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Yay, you finished it! And you seemed to do your reading experience justice, I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the Woolf excerpt with her own. Nice post.

Dorothy W.

I've felt that way before -- where I was struggling a bit with a book, but then missed it once I finished it. There's something valuable and memorable about the struggle I suppose, and a book can really work its way under your skin if you stick with it for long enough.


The journal sounds wonderful. I understand what you mean when you say you feel as though you are in the presence of genius but aren't quite up to the task. Books like that make me want to keep trying anyway, like you kept going, because the struggle is worth it


Ted--I was dragging my feet during parts of it, but I did really enjoy most of it in the end. I thought it was quite nice what Woolf said considering they were rivals of sorts. I found an unexpergated edition of her notebooks. that was edited much later and includes all the stuff that was left out. I guess I am a glutton for punishment as I brought it home from the library!
Dorothy--There was something about this journal--it was so compelling even though I often felt sort of adrift reading it. I really don't know why I had such a hard time with parts of it, but I felt like I was missing something. I have a feeling everything that comes after now will be much easier!
Stefanie--She sort of reminds me of Virginia Woolf (probably because they have been compared and discussed as rivals), though Woolf is much harder. Still, when Woolf said Mansfield was the one author that she felt "threatened by" (actually not sure what term she used), it makes me think she's one of those authors I should be in awe of.


This is on my to read list. I will review your posts when I finally start on the Journal.



an interesting new novel follows the last five years of mansfield's life, filling in empty spaces in KM's journal: Linda Lappin's
Katherine's Wish a stunning tour de force by the author of The Etruscan

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