Sunday, 13 May 2018
FROST IN MAY by Antonia White
Unsurprisingly, the author does not emerge from this unscathed. In fact, she is pretty well scathed. A novel she has half completed is confiscated by a nun, and she is expelled. So terrible does she find this, that she doesn't write again for twenty years, and when she does it is simply to tell this story. As strange website catholicwriters.com tells us, she never again felt enjoyment of artistic expression.
I admired the writing here. It is careful and evocative. I also enjoyed learning about a long dead world. And yet somehow I can't say I really liked this book, for all it is so clearly deeply felt. I guess it is just an example of the sad fact that your own painful experience is often just not all that interesting to others. A good lesson for us all.
at May 13, 2018