Necessary Secrets: The Journals of Elizabeth Smart

Necessary Secrets: The Journals of Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart Alice Van Wart / Feb 20, 2020

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  • Title: Necessary Secrets: The Journals of Elizabeth Smart
  • Author: Elizabeth Smart Alice Van Wart
  • ISBN: 9780888791801
  • Page: 399
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      • Elizabeth Smart Alice Van Wart

        Elizabeth Smart December 27, 1913 March 4, 1986 was a Canadian poet and novelist Her book, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, detailed her romance with the poet George Barker She is the subject of the 1991 biography, By Heart Elizabeth Smart a Life, by Rosemary Sullivan, and a film, Elizabeth Smart On the Side of the Angels, produced by Maya Gallus.


    387 Comments

    1. It's hard to really rate or review a book of journals. I enjoyed learning more about Smart, her upbringing, the fact that she knew F.H. Varley, among other important Canadians. This book brought up an interesting question for me: How was wilderness defined in the early 20th Century? This might seem like a tangent, but Smart is constantly writing about her need for nature, her love of wild places, and yet, she hardly seems to visit them, and when she does she sometimes comments on their unsightli [...]


    2. I think this is one of the few books I'm just going to return to the library without finishing.Like most of the books on my to-read list I don't remember anymore how this got there. Usually that doesn't matter - the books that make it to that list tend to be pretty good even if I don't remember why I wanted to read them originally.In this case it's not that it's bad writing. It's just that it's journal writing. When I read through my own journals, notes about who I hung out with and what they wo [...]


    3. It's really amazing to see the genesis of Smart's style, and I found it relieving, as always, that one of my literary heroes struggled with finding motivation (as I often do). The first part can being occasionally boring as an account of daily events sometimes lacking personal observation, and the Mexico section I found entirely too metaphorical-- she was basking in the beauty of the language but denying it certain feeling with her vagaries. The last section is the best but is often almost ident [...]


    4. A writer's journal. The horrible struggle of not writing. But it makes you realise even writing about not writing (and descriptively so as Smart does) is writing practice. I read a few pages every day. This book has been my companion for months (I am updating this Aug 2013). The more I read, the more kinship I feel with the author. I love her descriptions of her travels and her honest reports on her failings and triumphs. Very real.


    5. It feels wrong, somehow, to rate someone's journal entries. But I'm giving it five stars because I really enjoyed reading this book, and can see that quotations from Elizabeth Smart's entries are certainly going to wind up in the pages of my own journal; there's something about much of Smart's writing that really resonates with me.



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