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1927. Katherine Beauchamp was born in New Zealand and at the age of 13 was sent to England to school at Queen's College. It was here she truly began her writing career. It is difficult to compile a critical evaluation of Katherine Mansfield's work. Her work seems to be of a finer and purer kind than that of her contemporaries. It is more spontaneous, more vivid, more delic1927. Katherine Beauchamp was born in New Zealand and at the age of 13 was sent to England to school at Queen's College. It was here she truly began her writing career. It is difficult to compile a critical evaluation of Katherine Mansfield's work. Her work seems to be of a finer and purer kind than that of her contemporaries. It is more spontaneous, more vivid, more delicate and more beautiful. Katherine Mansfield responded more completely to life than any other writer and the effect of that more complete response is in her work. This is a collection of her journals with illustrations....

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ISBN : 9780880010238
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Number of Pages : 255 Pages
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  • lorinbocol
    2019-05-22 16:37

    chiuso il libro riesco solo a desiderare fortissimamente di scivolare ancora, quando sarà, in pagine così febbrili. che pulsano di aneliti e vivono dell'attimo, riuscendo nell'instabilità della parola a restituirmelo: ogni attimo ferocemente, senza mezze misure.katherine mansfield era frustata da ogni possibile percezione della vita, tipo una falesia dal vento e dalle onde. c'è un che di selvatico in lei, di talmente indomito, necessario e disarmante, una tale totalizzante e sgomenta tensione, che letti i diari posso incontrovertibilmente affermare di amare più ancora la donna dei suoi vividi racconti.«vivo in mezzo al frastuono di un torrente che io sola posso udire». furiosa, isterica, urgente, adorabile kathleen.

  • Yani
    2019-05-23 13:48

    Leer un diario como este da la misma sensación que estar espiando el alma de alguien. No todos los diarios deben despertar las mismas ganas de leerlos (por supuesto) pero Mansfield, por suerte, quería que la leyeran y eso es evidente. Así que no hay mucho de qué avergonzarse. No se puede contar el argumento del diario porque no existe. Se tratan miles de temas (algunos triviales, otros decididamente trascendentales) en una pocas páginas, se cambia de a saltos, hay fragmentos de libros, anotaciones de sueños. Hay un mundo ahí dentro... y a veces se ven las miserias. Mansfield, que vivió escribiendo y viajando (y que, lamentablemente, murió joven), tiene una capacidad maravillosa para transmitir hechos y sentimientos que parecerían ser de importancia sólo para ella. Las últimas etapas del libro son un poco angustiantes porque también son los últimos días de su vida. Me gustaron sus anotaciones de libros y las crisis compartidas, pero a la vez no pude dejar de sentir que, en algunos momentos, ella estaba tan dentro de sí misma que me expulsaba del diario. Algunos comentarios que Mansfield hace sobre ciertos temas me incomodaron. RecomendaríaDiarioa los que estén interesados en la escritora porque ya leyeron algo de ella o simplemente porque sí. Es un buen acercamiento.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-23 13:52

    I admit, this diary (or at least this version of it) doesn't stand on it's own in the the way that Virginia Woolf's does, for instance. But, but, if you love Katherine, as I do, you'll cherish every stray fragment. Through all her suffering, she was nevertheless able to find beauty all around her, in a moth, a leaf, a cloudy day. With every turn of the page, one is more keenly aware that her days are/were numbered.I wish I could read each entry on the appropriate day and keep a kind of correspondence in the margins. Alas, this is a library book! (Kelly will be so pleased!)"And when I say 'I fear' -- don't let it disturb you, dearest heart. We all fear when we are in waiting-rooms. Yet we must pass beyond them, and if the other can keep calm, it is all the help we can give each other..."

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    2019-05-15 12:43

    Many years ago I found a copy of a totally pirated 1950s edition of this book in a second-hand bookshop in Malaga. The book had been printed in Cyprus, and was marked "not to be sold in the UK." Cause, like, we totally didn't have permission! Plus ça change, and all that. There were pirate copies of Shakespeare's plays floating around in the 17th century, with added scenes that Willy had nothing to do with. I read my copy literally to pieces. I had never read any of Mansfield's work before that, except a short story in my highschool Eng Lit book (which we never had to read for class), Miss Brill. At the age of fourteen or whatever, it didn't make much of an impression.Having re-read this edition of the Journal innumerable times, and indeed memorised passages through sheer familiarity, I was ready to appreciate her work. I have since acquired the masterly long version Katherine Mansfield Notebooks: Complete Edition as well as many of her stories. A member of the lost generation of the WW1 years, not one of her male friends who went to the front returned. She was also traumatised by the loss among them of her cherished younger brother.It is sad that her worst fears came true: plagued by tuberculosis and the aftermath of venereal disease, she did indeed die leaving very little finished work. In many ways Mansfield must have been a difficult person; perhaps that is why I feel such an affinity with her.ETA: Comparing this edition, put together by her husband J. M. Murray, with the edition collated from the original texts decades later, I realised just how self-serving Murray was. He cuts out many passages that reveal negative aspects of his personality and their relationship, rewords others, claims to be unable to read some that are very clear (and not complimentary to him)...and ends the journal before its actual end, with the words All is well.All was not well, and he knew it, but I guess he chose to close it on an "uplifting" note.

  • soulAdmitted
    2019-05-11 12:38

    Narrando i suoi giorni palesi e quelli nascosti e ormai vicina all'ultimo passaggio dimensionale, Katherine scrive: "Da quando ha memoria di sé, ella ha trascorso una vita tipicamente falsa. Eppure, malgrado tutto, ella ha avuto momenti, attimi, sprazzi di luce che le han fatto sentire la possibilità di qualcosa di ben diverso".In queste pagine si intravede un notevole potenziale inesploso, sì. Mi tengo stretti gli sprazzi di luce, ma torno veloce ai miei venerati, ben diversi, incenDiari.

  • Starfish
    2019-04-27 11:50

    Since I was heading back to NZ, I thought it might be fitting to pack Katherine Mansfield's journal to take with me -- I didn't realise that this journal is made up mostly of material from the last years of her life where she is ill, worried about her writing and in large amounts of pain. Reading this while preparing for general anaesthetic, and again after the anaesthetic has worn off was a weird feeling to say the least. That said, I love it. Mansfield's always been that little bit intimidating, but in her journal she reads like a real person, and a surprisingly modern one -- despite the changes, losses and difficulties of the war, most of what Mansfield uses her journal to reflect upon are just as interesting today -- writing and the role of truth, the struggle of mind, illness and body, looking for direction. This book was so much more than I thought it would be.

  • Wayne
    2019-05-08 10:37

    I was amused to find that one of the words Katherine Mansfield really jelled with was..... "little".It has a resonance that I have not encountered with any other writer."Seven Little Australians" by Ethel Turner probably comes the closest, and it is only fitting seeing they were probably living in the same era,definitely came from the same part of the Globe - Mansfield from New Zealand and Turner from Australia -and their sentimentality has the backing of an Iron Rod.These girls could bite the bullet of Reality,both in their Fiction and in their daily Lives.For Mansfield it was finding her niche, mixing with the Bloomsburys,finding a difficult man or a difficult marriage...probably Both;and World War One where she lost her brother.(Virgina Stephen (Woolf) and her sister Vanessa Stephen(Bell) were to lose their brother Thoby to illness in 190; and Vanessa one of her sons, Julian, in the late 1930's in the Spanish Civil be continued

  • Laila (BigReadingLife)
    2019-05-22 16:37

    I can't for the life of me remember why I ordered Katherine Mansfield's journal and one of her books of short stories from the main library. That said, I'm glad I did! I've never read a whole journal before, just probably a piece or two here or there for a class. Reading a journal feels strange, like maybe I'm sneaking a peak into someone's brain and I'm not sure that they would want me to do so, you know? Mansfield was a really entertaining woman, from what I can tell, and she has a very relatable way of thinking - especially about her writing... there's a real anguish there about whether or not it's good enough, or whether or not she's writing enough, and it feels so strange to find a comrade who wrote those words in her journal 90-some-odd years ago... Anyway, it was interesting, and I'm reading her short stories, and they're very readable and real, and I like them even better.

  • Catherine
    2019-05-03 13:37

    "...the amount of minute and delicate joy I get out of watching people and things when I am alone is simply enormous- I really only have 'perfect fun' with myself. [...] Just the same applies to my feeling for what is called 'nature'. Other people won't stop and look at the things I want to look at, or, if they do, they stop to please me or to humor me or to keep the peace. But I am so made that as sure as I am with anyone, I begin to give consideration to their opinions and their desires, and they are not worth half the consideration that mine are. I don't miss J. at all now- I don't want to go home, I feel quite content to live here, in a furnished room and watch. It's a pure question of weather, that's what I believe. Life with other people becomes a blur: it does with J., but it's enormously valuable and marvelous when I'm alone, the detail of life, the 'life' of life."

  • natura
    2019-04-26 13:57

    Un auténtico "Diario", no un escrito pensado para publicarse, si no las impresiones íntimas de la escritora sobre lo que le rodea y la enfermedad que la tiene postrada y agobiada. Tienes la sensación constante de ser un "voyeur", que no deberías estar leyendo todo eso sin su permiso, y, a la vez, te sientes impotente por no poder animarla, acompañarla en su soledad o proporcionarle algo de descanso en su agonía.Una mujer muy dura consigo misma, muy sensible y muy exigente en cuanto a la calidad de sus escritos, su falta de voluntad para escribir (con lo débil que está en muchos casos), su pasión por su trabajo. Una pena que muriera tan joven, con todo ese talento que no le dio tiempo a plasmar en cuentos o novelas por completo.

  • Jim
    2019-04-29 13:42

    If someone had told me a couple years ago that I would be reading the Journal of Katherine Mansfield, I would not have believed them. Through a series of events, I started reading this book.Katherine Mansfield lived during the early 1900's and was a writer. What I found fascinating about reading her journal is that I identified with a lot of her struggles. I also found her point of view and the little descriptions of life at that time interesting.The only reason I didn't finish this book was that I had to return it to the library and other things were grabbing my attention.

  • Robert Fornes
    2019-05-07 17:48

    He de reconocer que iniciaba la lectura del diario con una tremenda expectación, en parte por las buenas referencias recibidas y en parte por la vida que Katherine Mansfield llevó. Pero lo cierto es que me ha costado un horror terminarlo, pareciéndome muy lento y con caídas continuas en los conceptos de misantropía, soledad elegida, enfermedad y desasosiego. Le otorgo el valor testimonial que sin duda tiene, pero a nivel argumental, si es que un diario se puede valorar bajo ese prisma, es bastante farragoso.

  • Rosemary
    2019-04-26 16:51

    This isn't a diary in the style of Virginia Woolf's, for example, but a selection of fragments - journal entries, unposted letters, ideas for stories - put together by Katherine Mansfield's husband, John Middleton Murry, after her death. He's done a remarkable editing job and produced a great book - its particular strength, for me, being in the way it reminds us to make the most of the life and the healthy times that we have, since she struggled so hard to work in the face of crippling illness and was so very frustrated when she couldn't.

  • Kallie
    2019-05-05 16:34

    I have not read this for some time. What stays with me is how KM suffered. (Perhaps a second reading would change this impression.) I admire her writing, he unique 'voice.'

  • Sol Rezza
    2019-05-02 14:35

    Hermoso, fantástico, desolador. Todo eso es Katherine y mucho más y este diario lo refleja. Su mirada particular del mundo. Un libro que está al borde de mi biblioteca porque abro sus páginas con asiduidad.

  • Kim
    2019-05-01 17:50

    Dit maakte indruk. Een schrijversdagboek. Geen echt diepe bespiegelingen, maar heel erg aanwezig in haar 'nu'; Mansfield hield zich erg bezig met het de waarheid. Er is dan ook geen teken van opsmuk in haar schrijfsels. Haar Journal is niet een echte pageturner, enkele fragmenten heb ik twee of drie keer gelezen omdat het bij vlagen te mooi is om zomaar door door te lezen. Mansfield schrijft soms zó scherp dat ze een beeld telepathisch door lijkt te geven:April 7. The heavens opened for the sunset to-night. When I had thought the day folded and sealed, came a burst of heavenly bright petals. I sat behind the window, pricked with rain, and looked until that hard thing in my breast melted and broke into the smallest fountain, murmuring as aforetime, and I drank the sky and the whisper. (p. 14)Het is de simpelheid en eerlijkheid die opvalt en prachtig is. Arnold Palmer, reviewer in de tijd dat Katherine Mansfields Journal voor het eerst werd gepubliceerd, schreef ooit het volgende: 'What kind of journal is hers? Many of the thoughts set down in it are not at all profound, for profundity was only incidentally her aim. She was after truth, the true truth, the middle of the note. In a sort of way - in a sort of way - many other people could keep a journal of this kind. But they never do, never. That is the point.' En dat is een uitspraak waar ik het volledig mee eens ben.

  • Caprice
    2019-04-28 11:50

    Funny, throughout my reading of Katherine's journal, I kept thinking and even saying out loud, "this women is NUTS"; Yet I readily I admit I found her deep feelings, thoughts and quirks to parallel those of my own. From the compulsive bantering and condemning of herself to the obsessiveness of achieving what she has defined as success, I feel her inner and outward pain and I unapologetically but regretfully relate to her. She is completely and painfully self-aware of her souls sorrowful and self-defeating state but even her souls healing and personal growth become a source from which she strives to draw and achieve self-defined success. Katherines soul seems to always be in a perpetual state of restlessness. This is clearly reflected in her journal. While I have not read any of the many books/stories she has written, I am certain her beautifully poetic writing emerges like a butterfly during summer. It has been written, "Butterflies cannot see how truly beautiful they are but everyone else can. People are like that as well".

  • Octavia Cade
    2019-04-24 14:46

    I struggled with this. My feeling is that unless you already know a great deal about Mansfield's life, then this is not a particularly clear introduction to it. There's little indication of what's actually going on, it's very fragmented, and honestly I think its main value lies with researchers.I didn't warm to her - the impression I was left with was that KM was a bit of a drama queen - and while the entries got clearer and less fussy as she developed her writing skills, my opinion didn't much change. I suspect may feel differently if I wasn't reading it essentially adrift, cut off from the context of her life. But maybe not.

  • Cristina
    2019-04-25 11:42

    Sarà perché é la prima cosa che ho letto di questa autrice, forse pensavo di "conoscerla meglio", però Dio mio é un continuo leggere di com'é tempo e di lei che non riesce a scrivere. Lo so poverina che lei era malata però non lo reggo. Molto belle invece le parti in cui scrive micro racconti o descrizioni, delicate le sue osservazioni sulle persone e particolari momenti della vita.

  • Stephanie Fontanilla
    2019-05-12 17:33

    "... and tonight I hate her - which being interpreted, means that I adore her; that I..." - Katherine Mansfield, journal entry, June 1, 1907

  • Gudrun Mouw
    2019-04-26 11:27

    This is an author I've loved since before my literary studies. The journal documents a writer's struggle with terminal illness. I admire the tenacious spirit that shines through.

  • Petra
    2019-05-18 18:31

    Heartbreaking. Enigmatic.