ( 643 ) | Date: ( Feb 26, 2020 )

Cassandra is an Oxford don Julia, her sister, a bestselling novelist They share a set of disturbing memories of a strange childhood game and of Simon, the handsome young neighbour who loved them both.Years later Simon re enters their lives via a television programme on snakes and intrudes into their uneasy compromise of mutual antagonism and distrust The old, wild emotiCassandra is an Oxford don Julia, her sister, a bestselling novelist They share a set of disturbing memories of a strange childhood game and of Simon, the handsome young neighbour who loved them both.Years later Simon re enters their lives via a television programme on snakes and intrudes into their uneasy compromise of mutual antagonism and distrust The old, wild emotions surge back, demanding and urgent, and this time the game is played out to a fatal finish.

  • Title: The Game
  • Author: A.S. Byatt
  • ISBN: 9780099998402
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback

About 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 1999ATT, 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

Comments The Game

  • Dolors

    This is an unkind novel, devastating in a surreptitious, quiet, almost poisonous way. Like Eliot’s hollow men, this story ends not with a bang, but with a whimper and leaves one a tad bit disoriented because of its seemingly gratuitous harshness. Byatt doesn’t shy away from the miseries that befall on women with too high expectations. Nothing turns out the way the reader would like to, just like it happens every so often in life. The story beats with the Gothic, post-Victorian narrative rhyt [...]

  • Nicole

    Not her best novel. Certainly not a bad novel, but compared with what she has done elsewhere, this was a bit of a disappointment. I also had a strange reaction that the book was somehow very personal, and was sent off on a google hunt looking for gossip about her relationship with her own sister, Margaret Drabble. And, indeed, Drabble described this book as a mean little book about sibling rivalry, and not a help to their relationship. Then again, I sort of knew that they did not get along befor [...]

  • Nikki

    I now know why this was one of the few books available on my library's list of downloadable audiobooks.(They work like real books in the library, so you can't check one out that someone else already has.) The synopsis was rather misleading (I thought there would be some fantasy involved, but I never got that far). The characters were disagreeable, and seemed to talk to themselves (in interior dialogue) far more than to each other. I made it through about three chapters before falling asleep. I n [...]

  • Julie

    This was a strange and gorgeous book. I love Byatt's writing. I wanted to strangle several of the characters, though. One line in "The Game" became my meditation for the results of the 2010 election: "It is always foolish to care about what one can't help. But unfortunately we never know with any certainty what we can't help. And we are not usually capable of not caring."

  • Mariam Odent

    I was listening to BBC's Open Book podcast on 20th century women's writing and A.S. Byatt's name came up a lot. So I decided to give her a try. As shallow as it sounds, the book cover for this novel was ugly and it screamed "BORING BOOKS YOU READ IN SCHOOL BUT WOULDN'T TOUCH ON YOUR OWN." And I was right. It emcompasses everything I dread about highly regarded writers in its dry metaphors and self-absorbed characters. It was written in the sixties where I guess it was kind of trendy to write abo [...]

  • Cameron

    This is probably the worst book I've ever read, especially disappointing because I heard so much about Possession, highly praised by my friends (although pretty much everyone told me, "I skipped all the poetry."). This badly crafted tale of two sisters' rivalry for the attentions of an arrogant TV star is both irritating and dull, full of overwrought descriptive passages and clumsy attempts to "get into the mind" of the main characters. The plot eventually gets lost in all of the pseudopsycholog [...]

  • Tina

    For a novel where almost nothing happens, I was completely hooked. There are several things in life I just plain adore: slow burn novels that are about nothing at all and subtlety (also, though not related to this novel: abandoned condemned houses, rain on the beach, November weather, gloves). The plot of this novel is not complex and can probably be described in one or two sentences. But it isn't about the plot and it's barely about the characters. It's about the writing itself and an attempt t [...]

  • Emmett

    A strange novel that encircles and returns again and again to its themes before closing in slowly on an unexpected conclusion. Repeated obsession, derangement, estrangement, the separation of bodies from other earthly attachments run through the minds of characters which may seem different at first glance but who are ultimately concerned with how they (and in abstraction, people) connect with and relate to each other, and who and what they are attached to. Proximity proves the capacity for both [...]

  • Larry

    As a Byatt enthusiast how can I say this without sounding petulantis book is a mess. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed most of her work this was a shock. The story telling is bizarre with characters that in spite of suggestion and page after page of description are never defined. If her point was the suggestion and its there from page one - Simon and the two sisters have some dark secret- that is never clearly or effectively enunciated. The description of the family home and events at the death [...]

  • Isabelle

    The subject of this novel is not original: stories of devastating sibling rivalries, principally between sisters, abound in fiction but also in real life. I am myself part of such a story and have been since I was born, it seems. And so is A S Byatt actually!Regardless, it is not surprising that novelists should be drawn to those complex relationships between girls and eventually women, who are intensely codependent and whose tormented, albeit real, love for each other is not a choice but a gene [...]

  • Kate

    This is the first book I've read by A.S. Byatt, and I can't wait to read more. I love her inter-textuality and the magical way she combines metaphors and associations to convey her characters' experiences of the world. I found a lot of 'truthful dialogue' in this book; words that really struck at me. Her characters in this book are entangled in the over-reflexive worlds of literature academia, metaphor and writing, where they are being tugged between significance and insignificance. My favourite [...]

  • Bob

    A story of a very fraught relationship between two sisters, one an Oxford scholar of a monastic disposition, the other a popular novelist. One imagines Byatt's somewhat famously uncordial relationship with her sister Margaret Drabble is a source for the story, though one hopes it not quite so bad as this makes out. The scholarly sister is named Cassandra - I thought I was being rather clever in connecting this choice with Jane Austen's sister, but the character herself muses upon the parallel ab [...]

  • Susan

    Good, but meh. Byatt's characters routinely quoting Coleridge and falling passionately over abstract thought made more sense when it was delivered by literary scholars in Possession. True, this book focuses on a medieval scholar and a contemporary author, but it's still far-fetched and was hard to follow sometimes. Some things were inexplicable, like Cassandra's immense fear. Did I skip a page? I'm not giving this a lower rating because it was still a compelling read, especially when the messy h [...]

  • Rebecca

    I almost didn't finish this book, and it took me two weeks to get through it, which is kind of unheard of in my reading history. I always finish a book, even if I hate it, and usually in less than three days for fiction. I didn't hate this book, but I had a really hard time losing myself in it and that's why I read in the first place, immersion into another world, another person. I'm not sure whether the fault is with me or the book. I really enjoyed a couple of Byatt's other books, which is why [...]

  • Joy

    I really liked Possession and loved The Children's Book. The Game, maybe because it is one of Byatt's earlier works, did not live up to them for me, but it was still a good read with some excellent parts.

  • Jim

    Once you’re aware of it it’s impossible to approach this book without assuming that it’s autobiographical, at least in part. Of course there’s a smattering of autobiography in most fiction but when Byatt’s sister read the book she was less than forgiving:She may not have known what she had done until she had written it. Writers are like that. But it’s a mean-spirited book about sibling rivalry and she sent it to me with a note signed 'With love,’ saying 'I think I owe you an apolog [...]

  • Jill

    This is a difficult book for me to rate by way of stars. I would give it 4-ish stars for the story itself -- well-written and well-crafted. There were quite a few sections, however, where the characters had long discussions about philosophical/religious/existential topics, reminding me of a Russian novel in tone and content, if not in scope. This is what dropped it star-wise for me. These were interesting tangents, and they did go some way toward explaining character motivation, but they didn't [...]

  • Rhonda

    I did listen to the whole book. I have to say at no time did I feel like I understood what was going on. A banter back and forth of two women that simply were not understandable or normal. At some point I started thinking that they were split personality and they were each trying to do away with the other. I guess in a way one did. Since I listened to this book I will say the voice of the characters seemed some how not right for the part. Harsh in a way that made you defensive while listening. I [...]

  • Claire Fitzpatrick

    I listened to the audio and enjoyed overall. I knew nothing about it beforehand and had no idea when it was written so was surprised at the publication date when I heard it, I had assumed it was more recent and set years ago. Perhaps that would have changed my attitude when listening, hard to know. I will look for more by this author so that in itself is a positive reaction.

  • Geneva

    Not a lot to say, except that Byatt did well with this book. A strange but compelling and well written story.

  • Talie

    This cover religious fanatics, infidelity, suicide, dysfunctional families, schizophrenia. It's dark and has disturbing parallels with her own relationship with her sister.

  • Rob

    It is the winter of 1963, and when sisters Julia and Cassandra return to Northumberland on the death of their father, they are snowed in. Living once again in such close company, they are forced to re-examine aspects of their childhood, and the causes of the rivalry that has blighted their relationship. Foremost is their relationship with their neighbour, Simon, who is now a leading herpetologist and TV personality. Julia is married to Thor, who retains the Quaker religion that they all once sha [...]

  • Moira Russell

    I sulked terribly after finishing The Shadow of the Sun and had to leave Anna and Henry and Margaret and Caroline (and yes, even Oliver). Just as there is nothing so sweet as getting sucked utterly into a bookworld (surely the Germans have a compound word for that -- Buchwelt? -- ) there is nothing so disheartening as getting kicked out of the unearthly paradise, the little blank page between the last printed one and the back cover like a papery (not flaming!) little sword barring the way back. [...]

  • nadjadenada

    In multiple reader reviews, this early Byatt novel has been unfavorably compared to "Possession" by readers who found Byatt through that novel. I'm among these readers who adored "Possession," but I disagree that this early work is flat in comparison. I found both of the sisters portrayed here both sympathetic and real, and found myself (unfortunately) identifying with each of them. Admittedly, the majority of readers may not share this identification. Both characters (who, it must be admitted, [...]

  • Tony

    THE GAME. (1967). A. S. Byatt. ***.Two sisters, Julia, a successful novelist, and Cassandra, a well-known professor at a university, meet after years of absence at their parent’s home; their father has just had a stroke, and he is dying. Julia, though she is the younger sister, is married – to Thor – and has a young daughter. Cassandra is still unattached, but is happy in her academic career. The two sisters are like night and day. We learn of their differences through internal monologues, [...]

  • lynne naranek

    Buoyed by my Fairy Tales class and subsequent introduction to this author, I picked up this book among a choice of many to try A. S. Byatt in a non-fairy tale setting, and for some reason not wanting to go with her main / famous (although I'd never hard of it till a month ago) book "Possession".So, "The Game" : an absorbing tale that describes to almost too much detail the dysfunctional relationship between two sisters who had relied on imagination in their childhood, and seemed slaves to it eve [...]

  • Jerry

    This book encapsulates a writer’s fear of using people too much, and everyone else’s fear of being friends with a writer. That the whole world will see your failure to be human. A.S. Byatt takes characters who should not be sympathetic, and makes them so, without hiding their character.Julia Corbett progresses from literally stealing from her sister Cassandra in order to write, to metaphorically stealing from everyone she meets.Cassandra retreats further and further into her life as an Oxfor [...]

  • Diana

    I was not as engrossed by this early novel of Byatt's as I was of her later Possession, which I loved. I found the style in this book a bit overwrought - lots of embedded clauses that interrupted the flow of the story, leading to some frustration in following the overall plot of the story. I also found the unfolding of the plot confusing, ambiguous, and, frankly, I found all of the main characters unlikable, unsympathetic. I found I really didn't care what happened to these characters. I have to [...]

  • Virginia

    I loved this book, I also have issues with it. Sometimes the writing is so dense I wasn't sure whether my IQ had dropped a few points, but when she hits it, she hits it out of the ball park. Some of the passages stopped me dead, and I will certainly come back to them, just for the way they precisely capture an emotion or moment; always Byatt's particular gift as a writer. On the other hand Julia and Cassandra are hard to get a fix on despite much internal monologuing. The most reliable witness t [...]

  • Hans Thyssen

    But why? Why is this book called The Game?There is a game the two sisters played as children, and this game is still important in their later lives. I also know that the one sister needs the other one to weave a web, and that snakes always try to deceive women, but which man is the snake? I further know biting a apple isn't always biting an apple and that bananas often represent something that isn't a fruit. Byatt seems to love the romantic poets. Nobody can blame her for that, but in this novel [...]

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