Jij zegt het

➳ Jij zegt het Read ➻ Author Connie Palmen – E17streets4all.co.uk From the award winning author of The Friendship comes a shattering brilliantly inventive novel based on the volatile true love story of literary icons Sylvia Plath and Ted HughesIn 1963 Sylvia Plath t From the award winning author of The Friendship comes a shattering brilliantly inventive novel based on the volatile true love story of literary icons Sylvia Plath and Ted HughesIn Sylvia Plath took her own life in her London flat Her death was the culmination of a brief brilliant life lived in the shadow of clinical depression—a condition exacerbated by her tempestuous relationship with mercurial poet Ted Hughes The ensuing years saw Plath rise to martyr status while Jij zegt Epub / Hughes was cast as the cause of her suicide his infidelity at the heart of her demiseFor decades Hughes never bore witness to the truth of their marriage—one buried beneath a mudslide of apocryphal stories gossip sensationalism and myth Until nowIn this mesmerizing fictional work Connie Palmen tells his side of the story previously untold delivered in Ted Hughes’s own uncompromising voice A brutal and lyrical confessional Your Story My Story paints an indelible picture of their seven year relationship—the soaring highs and profound lows of star crossed soul mates bedeviled by their personal demons It will forever change the way we think about these two literary icons.Jij zegt het

Connie Palmen Aldegonda Petronella Huberta Maria Palmen is a Dutch author She was born on November in Sint OdiliënbergPalmen debuted with the novel De wetten published in the USA as The Laws translated by Richard Huijing The Laws was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary AwardHer second novel was De vriendschap published in the USA as.

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  1. says:

    5 sophisticated astute sublime stars Thank you to Netgalley Crossing and the author for an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review This English edition is to be released in January 2021 I also felt that the translation work by the two translators was flawless This book was originally published in Dutch in 2015 and won literary prizes in 2016 and 2017 I am writing this review with puffed eyes splotchy face complex mixed emotions and empathy uivering My dear partner has cradled and soothed me for the past half hour as I completed this most perfect of creations I am sorry Ms Palmen that I will not be able to give your superb work the review that it deserves I will however express my sincerest emotions as I write Ms Palmen has inhabited the spirit of the poet Ted Hughes as he explores his relationship with Sylvia Plath This portrayal is rich complex symbiotic and empathic The love story is explored in interpersonal depth Jungian symbolism psychoanalytic and philosophic musings along with song poetry prose and a shared history These two lovers are entwined so closely that they become one creative semi divine but damaged being that both explode and implode with both angel's wings and demon's fire They go so deep deep deep inside each other that they cannot find their way out of a garden of Eden that has become home to not one serpent but many where the fruit trees are protected by the most lethal of poison ivys The prose of this novel is at times heartachingly beautiful but also at times critically jealous and for brief moments brutally banal to keep the reader afloat The emotions of this book defy comprehension Always mixed always complex mostly only semi rational We both admire and admonish Sylvia as we read and see her as both vain and insecure and Ted as both egotistical and misguided They are young they are struggling they are brilliant they are maligned This is a book where we inhabit a complex man full of foibles full of brilliance full of ego but also full of love full of care and full of intuitive wisdom Ted loved Sylvia Sylvia loved Ted This book is a brilliant and compassionate interpretation of that most fragile yet everlasting bond

  2. says:

    I am ashamed to admit that I knew barely anything about Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath and the controversy that still hangs around them In particular Plath's suicide in 1963 and the now decades long campaign against Hughes had passed me byThe Dutch author Connie Palmen clearly didn't want to avoid that controversy and in this book offers a very risky take on the issue she lets Ted Hughes present his view on his very intense relationship with Plath their highs and lows their gradual growing apart and finally the dramatic denouement And she also lets Hughes lash out unashamedly against his critics and especially against the ‘hysterical feminists’ who put the blame for Plath's suicide in his shoes Hughes sketches Plath as a manic depressive and destructive personality who was regularly unfaithful to him with a mysterious man in Paris in the lead role but to which he was nevertheless passionately connected and remained 'faithful' in his way although he left her after 6 years for another womanBecause I had no pre knowledge about the controversy I will certainly not venture to judge the substance of the ‘case Hughes Plath’ Palmen sketches a fairly conventional chronology from Hughes' point of view and makes his apologetic impact rather plausible But the many general remarks about literature they were both writers were rather disruptive and the references to the literary production of Hughes and Plath did not immediately encourage me to dive into their oeuvre I also had the impression that the fierceness described at the start of the relationship between Hughes and Plath was very similar to that between Palmen herself and Ischa Meyer as she described it in her book IM Ischa Meijer In Margine In MemoriamAnyway I have to admit that all in all despite the drama this book left me fairly dispassionate; it is certainly well written but I am not impressed by the controversy and therefore it did not bother me But I respect the courage of Palmen to draw attention to the position of the maligned Hughes in a reasonably nuanced way In that respect I am surprised that this book is still not translated into English Has no publisher in these #me too times the guts to take the risk

  3. says:

    Very sad but also very well written and powerful Definitely pick this one up in January 2021 if you're a fan of Sylvia Plath

  4. says:

    This book took me so long to read since I read it on my phone and I don't own a physical copy I started this book with a special person in mind the person who also recommended this book to me Keeping that person in mind while reading this book gave it a whole other meaning Some of his feelings were so well described that I just had to sit down and read it over and over again For example 'Vrienden willen net als je familie dat je blijft zoals je was terwijl de liefde het tuchteloze vermogen heeft je te veranderen je te verrijken met een nieuwe blik op alles waarmee je vertrouwd was'

  5. says:

    Your Story My Story by Connie Palmen and translated by Eileen Stevens and Anna Asbury is an excellent fictional novel depicting the relationship between Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes in the voice of Mr Hughes in this story This famous relationship is well documented but from an outsider's or reader's view Being able to visit inside the talented brain center of Ted Hughes of course this is purely fictional This story was fascinating gripping emotional and like a train wreck you wanted to grimace and look away because it was rough and you knew how it would all collapse and end however you were too engrossed to look away I was enthralled from beginning to end The translators were beyond impressive in helping create this book into a work of art in itself I thoroughly enjoyed the novel55 stars Thank you NG and Crossing for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub as of 562020 there is not a created account for this book will update later account immediately and will post it to my and BN accounts upon publication

  6. says:

    abandoned #33

  7. says:

    via my blog 𝑰 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝑰’𝒗𝒆 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝑰𝒇 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒖𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒑 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒖𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒄𝒂𝒕𝒄𝒉 𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒘𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒘 𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒃𝒔𝒐𝒓𝒃 𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒅𝒚 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒄𝒄𝒆𝒆𝒅𝒆𝒅I believe the first time I was drawn into the Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath dynamic was when I read 𝘠𝘦𝘩𝘶𝘥𝘢 𝘒𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘯’𝘴 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘜𝘯𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯 I wasn’t one of those girls who grew up reading Plath I became for interested in her as an adult I didn’t romanticize her depression and suicide I felt the weight of her death as a mother with young children does thinking it couldn’t possibly have been an act of revenge over her broken heart Certainly there was going on with her mind than the devastation of infidelity something physiological In fact it was while reading Anaïs Nin’s journals that I even picked up Koren’s book by chance because the bookstore didn’t have Nin’s volume and I was hungry for something good to read Curiosity bit me I knew very little about Assia Wevill Plath’s rival for Ted’s affections Since then I have been fascinated by Ted Hughes and Plath’s entire relationship How much can any of us really know about a couple’s love life Do I think he is free of blame Of course not but neither is she a helpless victim of cruelty though he could be cruel Plath had her dark days her depressions and Ted’s betrayal left her in turmoil caring for their small children struggling to find her feet again humiliated No one will ever know what was going through her mind her very soul when she took her life I put a lot of weight in words but I don’t think there are enough sentences to explain such all consuming pain to express the ache of the mind Certainly her final act went on to haunt Ted’s new lover but Ted himself and paint him as villain long after Do I feel that was her scheme No maybe she hoped someone would finally rescue her from herself Maybe she just wanted to silence the grip of sufferingThis is a fictional account of Ted’s side of the story which won’t be popular with many hardcore Plath fans No one wants to forgive the philanderer there is nothing repulsive than a loving faithful devoted wife and caring mother discarded for another woman worse by someone who befriended her It’s an old story it’s become all too common infidelity certainly doesn’t shock people today It was a different time then Sylvia was wounded somehow both strong as steel and fragile as glass A brilliant woman who maybe put too much faith in her beloved Instability and public humiliation having your nose rubbed in your raw festering pain and a husband who comes and goes lighting the torch of hope for reconciliation well it’s no wonder he made it so easy for women hate him fans of Plath or not She truly became the saint and he the sinful monsterNature is a funny thing in this beautifully written story the very intensity of the fire that burned within Plath becomes for Ted the thing he later fears one he can’t contain The love too much for him this man who thrived on his freedom She scared him and seduced him at the same time his ‘resurrected goddess’ Ted Hughes was not the cause of Sylvia’s mental health struggles for she had attempted suicide long before he came along any than he could take credit for her talent her poetry but his actions surely were a catalyst Knowing the facts everything that followed after Plath’s suicide how new lover Assia followed in Plath’s footsteps well it makes it that much harder to think of Ted as a victim yet wasn’t he Weren’t they all They were victims of passions selfishness and mental instability With the carelessness of a lover’s hands upon your heart it’s hard to not label it criminalHow can you explain the horror of your own choices the recklessness of your desires I don’t think this is about excusing shameless behavior it’s a man trying to make sense of the ruin of his betrayal He paid for it he pays even in death a marked man ever the bad guy in the story Weren’t both he and Sylvia reacting to events true to their own natures One just seemed to hold all the cards we will never know what was waiting in the blind corners of their relationship Not their biggest fan nor closest friend can speak the truth about the spoils of their fiery love everything is just speculation We demand nothing than facts and attempt to make sense of the world by classifying things and people as good or bad love doesn’t uite work that way We can only play what ifs and wonder would Sylvia have taken her life if they reconciled If he didn’t leave and humiliate her abandon her in such a fragile state of mind Who can sayTheir love was a knot and this book serves to tighten it further giving Hughes a voice The end of their relationship was incomprehensible and so it will forever remain Gorgeously written loved itPublication Date January 1 2021Crossing

  8. says:

    When I started reading this I was not familiar with either the work of Connie Palmen or that of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes for that matter The latter two are the main subjects of Connie Palmen's novel Conseuently I was a little reluctant to read this but now having finished the book I do not see why I was so hesitant In order to appreciate this book this novel no foreknowledge about the main subjects is reuiredThe book tells the story of Sylvia Plath's and Ted Hughes's romance and later marriage and the breakdown of their love from Ted Hughes's perspective For many years He was regarded as the cause of their break up and Plath's ultimate suicideHughes's account of their life together puts Plath in the picture as an insecure unstable but passionate woman dominated by the death of her father and the expectations of a rather posh mother and who for uite some time is forced to live in the shadows of her successful writer husband However never did Hughes doubt his wife's own talents or gift as a writer Much to the contrary he seems to have pushed her encouraged her and enticed her to transcend her inclination to venerate and idolize and thereby copying other great poets and to find her own voice and styleObviously there is the element of treachery and betrayal when Hughes starts an affair with another woman but nothing else seems to warrant the accusations that were made against him after Plath's suicideI will definitely look into the works of both Plath and Hughes although I normally am not too fond of poetry And I have this book to thank for kindling an interest in their publications

  9. says:

    Anything to do with Sylvia Plath and her relationship with Ted Hughes fascinates me to no end so I was thrilled to discover this by chance in a lovely bookshop in Munich Sadly this supposed account of the marriage from the point of view of Ted wasn't very well written in a style swarming with grammatical curlicues that wasn't Hughes like at all Some of it might have been the translation too The plot was a rehash of scenes anyone with an interest in this couple has read a million times the author didn't dare to invent anything new to present her case I didn't care for the whiny but it wasn't my fault tone The efforts to present Sylvia as a complex troubled passionate woman are overshadowed by all the scenes where she's presented as just hysterical and unreasonable and Ted is the long suffering partner struggling to bring to light the talents she is hiding under her foolishness The only thing this did was bring me again to her journals

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