The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath

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Re: The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath

Post by KLafser » 08 Apr 2018, 19:58

We just read this in my local book club. It was good, it wasn't my favorite. When I finished it, it felt incomplete. I know it wasn't. I did appreciate her plight and think she effectively called attention to the important topic of mental health. I would recommend it but it won't be one I re-read.

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Post by chooper454 » 09 Apr 2018, 15:10

Plath has a unique way of creating a specific atmosphere throughout the entire book-not blatantly mentioned, but always lurking between the lines. The novel as a whole really personifies the title itself- I could feel the claustrophobic aesthetic on every page. And Plath writes Greenwood so effortlessly and fluidly, having her personify the atmosphere I have mentioned. Struggling, but not seeing any way out. So relatable to young women, even today.

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Post by holsam_87 » 10 Apr 2018, 20:37

sarahgraceface89 wrote:
18 Jul 2013, 21:52
I love this novel. It sheds light on the societal pressures that women endure, regardless of the time period. Plath's style of writing is completely engrossing, there is never a need to a breather or pause to check the time, you are so absorbed in the story that you forget about the passing of time.
I have heard a lot about this book, but I have never read it. My friends have mentioned that it's really good.
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Post by alisonedgee » 28 May 2018, 10:12

ive wanted to read the bell jar for about ten years, just i always find theres something in the way

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Post by Rebecca AR » 29 May 2018, 01:19

This is one of those ones I had been meaning to read for a long time, and I finally did recently. It's certainly not as dark as I was expecting. If I didn't know it was such a seminal text, I think I'd have shrugged my shoulders at it, to be honest. The matter-of-fact nature of it is a little chilling, but it's just not as intense as I expected.

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Post by pricklypurple » 30 Jun 2018, 16:09

I gated this book. The beginning was sort of interesting. Then, it just got really boring and random. I think it only gained popularity because of the author's death.

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Post by Northernbird84 » 19 Jul 2018, 09:23

Quite simply one of the best books I have ever read. Ever.

As a long time fan of Sylvia Plath's poetry I had high hopes for this book and it didn't disappoint me.

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Post by EmeraldEyes8918 » 20 Jul 2018, 10:14

This book is a piercing look at how a person can struggle with mental health issues in a society that did not provide many opportunities for women to flourish in the writing world. Plath's work has always left an indelible impression on me, and when I finally got to read 'The Bell Jar', there was no doubt left in my mind about how great she was at capturing those complex emotions and that deep pain she went through in her own life.

Some scenes in this book can be quite jarring and upsetting, especially around the darker themes of struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts, so I would recommend having a good mindset before sitting down to read this one.

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Post by Vscholz » 10 Aug 2018, 21:07

dahlianoir wrote:
06 Aug 2013, 09:24
sarahgraceface89 wrote:I love this novel. It sheds light on the societal pressures that women endure, regardless of the time period. Plath's style of writing is completely engrossing, there is never a need to a breather or pause to check the time, you are so absorbed in the story that you forget about the passing of time.
I completely agree with you, I love this book too. I read it at a time in my life when I was going through similar feelings, but the way she describes what she's going through is so fluent and accurate.
Do you like her poetry, also? I sometimes find it a little hard to understand, but I suppose that's the purpose of it :)
I have only read this book once and I loved it! I'm always hesitant to read "classic" American novels. At the point when I read this book, I was at a time in my life where it was like being inside of my own head (I didn't have the same experiences and I was several years older than the protagonist).

Mental health is a serious subject and the way Plath addresses it in this book... it is heartbreaking. I felt the emotions Esther had, perhaps not because of Plath's writing but because they are not exclusive to one person or one era.

Luckily, I am in a better place than I was then. I treasure this book.
As for you & your heart & the things you said & didn't say, she will remember them all when men are fairy tales in books written by rabbits. (Schmendrick the Magician)

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Post by booklysis » 18 Aug 2018, 01:05

I agree with you. The storyline is so intriguing. I just love it!

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