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Jun 23, 2021MT60 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Quirky, image-laden yet stark account of the protagonist’s psychological deterioration. Gripping exploration of the landscape inside a tormented mind. I had heard of this book long ago but never read it before. The passage about the…
Mar 02, 2021bruceabas_0 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
brilliant artistic reimagining of this author’s early coming of age experience. echoes of Catcher in the Rye. Classic
Feb 16, 2021
The Bell Jar details the life of Esther Greenwood, from her stay in New York during an internship to her slow spiral into depression as she struggles with her societal image and presence in life. Esther, a young college student, explores…
Feb 04, 2021MillieBT rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed this book instantly
Jan 04, 2021AaronAardvark1940 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Given Plath's own life, calling this novel a "thinly-disguised" autobiography would be generous. Having conversed over several decades with a paranoid schizophrenic myself, I find Esther's actions and inner dialog completely believable. A…
Dec 11, 2020avocadotree rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Read the book not the comments unless you want everything spoiled by the amateur critics on here.
Sep 03, 2020Birdtrovert rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This is a wonderful disaster. Honestly, I want to re-read it because I really do relate to Esther's struggles. You watch this woman spiral into depression and suicidal thoughts. It is a heavy read and there are times when this book can get…
Jul 31, 2020
Esther Greenwood was supposed to be having the time of her life. She had a year until college graduation, pursuing an honors program on a full scholarship and enjoying a vacational internship in Manhattan. Yet she was crumbling on the…
Jun 17, 2020dlsyed rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Read this for the first time and loved it almost instantly, truly a classic !
Feb 12, 2020
Sylvia Plath was one of the 20th century's most famous poets, who stuck her head in her oven,and perished. She was married until death to another (not quite so famous of a) poet, Ted Hughes. Can a woman as unhappy as apparently she was…
Feb 03, 2020britto9 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I loved this book - the inner monologue, Esther's mentally burdened perspective, the prose, the simplicity of the story. Riding along in Sylvia's psychologically ailed and depressed mind was actually quite refreshing. And I could not get…
Dec 05, 2019yellow_owl_46 rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
I hated this book. It was very boring, and I didn't like the main character.
Nov 06, 2019
Ah, Sylvia. Her prose is lovely and, of course, poetic. She brings her characteristic confessional style to this, her only novel.
Oct 08, 2019
Love this title! Such a relatable coming-of-age story.
Jun 08, 2019rlbeekman rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I was expecting a kind of raw confessional outpouring, but this book was more artful in its narration and reveals Plath as a very talented observer and prose writer. Even her refusal to allow Esther Greenwood to appear "nice" in any way…
May 18, 2019TEENREVIEWBOARD rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A story of the life of a young becoming writer in New York. Bound to become the next successful writer. But "nobody looks like what they are on the inside" perfectly describes Esther Greenwood, there is more she doesn’t show. I wouldn’t…
Apr 05, 2018
maybe I'm politicizing her story too much but it seems to me, seeing this as not only about her personal struggle with sanity/survival but also with the crippling effect of the socially restrictions women lived/live under may have been her…
Oct 24, 2017re_discover rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
I read The Bell Jar as part of my 2017 Reading Challenge, in the category of a book written by an author using a pseudonym. There is no real story. I feel like I do not know anything about Ester, who is the main character.
Aug 28, 2017montse93 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
interesting and engaging read!
Apr 15, 2017vicky84027 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Eight months lapsed from the moment that I picked up this book until I finished its last line. I'm not going to lie – early portions of this novel are not easy to process with its painstakingly redundant and seemingly irrelevant…
Oct 31, 2016hailzz rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
A novel full of brilliance, lesson, and ambition. I loved it. The book is contained of deep and rather sad meanings. It is a book of pure depression. A story of hard work and determination which the character accomplishes as she comes…
Aug 29, 2016ArapahoeAndrew rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Plath weaves a haunting descent and experience with depression into a beautifully descriptive setting and plot.
Jul 05, 2016Makemoney rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I find Esther's descent into insanity a little rushed or hasty.
Jun 16, 2016laphampeak rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
We go to a time and place where understanding of mental illness was less understood and certainly treated differently. Social mores concerning sexuality and marriage were strict. Plath's character, Esther, shared her "living under the…
Jun 02, 2016TSCPL_ChrisB rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Esther Greenwood is a wonderful protagonist and the insight into Plath's life is equally fascinating and haunting. It's unfortunate that she lived such a short life.