The Bell Jar LP
Books | Fiction / Literary
The Bell Jar chronicles the breakdown of the brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful Esther Greenwood, a woman slowly going under -- maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's demise with such intensity that the character's insanity becomes completely real, even rational -- as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.
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"This is a book that has stuck with me since the first time I read it in middle school. It’s a raw view into mental illness, and how it was misunderstood in the 1950s (although I can see a connection to much of the stigma today as well). Sylvia Plath has a way of pulling you in and staying with you. Absolutely a must read. "