Operation Superhuman Reader: Summer Book #6

The Bell Jar The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was beautifully compelling. Esther was such an accessible character, even though I've never dealt with depression myself. The writing was just beautiful: I could follow Esther and her thought processes, seeing how frighteningly rational her depression and madness are to her. I read this book quickly and loved it. I think I'll definitely reread this book. Esther's (really Sylvia's) story is tragic and scary, but Plath's honesty is palpable and her hopelessness startlingly accessible. And despite the tragic nature of the story, the writing is littered with funny turns of phrase and clever descriptions. I often found myself laughing. I definitely recommend this book to anyone; it's well worth the time.

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Jill said...

I read this a year or so ago and really liked it.

Sarah C. said...

The Bell Jar is my favorite book of all time. I'm so glad you liked it, because a lot of people seem to be up in the air on Plath, even when I tell them her novel isn't nearly as dark as her poetry.

Oh well...I'll keep her too myself, and they can deal with it.

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