Who has read Bell Jar and what did you think?
On my list!
I didn’t get all the hype about it. Maybe it was pushing boundaries in its day. Maybe I need to reread it.
I love her journals. Her writing is so vibrant and intense in those. Maybe that’s why I felt a little let down by the more conventional book format.
I’m a few chapters in and there are some things that I kind of relate to
I liked it a lot.
I really liked it. I reread it last year. I first read it in high school (late 80s).
I adored it.
It starts off a little strange, like she’s writing a character that doesn’t feel authentic or genuine but halfway in the shift is breathtaking. It feels self reflective, personal, and painful. If you let it, it reads like a memoir.
Some of my favorite poems of hers are: Sow, Daddy, Tulips, Lady Lazarus, Poppies in July, and Mirror.
People like to think of Plath & romanticize her suicide but the most powerful thing about her to me was that she was balancing raising babies and being a full time writer. She was so dedicated to her art. There are stories about friends letting Ted use their apartment as a quiet place to write – but not allowing Sylvia the same luxury because she was a woman and she was supposed to be at home.
If you do feel a little nosey (we all do!) then his collection “Birthday Letters” about her is astounding.
One of my favorite books. It is an amazing portrait of mental illness and so ahead of its time.
I agree it creates a good portrait of mentally ill and few options available to them in choices of treatment
It’s one of my favourite books
I’ve been meaning to get to that..
I have! I have always really liked it.
I couldn’t get into it, but so many people like it, maybe I’ll try it again.
Agree with Eileen’s comment. Finished it but not my fav but that is the thing about books… read it and decide for yourself… people see different things
I enjoyed a smart young woman’s perspective on the things she was going through in the book. Struck me as a very personal/real and unapologetic book, which is hard to do, and since female authors are generally underrepresented in what I read, a nice change of pace.
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