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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Published by Harper Perennial Modern Classics on August 2, 2005
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(Last Updated On: January 16, 2022)
The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under -- maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.
This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
I read this book for my English class last fall at my college. I actually enjoyed it too! I was glad that I did, because I have a lot of trouble getting into classic novels, yet I instantly got invested in Esther’s life.
Even though I did read the print version of this book, I have heard excellent things about the audiobook, which makes me want to listen to the audio at some point.
This book touched on some dark stuff, yet I thought it did so in an interesting way. There were also splots of feminism throughout the story, which I liked. I also liked how all of Esther’s thoughts were pretty uncensored and very free-flowing. Plus, it was just so beautifully written. It’s definitely a classic that I look forward to rereading in the future.