Book Review: The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

Book description (amazon.com)

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.

My thoughts:

Halfway through this book I kept asking myself, “why have I never read this before?”.  Really.  This book really tugs at your emotions and even to this day there are so many ways that young adults and adults alike can connect with, one way or another.  The story draws you in and keeps you turning the pages, well into the night (I couldn’t put it down)!  I hate when I read a classic that many others have read before and I have not yet.  Why is no one suggesting this book?  I know for sure that I will be urging my students to pick this novel up.  It would make for a great classroom discussion! If you have not read it yet, get it, and get reading!

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