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ISBN: 0060930187 / ISBN-13: 9780060930189

The Bell Jar

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I was supposed to be having the time of my life. When Esther Greenwood wins an internship on a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, ... Show synopsis

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  • The Bell Jar (Harper Perennial) – Trade paperback (2000)
    by Frances McCullough (Foreword by)

    The Bell Jar

    Trade paperback, Harper Perennial
    2000
    English
    288 pages

    ISBN: 0060930187
    ISBN-13: 9780060930189

    This extraordinary work--echoing Plath's own experiences as a rising writer/editor in the early 1950s--chronicles the nervous breakdown of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, successful, but slowly going under, and maybe for the last time.

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Reviews of The Bell Jar

Overall customer rating: 4.625
AndreaWarren

heartbreaking and excellent

by AndreaWarren on Dec 18, 2010

A great read--I highly recommend it. Classics never die.

The Pageturner

Character Trapped in Societal Asylum

by The Pageturner on Oct 28, 2009

The main character of this novel reminds me of the main character in "The Stranger", except that she has emotions. The book reveals society's insanity in trying to create a cookie cutter generation of females. The surrounding character's expectations of Esther Greenwood lead to her nervous breakdown and attempted suicide. The book is not intense, but it will keep your interest until the end.

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cassandra

nothing really special

by cassandra on Apr 24, 2008

It was okay. A little mundane. It did keep my attention and completion of the story. Quite depressing and a little confusing at times.

cathiesblogg

A haunting mental breakdown

by cathiesblogg on Oct 19, 2007

I purchased this book after reading Sylvia Plath's life journals and poetry. I was really surprised of how much a perfectionist that she really was. Her brilliant but sensitive mind was unique. She did not handle rejection well and seemed to really have a hard time fitting in at certain times. "very still and very empty" is the way the narrator described herself. It shows the more "real" life of the high fashion and society life. Could benefit teenagers that are considering this life style to read this book.. I recommend reading this book highly!..expecially if you are a Sylvia Plath fan..

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Sali

The Book and the Tragedy

by Sali on Aug 9, 2007

I read the Bell Jar more than thirty years ago. I read it before I knew the real, followup tragedy of Sylvia Plath. The Bell Jar gives a vivid picture of the artificiality of glamour in the fashion world and shows the conflict of values and self-esteem through the perceptions of young girl. In the book, the girl is named Esther, but she is Sylvia Plath's alter-ego. Esther has been an achiever and has won countless prizes for her talents, but in reality she is a fragile, unsure young woman. The book deals with her negativity and self-contempt..It deals with her attempt at suicide and her struggle with mental illness. In the book she has recovered. But Sylvia Plath made a second attempt at suicide a few years later. She succeeded this time.

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