The Bell Jar by Sylvia PlathThe Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar

bySylvia Plath

Paperback | August 31, 2005

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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.

Plath's best poetry was produced, tragically, as she pondered self-destruction---in her poems as well as her life---and she eventually committed suicide. She had an extraordinary impact on British as well as American poetry in the few years before her death, and affected many poets, particularly women, in the generation after. She is a...
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Title:The Bell JarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 8.02 × 5.3 × 0.7 inPublished:August 31, 2005Publisher:Harper PerennialLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060837020

ISBN - 13:9780060837020

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bell Jar I book I will continue to reread over the years, truly timeless.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderfully written I loved this book because it was so descriptive of the protagonist's emotions and of her mental state. Plath engages the reader in a way that makes you feel as if you are the protagonist while you're reading it. Wonderfully written and and an excellent read.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! Love Plath! Great writing but sad at times.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book A beautifully written book where you feel you can really connect with the central character.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Must Read I think that this novel is a must read for anyone who is seriously intrigued by literature. I don't think one can help but fall in love with Sylvia Plath as she exposes readers to so many true emotions through Esther Greenwood. The raw emotion in this book is extremely relatable for many people around the world, and opens those unfamiliar individuals up to common struggles. Despite the melancholy atmosphere around myself when reading this novel, because it is partially an autobiography of Sylvia Plath's own life, I cannot overstate just how well written this work is.
Date published: 2015-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absorbing Until you read this book....there are no words to describe it.
Date published: 2009-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A sad tale The Bell Jar is about a girl, Esther who is promising in every way, she's smart and already at college as an english major. She also spent a summer as the apprentice of an editor of a major magazine. She has alot going for her. But when she is done at the magazine, and has to go home before college starts, she slowly starts to go insane. Sylvia has created a very realistic charater in Esther. It's easy to see how someone who seems to have alot going for her, could just give it all away. Esther is so human in her selfish, ego driven manner, yet she is also very down-to-earth in her own ways. Sylvia's writing is wonderful and could be enjoyed by anyone who is a fan of fiction. It is a novel I definitely recommend!
Date published: 2009-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genius This book is insanely good. Really haunting. I don't think I've ever come across a book that is more well written. You get inside this person's head and the way she thinks is fascinating, alien. It definitely leaves you enriched.
Date published: 2008-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth The Read The novel does start rather slow. In the begining it wasn't the most exciting piece of literature. However as the story unfolds, it turns absolutely amazing. As you get nearer the end its just such a beautifully written sad story about a girl who had it all, then the next minute it was gone. I know reading the begining may put you off but trust me as it continues it turns brilliant.
Date published: 2008-02-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from absolutely depressing i had to read this book for a school project and it was horrible. Slyvia Plath based Esther Greenwood on herself and this semi-autobiographical novel takes us through Slyvia's troubled life. don't waste your time, it's an aweful book
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Review Boring!!! The life of Esther is not very interesting, yet the author feels it's necessary to go into painful detail about daily events within her life. I kept hoping that the book would get better, but as I continued reading, I realized that it wouldn't. Horrible book.
Date published: 2007-12-03