|Published:||Jan 14th, 1963|
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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
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
May 26th, 2014
May 1st, 2014
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
The Bell Jar appears on these lists...
76th on Books You Can't Live Without by The Guardian
57th on Books of the Century by Waterstone
81st on 100 Books of the Past Century by Koen Books