Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom

Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom

Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes, presents masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles.

Lips the colour of blood, the sun an unprecedented orange, train wheels that sound like 'guilt, and guilt, and guilt': these are just some of the things Mary Ventura begins to notice on her journey to the ninth kingdom.

'But what is the ninth kingdom?' she asks a kind-seeming lady in her carriage. 'It is the kingdom of the frozen will,' comes the reply. 'There is no going back.'

Sylvia Plath's strange, dark tale of independence over infanticide, written not long after she herself left home, grapples with mortality in motion.

Bringing together past, present and future in our ninetieth year, Faber Stories is a celebratory compendium of collectable work.

Title:Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780571351732
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    Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom Reviews

  • Justin Tate

    This is a rejected short story Sylvia Plath wrote when she was 20. Unearthed and published for the first time, it’s an exciting event for no one but us literary nerds.The story itself is above-avera...

  • Annet

    My first encounter with Sylvia Plath in this short story. She wrote it at a young age and it was a rejected short story. A weird, dark and intriguing story of a young lady, Mary, being put on the trai...

  • Sam Quixote

    Mary Ventura bids a reluctant farewell to her parents before embarking on a train journey to the mysterious Ninth Kingdom. But what is the Ninth Kingdom - and will Mary reach it safely? Sylvia Plathâ€...

  • Bill Kerwin

    Late in 1952, Smith College student Sylvia Plath completed this “vague symbolic tale” and submitted it to Mademoiselle. Although Mademoiselle commissioned Plath to interview poet Elizabeth Bowen, ...

  • DR.AmiraSalah

    What a nice cover! What a beautiful writing! How dare they reject that brilliant short story from publishing? Sylvia has been able to master writing these events in a very limited number of pages, no...

  • Henk

    A fairy tale full of atmosphere turns dark quickly - 3 starsThe shuttle of the train wheel struck doom into her brain. Guilt, the train wheels clucked like round black birds, and guilt, and guilt, and...

  • Jon Nakapalau

    Surreal and arresting - can't help but see the the analogy that 'tracks' over into the life of this great poet twords the end - a reflection of Sylvia Plath that is haunting. ...

  • Mary

    Everyone has to go away sooner or later.When I think of Plath, I don’t tend to think of The Twilight Zone, but that’s what came to mind here, and Alice in Wonderland, somehow. This surreal and omi...

  • Scott

    I think I'm open-minded about 1.) books on my library's new arrival shelf and/or 2.) checking out the works of notable or respected authors. With that in mind I checked out Plath's newly issued novell...

  • Contrary Reader

    Sylvia Plath doing what Sylvia Plath does best- zinging imagery, with a dark and sinister air hovering in the background. This story was intense, ominous and knew exactly what it wanted to achieve. No...