The Bell Jar is a classic of American literature, with over two million copies sold in this country. This extraordinary work chronicles the crackup of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, successful -- but slowly going under, ...
and maybe for the last time. Step by careful step, Sylvia Plath takes us with Esther through a painful month in New York as a contest-winning junior editor on a magazine, her increasingly strained relationships with her mother, and with the boy she dated in college, and eventually, devastatingly, into the madness itself. The reader is drawn into her breakdown with such intensity that her 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 rare in any novel. It points to the fact that The Bell Jar is a largely autobiographical work about Plath's own summer of 1953, when she was a guest editor at Mademoiselle and went through a breakdown. It reveals so much about the sources of Sylvia Plath's own tragedy that its publication was considered a landmark in literature.
"Esther Greenwood's account of her years in The Bell Jar is as clear and readable as it is witty and disturbing ... [This] is not a potboiler, nor a series of ungrateful caricatures; it is literature." -New York Times
This special 25th-anniversary edition includes a new foreword by Frances McCullough,who was the Harper & Row editor for the original edition, about the untold story of The Bell Jar's first American publication.
The bell jar was a beautifully written story of a young girl who is going through a break down. Things were going so well for Easther - she is a brilliant aspiring author who has won scholarships and notoriety for her scholarly accomplishments. This
..." all comes crashing down with one rejection letter that sends her on a down ward spiral. This story tells that downward spiral of the young creative girl and her being committed to a asylum and her treatment. This book considers all of the things that are occurring from Easthers eyes so the reader gets a first hand account of everything. Continua...Nascondi
Un libro emotivamente difficile che mi ha lasciato molta tristezza Parte leggero e frizzante e mi ha ricordato un po' Il meglio della vita, poi ovviamente diventa qualcos'altro e l'umore della protagonista, la sua malattia, la sua vita con la
..."on la malattia mi ha reso difficile scindere il libro dalla vita dell'autrice e quindi mi e' anche difficile dara un giudizio al libro, che e; molto bello ma come ho detto gia' molto tristeContinua...Nascondi
I also remembered Buddy Willard saying in a sinister, knowing way that after I had children I would feel differently, maybe it was true that when you were married and had children it was like being brainwashed, and afterwards you went about numb as
... a slave in some private, totalitarian state.Continua...Nascondi
And I knew that in spite of all the roses and kisses and restaurant dinners a man showered on a woman before he married her, what he secretly wanted when the wedding service ended was for her to flatten out underneath his feet like Mrs Willard’s
... kitchen mat.Continua...Nascondi