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The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath

Published: 2013-06-11
Paperback : 288 pages
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A Special Paperback Edition to Commemorate the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Publication of Sylvia Plath's Remarkable Novel

Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity

Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously ...

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A Special Paperback Edition to Commemorate the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Publication of Sylvia Plath's Remarkable Novel

Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity

Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.

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We booked a hotel for the night
by johna124 (see profile) 06/25/11
This may have been the greatest book club party to date for us. We got a hotel suite for the night, had dinner and wine, discussed the book. Like the characters at the beginning of the story we pampered ourselves (but we enjoyed and savored every moment of it).

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  "Couldn't Have Cared Less"by MrsSutton (see profile) 09/23/13

 
  "Overall, a good read that provoked discussion"by HM384 (see profile) 10/25/12

Though it was very dark, most of our book club members really liked this book and we would definitely recommend it to others.

 
  "Bell Jar provides interesting discussion"by samantha. (see profile) 08/02/12

The Bell Jar, while some found it easy to put down the topics discussed were not as dark and nerve wracking as many summaries described. Great insight into a 1950's college-aged woman's life and expected... (read more)

 
  "Not as depressing as others might think"by olenahuffmire (see profile) 01/27/12

The book is very interesting, very well written, kept me reading, but it was not as gloomy as I expected it to be. It was very clear in depicting the whole picture, so I was not confused at any part of... (read more)

 
  "Great Writing...so sad she couldn't write more"by johna124 (see profile) 06/25/11

I took my time reading The Bell Jar. Knowing that this book was basically her autobiography I didn't want to rush it and miss something. It is very poignantly written by an obviously tortured soul. ... (read more)

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