Book :: The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar
By: Sylvia Plath
Pages: 244
Published: Jan 14th, 1963
Genre(s): Psychology
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This extraordinary work--echoing Plath's own experiences as a rising writer/editor in the early 1950s--chronicles the nervous breakdown of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, and enormously talented, but slowly going under, and maybe for the last time.

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Jan 29th, 2015

Caro60 Caro60

Some describe this novel about a descent of a person into madness, but for me I found it a more telling tale of how easily it is for someone to sink into depression; a depression so black that it leads to thoughts and attempts at suicide. The narrator is always lucid in writing about what is going on and this adds to the poignancy of this story because she is not mad - she just can't see what her once bright future can be in a world where a woman's role is to marry and support her husband. A fantastic if at times dark novel.

Jan 14th, 2015

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May 26th, 2014

ariellewelch ariellewelch

May 1st, 2014

red13x red13x

A very good, dark story of a young woman slowly losing her mind. It is very well written and I found it hard to put down - in fact I read it just a few sittings in one day!

Jan 12th, 2014

bluestocking bluestocking

This is a marvelous novel. The writing is deliciously disturbing and real. It might not be for everyone; after all, it is about a woman losing her mind and as a result is fairly dark, but the writing alone carries the book even if you don't care for the plot.

Jun 23rd, 2013

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