The Bell Jar

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Harper Collins, Aug 2, 2005 - Fiction - 288 pages
204 Reviews

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under -- maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

 

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User Review  - EdenSteffey - LibraryThing

Feel a lot like this character at times. I particularity liked the description of being in the middle of a tornado and watching things go on around you, but you are not really taking part. Read full review

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A finely chiselled portrait of a depressed woman descending into madness. By the end of the story we are keenly involved in her plight, and are rooting for her to get out of the hospital and see what kind of life she can assemble. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
14
Section 3
24
Section 4
38
Section 5
50
Section 6
63
Section 7
74
Section 8
87
Section 13
154
Section 14
170
Section 15
184
Section 16
195
Section 17
204
Section 18
215
Section 19
224
Section 20
236

Section 9
99
Section 10
112
Section 11
127
Section 12
140
Section 21
247
Section 22
260
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Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Massachusetts. Her books include the poetry collections The Colossus, Crossing the Water, Winter Trees, Ariel, and The Collected Poems, which won the Pulitzer Prize. A complete and uncut facsimile edition of Ariel was published in 2004 with her original selection and arrangement of poems. She was married to the poet Ted Hughes, with whom she had a daughter, Frieda, and a son, Nicholas. She died in London in 1963.

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