"The House by the Sea" is one of a seriess of journal swritten for publication by the poet May Sarton. This book follows "Plant Dreaming Deep" and "A Journal of Solitude" and concerns the first few years of her life when she moved from a small village in New England to New York in order to escape her problems. In this book she deals with the loss of her long time partner to senility, her struggles with her temper and with the events that have affected her life and career. In the book she is candid about her temper tantrums, her need for solitude which clashes with her need to give lectures in order to earn money, the problems of loving someone who no longer has any memory of their shared past, and her fears of growing old and frail.
It is not an easy book to read as the author lays her depression and fears cleanly on the page. I read this book feeling both challenged by the intensity of May Sarton's suffering and happier that in her sixties she was beginning to come to terms with herself.
This report prepared by Lynn Bradshaw