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Sylvia and Ted by Emma Tennant
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Mar 13, 2009

it was ok
Read in January, 2001

Odd book. All mood, very few events: it was like this, and it was like that, and years did pass somehow... reading it was like eating whipped skim milk.

Depressing and compelling, but hardly a narrative; more a meditation, or an enormously stretched out poem. The imagery was poetic, and the few details: the scarlet headband, the table, the hand under the tap holding a knife. Fairy tales.

Perhaps because it was based on real people, and she had few definite events to deal with? I suppose much of it did read like hazy recollections. I tell you, no, it was like this.

Sylvia reads as most difficult to live with. That came through in the real biography I read, and even a little in the Bell Jar. Can't blame Ted for his leaving of her, only for the manner of it.

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message 1: by Lily (new) - added it

Lily Others novels by Tennant lack of events, but why did you rate it just two stars, the language is poetic as you said, such a quality

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