It was not what I was expecting. I guess I should have read a few more pages in the book before I picked up this book at the library. I though It was your typical classic book with an intro about the author's work/life. Nope this book was just one long intro. I was not happy at first since I needed to read the story for a research paper comparing a colombian poet to sylvia ( This is for a spanish paper). Afterward I'm glad I read it. The opinions in this book were interesting and now I feel a little more informed about the story. I really want to read The Bell Jar now. I bought Sylvia's other books Crossing The Waters and Ariel. On the flip side I like to typically read intros/critiques after I have read the said book. For fear of letting those opinions taint my own view of the book. I also like the element of surprise.