The Bell Jar
A vulnerable young girl wins a dream assignment on a big-time New York fashion magazine and finds herself plunged into a nightmare. An autobiographical account of Sylvia Plath's own mental breakdown and suicide attempt, The Bell Jar is more than a confessional novel, it is a comic but... show more
A vulnerable young girl wins a dream assignment on a big-time New York fashion magazine and finds herself plunged into a nightmare. An autobiographical account of Sylvia Plath's own mental breakdown and suicide attempt, The Bell Jar is more than a confessional novel, it is a comic but painful statement of what happens to a woman's aspirations in a society that refuses to take them seriously... a society that expects electroshock to cure the despair of a sensitive, questioning young artist whose search for identity becomes a terrifying descent toward madness.
Publish date: November 1st 1978
Publisher: Bantam Windstone
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
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, Mental Health
, Mental Illness
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 ...
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...
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...
great book! so sad I didn't start reading female writers sooner.
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...