Guardian Review Articles

I must admit that I’ve never read Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. I suppose I should have by now, but I’ve always thought it might be a bit too sad. If you are one of the many who have read it then you’ll be interested in this week’s Guardian review. As it’s the 50th anniversary of Plath’s death they have asked writers and poets to reflect on what her work means to them. You can read it here.

Elsewhere in the Guardian review there’s an article by bibliotherapists who explain the power of books to change your mood. If you’re interested have a look here.

And if it’s more about Jane Austen that you’re after you might like to take a look at the article headed Sensational,exotic,dramatic – in which Simon Callow writes about the new biography titled The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things.

Lastly, have you heard that they’ve given Anne of Green Gables a make-over and she’s now a blonde!! Have a look at this article about it. As a redhead myself I’m not a happy bunny. Not only blonde but she now apparently has bedroom eyes. For goodness sake – she was a wee girl with red hair and freckles, and her appearance is quite a large party of the stories, why should she be dipped in bleach and sexed up. It’s sick.

10 thoughts on “Guardian Review Articles

  1. Despicable! They would have to rewrite the book taking out all the red hair references. I’m glad there was such an outrage! Don’t mess with our Anne you sickos’!

    • Peggy Ann,
      Considering she was only supposed to be 10 years old at the beginning of the series it’s crazy that they were giving her bedroom eyes too. If she doesn’t have red hair you lose most of her personality which was bound up in her hating her red hair and freckles – silly girl!

  2. I have read The Bell Jar and really it is far too depressing for me. I didn’t like it.

    I’m not so sure about the power of books to lift your mood. Maybe OK if I’m just feeling a bit out of sorts, but there are times when I can’t concentrate on reading (when my sister died for example) and whatever I read just doesn’t go in at all. And I might feel like some light easy reading at times, so I think my mood dictates my reading – not the other way round.

    The Jane Austen book looks interesting. As for Anne of Green Gables – I must admit I’ve never read it,although I do have a copy (it was my sister’s). I’ll get round to it one day.

    • Margaret,
      I’ll definitely not bother with The Bell Jar then.

      I know exactly what you mean about not being able to concentrate on reading sometimes. When you are worried out of your mind about things, or events are just too awful it’s impossible to unscramble your (my) brain. I think that must be very different from the state of depression which people find themselves in for no good reason at all, everything is going well but they still get that black dog – as Churchill called it. I think you might be able to read yourself better then.

      I loved the Green Gables series as a kid but I’ve enjoyed them as an adult too.

  3. I read The Bell Jar 15 years ago when I was severely clinically depressed and said in my notes: “[Plath’s] description of Esther’s descent into depression was so accurately a mirror of my own feelings, it was at once frightening and comforting.”

    As for our dear Anne Shirley: I’m sure whoever suggested that new cover had not read the book(s) and hadn’t really ever paid attention to any of the surrounding culture. But how did it ever get past the committee? What were they thinking?! (And anyone that ignorant of such a major literary influence shouldn’t be working in the book industry.)

    • Debbie,
      Interesting, I suppose it helps to know that someone else is feeling similar to you, but scary given her outcome. I’m glad you’re better now. Have you hopped over to Jo @ The Book Jotter – she has had a similar history to you, you might find this post interesting.

      I’ve often thought that people in the book industry have very little interest in books – they just want sales and they obviously thought this would improve sales. Books usually have bad covers, more often than good ones anyway and I know for a fact that with new paperbacks the cover artist is often paid a lot more for their work than the actual writer is paid. And the covers are usually completely inappropriate.

  4. The girl looks like “Lolita on the Farm”. Does the Guardian deliver to Pennsylvania? Guess I’ll just keep up with your blog–which I do daily!

    • Lorraine,
      You got it exactly right it is more like Lolita.
      The good news is that you can see the Guardian online for free, why we are actually buying the newspaper I don’t know! I joke (half) to Jack that he gets it to hide behind! You can see the Guardian here, it’s a daily. It isn’t always easy to find what you want on the website, I sometimes read articles in the paper and it takes me a while to find it online. Books should be under culture but it’s worthwhile taking a peek at lots of the newspaper.

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