K.Flay Book Review – The Bell Jar

November 8, 2019

a week ago i made the decision (with encouragement from the certain british PhD grad student) to become REAL lady and lastly read ‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath. although i understood of Plath’s infamous — and untimely — dying, i had been virtually at nighttime if this found her actual writing. sooooo imaginable my extreme delight when, for only 15 pages, i discovered myself completely absorbed in Plath’s world, one populated by promiscuous co-eds, narcissistic boyfriends, and prose so vivid and surprising it LITERALLY helped me double eat the cafe (shout to Sugarlump on 24th) where i had been studying. ‘The Bell Jar’ follows the primary character, Esther Greenwood, as she grapples together with her identity, her sexuality, and many conspicuously, her very own sanity the summer time before her senior year attending college. Esther laments, “I could not go the entire way doing things i should any longer. This helped me sad and tired. I Then wondered why I could not go the entire way doing things i should not…which helped me even sadder and much more tired.”

Plath’s poetic voice and her capability to condense whole encounters into single similes (“Buddy’s face hung over me, near and big, just like a distracted planet”) really are a constant supply of pleasure inside a book that chronicles a joyless period in Esther’s existence. you may think that the novel in regards to a suicidal twenty-something could be pretty f-ing depressing, but ‘The Bell Jar’ is really expertly crafted that the cheapest points of Esther’s existence are changed into something beautiful and redeeming. Plath really captures the recurring feelings of uncertainty, insecurity, hope, doubt, futility, and resilience which i think the majority of us can connect with, whether we’re 13 and with junior high drama, twenty-four and negotiating quarter-existence crises in belief/careers/relationships, or 80-eight and merely chillin around the front porch.

Though ‘The Bell Jar’ is technically a singular, the storyline is basically a free account of Plath’s own have a problem with depression, and that is that autobiographical quality which makes it that rather more captivating. There are examined ‘The Bell Jar,’ I urge you to definitely reverse this.

SCORE: 10/10. This the following is a few classic shit.

Sylvia Plath Internet LINKZ

NYTimes on Plath’s dying and legacy: http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/24/why-the-plath-legacy-lives/

NPR on Plath: http://world wide web.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1469627

Plath studying her poetry aloud: http://world wide web.learner.org/catalog/extras/vvspot/video/plath.html

Plath’s famous poem ‘Daddy’: http://world wide web.sylviaplath.de/plath/father.html

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