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Bell Jar
Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under -- maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and 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.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
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midhun.j.zacharia
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Such an honest, human voice, dark yet humorous. For anyone wondering - this is a must-read!

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Megabooks
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I wish I could hand this book to 25-year-old Meg because I think it would‘ve resonated even more strongly then. I saw so many of the struggles I‘ve had on my own mental health journey reflected in Esther, and I think many others do, which is why it‘s such a classic. I loved the introduction written in the 1990s by her former editor and the 16 page bio at the end that are included in this edition. Thanks @Emilymdxn for this #ALSpine rec!

Megabooks The temperature was so warm last week, and we had so much rain; the daffodils thought it was March! 🤞🏻 they live! 1mo
Cinfhen I can‘t believe flowers are blooming in January !! 🥰I read this with Niki when she was a junior in HS - her teacher Ms Anderson kept sending back N‘s essay over & over that I grew to resent this book 😆 but I do think I need to try it again 1mo
squirrelbrain Great review - such a classic! 1mo
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Cathythoughts Beautiful review and picture. The poor daffs are confused worldwide 💔 1mo
Cathythoughts But they are always welcome and lovely ♥️ 1mo
batsy Wonderfully put as to why it's a classic! It's one of those books I was lucky to discover young. It remains a favourite 💜 1mo
Tamra I think should have read it as a young woman and perhaps I would have appreciated it more. 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen it‘s gone back down to freezing, so I‘m worried they won‘t come up in March. We have 8 large clumps across our front yard and I don‘t want to miss them! Like @Cathythoughts said, I think they are very confused. 💔 it‘s unfortunate. 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen oh gosh! That does sound frustrating! I transferred schools my freshman year, and my freshman English teacher was very frustrating, and my parents had a heated meeting with her. Senior year and three English teachers later, I won the English award for the entire school. 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ Some students and teachers just don‘t work well together. 1mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts yes, I love having them in our yard! 1mo
Megabooks @batsy and I think as we more publicly discuss mental illness, I think more young people will openly relate and pass it on. Just so relatable! 1mo
Megabooks @Tamra yeah, I think it would hit differently to a young person, which is great. 1mo
BarbaraBB Lovely review. I agree that it could mean even more if you‘d read it when you were younger. 1mo
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TrishB
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#bookmail
Lovely new illustrated version of The Bell Jar 😁

TheBookHippie Oh well I need this! 2mo
mrp27 Great cover! 2mo
TheKidUpstairs 😍😍😍 2mo
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LeahBergen Gasp! 😱 2mo
BarbaraBB Oow 😍😍😍 2mo
Oryx Lovely! 2mo
batsy Oooh! 2mo
Tamra Ohhhhh nice! 2mo
elkeOriginal Fantastic cover! 2mo
elkeOriginal Illustrated inside too? Oh my! 2mo
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AmyK1
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This was my first time reading this and knowing Sylvia‘s history made it difficult at times. I‘m glad I read it though.

This is my November #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Cortg
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So glad I finally read this one. Written in the 60‘s, this gives me a lot to think about between the then and now when it comes to mental illness, love interests and relationships. Have we progressed? Enough? #Pop22 ~ a sapphic book

BarbaraBB Absolutely a must read! 3mo
Cortg @BarbaraBB After marking it read in Goodreads, I noticed my daughter had it marked to-read in her account, so I texted her and left it on her desk to take back to school when she comes home next 😀 3mo
squirrelbrain Such a good book, and a great choice for this prompt! 3mo
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Cortg @squirrelbrain Thanks! 😊 3mo
BarbaraBB That is so cool, I think I need to do the same with my copy and my daughter! 3mo
Cortg @BarbaraBB ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Cinfhen Love that you left this for your daughter to read #GoMom #YouRock 🥰 3mo
Cortg @Cinfhen Thanks 😊 3mo
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AmyK1
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It‘s #bookspin day! The tagged is my bookspin and The Last House on the Street is my #doublespin for November.

@TheAromaofBooks

CBee The Bell Jar is one of my all-time favorites ♥️ 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Enjoy!! 3mo
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I haven‘t read this since I was in my 20s (I‘m now 57). I‘m revisiting a lot of books that I either haven‘t read in a long time, or that I enjoyed so much just a few years ago. I‘m a little all over the place with my reading right now. I can‘t seem too find anything that really sticks with me. #readingslump

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CBee
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Yes! The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath. I‘ve probably read it 4-5 times. #littenswanttoknow @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I don‘t think I could read this one again 💔💔 5mo
CBee @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I don‘t know if I‘d read it again now, but in the midst of my teenage and young adult angst, it totally made me feel seen 🙂 5mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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I think this is a really important book, even if I didn‘t particularly “like” it. The autobiographical significance it has regarding Plath‘s life (and death) make for a compelling narrative around the novel. Plath had talent. I find her metaphor of a bell jar to describe depression/mental illness an effective one. It‘s a shame there aren‘t more of her novels to read. Like so many young artists gone too soon, the lost potential is a tragedy. 3.5⭐️

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Toasty_Applejack
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I loved this book, it really goes to show that even in todays society women are being treated similar about their mental health. Parts of this book resonated with me because I too, suffered depression and was hospitalized for it. I would‘ve loved to read other novels by her, the relationship between her and Ted and her decision to ultimately have children knowing she was so against it in this book.

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Toasty_Applejack
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How did I know that someday-at college, in Europe, somewhere, anywhere-the bell jar, with its stifling distortions, would descend again?

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Toasty_Applejack
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What I hate is the thought of being under a man‘s thumb. I had told Doctor Nolan. A man doesn‘t have a worry in the world, while I‘ve got a baby hanging over my head like a big stick to keep me in line.

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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I‘m a few days late, but thanks for the #wondrouswednesday tag @jimfields3 !!

🌸 I *mostly* read every day. It‘s a very rare thing for me to not read a least a few pages everyday.

🌼 I tend to read before bed every night, but also try to carve out time to read on my lunch break. I also bring a book with me everywhere for those unexpected opportunities to read!

🌺 I think my go-to comfort genre is thrillers/mysteries - I love a good twist!

Eggs Absolutely!! # 2 6mo
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TrishB
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Our wedding anniversary today 🥂🥂
Book on the left I brought for hubby- I got the folio version of The Bell Jar from hubby, which I have been coveting since publication ❤️

batsy Happy Anniversary! 🥂 What excellent gifts 😍 6mo
Cathythoughts Happy Anniversary ❤️ lovely gifts 🎁 6mo
Bookwomble Happy anniversary 💖 6mo
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JessClark78 Happy Anniversary 🎊❤️🥂 6mo
Amiable Happy anniversary! And best wishes for many more. 🎊🎉❤️ 6mo
TheLudicReader Happy anniversary. 6mo
xicanti Happy anniversary! 6mo
fredamans Happy anniversary! 6mo
MaureenMc Happy anniversary! 🥂 6mo
jlhammar Love that edition of The Bell Jar! Happy Anniversary! 6mo
Ruthiella Happy Anniversary!🥳🥂 6mo
LeahBergen Happy Anniversary!! ❤️❤️ 6mo
mrp27 Happy Anniversary!! 🥂 6mo
Monica5 Happy Anniversary 6mo
CarolynM Happy anniversary 🍾🥂 6mo
BarbaraBB Lovely gifts! Happy anniversary 🤍 6mo
Centique Wow! 😍 and a belated happy anniversary! 6mo
TrishB @Centique thank you Paula 😘 6mo
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fredthemoose
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Narrated by a young, talented MC going through a mental break down. The POV was interesting but because it was through the MC‘s thoughts, sometimes things jumped around and weren‘t explained or made explicit to the reader, and I often found my mind wandering elsewhere.

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Carla
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Reading The Bell Jar for my book club/class, and this smacked me in the face. #abortionishealthcare

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IuliaC
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Lovely writing, a book I devoured quickly. We see the world through the eyes of 19-year old Esther in the 1950s as she recounts with realism, wit and sarcasm her life as a student, her sliding into severe depression, her inner turmoil and fight with suicidal thoughts and the ensuing atrocious treatment applied at that time.

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Creadnorthey
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Wow and wowed again! Levels of humor and wit that cause you to laugh in the very darkness Plath takes you to play

Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💕 7mo
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Creadnorthey
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This gets very dark after chapter 9- still witty, still brilliant, but dark…

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Creadnorthey
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Odd surprise similar to the surprise I had with Breakfast At Tiffany‘s but in a different way. When I read BAT I was surprised to read a very dark novel. Here with the Bell Jar, it‘s filled with much more wit and (though at times gross) humor, when I was expecting just bleak darkness…

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magyklyXdelish
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I love Horror because of how far the authors can and tend to push the boundaries. I love a good dark fucked up story that‘s far removed from my everyday reality because it‘s easier to get lost in those stories.

I judge books by their covers so for impulse reads I always go with books that jump out to me and then read the blurb to see if I‘m interested.

@Moonprismpower @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @catiewithac

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for the tag!! Be on the lookout for a package 📦 ❤️ 8mo
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SarahBookInterrupted
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Check out my review of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath on Book Interrupted‘s Manuscript Monday. https://www.bookinterrupted.com/post/manuscript-monday-the-bell-jar

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Hello #LMPBC - Group V (for Vintage)! I‘m so glad you all decided to join me in reading some classics, both traditional and modern! Here is my list of potential picks. Let me know what works for you!

jimfields3 We have a lot of good suggestions, so I won‘t muddy the waters by making even more. 😀 I would not reject any of the suggestions outright. This is my first #lmpbc so how do we choose? 8mo
TheAromaofBooks I read Alice recently, but I'm up for any of the others!! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks @jimfields3 - There isn't really any formal method of deciding... usually each person proposes a 4-8 books that sound interesting to them, mostly to check & see if anyone else has already read them or especially loves/hates an author, etc. Each person makes their own final decision, but obviously we try to choose books that the rest of the group is interested to read as well!! So you can make your own post of books you had in mind as potentials😊 8mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TheAromaofBooks @fredthemoose @jimfields3 If no one else has read it, I am going to go with The Bell Jar. Let me know! 8mo
fredthemoose @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks The Bell Jar sounds great to me! @jimfields3 I‘m thinking about a Vonnegut book. Leaning Slaughterhouse-Five but happy to pick another if you‘ve already read it. Does that work for you? 8mo
jimfields3 That works for me, too, @fredthemoose 8mo
jimfields3 I apologize for being obtuse: I thought we were deciding on one book for the whole group and not one book per person. 😳 I‘ll gather some images right now and post shortly. I‘m sorry for misunderstanding! 8mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @fredthemoose Would love to read Slaughterhouse Five! @jimfields3 You‘re not obtuse! The way this works is that we each pick a book. The first “round” (the month of July) we each read the book we picked and annotate. Then we mail it to the next person and we‘ll receive the next book. Suellen should have emailed you with the signup and you can see who you will be mailing to every month. It‘s basically a Round Robin. Hope that helps! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks The Bell Jar sounds great!! I've never read that one and have always meant to. @jimfields3 - It is a little confusing at first!! But yes, all four of us will read four books, one per month, and in the end you'll end up with your own book back, full of all our thoughts/notes/rants. It's pretty fun!! It looks like from the list that you'll be mailing the next book to me each month!! 8mo
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avapeto
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I love this book so far, this book is so emotional but she seems so emotionless. She always dreamed of becoming a big time poet. She was then selected for a month long internship in New York. Esther struggles to find herself, with the norms of an unfulfilling society, and her encroaching madness and oppressive environment. This book really focus on distorted viewpoints distinctions inherent in what it sees

MissYaremcio Thank you for the review Ava - I was just missing part of your reccomendation and your POV and how it is established. 3,5/6 8mo
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sci6344e22_ip
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Lors de ma lecture, je n'ai pas eu de mal à m'imaginer visuellement ce qui se passait dans le récit. J'ai tendance à me faire des films dans ma tête lors de mes lectures de romans, ça a été relativement simple avec ce-dernier. Je voyais les couloirs, les chambres de l'hôpital. À un moment je sentais presque l'odeur caractéristique des hôpitaux et des produits chimiques, tout comme le goût amer de certains médicaments.

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Bec_lectic
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Wow, what a raw, honest, semi-autobiography of life with mental illness of Sylvia Plath. Most of the time I struggle with classics as I find I need excitement & thrills to keep my ADHD brain interested but this book was truly good all throughout as we follow “Esther‘s” decent into madness. I loved the fresh look into the mind of a teenage girl in a decade where humanity seemed so pure and innocent & delved into issues still relevant today.

IuliaC This one's on my 'to read' list of classics too 👍 8mo
IuliaC Great review! 8mo
Bec_lectic @luliaC it‘s dark but it‘s a good one! 8mo
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avapeto
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I love the book so far it‘s very enticing and luring book to read. At the beginning of the book it talks about a young girl who has mental problems and ends up going to the physic-ward for it, she began to feel like a burden to her family and attempted suicide multiple times through out her life. She wrote about it but it never went anywhere not until after she finally took her life when her husband cheated on her and her two kids.

DrexEdit Nice review! Welcome to Litsy! 😄 9mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Ava! I would have liked your recommendation and theme, but overall nicely done. 3/6 9mo
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SarahBookInterrupted
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Sylvia Plath has come up lately in the books I‘m reading so when I saw this on my mothers book shelf I knew it was time to read her. The way she describes Esters emotions and mood at any given time is perfection. The entire book I‘m taken within her and understand what she is feeling. I can see how she‘s slowly disassociating to the outside world. I‘ve had my moments of depression and it‘s never forgotten it comes with you, just like she says.

jewright This book is super powerful. 9mo
SarahBookInterrupted @jewright I thought so too. 9mo
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I really enjoyed the writing style. It felt raw and honest. I wanted more out of the ending, but I suppose she left it for you, the reader, to fill in. And it seems this was quite autobiographical. Really interesting insight into depression. It‘s too bad the doctors didn‘t seem to know how to help properly.

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There it is! The title.

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beenbee
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I‘m not quite finished this book yet, but I understand why it‘s a “forbidden” classic. I don‘t think anyone who‘s sensitive to topics of mental health/suicide should read it, but it really is a masterpiece so far. Sylvia Plath may have been spiraling into despair and madness, but she really does have a way of words with describing it.

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jennyisgoofy
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It was very deep. It got into my emotions and changed me. I‘m going through a tough time and this book helped me so much. It really connected to my feelings. It changed my whole life, i have gone emo now 🫶🏼

lila2livy Haven‘t read that one! Will remember it! 10mo
StaceGhost I think about this book all the time. 10mo
jennyisgoofy @StaceGhost It is so good! 10mo
jennyisgoofy @lila2livy it is very good! You should read it! 10mo
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LindaLappin
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'It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they executed the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.“ This was the cover of my 1st copy of The Bell Jar. It hadn't been published in the USA at that time, and I ordered it from #Blackwells! I had read her stories in the Atlantic. I have never forgotten the first line or the last, and I was about 16 when I first read the book. #amreading
#FirstLineFridays @shybookowl

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StaceGhost
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Still miss you 🖤it hasn‘t gotten easier but it‘s more familiar so it hurts less. To anyone out there struggling, you‘re not alone even if you feel like it 🕯

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m sorry for your loss 💔🙏🏻 11mo
StaceGhost @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thanks misty 🙏🏻I‘m glad I knew her 11mo
curiouserandcurioser @StaceGhost im so very sorry for your loss💔 i know that pain:( 11mo
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Seekingtardis I am so sorry, I hope your pain lessens! 11mo
BookwormAHN Sending hugs 💞 11mo
Blueberry 😥 11mo
DivineDiana 🙏🏻 💕🙏🏻 11mo
StaceGhost @curiouserandcurioser thank you 🙏🏻 I‘m sorry you know it too. To love is to lose eventually but it‘s always too soon 11mo
StaceGhost @Seekingtardis thank you! It‘s a process for sure but this place helps a lot 11mo
StaceGhost @BookwormAHN 🙏🏻💗sending them back! 🤟 11mo
StaceGhost @Blueberry @DivineDiana thank you both! Feeling the love 11mo
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Gissy A big hug for you❤️ 11mo
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TrishB
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#newfolio
Just (e5. ♥️♥️
I have not given in yet, it‘s been an hour and 5 minutes.

EvieBee I NEED it! 11mo
rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 11mo
Tamra I might be the only reader on the planet who didn‘t fall head over heels with this book. 😐 11mo
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LeahBergen 😆😆 Keep me posted on how long you last. 11mo
Cathythoughts So beautiful ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
TrishB @EvieBee me too! 11mo
TrishB @Tamra I collect all her stuff so for me it‘s also the collectors item ❤️ 11mo
TrishB @LeahBergen still holding out! I‘ve dropped big hints to the kids for Mother‘s Day 🤞🏻🤞🏻 11mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts definitely ❤️ 11mo
BarbaraBB Can‘t wait until you give in 😉 💛 11mo
Tamra @TrishB I totally get it! 💗 11mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB I‘m pretend not thinking about it 😁 11mo
BarbaraBB Haha! Stay strong until Mother‘s Day. 11mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB and then buy it for myself 😁 11mo
BarbaraBB 🤣🤣 11mo
PaperbackPirate 😍 11mo
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beenbee
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Once again, this quote really gives the reader a look into what all the character development leading up to Esther‘s insanity has been for.

“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one‘s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.”

MrsBabki You‘re a natural at this! So amazing! 10mo
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beenbee
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I feel this quote, right before her first attempt to take her own life, really shows how deep into madness Esther has been trapped in.

“But when it came right down to it, the skin of my wrist looked so white and defensless that I couldn't do it. It was as if what I wanted to kill wasn't in that skin or the thin blue pulse that jumped under my thumb, but somewhere else, deeper, more secret, and a whole lot harder to get.”

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beenbee
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Here are a few quotes that really resonated with me.

“I felt very still and very empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel.”

“The silence depressed me. It wasn‘t the silence of silence, it was my own silence.”

“If you expect nothing from life, you are never disappointed.”

“I shut my eyes and the world drops dead. I lift my eyelids and all is born again.”

The trouble was, I had been inadequate all along. I simply hadn‘t thought about it.”

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Brewychock48
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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
I am really enjoying her writing. This is a good story so far. I only read 1st chapter,but I really like it.
My House by Nikki Giovanni
I love Nikki Giovanni. Her poetry is so beautiful

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vivastory
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Friday marked the 59th anniversary of the publication of The Bell Jar. Here's a link to various covers throughout the years:
https://lithub.com/59-years-of-book-covers-for-the-bell-jar-from-all-over-the-wo...
Which cover is your favorite? I have several: 1) The '99 HP Perennial edition. My partner at the time gave me this as as a holiday gift. Our relationship didn't last, but I still have a copy of the book. 2) The First Faber edition-iconic!

vivastory 3) The '18 Thai edition. 4) '98 Everyman Library edition 13mo
mcipher I‘m partial to the 1981 Bantam because that‘s the one I remember reading first (and i love that font) but I think the Bulgarian cover with the tree is also so cool, and I‘m with you on the Thai cover as well 13mo
vivastory @mcipher Excellent choices! I could see myself reading the Bantam edition while playing The Cure (I went through a period around the time that I was gifted the book that I would listen to music while reading, which is very odd as I find it very distracting now..._) (edited) 13mo
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Leftcoastzen I had the Bantam & now have the first US edition in hardcover . Thanks for posting seeing all the various covers is fascinating! 13mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I really should buy a copy of the Bantam edition as it's one of my favorite covers. That's fantastic that you have the first US edition! A couple of weeks ago at HPB I found a copy of the first US edition of Calvino's If On A Winter's Night a Traveler in good condition for very cheap & was enormously happy. 13mo
sarahbarnes My copy is the 99 Harper edition, too. I love the Faber. And the Romanian! 13mo
Branwen This is my new favorite post! How very cool! 13mo
Branwen I think my favorite is the Europa Hungarian edition from 1987! It's so trippy! 13mo
vivastory @Branwen Thanks! The Hungarian edition is wonderful. I think I'm going to reread this book sometime this year. It's a favorite. 13mo
RaeLovesToRead My favourite is the Bulgarian edition. It encapsulates my two favourite passages from the book 💙💔 13mo
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead Great choice! So many great covers💙 13mo
LindaLappin I am giving my age away here - Ariel had just come out when I was in high school & I chose Tulips to perform for a speech class project. From then on I was obsessed with Plath. The Bell Jar hadn't yet been published in the US, and I ordered a hardback from Blackwell's in the UK-- I still have it somewhere... 11mo
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"I am, I am, I am." #OnThisDay in 1963 Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar was published in the UK under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. A semi-autobiographical portrait of mental illness, the book wasn't published in the US for close to ten years. It faced bans in various US high schools for its profanity, sexuality, and rejection of the woman's role of wife and mother (gasp! The horror!). #HistoryGetsLIT

TrishB Do you have this copy? 13mo
TheKidUpstairs @TrishB I wish! This pic is of a second UK edition that is being sold for $2000. I can't imagine what a first edition would cost, but it is a dream purchase! 13mo
TrishB Same! I was going to be so jealous 😁 7.5k was the last 1st edition I saw a few years ago. It‘s on my lottery win wish list. 13mo
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AprilMae
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Omg, thank you so much @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for the package! Receiving it was the pick me up I needed today ❤ I have had this one on my TBR for years!

MatchlessMarie This book taught me roman à clef too ? 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I was hoping it would cheer you up! I‘m happy it arrived safely ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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This was an interesting glimpse into the thoughts of a young woman in the 1950s descending into depression. Today mental illness still has a stigma attached, but compared to these (semi-autobiographical) experiences, today's people seem better off. I am fortunate to not experience these extreme lows and suicidal thoughts myself, so experiencing them through Esther Greenwood was eye-opening.

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