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As many of you know, I rarely read nonfiction. While some people love memoirs and biographies, or dull and heavy histories, I am not one of those people. However, when I stumbled across a copy of Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton in the bookstore clearance section, there was something about it that caught my attention. Sarton published a number of her journals, this one spanning a year in her life as she approached age 60.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
"I am here alone for the first time in weeks," May Sarton begins this book, "That is what is strange—that friends, even passionate love, are not my real life unless there is time alone in which to explore and to discover what is happening or has happened.” In this journal, she says “I hope to break through into rough, rocky depths, to the matrix itself. There is violence there and anger never resolved. My need to be alone is balanced against my fear of what will happen when suddenly I enter the huge empty silence if I cannot find support there."
In this, her bestselling journal, May Sarton writes with keen observation and emotional courage of both inner and outer words: a garden, the seasons, daily life in New Hampshire, books, people, ideas—and throughout everything, her spiritual and artistic journey. In this book, we are closer to the marrow than ever before in May Sarton’s writing.
"This journal is not only rich in the love of nature and the love of solitude. It is an honorable confession of the writer’s faults, fears, sadnesses, and disappointments. . . On the surface, Journal of a Solitude is a quiet book, but if you will read it carefully you will be aware of violent needs and a valiant warrior who has battled every inch of the way to a share of serenity. This is a beautiful book, wise and warm within its solitude."
—Eugenia Thornton, Cleveland Plain Dealer
May Sarton’s other journals in Norton paperback include After the Stroke, At Seventy, The House by the Sea, Plant Dreaming Deep, and Recovering.