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The Bell Jar
The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanityEsther 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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Ms_T
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It feels contradictory and somewhat disrespectful to give this book a pick. It‘s a story of such plummeting lows, despair and desperation, of loneliness and confusion, but the writing is incredibly powerful and the tale it tells so insightful. It was only after finishing the book that I Googled Sylvia Plath and discovered The Bell Jar is almost autobiographical. A tragic tale both in fiction and fact. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TrishB The power of Sylvia‘s writing. 3d
Ms_T @TrishB Such a shame she only wrote this one book. 3d
TrishB Her journals are very powerful and her letters. And of course there‘s always Ariel 😁 3d
Ms_T @TrishB I need to read more of her work. 3d
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Ms_T
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What Esther thought to herself immediately after electric shock treatment for her depression.

I had to stop reading for a while after this sentence as it really upset me. I can‘t imagine why electric shock treatment was thought of as a good idea. It seems wholly barbaric to me.

LapReader It still happens in Australia. 5d
Birdsong28 I read this book as part of my Eng lit A level course and had to compare it with another book I chose Girl interrupted as it shows a real experience rather than a fictional experience (I know The Bell Jar is based on her own struggles). Girl was quite upsetting as well as it described treatments but it was well written and needs to be read. 5d
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Ms_T @Birdsong28 It sounds like a book that is uncomfortable to read but should be experienced. I‘ll stack it 😘📚 5d
batsy I took a course on Plath, while studying in Canada, and one of my classmates who was Aboriginal Canadian and a mature student talked a bit about having lived in reservations and then being subjected to shock therapy for his mental illness and it was one of the most harrowing things I've heard. What it must have been like to live through it 😔😔 5d
Lea This book totally messed me up the entire time I was reading it and a day or two after. Hit too close to home I guess. 5d
Ms_T @batsy To read a fictitious version of it is one thing but to hear someone‘s actual account is a whole other ball game. I simply can‘t imagine... 😞 5d
Ms_T @Lea To read that makes me incredibly sad. 5d
Centique Its still used in many places. My brother in law recently had some shock therapy for his mental illness and it was reasonably successful and he didn‘t hate it. I think the treatment has changed a lot - and more thought is put into prescribing it (in this country at least) My grandmother had it also in the 1950s which would have been awful 😬 5d
Ms_T @Centique I‘m sure it‘s much more humane and a lot more considered nowadays. As you say, in the 1950s (the time in which the book is set) must have been dreadful. I‘m glad your BIL felt it was successful. 5d
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Andrea313
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Such a fun throwback! Thanks, @nu-bibliophile! #YourStory
1. Favorite book was The Bell Jar. Oh, how deeply I felt it in my tortured teenage soul. (Can't you just tell from the photo how dark and serious I was?)
2. I listened exclusively to showtunes, and was mad for the '98 Cabaret revival, RENT, Ragtime.
3. Coronet braids with the dorkiest bangs ever, omg.
4. I lived in jeans, T-shirts, and Converse.
5. My backpack was full of books, of course!

nu-bibliophile Converse rocks...I still wear them till today 👍 2w
Andrea313 @nu-bibliophile Same! I never really grow out of them; even wore them for my wedding. 2w
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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I had such high expectations of The Bell Jar, after years of hearing how fantastic it was, and I was convinced there was no way it could possibly live up to the hype… but, of course, it did. The prose was so beautiful! I wanted to throw my gorgeous Faber edition across the room but I couldn‘t, because I was clutching it so hard. Trigger warnings abound, of course. Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-bell-jar-sylvia-plath/

Heideschrampf That last sentence is pure gold! I know exactly what you mean 3w
keepingupwiththepenguins @Heideschrampf hahahaha glad it's not just me! 😁 😅 ❤ 2w
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SexyCajun
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It's a pick for sure but the most sad was finding out that the author committed suicide at age 30 😢

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Neesay
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The silence depressed me. It wasn't the silence of silence. It was my own silence.

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Kalalalatja
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You might think the #YoungAndBeautiful have it all. Which might be the case at times. But in these three books we see how being young, beautiful and female can be hard, infuriating, awful and filled with pain.

#MayMovieMagic

kspenmoll Great choices! Well done! ❤️ 3mo
SarahHarts_books I really enjoyed Girl in Pieces. Haven't read the other two yet though! 😊 3mo
Cinfhen Well played!! 3mo
rohit-sawant Great post! 3mo
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mally_n
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Sylvia write very beautifully. They way she wrote about Esther‘s mental struggles was such an insight into her real life struggles.

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mally_n
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Next on the list.

RadicalReader Heard this was good haven‘t read it yet 3mo
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Lea
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This is really powerful writing. I understand why it‘s a classic and so well revered. I felt Esther‘s spiral of mental illness, it was very moving. #readwomen #bookclub #readingwomenchallenge - woman with mental illness

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pepsicola
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Loved it!!

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cmarie
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Enjoyed this book more than I thought I would!

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rather_be_reading
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#fridayintro @howjessreads

1. Aries ♈
2. I filed my first Petition to the California Supreme Court at work. 🤯
3. The Bell Jar 😪
4. Hang out in my backyard and clean it up for spring!! 🌼🌷⚘
5. @StephanieGeiser @kstadt929 @Stacy_31

Stacy_31 I just tagged you. 😂😂 Thanks for the tag. Also I could not finish the Bell Jar either! 4mo
rather_be_reading @Stacy_31 ha how funny!!! i reappy wanted to finish TBJ but just couldnt! 4mo
StephanieGeiser Ahh I‘m so bummed you couldn‘t get into The Bell Jar! It‘s one I‘ve been wanting to read forever! (Or more realistically since I saw Dirty Dancing for the first time) 4mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Sylvia Plath-The Bell Jar. #pretend #quotsymar19. It‘s always darkest before it goes completely black.

Cathythoughts ♥️💔 4mo
JennyM Ooof- this book 💔 4mo
FeministBookClub Just finished this book. It was heavy but I enjoyed it. 4mo
RvnclawWhovian Love Sylvia Plath ❤️ 4mo
rretzler Definitely a classic must-read IMO 4mo
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FeministBookClub
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Just wrapped up our monthly Feminist Book Club video chat about this classic feminist novel. Feminist Book Club is a monthly subscription box that pairs feminist books chosen by members with products from woman-owned businesses. Our March boxes (pictured here) are available in our store but you can also preorder April‘s box, which ships next week! feministbookclub.com/shop

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FeministBookClub
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“You were doing fine,” a familiar voice informed my ear, “until that man stepped into your path.”
🙌🙌🙌

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Our members suggest titles and then vote on which book they want to read each month. I‘m excited to dig into this feminist classic for March!

Weaponxgirl I just bought myself a replacement copy of this. Love some Plath! 4mo
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madamereadsalot1
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Exbrarian Well, how are you? 5mo
madamereadsalot1 @Exbrarian honestly, I've been better. Been dealing w/ my dad's cancer, my ex-father-in-law's heart attack & subsequent pacemaker, followed by the discovery of a tumor on his spleen which resulted in the removal of the spleen & part of the pancreas, AND then my daughter has started having sinus tachycardia & isn't feeling so well. We've been to a few doctors lately trying to figure out what's up & hoping it isn't her inheriting my heart condition. 5mo
madamereadsalot1 @Exbrarian just trying to stay positive, and keep rolling with life, not complain or whine, etc. 5mo
Exbrarian Damn, girl. Good luck with everything. It‘s alright to complain especially when you‘ve got stuff to complain about. 5mo
madamereadsalot1 @Exbrarian thanks. 😊 I feel like there's always something of a bummer going on, so I'm afraid every time I open my mouth to talk about what's happening in my life, it's just a downer. I'm afraid I'm gonna be one of those people who everyone thinks is a Negative Nancy. 😅 5mo
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Qpri
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‘How did I know... that someday, the bell jar wouldn‘t descend again?‘

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mellissimo
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"all the little successes I'd totted up so happily at college fizzled to nothing outside the slick marble and plate-glass fronts"
I'm only at page 2 but this feels like the right book in the right moment already..

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💔💔💔 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Melanie, when is your birthday? 5mo
mellissimo Oh, I forgot! My birthday is the 27.05. :) 5mo
mcipher I love this book!! 5mo
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Paperback.Propensity
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I loved this book.

TrishB 👍🏻❤️ 5mo
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sammisho
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This book was by far, one of the saddest, most depressing books I have ever read. Esther's account of her downward spiral into mental illnesss was harrowing. Maggie Gyllenhaal's narration was wonderful.
#readingwomen A book about a woman with mental illness

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gentlepet
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one of my most favourite novels, as an OUTSTANDING audiobook.

ClairesReads What a narrator! 5mo
gentlepet @ClairesReads it was a test drive - she narrates an unabridged Anna Karenina that I am keen to take on at some point this year. 5mo
ClairesReads @gentlepet oh well that sounds divine too. 5mo
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RebelGrrrl
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The Bell Jar was not the easiest book I've ever read, but I really am glad to have read it. Sylvia Plath was an incredibly gifted writer, and there were a lot of moments I stopped to take note of a particularly notable line. The feminist book group convo was a good follow up to finishing it (just in the nick of time!) #24in48 #feministclassics #fembookclub

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RebelGrrrl
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I've read for 5 hours thus far and wow this book was heavy... Definitely break time! #24in48 #readathon #feministclassics (also I need to put my thoughts together for our feminist book group this afternoon!)

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RebelGrrrl
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Aaaaaaahhhhhh it's officially #readathon time on the east coast! Here we go! #24in48 #amreading

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danx
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Finished The Bell Jar this morning & am left wondering why I‘d left it so long. A stereotype is 15yo girls clutching this book, but I wonder if maybe the world would be a better place if young boys were given it to read, and discuss.

A glimpse into white American society & mental health system of the 50s, fascinating, lovely and oh so gloomy. I love her disdain for the expectations placed upon women, and the piercing sentences and observations.

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Fed
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This book is a punch in every woman‘s stomach. It‘s burning, it‘s real, it‘s inside you, it‘s you.
I loved every bit of it, it hurt, it made me think, it made me feel emotional. I was with Easther all the way, I got her..i just felt so miserable for what she had to go through.
It does what good books should do, it stays with you even after you turn the last page.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 6mo
CoffeeNBooks This book was so sad, but still such a good book. Welcome to Litsy! 📚 6mo
Fed True! Thank you :) 6mo
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Today is my 2 year #litsyversary!! And incidentally the 56th anniversary of the tagged book. I'm happy to share the date. 😘

GripLitGrl 🎉📚🎉 6mo
julesG Happy Litsyversary! 6mo
TiredLibrarian Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎈🎊 6mo
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JoScho Happy Litsyversary! 🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉 6mo
QuietlyLaura Happy Litsyversary! 🎉👏 6mo
DivineDiana 👍🏻📚👏🏻 6mo
BookwormAHN Happy Litsyversary 🥂 6mo
Birdsong28 Happy litsyversary 🎊📚📖 6mo
britt_brooke Happy litsyversary! Glad you‘re here! 6mo
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 6mo
DGRachel Happy Litsyversary!! 6mo
Jas16 Happy Litsyversary🎉📚🙌🏽 6mo
TK-421 Congratulations! 🎉 6mo
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batsy
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"I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart.

I am, I am, I am."

Happy birthday to The Bell Jar, published on this day in 1963. ?

AlaMich I first read this as an angsty teenager. I should probably read it again but I‘m a little afraid to... 6mo
readingjedi Love this book. 6mo
Leftcoastzen So much love for The Bell Jar. 6mo
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batsy @AlaMich I too was a bit afraid when I read it again as an adult after some time, but it hit me even more as a near-perfect work of art. 6mo
fleeting I did so much work on every single thing she wrote during my undergrad years that she's practically imprinted on me. Hers, I think, are the only works I can reread every so often and still get something new out of. And be gut-punched. 😅 6mo
readordierachel 💔❤💔❤ 6mo
batsy @fleeting That's a perfect description of what it is to read and re-read her work! 6mo
Centique All the love for this book 😍 6mo
batsy @Centique It's such a gem 💎❤️ 6mo
rohit-sawant This was such a great read. 💔❤ 6mo
batsy @rohit-sawant Truly ❤️ 6mo
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Tea, mini chocolate muffin and a book..if only I wasn‘t in work!

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗📚 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 6mo
Erofan Welcome! 6mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!!💜❤️💙 6mo
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Really sad that i didnt connect with this one. I am DNF this one for now. I will try to pick it up again later in the year.

Qpri Hope you do get back to this one :) 6mo
BBooks Try the audio, Maggie Gyllenhaal does a great job with it 6mo
rjsthumbelina I didn't like it either. And I was sure I was gonna love it. Forced myself to finish it, still wasn't impressed at the end 6mo
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Jdav9613 I‘m not sure I will connect with it either. It‘s the writing style I‘m concerned with, 6mo
Alanyaaass @Jdav9613 How do you mean? I‘ve been umming and ahhing about picking this one up 6mo
laur89 I second trying the audio! I found it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/YdxXFIqwgcs 6mo
rather_be_reading @laur89 omg your a doll!! ty so much. i guess i will have to try again 6mo
rather_be_reading @BBooks thx for the recommendation! 6mo
rather_be_reading @rjsthumbelina i thought i wud love it too 😢 6mo
laur89 @rather_be_reading You‘re welcome! I found it was a good audio for car rides/audio cleaning as opposed to long sit downs 6mo
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SabrinaE
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Did anyone else have a hard time staying interested in the first 3 chapters?

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Rupi
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Favourite quote from the book #2: “If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I‘m neurotic as hell. I‘ll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.”

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rather_be_reading
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So I began to think maybe it was true that when you were married and had children it was like being brainwashed, and afterward you went about numb as a slave...

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rather_be_reading
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I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself, like the colored arrows from a Fourth of July rocket.

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rather_be_reading
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The trouble was, I hated the idea of serving men in any way. I wanted to dictate my own thrilling letters.

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Book 1 of 2019

RadicalReader @rather_be_reading looking forward to this book myself. Can‘t wait to indulge practically consume all the amazing novels I have been looking forward to especially No Exit and An Anonymous Girl 7mo
Awolfe The Bell Jar breaks your heart in all the right ways. It‘s one of the important novels that should trigger great conversations about mental illness. Enjoy! 7mo
Vbrrgirl Number 2 in my TBR for 2019. 7mo
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ChelseaM6010
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First book of 2019 done! It‘s definitely a pick for me!

Freespirit Just read this also. So sad to think it was her last book 7mo
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ChelseaM6010
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A little late, but here is what my 2018 looked like. Longest book was Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell!

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LiteraryNonsense
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I've read at least 21 books this year, which more than doubled my goal! I say "at least" because I am terrible at keeping track of important things, let alone my reading list but going through my books, I counted up 21. I think there's more? I know I definitely reread a couple favorites. Then there's graphic novels and I'm never sure where to count those.

Next year, the goal is 30! I think I can manage that.

Favorites from this year pictured!

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“We‘ll act as if this were a bad dream.”
A bad dream.
To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is the bad dream.
A bad dream.
I remembered everything.