Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson Review

Mad Girl's Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before TedMad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this biography right up to the very end. I felt like it blamed Hughes for Sylvia’s death. Look the biographer may know more about the situation from the letters and the archives but at the end of the day they know the same amount about Hughes and Plath’s relationship as I do: nothing. Those two know what went down in their relationship. Of course you have recollection from third party sources but serious it was their relationship. And seeing as it’s a biographer’s job to be impartial (It should be anyway) that last bit really upset me.

But for the most part this was a well written biography. I like that it focused on the early years. I really enjoyed it up until the end.

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I guess going by the subtitle I should have known Hughes wouldn’t come out smelling like roses but I did not pay attention to that. A really nice biography but not as impartial as biographer should be. At least with the end of the book and the afterword.

The Bronte Sisters by Catherine Reef Review

The Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and AnneThe Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne by Catherine Reef

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is around the fifth biography I’ve checked out on a Bronte but only the first that I have finished. I have the massive tome by Juliet Barker but I was overwhelmed when I opened it. I’ve started and put down several more.

I felt I needed something light to introduce me fully to the sisters. Currently I’ve only read one book from Charlotte but it really made an impression on me. I’ve started both Shirley and Vilette but I haven’t finished them yet. The same goes for Anne’s Agnes Grey.

But reading this I felt like I got a good overview of them. And I reacted to it. Near the end with the family tragedies. I really felt upset. I don’t know what it was about this particular book but yeah. I knew how they all died of course but I didn’t really feel it until I read this.

I think this a good introduction to the family and it’s easy to read. Four stars.

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I am all about biographies this year it seems. Hell I just ordered a book how how to write a biography so….yeeeah.