Possession: A Romance - A.S. Byatt

This book was way too smart for its own good.
Story was great, narration and intertwining of the plots perfect, but the choice of words and the characters themselves (all of them) were so scholarly perfect, cold and distant.
The author tried so painfully hard to show her eloquence and her meticulous knowledge about the Victorian era and poetry, that I couldn't really fully enjoy in the book.
In short, I felt like I was reading some extraordinary long lecture conveniently packed in a form of the novel.