The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is one of my favorite books of all time. If I believed in saints, Plath would be my patron. I read it for the first time when I was a sophomore in high school, and since then, I've probably read it at least once a month. And every time I pick it up, I come away with something new. That's when you know you have a brilliant piece of writing. One of the reasons I enjoy this book so much is that everything is so vivid. Plath's character, … more
[Spoilers contained within] The story of one woman’s visit with her own madness, The Bell Jar rotates around the life of Esther Greenwood. Plath tells of Esther’s trip to New York City for a summer internship at an office for a popular magazine. As she explores the city, her own reality and sense of hopelessness eat at her until she has finally had enough and attempts (several times) to commit suicide. Her attempts are half-hearted, and she ends up in … more
An uncomfortable read for me. Only because it came way to close to home. I think everyone should have to read it. Helps people either know they are not alone going through such torture or helps create an environment of understanding what someone else might be dealing with.
This is a lovely, lovely novel written by Sylvia Plath and truly, one of my favorite books. I can't stress enough how much joy reading this brought me. I read this for the first time in high school on a whim and I'm glad I did. Plath just brings a whole new level of humanity and understanding to depression and mental issues that many other authors just can't do justice to.
I've always admired Plath's work. Her poetry is dark but beautiful and true. This book disturbed me, as I believe it does many others, and in no way am I degrading this book but I almost feel as if this was her way of calling out for help.