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Journal of a Solitude [Paperback]

May Sarton
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17 Jan 1998
Reissued with a new jacket, a book which was originally written to help the author through depression, and explores the creative processes involved in her life as a writer. First published in 1973.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd; New edition edition (17 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704339692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704339699
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,085,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This journal is not only rich in the love of nature and the love of solitude. It is an honorable confession of the writer's faults, fears, sadness, and disappointments. . . . On the surface, "Journal of a Solitude" is a quiet book, but if you will read it carefully you will be aware of violent needs and a valiant warrior who has battled every inch of the way to a share of serenity. This is a beautiful book, wise and warm within its solitude. --Eugenia Thornton" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, soul-ful, restful 30 Jun 2001
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may sarton is one of the few writers i know who seems to write from a place of soul, there is allways space and breath in her words and in her writing. The book charts a year in her life and covers the day to dayness of her writing, her garden, visitors and her many thoughts on relationships, creativity, solitude and the sacred. Definetly worth a read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Journal of a Solitude 16 Aug 2009
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I had come across the work of May Sarton only relatively recently when I discovered this book in a library sale. I went on to buy a second copy for a friend. It will appeal to a variety of creative thinking people who at times in their lives feel the need to reflect upon the value of everyday situations, circumstances, and the substance of life. The manner in which we deal with notions of self in the context of environment and relationships is an overriding concern of the book, but it does not wallow in self indulgence. If like myself you are an agnostic, you may find some christian undercurrents to some of Sarton's work problematic. However, this impression can be easily transposed with a faith (not necessarily religious) without the inherent value and meaning of the work being lost. All in all, a very worthwhile and engaging book if you are interested in notions of self, solitude, and creativity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Little book to savour - bitter sweet 2 Oct 2011
I came upon this book just by browsing, thanks to the 'take a look inside' function which is the greatest invention! I had never heard of Sarton or her work before reading her first pages on Amazon. I was immediately transported by her lyrical prose. Like a previous reviewer, I am not a religious believer and the reference to Sarton's religiosity in that particular review almost put me off ordering the book. I'm so glad I was more daring. For there is a quiet violence in May Sarton's writing that I have not experienced anywhere before and she wears her belief lightly. Her truthfulness zings throughout and even the most bitter of her days when she is lost in angry depression are sweetened by her most beautiful yet light imagery. A year in the life of a less well known American poet/novelist of the middle to late twentieth century? Could it possibly be worth reading? Absolutely it is!
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