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Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963 Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 9, 2008
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The diaries are filled with people, social engagements, musings, comments about literature and philosophy. Sontag's favorite high school teacher was blacklisted a few years after she graduated. Susan Sontag wondered how to make anguish metaphysical.
In a somewhat fictionalized version of her life, Sontag asserts she had always had a desire to go to Europe. Watching dancers she opines that every person has a mystery. A friend complains that Susan Sontag is not very sharp about other people, what are they thinking and what are they feeling. Her reading is hoarding.
The ideas and people Susan Sontag selects to focus on are described in lively fashion. The editing is perfect, unobtrusive.
I echo the other reviewer's comments about the heavy editorial hand Susan Sontag's son, David Rieff, plays in this journal. He is overly intrusive and explains many things which are quite apparent.Read more ›
However, many of the entries recorded many banal and meticulous details that would only amuse Sontag scholars. And they in turn become the tedious part that kills the joy of reading this significant book published after her death.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as substantive as volume two, which I had previously read (her young age a factor, albeit the qualities of her youthful interests and accomishments impresses). Read morePublished 17 months ago by Literary
direct insight into the blossoming of an intellectual. and an outsider, from girlhood. riveting, expansive, helplessly sad. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Ruff Life
I can't imagine Susan Sontag as a young person because I've always encountered her as the staggering, cultured-to-the-umpteenth-degree uber-cosmopolitan critic that she is in her... Read morePublished on February 16, 2012 by jafrank
Be Careful. I gave this book to my girlfriend for Easter, and after she read it she was so inspired.. tried to break up with me!Published on May 8, 2009 by Travis Kent