Friday, April 1, 2016

Review: The Bell Jar

Title: The Bell Jar
Author: Sylvia Plath
Year published: 1963
How I got this book: Borrowing it from my teacher
My rating: 4,5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grup 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.

My thoughts:
I've always wanted to read some of Sylvia Plath's writing, so when I had the chance to read it for my English class I was thrilled. Finally I could choose a book I actually wanted to read, and therefore make the schoolwork so much more enjoyable.

Enjoyable might not be the right word. I did really like this book, but it's not a fun book. Esther is spiraling down into depression, but she's still witty at times, though that disappears through the book. I've never read any book like this one, but I am so glad that I chose this. And because it's for school, I've been studying it a lot more, and therefore I've understood more than what I possibly would have if I'd just read it at home.

I don't know what to say about, except that you should read it. Even if you think you wouldn't like it, you should give it a chance. I understand why it is so famous, and why so many people have read.

Buy this book?
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