Ù Sylvia PDF/EPUB ↠


Sylvia ❰KINDLE❯ ❀ Sylvia Author Leonard Michaels – Thomashillier.co.uk Aix va passar a comen ament dels seixanta, en un apartament del Village de Nova York Sens dubte, hi ha coses d aquella poca que no costa d imaginar la desinhibici dels cossos, el festeig amb l alcohol Aix va passar a comen ament dels seixanta, en un apartament del Village de Nova York Sens dubte, hi ha coses d aquella poca que no costa d imaginar la desinhibici dels cossos, el festeig amb l alcohol i les drogues, i la m sica de Janis Joplin com un lament de fons Probablement, molts dels que ho van viure en guarden un record nost lgic No s el cas de Leonard Michaels A comen ament dels noranta, quan ell ja era un reconegut novel lista i professor universitari, va voler retratar aquell temps d excessos en qu una experi ncia el va marcar per sempre m s.

    Ù Sylvia PDF/EPUB ↠ noranta, quan ell ja era un reconegut novel lista i professor universitari, va voler retratar aquell temps d excessos en qu una experi ncia el va marcar per sempre m s."/>
  • 158 pages
  • Sylvia
  • Leonard Michaels
  • Catalan; Valencian
  • 15 December 2019

About the Author: Leonard Michaels

Leonard Michaels was an American writer of short stories, novels, and essays and a professor of English at the University of California, BerkeleyGoing Places, his first book of short stories, made his reputation as one of the most brilliant of that era s fiction writers the stories are urban, funny, and written in a private, hectic diction that gives them a remarkable edge The follow up, coming six years later Michaels was perhaps not prolific enough to build a widely popular career , was I Would Have Saved Them If I Could, a collection as strong as the first.



10 thoughts on “Sylvia

  1. Emily B Emily B says:

    I love this style of writing A raw, honest and very personal portrayal of life and its pain.

  2. Mariel Mariel says:

    Well, it s a memoir I wrote and I wrote, and I tore up everything, and I wrote someAfter a while I didn t know why I was writing My original desire, complicated enough, became a grueling compulsion, partly in spite of Sylvia I was doing hard work in the cold room, much harder than necessary, in the hope that it would justify itself This isn t about the memoir but I am taking it anyway.Sylvia a Novel, according to the back blurb, was a story length memoir first and then appeared again Well, it s a memoir I wrote and I wrote, and I tore up everything, and I wrote someAfter a while I didn t know why I was writing My original desire, complicated enough, became a grueling compulsion, partly in spite of Sylvia I was doing hard work in the cold room, much harder than necessary, in the hope that it would justify itself This isn t about the memoir but I am taking it anyway.Sylvia a Novel, according to the back blurb, was a story length memoir first and then appeared again with weird delirium not my words of the 1960s and modern marriage I half assed read the back of the book and somehow came away with the idea that it was added onto, and I really can t justify this next part at all, from a magazine article Where did I get magazine article from The publication date says 1990 The events take place in 1963, which is when I think it was first written down Right or wrong, I couldn t get the idea that Michaels took a bit of writing about something that happened to him magazine article came from the writing exercise feel and added to it decades later out of the back of my mind Writing to deal with something becomes something else and it was like the motives changed now I don t really want to criticize the book for motives That wasn t what I really thought about it.But It s a memoir.Michaels married Sylvia He married Sylvia, he says, because marriage would solidify them The fights whispering I m sorry, the kamikaze planes would stop shooting down peace on earth and all systems go for set flight plans for wedded bliss blah blah blah He married her anyway He knew what he knew and he did it anyway Listen, officer I didn t know My hands are clean except for these ink stains on the fingers You can tell by my ink stains that I was wholly present the whole time.There is no way that there was nothing else to Sylvia than their marriage I have known women who don t seem present without the company of a man I don t care I don t believe it Sylvia of Sylvia is wife of Leonard Michaels If she is a person without him it is listening to her crazy friend Agatha Agatha who is sexualized, so called demeaned, offering up for an audience to her one listener How is that different than writing a memoir She had attempted suicide before they had met At least there was a scar on her wrist He denies the attempt but then brushes away the bloodless yeah right attempt as She was good at it because she had done it before not an exact quote He seems to be asking someone, maybe himself, in the writing if he was treating Sylvia like the whore she thought he was when he would walk ahead of her The constant testing of her place How is that different than writing a memoir Turns to the audience Listen to this chick, right She s totally nuts It s crazy, I can t do anything right I don t want to criticize for this Sylvia doesn t always come off like this, exactly But it s that whole writing about it in a memoir She s dead and wasn t he in the right She was a crazy bitch, right I wanted a Sylvia that was a whole Sylvia, or even a submerged in a glass half empty Sylvia, not only his wife.Why did he marry her when he knew what she was like He wouldn t ask the right questions then and he doesn t answer with the right question in the book Patterns are their own hypnosis Winners and losers is wrongIt would have been easy to leave Sylvia Had it been difficult, I might have done it No, that s not fooling me It might have something to do with someone who would try to win the past by writing a memoir I did like this description of writing a lotWriting a story wasn t as easy as writing a letter, or telling a story to a friend It should be, I believed Chekov said it was easy But I could hardly finish a page in a day I d find myself getting too involved in the words, the strange relations of their sounds, as if there were a music below the words, like the weird singing of a demiurge out of which came images, virtual things, streets and trees and people It would become louder and louder, as if the music were the story I had to get myself out of the way, let it happen, but I couldn t I was a bad dancer, hearing the music, dancing the steps, unable to let the music dance me I feltturmoil about his struggle to get out of the way about his writing than I did for his marriage I could relate to this and I also related to pretty much the first information he relays about himself is that he s a person who likes to read as if that s the only thing he could think of to say Not off to a good start for a memoirist It was moving when he saw his own happiness in his own handwriting when apart from her, before her death That was how he felt What the hell does the right thing have to do with anything Happiness away from something you know in your bones is not good for you beats any after the fact justification for what sounds good to explain something you just know Oh That s what I m doing in this review I didn t love this book and I don t want to criticize it because I didn t hate it I know in my bones it isn t in my bones But did she really kill herself because she wasn t with him Maybe Michaels couldn t get out of the way enough to really write about it There are illustrations by a Sylvia Bloch I don t want to know if they were the same Sylvia I know they are They look childish and helpless She s in most of them He s laying down like someone would lay down on train tracks Sylvia would be true if he ever did He is too self conscious about his struggles to be a writer Ugh Writers Maybe it s a weird thing to criticize someone s life story for lying or unwillingness but it s a memoir Why would you write one of these if you were gonna hide behind Walker Percy quotes about the 60s I don t think I liked The Moviegoer I m not gonna check my gr ratings in case I rated it highly Jesus, that s such a self serving memoir move there, Mariel Larry McMurtry of Lonesome Dove fame Best book ever says on the back flap One of the strongest and most arresting prose talents of his generation Okay, Michaels is pretty darn good at prose at times But didn t he blurb something similar about Barry Hannah Man, you blurbers are all the same Some other Mariel review from 2011 Man, I hate memoirs Edit Ok, the hate has set in I was thinking about this bookand it started worrying meandhow Michaels complained Sylvia kept him from writing I m slow Yeah, what a bastard He makes me hate writing evenIf you don t want to get at what matters then why do it

  3. mwpm mwpm says:

    Do not be mislead by the description This is not a book about the sixties That the book is set in the sixties is peripheral, incidental The story itself could have been set during any decade That it happened to be set in the sixties can be attributed to the bluntly autobiographical approach the author took to the source material.Describing the author s approach as bluntly autobiographic may sound derogatory, but admittedly I m mixed Referring to the dates of journal entries lacked subtlet Do not be mislead by the description This is not a book about the sixties That the book is set in the sixties is peripheral, incidental The story itself could have been set during any decade That it happened to be set in the sixties can be attributed to the bluntly autobiographical approach the author took to the source material.Describing the author s approach as bluntly autobiographic may sound derogatory, but admittedly I m mixed Referring to the dates of journal entries lacked subtlety, but it also reinforced the timeline of the events Written 10 years later during the memoir boom that brought us such high profile works as A Million Little Pieces , Sylvia would have undoubtedly been marketed as a memoir itself Fortunately, the text is spare enough that it doesn t consistently or conspicuously exhibit any characteristic that would push it into one category or the other The most conspicuous being the journal entries Thus it can be read as either a novel or a memoir Indeed, this is not a book about the sixties Sylvia is an intimate portrait of the author s marriage to the titular Sylvia Sylvia is a difficult character to write about Throughout the novel, we are presented with the sympathetic aspects of her character She s an orphan It is suggested that she may be mentally ill, although she refuses to undergo psychoanalysis or therapy But the overall portrayal of the character is not sympathetic On the contrary, Sylvia is a nightmare More than a portrait of a marriage, the book is a portrait of the many ways in which Sylvia abused the author verbally, physically, emotionally, etc There are so many examples that I doesn t know where to start Ordinarily, I would focus on the problems of this portrayal Sylvia is, first and foremost, the manic pixie dreamgirl , an archetype denounced as reductive to women Moreover, she is a nightmare The manic pixie dreamgirl is already a problematic archetype Adding Sylvia s idiosyncrasies a polite way of saying she s a crazy bitch to the mix only make the portrayalproblematic.But I can t focus on these problems because I have met Sylvia Not the Sylvia of the book, but my own Sylvia.Sylvia is her own archetype There are male and female equivalents What is consistent in the Sylvia archetype is the character s inability to constructively process their past, or their shortcomings, or their insecurities, or their etc The character s inability to constructively process some aspect of their personality or circumstances manifests itself in abusive behaviour The abuse may be generalized, butoften than not it is directed at one person.In the case of Sylvia and in most cases that one person is the significant other, spouse, or love interest Leonard Michaels s greatest accomplishment with Sylvia is his ability to convey his state of mind to the reader The importance of this being that most readers won t understand why the protagonist is staying in this marriage, or why the protagonist is putting up with this abuse Perhaps the most important passage in the book is that in which the protagonist visits a psychoanalyst and receives the psychoanalysts opinion that he and Sylvia are feeding off of each other It is important that we the readers remind ourselves that this is only one perspective The author is presenting his account of a marriage Unfortunately, we do not have Sylvia s account The best the author can offer us amounts to a few drawings completed by Sylvia during those tumultuous years

  4. Troy Troy says:

    A few close friends love this book Like LOOOVVE But I don t.Yes, it is beautifully written Yes, it is filled with raw and intense pain Yes, it made me cry But it is supposed to be a portrait, a mature reflection of a hideously dysfunctional relationship And in one sense it works I get how Michaels is young and naive and over his head I get Sylvia s insanity never called that, but that s what it is I get the intensity of their fights I feel his hopelessness But I never understood why A few close friends love this book Like LOOOVVE But I don t.Yes, it is beautifully written Yes, it is filled with raw and intense pain Yes, it made me cry But it is supposed to be a portrait, a mature reflection of a hideously dysfunctional relationship And in one sense it works I get how Michaels is young and naive and over his head I get Sylvia s insanity never called that, but that s what it is I get the intensity of their fights I feel his hopelessness But I never understood why he loved her I never got a sense of who she was or how she was appealing He describes her as attractive but then has a mutual friend say, she s not beautiful, you know Why did he do that To show that it wasn t her beauty that held him entranced He claims she s smart but never shows it What s the appeal What is the basis of his love Who was the woman he was in love with Who was Sylvia It s 2014 and I don t ever want to read another story about a sad sack young man in love with a crazy I never want to see another portrayal of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl It s time to see the crazy or the Manic Pixie Dream Girl write books and movies and comics about the creepy assholes that are in love with them THAT is something I d like to read

  5. Simon Smith Simon Smith says:

    Pound for pound weighing in at a scant 125 pages this is one of the best books I ve read in a long time Keeping with the boxing analogy, Michaels writes with a sort of punchy, muscular prose style that is both plain and profound at once I kept marveling at how skilled he was at saying so much in so little space His physical descriptions of characters were particularly impressive It isn t often that the narration about the size and shape of a character s lips becomes one of the most pleasur Pound for pound weighing in at a scant 125 pages this is one of the best books I ve read in a long time Keeping with the boxing analogy, Michaels writes with a sort of punchy, muscular prose style that is both plain and profound at once I kept marveling at how skilled he was at saying so much in so little space His physical descriptions of characters were particularly impressive It isn t often that the narration about the size and shape of a character s lips becomes one of the most pleasurable parts of the story, but Michaels has a real gift for revealing, shaping and drawing story through his characters.The copy I own bills the story as a fictional memoir I have no idea what that means, but it didn t bother me If it s a memoir then it s the best memoir I ve ever read If it s a novel then it might be considered a little abrupt or unfinished, but that still wouldn t change the fact that it is filled with high quality writing throughout I guess I d recommend the book to young writers, New York historyphiles, and masochistic boyfriends In Sylvia, Leonard Michaels manages to make dark and disturbing a joy to read Now, if you ll pardon me, I m off to findbooks by this guy

  6. Julia Julia says:

    first off i basically wrote my common app essay personal statement, whatever about this book, and about leonard michaels or rather, well, about the certain kind of hopeful idol at this time in my life that leonard michaels has represented for me, and how with sylvia picked up, unexpectedly, in a used bookstore in evanston, not either of michaels books of short stories i ve been searching for for years but rather a fictional memoir i was trying in some way to step outside of the need for t first off i basically wrote my common app essay personal statement, whatever about this book, and about leonard michaels or rather, well, about the certain kind of hopeful idol at this time in my life that leonard michaels has represented for me, and how with sylvia picked up, unexpectedly, in a used bookstore in evanston, not either of michaels books of short stories i ve been searching for for years but rather a fictional memoir i was trying in some way to step outside of the need for that desperate idolatry none of this is necessary, besides the fact that i m trying to say that whatever i ended up thinking of this book, before i even read it, it was important to me in a strange way that i could not refute that i could not get away from, i suppose naturally, it did not measure up to the importance that was placed in it an arbitrary importance , but that s almost besides the point or rather, that was exactly what I knew would happen, and maybe it would have been weird, or worse, if it had measured up now, totally unrelatedly to that spiel, i can t figure out to what extent the demonization of sylvia was intentional on michaels part because you read it, and you think, good god, is this girl even human and then there is that one line at some point, saying it was of course easier to remember the good than the bad, the fights rather than the pleasant conversation, complete truth, and this resolves a lot, as you realize this is only half a memoir, a memoir of the bad which eventually became the whole and i suppose i m implying there must be some sort of good bad dualism, which, maybe not, but still but still it s bothersome it bothers one realizes that by extrapolation michaels is saying of the protagonist, of himself, it s not that she was a demon and i her willing victim, we stayed together because i too was a demon we matched each other but still it s bothersome this dovetails with some other things i ve been thinking about lately, like, after a certain point in history or whatever, when one should know better like 1992 , what s the point of reading stuff so tinged with misogyny it can be hard to reconcile literature with feminism my realization is that, for much of the history of literature, you can t, because it s not like there was a contemporary feminist work equal to paradise lost out there, if you know what i mean , and it s harder still as you move within the twentieth century the question is, do i read philip roth yes do i read leonard michaels yes do i read sylvia well i have, and yes i wrote in a college supplement essay that literature is my avenue towards understanding human experience does michaels portrayal of the human experience outweigh in some aspect or another the misogyny is misogyny a valid aspect of the depiction and understanding of human experience is it still valid if said misogyny may or may not be ingrained in the very writing, in the memory, in the viewpoint, and not as an intentional part of plot or character there s no right answer here, nothing objective for me, though, i think it s yes

  7. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    A very short sharp sad read which takes place between 1961 and 1964, a Greenwich Village bo ho version of the Ted Hughes Sylvia Plath gruesome twosome waltz with madness and suicide yes, another Sylvia This Sylvia is like thefamous one in being intellectually gifted and driven to prove it, but whereas with Miss Plath I always wonder grimly what would have happened if she d just hung on for a coupleyears until the 60s started properly swinging and the feminists started roaring inst A very short sharp sad read which takes place between 1961 and 1964, a Greenwich Village bo ho version of the Ted Hughes Sylvia Plath gruesome twosome waltz with madness and suicide yes, another Sylvia This Sylvia is like thefamous one in being intellectually gifted and driven to prove it, but whereas with Miss Plath I always wonder grimly what would have happened if she d just hung on for a coupleyears until the 60s started properly swinging and the feminists started roaring instead of dying in 1963, this Sylvia allows no such sentimental if only nonsense Because she was smack in the middle of the social avant garde which the other Sylvia never encountered For Sylvia Koch it was all free love, free drugs and free jazz rock not yet being hip in the first part of the 60s and all this creative cutting edge whirligig only made things worse The hippies considered love to be a solution, and Miss Koch had, it appears, a basketful of love presented to her every day with flowers and frills and furbelows stuck all over it by Mr Michaels and it didn t help a bit Like Neil Young says, an ambulance can only go so fast

  8. l. l. says:

    I don t really know how to react to this novel I know from growing up with my mad sister that people suffering from mental physical illnesses can be abusive Much of Sylvia s behaviour sounds familiar to me and yes, I wouldn t hesitate to call it abuse But how this book is written, and how Sylvia s actions are framed does not seem fair to Sylvia For one thing, the a male writer falls in love with a mad, beautiful bitch the sex is great at first, but they re doomed she needs to die for him I don t really know how to react to this novel I know from growing up with my mad sister that people suffering from mental physical illnesses can be abusive Much of Sylvia s behaviour sounds familiar to me and yes, I wouldn t hesitate to call it abuse But how this book is written, and how Sylvia s actions are framed does not seem fair to Sylvia For one thing, the a male writer falls in love with a mad, beautiful bitch the sex is great at first, but they re doomed she needs to die for him to write, and to live narrative is immediately suspectWhat are we to make of Michaels constant reiteration that he chose this relationship How he uses this choice to justify and exculpate himself in the readers eyes How never really explores how he was feeding off her, as was suggested by one of the psychiatrists, except to sayor less that he was Too Good a Person From Too Loving a Family How she was substantially younger than him and he never addresses that power imbalance she was just 19 and hadn t even chosen a major he was a 27 year old grad student Nb he also creeps on his students when he becomes a TA some of the Italian girls were visually delicious How he others her when she s first introduced he s hypnotized by Sylvia s flashing exotic effect her dripping wet curtain of Asian hair , her Egyptian looking wide and sensuous mouth What are we to make of Michaels, and society at the time, and their keenness to label Sylvia insane What are we to make of Michaels note that Sylvia never did the groceries or the laundry How he would come home and she was just hanging around talking to her one friend, who he demeans as a sex crazed woman who loves being debased and narrating her debasement What are to make of Michaels humiliation re buying tampax for Sylvia His dread that people will label him a transvestite for buying feminine hygiene products His portrayal of Sylvia as being turned on by having emasculated him in this way, her slight smile And the eagerness of the psychiatrist he visits re having Sylvia committed by Leonard, not re her own well being given her suicide attempts, but again, re emasculating Leonard by asking him to buy tampax for her And Michaels satisfaction at the psychiatrist s assessment of her based on his words What are we to make of this diary entry I have no job, no job, no job I m not published I have nothing to say I m married to a madwoman And right after I didn t know either as I held Sylvia in my arms and called her names and said that I loved her Didn t know we were lost And what to do with this diary entry as well I was in pain She was wailing I question Michaels motivations in writing this book It s decades after the fact It s not an investigation into what made his wife tick, what did he miss, why was she the way she was It s not a grief memoir Michaels just revisits bad memories and reasserts that his wife was insane Sylvia remains as opaque as ever and that s how he wants her to remain But I m glad it helped inspire The Antlers Hospice

  9. Ken Samuels Ken Samuels says:

    Here s my book jacket blurb It s the Feel Bad book of the summer In the mood for a riveting read that will make you want to curl up on your bathroom floor in a puddle of tears Have I got the book for you But seriouslyMichaels s matter of fact but poetic style seduces you into the unfolding horror of a young writer who slowly realizes he is thoroughly overmatched by his relationship with, let s say it plain, a crazy woman It s the most realistic portrayal of the relationship dynamics be Here s my book jacket blurb It s the Feel Bad book of the summer In the mood for a riveting read that will make you want to curl up on your bathroom floor in a puddle of tears Have I got the book for you But seriouslyMichaels s matter of fact but poetic style seduces you into the unfolding horror of a young writer who slowly realizes he is thoroughly overmatched by his relationship with, let s say it plain, a crazy woman It s the most realistic portrayal of the relationship dynamics between a sane person and a mentally ill person that I ve ever read or will ever want to read One of the most disturbing and beautiful novels I ve ever read

  10. Deniss Deniss says:

    I think I liked this book, at first I thought it was ok, a very avarage coming of age about a guy studying literature I ve read that many times , but Michael s writing got better halfway through and so did the story I liked the way he described his mom, some places and overall life in NYC during the sixties But I have a lot of problems with the way he talks about his wife and other women Sylvia s friend for example , and with his reasoning when he tries to explain why he stayed with her, why I think I liked this book, at first I thought it was ok, a very avarage coming of age about a guy studying literature I ve read that many times , but Michael s writing got better halfway through and so did the story I liked the way he described his mom, some places and overall life in NYC during the sixties But I have a lot of problems with the way he talks about his wife and other women Sylvia s friend for example , and with his reasoning when he tries to explain why he stayed with her, why he married, how he never did anything wrong I m sure there is a lot he didn t say, either because he didn t want to or because he truly doesn t remember It s a sad book about what living in the 60s was like, a failed marriage and mental health I just wish I could read Sylvia s version of this story Her story

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *