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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
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 2004 by Lumen (first published January 1st 2003)
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Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this novel, beautifully imagining Sylvia Plath in her struggles with her time, her marriage, herself--depression, motherhood, perfectionism... I really felt this marriage to be true, and the novelist's understanding of her character unlocked some of the mysteries of Plath's choices and dilemmas. Gorgeously written, utterly persuasive. I actually teach point of view using scenes from this book as exemplars.

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 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
Amy (literatiloves)
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
Mar 02, 2008 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 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
Apr 23, 2010 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
May 18, 2014 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.
Kate Stericker
Although I feel that Moses accomplished her artistic vision, I would not recommend this book to anyone not intimately familiar with the life and writings of Sylvia Plath. Because I approached this book as I would any other novel, I was frustrated by many of the features which were likely intended to appeal to Plath fans. For example, Moses' writing style (presumably modeled after Plath) is so lyrical that the book often seems like an extended prose poem, making it difficult to tell whether long ...more
Lorri Steinbacher
Moses so completely captures the oppressive sadness as well as the manic creativity that I imagine marked the last few months of Plath's life. I like that she ends on a hopeful note, rather than on the more salacious point of her suicide, which takes place a few weeks later. Since Moses used Plath's journals as part of her background research this makes sense--she cannot extrapolate on those last weeks as those journals were destroyed by Hughes. Like all good, complex characters you simultaneous ...more
Apr 18, 2014 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).

Amy Westgarth
Feb 23, 2016 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
May 13, 2014 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
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
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
Kerry & naomi
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paper
Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath held a certain sense of immediacy for me. I was about to leave Northampton, the location of Smith College where Plath attended as an undergraduate and then later taught. Smith College’s archive is a treasure trove of Plath memorabilia from drafts of her poems, her journals, letters, even notes from classes and the books she read and annotated (the other repository for Plath scholars is the Lilly Library at the University of Indiana in Bloomington). My final hur ...more
Julie Wilson
May 29, 2015 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.
Pamela Scott

I loved Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath.

I’m a huge fan of Plath. Her poetry is among the first I ever read and made me want to write my own. Her novel, The Bell Jar is one of the most heart-breaking novel’s I’ve ever read.

So of course, I had to read this book.

This is a sad novel, almost unbearably raw and painful at times. Sylvia struggles to keep her fragile live and the life of her young children together following the end of her marriage to Ted Hu
I had to DNF this one. I chose it for the Popsugar Reading Challenge, for the prompt: "a novel based on a real person" and I was excited to see there was one about Sylvia Plath. But it turns out I feel awkward and embarrassed about reading a book that's a fantasy take on a real person's life and thoughts. The fact that everything revolve around Ted (and the children) and not just Sylvia herself didn't help. Maybe I will try to read it again in the future, if I can manage another state of mind.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My vocabulary was challenged by this book. However, I did think I would learn more about Sylvia Plath. My knowledge was only that she wrote The Bell Jar and killed herself. The book ends over a month before she decides to end her life.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A damn hard read. All I am going to say about that here. I have a complicated, long-term relationship with Plath.

I read this novel in tandem with the restored edition of Ariel, which is an undertaking worth doing.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A novel about Sylvia Plath's last year (mostly). Depicts the chaos with her young children and Ted Hughes's affair with her friend. Explores more of her earlier years and her mental illness as well as happier times living in the country.
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written, but is a bit odd reading a fictionalized novel about real people.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book for the same reason I love reading Annie Proulx and Annie Dillard, for the sheer beauty and grace of the writing.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Totemic body of work, but unnecessarily pretentious. In parts unreadable.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I tried, Sylvia. I truly did. I mean, I'm not a stupid person! I read.... a lot!!! I'm a lit and poetry lover! And I am a poet as well! So, I don't know what I'm missing here. And it mystifies and disturbs me.

Last year I read The Bell Jar. While there were some interesting scenes and a few memorable lines, for the life of me, I could not figure out why it was on the American Classic To Read list. But this year, I thought I would try you again.

I was in a thrift shop, in the book section and I fo
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book along with The Bell Jar for my local book club and I was curious to find just how much her famous novel mirrored her own life.

The book club met last month. No one managed to read through the whole of Wintering. Lucky for you, I am stubborn and insisted on finishing. Though beautifully, poetically written, it is a verrrryyy slow read. So here we are, a month later.

Wintering jumps around a little to different points in Plath’s life that correspond to poems from her collection Arie
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
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
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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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