Feb 19, 12
Read from February 06 to 19, 2012
This novel, if you can call it that, is listed among the most revolutionary and influential novels in the development of literature, and certainly the 20th century. One can easily see Sylvia Plath as a direct descendant of Woolf's moody, introspective, and dangerously emotional characters.
This book is unlike any other. There is no real plot. We follow the inner voices of six characters as they move through life somewhat independently, but linked by a central event, the death of an ideal character. Each chapter is introduced by an extended metaphor of natural realism, which then describes the crashing of narrative voices that the reader experiences in the chapter. This is a highly imaginative and original formulation, and it on its own deserves serious consideration and study.
The prose/poetry is absolutely beautiful. There are multiple lines that are quotable, and I won't do it here. Unfortunately, I struggled to identify or care too much about the characters. Because of this, I believe much of the novel's emotional power is lost on me. That being said, this is a novel that deserves to be read.