Year of a Hundred books – #78 By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept

By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And WeptBy Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept – Elizabeth Smart

3/5

By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept is beautiful in its way. Semi-autobiographically telling the story of the author’s romantic engagements with a married man, the book is one of the best known and well-respected books in the prose-poetry genre. The back cover features positive reviews from such luminaries as the London Review of Books, Beryl Bainbridge and Michael Ondaatje. As a newcomer to the genre, I was taken in by the lyrical depth of the prose.

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Year of a Hundred books – #54 The Bell Jar

The Bell JarThe Bell JarSylvia Plath
4/5

While I was reading The Bell Jar I frequently found myself reminded of Save Me The Waltz. There are a lot of parallels between the two: both are semi-autobiographical novels written by talented women married to more famous literary men (in this instance the poet Ted Hughes), and both deal with the tragedy of mental illness. Fortunately, The Bell Jar is by far the easier of the two to read, and arguably the story is more interesting.

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