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Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams by Sylvia Plath
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I'll qualify my review by first saying that I love Sylvia Plath's work. I really do. Her poetry is magnificent in it's incisiveness.

Her short stories, however, are a bit hit-and-miss. A few, like the title story, All the Dead Dears, The 59th Bear and others are really quite good, and carry some of that incisiveness and amazing language of her poetry. Others just feel a bit like an exercise.

The journal entries are interesting as far as putting some of the ensuing stories in perspective, but I always find reading someone else's journal a bit... like trying to taste something with someone else's tongue. An interesting attempt to see life from another POV but not always as tasty as you imagine.

Anyway, not a bad read at all, just a bit slow-going. Her poetry is mind-blowing. I'll stick to that.
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