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El invierno de Sylvia: Los últimos días de la vida de Sylvia Plath

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Últimos meses de la vida de la poeta Sylvia Plath: rota su relación con el también poeta Ted Hughes, se traslada a Londres con sus hijos, llevando a cuestas sus problemas domésticos, su soledad y la oscura premonición de la muerte. En esas terribles circunstancias que es incapaz de abordar, Sylvia inicia su dolorosa gestación de los Poemas de Ariel, testimonio de un fracas ...more
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Published March 2004 by Lumen (first published January 1st 2003)
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Aniko Carmean
Wintering, a novel of Sylvia Plath by Kate Moses, received glowing accolades from enough newspapers and reviewers to fill several pages at the front of the novel. Praise is heaped on the lucid intensity of the prose and the ability for Moses to give insight into the last several months of Plath's life. I'm going to be in the minority in not loving this book, mostly because I am of the opinion that if you want Plath, there is plenty about Plath by Plath. Between her journals, her letters home, an ...more
Mar 05, 2012 Noëlibrarian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book the rare compliment of reading it twice -- once when it first came out, back in 2003. I have a frustrating relationship with Plath, to whom I'd like to give, alternately, a long hug and a hard slap. Apparently that's the way Ted felt about her, too.

As a child of a mother who made many attempts at suicide, and who finally died by accident when she was about Plath's age (when I was 2 1/2 and my sister was 5 1/2), I have always been struck by the extraordinary self-centeredness of
Mar 06, 2008 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Plath/Hughes fans
As someone who has studied Plath's life and work for a long time, I was intrigued by the notion of someone having taken on Plath, Hughes, and their friends and families as characters for a novel.

The chapters of Wintering are each titled after one of Plath's Ariel poems, in the original sequence Plath had planned for the book -- the manuscript was to begin with the word "love" and end with the word "spring." Wintering author Kate Moses has clearly done a lot of excellent research -- this is appar
Shaz S
Jan 17, 2010 Shaz S rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Since I had no previous knowledge of Kate Moses's work, I picked up this book purely on the basis of my obsession with Sylvia Plath. The book is a fictional look at the last few months of SP's life. The narrative switches quite comfortably between first and third person narrative very often. Considering this is Kate Moses' first book, its quite impressive but its not an easy read. The titles of the chapters are from the poems of Ariel, her last collection of poems. The book starts with Sylvia mo
May 12, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mixed reaction here. Kate Moses obviously immersed herself in all the Plath writings (by and about) and does try to channel the very words Plath might have used. So, you really have to admire her earnestness and her love of language.

But Sylvia Plath is tricky territory. So many of us are sort of fangirls, you know? And we all have our triggers and sore points and exalted opinions and sorrows and yearnings. (and we wonder about--how we wonder--what the poems of the next decades would have held).

Nov 25, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love biographical fiction. I really liked The Paris Wife and Loving Frank so, I knew this would be right up my alley!
Wintering is a novel based on the last few months of Sylvia Plath's life with flashbacks to earlier times in her marriage to Ted Hughes.It is an emotional and depressing read (but, emotional and depressing is my middle name) and it is beautifully written. I love how the book is set up. The chapters are named for the poems in Ariel in their original sequence. And each chapter c
Feb 11, 2011 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This novel is a beautiful and poetic portrait of the last months of Sylvia Plath's life. It is heart breaking and joyful with hope and desperation at a constant ebb and flow. Kate Moses does a masterful job weaving the facts of Plath's life with the fictional intimate conversations, and interactions imagined between the known lines of Plath's fiery rise from the ashes of her broken marriage and the rapid fall of her star as her passion finally burned her out.

Fans of Plath should definitely pick
I really, really disliked this book.
I cannot even put my finger on why I hated it so much that it took me one month to finish reading it. I found the writing pedantic, a sad, lukewarm copy of Plath's lively, strong, powerful writing.
I also found the chronological disorder very poorly structured and very confusing. The long descriptions fail to capture the reader's eye, and are simply too much.
What is more, I couldn't find Plath – one of my favourite writers - among the pages of this novel, aimin
Lucy  Green
Having read some of Plath's poetry for my literature class this fall, I thought I would find this novel as engrossing as the reviews declared I would.
I was disappointed to find that the novel, while brilliant in some respects, just didn't hold my attention. The writing was too overblown and complicated. I don't think there was a single simple sentence in the whole story. It was confusing too, skipping around in time from chapter to chapter. I was forced to reorient myself at the beginning of ev
Mama K
Dec 31, 2015 Mama K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give 3 and a half stars, cuz it wasn't quite a 3 but not quite a 4. This was an okay novel of Sylvia Plath's last bit of time before her suicide, and the author did a fairly decent job of capturing Plath's last spiral downward. I felt, however, she missed on showing the depth of Plath's character. There was the usual demonization of Ted Hughes and everyone who has studied Plath at all knows what a self-centered, egomaniacal, cheating bastard he was; the author also showed the trea ...more
Rachael Quinn
Probably a decade ago one of my best friends bought me this book for Christmas. I can still vividly remember being 14 and wandering the outlet book store, spending my time browsing the poetry and literature sections, a little goth girl laying her hands on $2.99 slim paperback called Ariel. I remember pouring over it again and again. I had not realized how much that little slim volume meant to me until picking up Wintering and found myself able to recite bits and pieces of poems. The other day I ...more
May 26, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what to think of the book "Wintering" yet. I am enjoying the poetic prose but at times it gets confusing, especially during the Ariel chapter.

I understand that the poem, Ariel, was one of Sylvia Plath's best poems, and Ariel, the horse, was very significant in her life (an inspiration), but for me, this chapter went on a bit too much. It was mostly just descriptions of the scenery and her relationship to the handling of the horse. Ariel was not an easy horse to maneuver and Sylvia w
Mar 24, 2014 Raquel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, march, 2014
Poetic, narrowly focused fictionalization of Sylvia Plath's last few months. The novel is set mostly in December, a particularly brutal winter in London, when Plath is in the throes of a divorce and struggling to care for her children in an unheated flat with no telephone while also trying hard to write poetry (the poems that would eventually make up "Ariel").

At times, the focus was so claustrophobic and painful I wanted to look away, but the language was so poetic and full of imagery that I ke
Mar 04, 2009 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. The poet's struggles with her time, her marriage, herself--depression, motherhood, perfectionism... I really felt this marriage, really felt this personality. A lovely book.
Jen Selinsky
May 11, 2014 Jen Selinsky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author creates a mostly fictional account of the degradation of Pulitzer Prize winning writer, Sylvia Plath. The aspiring writer and poet finds herself living in Yeats’s childhood house, without hardly a penny to her name. Since her recent separation from her husband, British poet, Ted Hughes, she concentrates on caring for her two young children, Frieda and Nicholas. The book skips around to different events that occur in Sylvia’s life, and they paint a picture of single motherhood and desp ...more
Apr 21, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. A perfect addition to Plath's own journals.

There's some criticism on here about the dense prose, but, having waded through 750 pages of the aforementioned journals, I can confirm the writing style is absolutely spot on.

I do take the point that if you want to properly experience Sylvia Plath you should read Sylvia Plath and not someone pretending to be her. However, this being written in the third person helps reassure the reader that Moses is only trying to be like Plath, not actual
A biographical novel about Sylvia Plath would naturally be heavy, given the nature of her life story. But gosh, this was SO heavy!

It was full of long paragraphs, elaborate with diverse adjectives and descriptions which made me struggle to go on reading. The switching back and forth in time with each chapter did not help either, although the concept of building the novel upon the original intended sequence of the Ariel poetry collection was interesting enough, but after a while, that too appeare
Jul 27, 2008 Tifnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This was another novel/biography that I normally wouldn't have picked, but I'm glad I did and glad I read it.

I gave it 3 stars because it ended rather aburptly and I had to go online to research the "rest of the story".

Wintering is about, of course Sylvia Plath, whom is a famous poet writer. The story is set in London in the early 1960's. It's the events leading up to her untimely death. Her various relationships in her life; husband, mother, and children. Upon reading this book, I felt like e
Apr 24, 2012 Kalika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last few months before the poet committed suicide in mysterious circumstances are recreated in this book that focuses more on Plath's emotional state, how she was feeling her way through this emotional/mental hell, rather than offering any pat explanations for her reasons for taking her own life. In fact, the book stops short of the actual incident but the despair that clings to every page heralds it. Everything in the book, even the most mundane tasks of housekeeping and childcare, are raw ...more
candace madera
This book was beautifully written and you can tell the author has a profound respect for the woman and works she writes about. Sylvia Plath’s life was a sad one, losing her father at a young age, a nervous breakdown in her twenties, a miscarriage, a failing marriage, and always the desire to be better and do more. Her story isn’t very different from those of most women. The divorce rate in the US is estimated between 40% and 50% and it’s no secret today’s society is full of unfaithful husbands, ...more
I would not have read this had it not been for the TNBBC challenge, I've never been big on poetry at all. I just don't GET it, and I guess I never had any desire too. But when I heard on the radio that Sylvia Plath's son had hanged himself this winter after she had killed herself several decades ago, I guess the sicko in me wanted to learn more.

Plath was such a tragic figure, she was really really sick and depressed, and it's so sad that she couldn't get the help she really needed. This book foc
Daneil Newcomb
There are some books you devour, indulging in page after page, drinking in the words like ice cold lemonade on a sweltering summer day or homemade cookies from mother's college care pack. These books are ingested with urgency and saturating yourself in their goodness. These are the books you skip meals for, or stay up far too late to finish, or push aside your to do list for another day to read just one more chapter. There are books you devour, but this is not one of those books.

This book is muc
May 18, 2014 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't write reviews nearly as often as I should but this book compels me to write one. The novel is based on facts known about Plath, but what makes this book extraordinary is the beauty of the prose. Each chapter is named after a poem in Plath's final book Ariel. The chapter entitled "Ariel" was so beautiful I read it twice.

If you are at all interested in Plath and her work, I highly recommend this book. I loved it.
Aug 03, 2007 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fictional biography of Sylvia Plath based on her final collections of poems, published post-humously by her philandering husband, former Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes. The book is written in a beautiful poetic style, but knowing it would end with Plath's suicide, about half-way through I found that I was too sad to continue reading it. So, I put it on the shelf. Feeling somewhat melancholy myself last week, I picked it back off the shelf and finished it out. This is a difficult read, but M ...more
Julie Wilson
May 29, 2015 Julie Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel was haunting. Sylvia was such a profoundly sad, talented writer and the author here has beautifully crafted a believable tale of what "might have, could have" been Sylvia's life during the crumbling of her marriage. Reading this book led me to explore more of her work - until this I had only read The Bell Jar.
Beth Stratton
Feb 12, 2010 Beth Stratton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, 1-owned
This brilliant book is based on Sylvia Plath's Life and death. It is sequenced and directly based upon Moses biographical interpretation of Plath's life as she wrote the poems for her best selling Poetry collection 'Ariel'.

'Ariel' was published posthumously and edited by her husband Ted Hughes. However, when Ted Hughes edited Sylvia's Ariel poems he didn't put them into the order that Sylvia had listed in her own notes.

Wintering's chapter heading are the titles of Plath's 'Ariel' poems correct
I found this book in a recycle dumpster outside of the library and picked it up because Sylvia Plath has fascinated me since the first time I heard about her and the gas oven.

It was hard to put down. Very well researched and written, and Kate Moses can phrase certain intangible emotions perfectly. I admit that I enjoyed the book for mostly personal reasons - my mild obsession with Plath, and having plodded miserably and antagonizingly through a relationship built on symbiotic compromise.

Other t
Mar 24, 2008 sisterimapoet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-2008
An engaging and wordy novel allowing the reader a speculative window onto the last few months of Plath's life.

We get to see Sylvia not just as a poet or a tortured soul, we see her as a mother, a child, a lover and a friend. We see the choices and sacrifices she had to make as well as those she chose.

The novel gave strong presentations of seasonal changes in England, as well as comparisons of country and city life.

Very accomplished although at times hard to remember when reading that this is
Adam Cogbill
I liked learning about Plath's life--although the authors admits to taking some liberties with events and character--but this felt like a slog. I don't mind books that are slow and painstaking, and I don't really need plot, but the prose is was, I thought, overwrought. Every noun got at least one, and often two, adjectives, and everything was dramatic and symbolic. The structure was cool: it was broken into sections each headed by a title of one of Plath's poems in Ariel, and I liked that Moses ...more
Jul 27, 2007 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: me, but i've read it.
I'm a Sylvia Plath freak. This and a love of John Lennon have been perhaps my two most long-standing crushes. This book is amazing, my first experience with "fictionalized" biography, but, now it's one of my favorite tactics, I think. I love a little poetic liscense, especially regarding Sylvia Plath, since this sort of gives her a human-edge rather than some gross, sepia-inspired Ryan Adams song. It shows her as a little obnoxious, a bit over-bearing, but also soulful and sensitive, all that go ...more
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“what do I deserve? Sylvia contests. Why is the woman always expected to give up on life? She’s a writer, not a teacher. She can; she does. She is the arrow, not him, nor him, nor him, these men who would have her be charming and quiet, reciting the names of insects in Latin, stirring something at a stove.” 0 likes
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