Bell Jar by Sylvia PlathBell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Bell Jar

bySylvia Plath

Paperback | January 4, 1966

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I was supposed to be having the time of my life.

When Esther Greenwood wins an internship on a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's 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.

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath's only novel, was originally published in 1963 under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. The novel is partially based on Plath's own life and descent into mental illness, and has become a modern classic. The Bell Jar has been celebrated for its darkly funny and razor sharp portrait of 1950s society and has sold millions of copies worldwide.

Sylvia Plath (1932-63) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied at Smith College. In 1955 she went to Cambridge University on a Fulbright scholarship, where she met and later married Ted Hughes. She published one collection of poems in her lifetime, The Colossus (1960), and a novel, The Bell Jar (1963). Her Collected Poems, whic...
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Title:Bell JarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:January 4, 1966

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ISBN - 10:0571081789

ISBN - 13:9780571081783

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't understand the hype I had high expectations for this book but it was not memorable at all. Esther wasn't an engaging character and was quite racist, which I don't like.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very intriguing story I had long been fascinated with this book and the reviews I had seen so I had to pick up a copy. It's a book that I didn't put down until I read the entire thing in one day. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful but Sad Love Plath! Her writing is beautiful but sad at times.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bell Jar A modern classic must read.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest, compelling book One of my all-time favourite books. Plath writes so honestly and openly that you can't help but connect with her characters and get pulled into their journey. Highly recommend it, but only read it when you're in a good place because it will make you feel dark, depressive emotions. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Not as good as her poetry - but then again, not much is.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This is honestly such a beautifully written book. I've read it twice in a week. Sylvia Plath is wonderful.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bell Jar "The Bell Jar" was something I really sunk into, not only because it was well-written and gripping, but also because it provided a window through which I was able to view a world slightly different than my own. It was a vivid account of a young woman's slow descent into an alternate state of mind. In fact, the progression into insanity is portrayed so fluently one hardly notices how she crosses the line. Not only a description of a mentally ill person, "The Bell Jar" is a classic coming of age story of a young woman, recommended to be read by all young people going through the difficult passage into adult life.
Date published: 2001-02-22

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Picking up this classic tale of psychiatry and mental confusion proved to be a quite different experience from what I expected. Said to be an autobiographical account of the author's own life, it tells its tale in fragmented snippets, perhaps reflecting the deterioration of the character's mind as she contemplates suicide and lands herself in a mental hospital. Plath's poetic style of imagery and metaphors are powerful, allowing the reader to relate to the character. The novel is definitely not a happy or easy read, but interesting nevertheless.