By May Sarton
May Sarton's bestselling memoir of a solitary 12 months spent on the apartment she received and renovated
"Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self." —May Sarton
May Sarton's parrot chatters away as Sarton appears to be like out the window on the rain and contemplates returning to her "real" life—not neighbors, no longer even love, yet writing. In her bravest and so much revealing memoir, Sarton casts her keenly observant eye on either the inner and external worlds. She stocks insights approximately daily life within the quiet New Hampshire village of Nelson, the need for acquaintances, and wish for solitude—both an exciting and terrifying country. She likens writing to "cracking open the interior international again," which occasionally plunges her into melancholy. She confesses her fears, her disappointments, her unresolved angers. Sarton's backyard is her nice, abiding pleasure, maintaining her via seasons of psychic and emotional pain.
Journal of a Solitude is a relocating and profound meditation on creativity, oneness with nature, and the braveness it takes to be on my own. either uplifting and cathartic, it sweeps us alongside on Sarton's pilgrimage inward.
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The merchants' wives in their silk dresses stood in front, their jackets and skirts rustling, crossing themselves with their pink, plump little hands. Their husbands prayed devoutly and staidly. Spread out behind them were a host of hangers-on: old women dressed in black, God-fearing gossips, guardians of the family hearth and procuresses, aunts, nieces waiting for bridegrooms and growing numb from boredom and fat, mistresses, and household servants. Here, too, stood the government officials, the chinovniks, and their wives.
She How It All Began 9 began to suffer from severe depression (melancholia) and lost her sanity, passing into the care of her daughters. Lyubochka graduated from the Institute for Girls of the Nobility but from the very start had to earn her own bread by the sweat of her brow: her father had died, her mother had gone mad, and the young woman was left to her own devices, as were her sisters. Now, although she was of the social group called the raznochintsy, she was not about to get involved in revolution and was always extremely restrained in voicing opinions: over her head there always hung the madness of her mother, whose mind was haunted by arrests, house searches, executions.
The power of the man of the house was pretty fierce. These men were big shots, fat cats who sometimes were rolling in millions, dealers in fabrics, fish, tea, meat, lard, lumber, tar, leather, and hides; the owners of big taverns, town houses, and market places. Their practical business life was in the Trading Rows, the Moscow equivalent of London's "The City": they sat there in their high-vaulted "barns" and dimly lit offices, counting, weighing, and measuring, exaggerating and deceiving, drinking tea from the saucer or sending their "boys" for sour cabbage soup, the favorite drink of those times.
Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton