The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath | Mini Review

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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath | Mini ReviewThe Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Published by Harper Perennial Modern Classics on August 2, 2005
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 244
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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.

(Last Updated On: January 16, 2022)

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.

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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. 

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  1. I’m glad you liked it. I liked it, too. I think this book has one of the most realistic depictions of mental illness that I’ve ever come across. Great review!

  2. I have wanted to read this one for so long because I really really love Plath's poetry. She is one of my favourite poets so I am curious to try some of her prose. I am ready for the darkness of it because that's the kind of writing she usually writes. I'm curious to read about what intrigued you for myself!

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