Paperback, Harper Perennial Modern Classics PS (US), 244 pages
Published August 2nd 2005 by HarperCollins (first published January 14th 1963)
Original Title The Bell Jar
Edition Language : English
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.
I’m writing this immediately after I finished the book as to capture what I really felt about it. First of all, Sylvia Plath is an amazing writer. She may have written this book in such a confusing time table but damn this book hits the spot. She really poured her heart out in this.
I actually kind of afraid that in my early twenties, I am seeing myself in Esther as to her confusion on what she wants with herself. I would like to say that I wound’t end up like her though. I loved that after all the times that she wanted to end her life, she still fought and I don’t know got better if that’s how one would see it.
It also show here the way society views mental illness and expectations especially on woman to be someone they want don’t even consider if the individual herself wants it. I applaud her mother because even though at times she may have been not as understanding as she should be but she supported her until the end.
For all the Esthers out there, don’t be afraid to seek help in others if you feel your emotions are drowning you. You can also step away and seek space if you need to. You can do whatever you want and you should. No one should be able to control or manipulate you.
Giving 4 confused and terrified but completely in awe Royal Stars for Ms. Plath.