Bell Jar, the (Faber Paper Covered Editions) (Paperback)

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A fantastic peak into the early life of the poet Sylvia Plath, one of the most courageous women I unfortunately never had the pleasure of meeting. The Bell Jar's uncanny resemblance to Plath's real life bought her some trouble with the friends and family who recognized their fictionalized counterparts (mostly because they weren't informed of their inclusion in this particular project), which makes this even more of a heartbreaking story. Esther Greenwood mirrors Plath's talent and ambition... as well as her deeply-rooted depression, hospitalization, and shock therapy. One of the Plath's greatest strengths is her ability to effectively share her inner confusion without losing our attention. Such a GREAT read from a phenomenal woman. — Jess Hanlon

An eerie story of a girls seemingly unstoppable decent into madness. What begins as a fluid poetic coming of age story turns into a jagged and misshaped series of events as the character becomes more and more ill, then is back to fluidity as she resurfaces. Comparing her feeling of disconnect to being under a bell jar, the story gives a voice to those who have struggled with their mental health. Honest and heartbreaking look at the country's mid-century mental illness struggle. — Molly Halpin

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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


Product Details
ISBN: 9780571081783
ISBN-10: 0571081789
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: April 9th, 2001
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Faber Paper Covered Editions
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