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The Bell Jar

(Perennial Classics)

By Sylvia Plath

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| Hardcover | 9780060174903

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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 Continue

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.

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  • 2 people find this helpful

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    Tralasciando la prima parte, in cui si mette in evidenza una "malignità" immatura e, di conseguenza, piuttosto irritante della ragazza, il romanzo "cresce" immensamente in seguito ai tentativi di suicidio della protagonista (alter ego della Plath, a ...(continue)

    Tralasciando la prima parte, in cui si mette in evidenza una "malignità" immatura e, di conseguenza, piuttosto irritante della ragazza, il romanzo "cresce" immensamente in seguito ai tentativi di suicidio della protagonista (alter ego della Plath, a quanto pare), grazie ad una maggiore introspezione e ad una descrizione precisa degli eventi (stavolta molto più interessanti, a mio avviso).
    Di notevole rilevanza le riflessioni sulla campana di vetro, l'angoscia in cui si sente imprigionata la giovane, senza mai trovare, nonostante la dimissione, un vero barlume di speranza (difatti, ella dice tra sé di non essere sicura di non cadere nuovamente sotto la "campana di vetro").
    Apprezzo da tempo la Plath poetessa, leggere il suo unico romanzo è stato interessante

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    EmptyWords said on Jul 23, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Un libro bellissimo. E' facile immedesimarsi nella protagonista, anche quando i pensieri sono cupi e tristi. L'ho trovato di grande ispirazione, mi ha fatto riflettere sugli stereotipi che ci sono ancora sulle donne e sulle aspettative che vi si ripo ...(continue)

    Un libro bellissimo. E' facile immedesimarsi nella protagonista, anche quando i pensieri sono cupi e tristi. L'ho trovato di grande ispirazione, mi ha fatto riflettere sugli stereotipi che ci sono ancora sulle donne e sulle aspettative che vi si ripongono.

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    On Reading said on Jul 19, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    "Il silenzio era deprimente.
    Non era il silenzio del silenzio, era il mio silenzio."

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    RozzEmilia77 said on Jun 21, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Sconcertante e toccante ai massimi livelli.... Un vero capolavoro!

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    Ljuba said on Jun 21, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Buona visione :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnPViaQkoss

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    Anto Dng93 said on May 31, 2014 | Add your feedback

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