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on 6 January 2013
I was prompted to write a short review by the ridiculous one star rating it has so far received on Amazon. I have had this book for years, along with several of Sharon Olds collections of work. Amongst many other prizes, she has picked up the TS Elliot award here in the UK. The work is wide ranging, very intense, very personal and for some might be too confessional and close to home to be comfortable with. The subject matter, the concerns of a woman writer, often overlooked in Western literature, does not detract from the sheer quality of the writing. These are crafted, technically brilliant pieces of writing that connect with readers because of the universal themes of relationships and family she so fearlessly takes on. Highly recommended!
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on 4 September 2014
This is amazing poetry. It is unusual because the author holds nothing back from her life experiences and documents some very raw times in her life ... but she does it very well. She also documents her sexuality and uses a few four letter words, although I do not think they are there to shock or merely to shock and nothing else. Consider carefully whether you are ok with the material and words.
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on 24 February 2013
Great timing--shipping was fast. The book is in great condition. All in all, great service. I love Sharon Olds, and there is nothing like finding what you love for a great price.
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on 12 November 2014
This was invaluable for a Poetry Group Session so I was very pleased with speed of delivery and condition of copy.
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on 1 November 2014
Brilliant ! The most exciting poet of her generation.
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on 28 December 2015
My daughter loved this book stating it 'is perfect'
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on 10 February 2008
Here is a big talent in the hands of a rather self-involved person (not in a good way) erring on the side of sensationalism and immaturity. What begins in a promising way tends to spiral into a rather theatrical triteness. A rather self-aggrandising, self-satisfied, self-indulgent writer. Hence I say a big talent in pretty bad hands.
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