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The Bell Jar: A Novel - Community Reviews back

by Sylvia Plath, Frances Monson McCullough
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Carmilla Reads
Carmilla Reads rated it 2 months ago
Esther is a young woman, a high achiever, who is crippled by the number of choices she feels are available to her. She is unable to commit to any single branch of possibility for fear that in specialising she loses the chance to explore other avenues. She admits that given the choice to live in the ...
runner
runner rated it 1 year ago
The story of Ester Greenwood is the story of a young girl trying to find her place in life. She wins a scholarship to work at a fashion magazine in New York and strives to live the perfect life with perfect friends, perfect career aspirations, perfect looks, and a I want it all now mentality. But ru...
Reading Slothfully
Reading Slothfully rated it 3 years ago
We begin with Esther Greenwood spending a summer month in New York acting as an editing intern at a fashion magazine along with a number of other young college women. Esther, it seems, is a very good student at one of the exclusive New England institutions for women. Likely, Smith College is the mod...
Silvie's bookshelf
Silvie's bookshelf rated it 3 years ago
great book! so sad I didn't start reading female writers sooner.
TeaStitchRead
TeaStitchRead rated it 4 years ago
Trigger Warning: attempted rape, numerous suicide attempts, and completed suicide I'm kicking myself for not reading this. I had such negative bias against this book, but it was wickedly funny and sharp, unromantic observances of life in 1950 (and a few that is still around in 2016). I am really g...
The Bent Bookworm
The Bent Bookworm rated it 4 years ago
I had resisted reading this for a long time, a little turned off by the idea of being inside a suicidal person's head. But someone gave me a copy and well, I felt I needed to read it because hey, great American literature!Well. All the feels. Really, all of them. I think at this point in my life I s...
Feminism in Cold Storage
Feminism in Cold Storage rated it 4 years ago
Loved this book, it definitely deserves it's place as a feminist classic. For a full review, follow the link.
BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it 4 years ago
Not so much of a review, just a note to confirm that after years of trying, I give up. I can see that The Bell Jar is an intelligent and, for its time, courageous venture into issues of relationship, the perception of women in western society, the taboo of mental health, the medieval treatment of ...
jwilley44
jwilley44 rated it 4 years ago
I hear a lot about how this book is sooooo depressing, but I just didn't get that vibe. I mean yes it pretty depressing in that she wants to commit suicide but I guess I was just too interested in the character and enjoyed the writing too much to be depressed by the this book.
Book Babble
Book Babble rated it 4 years ago
It took me so long to actually get around to reading The Bell Jar, and I am disappointed in myself for not reading it years ago. I don't think that I have the mental capability to even begin to explain how powerful this book is.
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