The Bell Jar by Sylvia PlathThe Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar

bySylvia Plath

Paperback | April 9, 2001

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The Bell Jar is Sylvia Plath's only novel. Renowned for its intensity and outstandingly vivid prose, it broke existing boundaries between fiction and reality and helped to make Plath an enduring feminist icon. It was published under a pseudonym a few weeks before the author's suicide.'It is a fine novel, as bitter and remorseless as her last poems . . . The world in which the events of the novel take place is a world bounded by the Cold War on one side and the sexual war on the other . . . This novel is not political nor historical in any narrow sense, but in looking at the madness of the world and the world of madness it forces us to consider the great question posed by all truly realistic fiction: What is reality and how can it be confronted? . . . Esther Greenwood's account of her year in the bell jar is as clear and readable as it is witty and disturbing.' New York Times Book Review
Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) 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); Ariel was publishe...
Title:The Bell JarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 1.11 × 1.11 × 0.68 inPublished:April 9, 2001

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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.