I had to study this book in literature class, I just didn't get it. Mabye you might.
I wasn't very fond of Byatt's writing style, while many have praised her for it, i found it unneciserrily wordy. Some stories were interesting (July Ghost and Air) while most were droll.
The entire text is a fictionalised auto-biography of Byatt's life, I personally found it creative but quite self-serving...more