Bell Jar (P.S.), The

Sylvia Plath
The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under -- maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's 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 an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.


Reviewed: 2015-07-15

This was wonderful as a first person read. It gives gives accurate insight into the mind of a person who is suffering with mental illness. Although I enjoyed the overall story, I gave it three stars because through most of the book, I felt she went off on descriptive tangents (in the first chapter, tubs and ceilings, etc,.) and it just kept going. At points I felt it was inserted drivel and ended up skipping over the long descriptive passages that I didn't feel added to the story. I know this book comes highly regarded, but although enjoyable, I didn't love it.

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