Sunday, 18 January 2015

Review: By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept- Elizabeth Smart


First published in 1945, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept is written entirely in poetical prose. It focuses on the expression of emotion to a married man from the point of view of a young woman during and after their passionate affair.

Sleep tries to seduce me by promising a more reasonable tomorrow

First and foremost I really loved the prose. As my first adventure into poetical prose, I was a little apprehensive as to how I would comprehend it. I did find it a little difficult to get used to, but within a couple of pages  was utterly in love.

I have learned to smoke because I need something to hold onto

The story line was a little difficult to follow, it had to be pieced together though snippets of conversation between rich description. Overall I think this added to the mystery and intensity of the book. Even though I think I missed some aspects of the story, it didn't detract from the novella, the beautiful lines certainly made up for it.

I wonder why no one has noticed that I am dead and taken the trouble to bury me

I certainly think this is a book for a reread. there were so many references to other aspects of literature, a second reading can only allow me to pick up more, therefore adding to the experience.

Overall I really liked this book, I would recommend it if you really love literature as it is a challenging read, but well worth it.

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