stefito0o asked: "1984" George Orwell :)
I’ve read that already. Top suggestion though :)
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#the silent woman #ted hughes #sylvia plath #janet malcolm #biography #writing #literature #book
I had read the bell jar by Sylvia Plath this but none of her poetry beforehand. I wanted to understand her more and was curious behind the sad events that have happened in Ted Hughes’s life and their strangness. Plath, their son and his second wife and daughter all committed suicide at different points in their lives.
So, attracted by its strange cover, I thought this would be interesting to read. At the start, it did talk about how Sylvia and Ted met but as you progressed the story took off in a new direction. It wasn’t a book about occurrences that took place in the past where you could learn more about the people themselves but a book on the nature of a biography.
How difficult it is to write - to pick apart peoples lives and characters. The problem of legality and permission. To judge how reliable sources may or may not be. It explores how a biography affects those in the book or those reading the book. How hard it is to understand people and their emotions when you are not them. To face all these hardships to piece together a coherent report that will be of justice to the person you are writing about and to yourself.
All of this is applied to the story behind Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, using it as a case study. Their relationship makes this book even more absorbing to read due to the strong and divided judgements people make on each of their personalities and how each event is given a new perspective when it is told by different people.