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 synopsisI 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, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt, as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women's aspirations seriously. "The Bell Jar", Sylvia Plath's only novel, was originally published in 1963 under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. The novel is partially based on Plath's own life and has become a modern classic. "The Bell Jar" has been celebrated for its darkly funny and a razor sharp portrait of 1950s society and has sold millions of copies worldwide.Hide synopsis
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Description:Plath, Sylvia. Very Good. Biographical Novel. US: Bantam....Plath, Sylvia. Very Good. Biographical Novel. US: Bantam. Paperback. Very Good. Book Description A vulnerable young girl wins a dream assignment on a big-time New York fash ion magazine and finds herself plunged into a nightmare. An autobiographica l account of Sylvia Pl ath's own mental breakdown and suicide attempt, The B ell Jar is more than a confessional novel, it is a comic but painful statem ent of what happens to a woman's aspirations in a society that refuses to t ake them seriously...a society that expects electroshock to cure the despa ir of a sensitive, questioning young artist whose search for identity becom es a terrifying d escent toward madness. Editorial Reviews Review Plath was an excellent poe t but is known to many for this largely autobiogr aphical novel. The Bell J ar tells the story of a gifted young woman's menta l breakdown beginning du ring a summer internship as a junior editor at a ma gazine in New York City in the early 1950s. The real Plath committed suicid e in 1963 and left beh ind this scathingly sad, honest and perfectly-written book, which remains one of the best-told tales of a woman's descent into i nsanity. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. From Library Journal This 25th-anniversar y edition of Plath's posthumous autobiographical novel includes a new fore word by the book's original editor, Frances McCullough; biographical notes; and eight previously unpublished drawings by Plath. Bra vo to HarperColli ns for putting all this together at a reasonable price. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. 224p pp.
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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.
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..
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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