Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The House by the Sea: A Journal Paperback – 1995
The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
After Nelson, New Hampshire, Sarton sought what she thought would be a totally "different" life as far as neighbors, company and the like in York, Maine. She was in her mind seeking "personal space". In this succinct journal Ms. Sarton chronicles her "new home" and life in Maine with often great detail and a wide range of emotions. While I am not particularly found of Journals, this one drew me in. I, too, yearn for the harsh ocean environment that the house at York afforded Sarton; the seasons; working in the garden(s);and, relaxing in those veranda recliners and gazing out over the field of tall grass to the ocean(glass of wine in hand). A most excellent piece. If you are not a Sarton reader, this will bring you into the fold.
I can see why some people find it irritating to read, although I never do. She contradicts herself frequently-- complains of how she never gets time to herself and then runs around the Eastern seaboard like a bandersnatch. She can be prey to muddled thinking and faulty logic and sounds as though she'd be a real pain to be around much of the time.
But still, it's inspirational to read as someone who wants to keep a journal. It's not a constantly ecstatic experience in the way that Annie Dillard can be or an idea journal in the vein of Walden, it's more like reading somebody fumbling through towards bigger ideas and willing to expose the joints and creaky bits in the process. There are moments of vision and transcendence, but also a lot of the petty crap that gets people down from day to day.
I like reading Sarton because she is so human. I feel like I miss her even though I never knew her, and reading her is like getting to know her-- in all her fulness as a flawed and talented human being.
I'd probably begin with A Journal of a Solitude, as I think it's the more complete work, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this as a follow-up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sarton is a novelist, a poet and a memoirist .... It is the last that i think she most excels. She moved to Maine at age 60 and kept this journal. Read morePublished 1 month ago by tony giffone
An old favorite by an old (now deceased) favorite author with an evocative title. Wouldn't I love a house by the sea?Published 1 month ago by Jo Shafer
A favorite! For those familiar with the writings of May Sarton; and, for those unfamiliar with her - I recommend this book. If you want to "feel" the sea.Published 2 months ago by Shirley A. McElhaney
I read it because of the location it took place in. Was kind of slow.Published 3 months ago by C. Bevis
A journal covering the first few years of the 70s, some comments on current event are dated but the wisdom remains. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L. Brannel
This was a fallow time for May Sarton. So to keep writing, she wrote a journal. I didn't find it particularly deep, a lot of worrying about aging and loss so it was a downer. Read morePublished 4 months ago by E. A.
I like it so far....haven't really gotten into it yet. So far its a nice calm read about someone who is older and has lived a full life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by William K.
From the outset by the 3rd journal entry the author jumps on her liberal soapbox without merit. What a shame it could have been a nice read if she had kept to nature and not began... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Product-Reviewer