The Bell Jar (Paperback)
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DescriptionEsther Greenwood is at college and is fighting two battles, one against her own desire for perfection in all things - grades, boyfriend, looks, career - and the other against remorseless mental illness. As her depression deepens she finds herself encased in it, bell-jarred away from the rest of the world. This is the story of her journey back into reality. Highly readable, witty and disturbing, The Bell Jar is Sylvia Plath's only novel and was originally published under a pseudonym in 1963. What it has to say about what women expect of themselves, and what society expects of women, is as sharply relevant today as it has always been.
- Published: 02 June 2005
- Format: Paperback 240 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780571226160 ISBN 10: 0571226167
- Sales rank: 830
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Reviews for The Bell Jar
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I loved it. Plath is such a talented writer, it's scary how she went on from being perfectly normal to a clinically depressed person in matter of a month or two.. It's a Semi-Biography, so this book gives you an insight on how suicidal people think and their prospective on things. Personally I think it can be a dangerous book if you start applying Sylvia's experiences to your own life, it can lead you to suicidal thoughts, but it's definitely a great read. I enjoyed it. by Hassan AlSheyab
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
I have just finished this book by Sylvia Plath a talented author and poet and have to say I really enjoyed it. Although the content was quite harrowing to follow, A young girl in the throws of a nervous breakdown. Her thoughts on her boyfriend who she has just learned cheated on her and her role in everyday life, which she feels is not so rosy. A young girl who just can't cope with the changes in her life.
It did remind me a bit of Catcher in the Rye at the start, a young person trying to come to terms with growing up in 50s America.
I felt that I was drawn along with her journey downwards into her isolation and suicidal thoughts and feelings. When she is hospitalised and given shock therapy. Drawn also, as she starts to come out of the blackness and back to normality.
The notes at the end of the book show that she went on to be married and have children, but it seems she was never really free of the feelings of isolation and it is sad to hear that she did eventually take her own life. So sad that so many gifted and talented people suffer from some form of mental instability.
Not a light read certainly but a worthwhile one definitely! by Penny Cunningham