Book Review: The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar

by Sylvia Plath


More than what I expected. I was told it was a good book, but when I looked at the reviews a vast majority of the raters were women… nothing at all wrong with that…it’s I wasn’t sure it was a “guy” book. I didn’t want to read the 1960’s version of Fifty Shades, or a book with Fabio on the cover.

It is a serious book about a serious problem that seems more prominent today than it did in the 1960s. The book opening line is about death. In the opening chapter Esther says “I felt very still and very empty, the way the eye of the tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.” Plath was a poet who wrote her fiction filled with imagery.

Highly recommended.

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