|Plot Summary of The House by the Sea|
|""The House by the Sea" is one of a seriess of journal swritten for publication by the poet May Sarton. This book follows "Plant Dreaming Deep" and "A Journal of Solitude" and concerns the first few years of her life when she moved from a small village in New England to New York in order to escape her problems. In this book she deals with the loss of her long time partner to senility, her struggles with her temper and with the events that have affected her life and career. In the book she is candid about her temper tantrums, her need for solitude which clashes with her need to give lectures in order to earn money, the problems of loving someone who no longer has any memory of their shared past, and her fears of growing old and frail.
It is not an easy book to read as the author lays her depression and fears cleanly on the page. I read this book feeling both challenged by the intensity of May Sarton's suffering and happier that in her sixties she was beginning to come to terms with herself."
Lynn Bradshaw, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The House by the Sea|
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- old people story
because he/she is
- mentally ill
Taboo Sex Story?
Kind of sex:
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 10 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
- A few 1-5 B&W
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 76%-100% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 51-75% of book
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