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bookeywookey

She is a magnificent writer - I'm so glad you have discovered her!

Isabel

Can I be your summer neighbor?

It sounds like a nice place to read and write.

Enjoy the book!

Dorothy W.

That book sounds great! Having just come from Maine, I can say that a house by the sea there would be absolutely wonderful. How lucky of her!

Penny

Quite a teaser about an author I have wanted to read. Hmmm . . . makes me want to start up my journaling again. I'll be interested in how this read goes for you and appreciate your post here.

jenclair

I read a couple of her journals several years ago and enjoyed them very much. It spurred me to read a biography as well, but can't remember who wrote it. Hope you enjoy it!

Danielle

Bookeywookey--It was all by chance that I found this, but I am so glad I did. And I might just be reading more of her work soon, too.
Isabel--Yes, you certainly can. Doesn't it sound idyllic? And it is probably not very humid there either! :)
Dorothy--Lucky you to visit Maine. Maine is one of the places in the US that I have wanted to visit for a long time. She was lucky to have such a set up--I would love to live that close to the ocean! Or even just visit.
Penny--I've not read a journal in a really long time, so I am looking forward to this one. I've never been one for journaling, but I do love reading them. Hopefully I'll post more later.
Jenclair--This is the first book I've read by her. A librarian where I work who is now retired was a fan of May Sarton. I think I found one of her novels at a library sale, but I am not sure where it is--must dig it out! Anything about living so close to the ocean is appealing to me!

Thomas at My Porch

I love Sarton's journals and The House By the Sea is particularly lovely despite Sarton's bouts of depression. Once you finish this one you are going to crave the others. I have read several of her novels as well. As We Are Now is particularly bleak and wonderful.

Caroline

I feel lucky. I have some of her journals sitting here and waiting to be read. Might do that quite soon. I was tempted to buy her "A Fur Person" as I like to read good cat books. Has anyone read it?

catharina

May Sarton is an author I come back to every few years. I cherish Journal Of A Solitude. That journal inspired me to make small flower arrangements (one or two flowers with a branch of green)- like she does - on my desk. I really love it when reading something has the power to develop into a habit of my own. Going to look now for The House by The Sea.

Stefanie

Sarton's journals are lovely though I haven't read this one yet. Her novels are pretty good, her poetry is ok. She wanted to be known as a poet and was disappointed that people liked her journals and novels better.

Buried In Print

She is one of my Favourite Writers; I think you'll become hooked on her work quickly. Place is very important to her, including her house by the sea, and I've gathered some quotes about this here. If you do enjoy her work as much as I think you will, there is an audio version of her reading some selections from her journals, which brings another level of appreciation to her work. Enjoy!

Buried In Print

She is one of my Favourite Writers; I think you'll become hooked on her work quickly. Place is very important to her, including her house by the sea, and I've gathered some quotes about this here. If you do enjoy her work as much as I think you will, there is an audio version of her reading some selections from her journals, which brings another level of appreciation to her work. Enjoy!

Vipula

I don't know why but when I hear the name "The House by the Sea" I instantly think of gothic horror novel :)
However, the book does sound lovely and reading a journal should be fun.

litlove

I think whatever the Slaves choose, I will have to read Sarton anyway. I've wanted to for a long time and you are only providing more reasons!!

Danielle

Thomas--One of my coworkers, a librarian who has since retired, often suggested I read May Sarton, but I just never got around to it. I'm glad the moment has arrived and I love this particular journal. I think it is going to resonate with me, so the timing is perfect. I want to try her fiction, too.
Carloline--I have one of her novels (her first) somewhere on my shelves that I found at a library sale--what a good find I am now thinking. I love cat books, too. I will have to keep an eye out for A Fur Person. Amazon calls it (I had to look it up) one of the most popular books for cat lovers ever written.
Catharina--What a cool story. Now I'm even more intrigued by her. I will have to check out her Journal of Solitude sometime as well. And anything about the sea is something I will take a look at!
Stefanie--I don't know much about her but I see she has quite a few books of poetry. I'm not much of a poetry reader unfortunately (or maybe in this case fortunately?), but the journals and novels do appeal. Have you read much of her work?
Buried in Print--I love it when I find a new author to try and particularly when my library has so many of her books! I like the idea of journals to read a bit of every day. Anything about the ocean is especially of interest, so this was a great find. I will look for the audio--I love hearing an author read their own work.
Vipula--Actually it does have that sort of ring to it, doesn't it, if you don't know what it's about! I've not read a journal or diary in a long time, so this will be a nice change.
Litlove--I think we're at a stalemate at the Slaves--May Sarton vs Jean Rhys. Hopefully someone will come along soon and break the tie! :) I want to read her whether we choose her or not as well!

Jennifer Dee

I love May Sarton. I think my favourite one would be is 'Journal of a Solitude' but 'The House by the Sea' would be a close second.

stefanie

I've read a couple of her journals, one of her novels, and one of her books of poetry. So not a lot considering her total output :)

iliana

Oh I think you'll really enjoy Sarton. Well, I say that and I've only read Journal of a Solitude but it was wonderful and I recommend it. It was one of those books I kept putting stickies all over the place because I wanted to remember some of the points she made.

Thank you for putting together our Slaves selections Danielle!

Judith

Journal of a Solitude is my favorite of May Sarton's works, and it was written just before she moved to Maine.

This book meant so much to me, I remember nearly weeping with self-recognition over every page.

I wish you good reading!

Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)

Danielle

Jennifer--I had no idea that May Sarton was so popular--am glad I finally came across her and will have to look for more of her journals!
Stefanie--Still, that's a nice variety and you've had a good taste of her work. I don't think I'll try the poetry but the journals are interesting and she may be who the Slaves choose to read, so I hope you'll be up for another of her books if you've not yet read it!
Iliana--I like books like that--where the author resonates with you. I wonder if I can find any of her books on Bookmooch! And I'm so glad we've had people come out and vote and hopefully more people can read along this time.
Judith--I'll have to check out Journal of Solitude sometime I think. It seems like a popular choice. Journals seem so inviting--intimate really since you are reading someone else's feelings. I'm looking forward to reading more.

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