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The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar
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Not her best work.

7 years, 11 months ago at Oct 20 17:31
I was disappointed in the book, not that it wasn’t brilliant - because it was. It’s just - this was the vaguely fictionalised novelisation of Plath’s life. I thought it’d be different - more emotional, more detailed. Written by a writer of her calibre, it seemed very bland.

The book starts out while she’s on a working holiday in New York. This is perhaps my ... read more
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Manufacturer: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Release date: 1 March 2000
ISBN-10 : 0060930187 | ISBN-13: 9780060930189
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"I love Sylvia Plath's poetry. This book has wonderful, descriptive prose at parts but to be honest I found it a bit boring (I'd just finished reading Prozac Nation which dealt with similar themes). 150 pages in I found myself wondering what the hell I'd read that could've taken up so much. Quotes: “I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a "


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Not her best work.

“I was disappointed in the book, not that it wasn’t brilliant - because it was. It’s just - this was the vaguely fictionalised novelisation of Plath’s life. I thought it’d be different - more emotional, more detailed. Written by a writer of her calibre, it seemed very bland.

The book starts out while she’s on a working holiday in New York. This is perhaps my favourite part of the book. After it’s over, she goes home, has a ‘nervous breakdown’ and then is shipped off to a mental hospital. While I know that it’s her life and of course not boring, there are other authors who have written the transition better - Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted and Elizabeth Wurtzel’s Prozac Nation spring instantly to mind.

Perhaps the” read more