Monday, March 21, 2011

Review of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Plath was an excellent poet but is known to many for this largely autobiographical novel. The Bell Jar tells the story of a gifted young woman's mental breakdown beginning during a summer internship as a junior editor at a magazine in New York City in the early 1950s. The real Plath committed suicide in 1963 and left behind this scathingly sad, honest and perfectly-written book, which remains one of the best-told tales of a woman's descent into insanity.
                                                  About The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar written by Sylvia Plath is a book that I'm very glad toward my current Literature teacher for pushing me to read. It examines how too much pressure from society can affect a young woman. She spirals through a long journey through which realizes she has never done what she has wanted in life but what others wanted. This pushes her to descend into a dark abyss of painful despair. It is a sort of psychological classic type book. Sylvia Plath is remarked to have this book as her crowning achievement. She wrote some other books as well and tons of poetry. I'd say it is an ok book for those into this genre. I liked it but it isn't one of my favorites.
                                             Overall: Not bad, not good read
                                         Genre: Classics, Psychological thriller


  Paperback: 244 pgs.

  Published: October 1st 2006 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published 1963)

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