May 18, 2016

Book Review: "The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath" by Kimberly Knutsen

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The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath, by Kimberly Knutsen

The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath
By Kimberly Knutsen
Switchgrass Books
Reviewed by Jason Pettus

To be clear, there's nothing particularly bad about Kimberly Knutsen's The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath, and the reason I didn't care for it isn't because it's badly written -- titled off a clever premise that the rest of the book is hung off of (one of the main characters, a rare male professor of women's studies, has decided for his dissertation to "creatively recreate" the last two volumes of the real Sylvia Plath's personal diary, which were originally burned by her husband right after her death), this is a very typical MFA-type character-heavy domestic drama, with nothing really that unique about it but nothing really that terrible either. No, the main problem is simply one of length; at 400 densely packed pages (or over 500 under a traditional layout), and with almost nothing of importance actually happening to these characters in all that time, I just quite simply lost my patience for the book about halfway through, as will most people who don't have a very specific love for glacially paced academic tales. Not a bad book to check out, but buyer definitely beware.

Out of 10: 7.7

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Filed by Jason Pettus at 7:00 AM, May 18, 2016. Filed under: Literature | Literature:Fiction | Reviews |