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The Bell Jar

A Novel

Plath, Sylvia

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Bell Jar
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When Esther Greenwood wins an internship, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, her life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt, as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women's aspirations seriously.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2013
Edition: 50th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780060174903
0060174900
Branch Call Number: FICTION PLATH 2013
Characteristics: xviii, 296 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm

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When Esther Greenwood wins an internship, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, her life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into depression and eventually a suicide at... Read More »

When Esther Greenwood wins an internship, she is elated, believing she will finally realize her dream to become a writer. But her life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiraling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt, as she grapples with difficult relationships and a s... Read More »

When Esther Greenwood wins an internship, she is elated, believing she will finally realize her dream to become a writer. But her life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiraling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt, as she grapples with difficult relationships and a s... Read More »


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Aug 17, 2014
  • Eosos rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wow!

That might actually be the only thing I need to say. Okay, maybe not.

This was a stunning book that managed to convey the emotion of depression in such a real way. I cannot say that I understood what Esther was going through or that I even managed much empathy but I feel like I've come away with more understanding.

Mar 08, 2014
  • LibraryJean rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a must-read classic. I had expected it to be utterly depressing, because of Plath's circumstances of death, but I found it much more a story of a young woman trying to find her place in the world.

Dec 26, 2013
  • lozza1401 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book! Such good writing and very intense. This book is semi-autobiographical and parallels can be drawn to the author's life.

Nov 22, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good, not great. Very easy to read, and I liked how Esther's descent into depression (the book jacket calls it madness, but I disagree) happens in a way that is subtle, yet if you stand back you can see it coming. Interesting, but it's missing something I can't quite put my finger on.

Nov 05, 2013
  • vwruleschick rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Ester in New York, away from home, smart and has a promising future. But the inner workings of her mind sometimes create boundaries for her potential. Loved the writing of inner dialogue to herself, though as the character I found not very relateable as she kept impoding and putting up guards. Found history of author interesting.

Apr 28, 2013
  • Quaffle rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Dark, beautiful, and strikingly real.

Apr 10, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good, not great. Very easy to read, and I liked how Esther's descent into depression (the book jacket calls it madness, but I disagree) happens in a way that is subtle, yet if you stand back you can see it coming. Interesting, but it's missing something I can't quite put my finger on.

Aug 15, 2012
  • Loriel_2 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Great writing of a painful emotional journey. A book to read when you do not feel too vulnerable, as the darkness is very real and accessible. That the author eventually committed suicide is no surprise. Intense and sad, yet I am glad I read it.

Jan 08, 2012
  • jbeckber rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I devoured this book in a day, but am not sure if I thought it was really a good book, or am I merely fascinated by Sylvia Plath herself? The book is a loosely veiled account of her life as her father dies when she is a young girl; she wins a scholarship to college and faces the demands of retaining the scholarship; wins a contest as guest editor at a fashion magazine in New York; and then returns home, falls into a depression and tries unsuccessfully to commit suicide. (Plath does finally succeed when she is 30 years of age, just after publication of the book in Great Britain.)

Dec 12, 2011
  • squarewheels rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Dark and amazing. A classic must-read.

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Jun 17, 2011
  • AngelaLibrarian rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them."

Jun 17, 2011
  • AngelaLibrarian rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them."

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