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The Bell Jar: A Novel por Sylvia Plath
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The Bell Jar: A Novel (original 1963; edição 2013)

por Sylvia Plath (Autor)

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Beautiful and gifted, with a bright future, Esther Greenwood descends into depression, suicidal thoughts, and madness while interning at a New York City magazine.
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Título:The Bell Jar: A Novel
Autores:Sylvia Plath (Autor)
Informação:HarperCollins / Perennial Classics (2013), Edition: 50 Anv, 320 pages
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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is something extraordinary. The raw look at mental health issues and how they're perceived in times when the subject was very new, from the point of view of someone who has experienced it herself, it's great. The writing is beautiful, the concept is great, the pace was good, and even now it is relatable. A timeless semi-biographical novel, it has its faults. Some bit of racist comments and some accounts could've been described more for better understanding, it leaves space for improvement. Having some information about the author, the experience becomes better. The opinions the story gives out are mostly impressive. The emotions are on-point, the plot is interesting, it's impressive and lovely. ( )
  iris.jer | Jul 24, 2021 |
The Bell Jar was one of my more recent purchases after sitting in my wishlist for a few years. As is fairly normal for me, I knew nothing about the book beforehand and I also knew nothing about Sylvia Plath. Due to the fact that I had heard her name many times in literary circles I assumed wrongly that she had written several books and was fairly prolific in terms of fiction. There is no special reason why I chose to read this book now, it just seemed to call me from the bookcase.

For the first 30-40 pages I really started to wonder what all the fuss was about and I felt as though things were meandering along a bit aimlessly. I found the writing engaging enough but the subject of being caught up in the parties etc didn't excite me. I decided that I would stick with it as it's a short book and I felt that I must have been missing something. I consumed the rest of the book over the course of two evenings and it left me a bit of a mess late last night. No book has ever made m cry but two have succeeded in moving me on quite an emotional level, Alone in Berlin and now, The Bell Jar. I found Ester's fall into a mental breakdown hard to read in places due to the emotion of the writing. I could really feel her pain and loosening grip on things as the story went on. The section dealing with her approaching departure from the mental hospital was particularly good.

Once I had finished the book I decided to read up a bit on Plath's life and this made the book even more poignant. I can see this being one of the few books that I read again in the future. ( )
  Brian. | Jul 24, 2021 |
I just want to know what a bell jar IS and what it has to do with anything. Also, I didn't realize this was fiction. I thought it was Sylvia's memoir.
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
Semi-autobiographical fiction. Audiobook read by Maggie Gyllenhaal. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
"I was supposed to be having the time of my life." (pg. 2)

In light of decades of feminist literature inspired by Sylvia Plath, 1963's The Bell Jar, published just a month before its author committed suicide, can look rather tame. Female writers nowadays can find a ready market for stark discussions about mental health, casual sexual relationships and the pressure to become a mother. But when Plath wrote about these things, they were still very much taboos. The Bell Jar was bold for its time.

To be honest, when I picked up this book second-hand in a charity shop (perhaps appropriately, it has pages coming loose), I expected I would have more to write about it than I do. Anticipating a great event, I found The Bell Jar to be a solid piece of literature. Plath's writing is sharp. She can deliver character through dialogue as soon as said characters are introduced, and her lucid representation of clinical depression is particularly potent in light of the author's own end. The book's title refers to a frequent metaphor that Plath makes to illustrate the stifling nature of depression; even in the moments when the book's protagonist, Esther Greenwood, finds the jar lifted and the air circulating (pg. 206), it still hangs over her like a Sword of Damocles. "How did I know that someday – at college, in Europe, somewhere, anywhere – the bell jar, with its stifling distortions, wouldn't descend again?" (pg. 230).

But Plath's own suicide has perhaps overshadowed the novel, and it's hard to separate the two in order to provide a real assessment of the book's merits. Plath herself referred to it privately as a "pot-boiler", and while this is a harsh self-criticism, I have to say I didn't find the book to match its stellar reputation. The Bell Jar is surprisingly light and comic in both its style and its observations – a sort of shadow counterpart to Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote – and there is little of the warp-and-weft of storytelling. There are hints of Esther's struggles in the first part of the book, but I still found the switch towards the character's suicide attempts to be abrupt.

Ultimately, this is a book of great influence, particularly to its feminist imitators, but its reputation and themes have been enhanced (if that's not too inappropriate a word) by its author's suicide, which is a more emphatic statement on the subject than any made in the book. The writing on mental health is commendable and touching, but I have no doubt that Plath could have written something even better had she lived longer. She certainly had the talent, and the writer's eye. The Bell Jar is surprisingly readable given its subject matter (Plath wrote it quickly over the summer of 1961, apparently without revisions), and I was pleased to finally read it. ( )
  MikeFutcher | Jun 26, 2021 |
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Esther Greenwood's account of her year in the bell jar is as clear and readable as it is witty and disturbing. It makes for a novel such as Dorothy Parker might have written if she had not belonged to a generation infected with the relentless frivolity of the college- humor magazine. The brittle humor of that early generation is reincarnated in "The Bell Jar," but raised to a more serious level because it is recognized as a resource of hysteria.
 

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Plath, Sylviaautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Ames, LoisBiographical Noteautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Dorsman-Vos, W.A.Tradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Fleckhaus, WillyDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Gyllenhaal, MaggieNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Kaiser, ReinhardTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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[Foreword] You might think that classics like The Bell Jar are immediately recognized the moment they reach a publisher's office.
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That's one of the reasons I never wanted to get married. The last thing I wanted was infinite security and to be the place an arrow shoots off from. I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself, like the colored arrows from a Fourth of July rocket. (p. 69)
The trouble was, I hated the idea of serving men in any way.
"We'll take it up where we left off, Esther," she had said, with her sweet, martyr's smile. "We'll act as if all of 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. I remembered the cadavers and Doreen and the story of the fig tree and Marco's diamond and the sailor on the Common and Doctor Gordon's wall-eyed nurse and the broken thermometers and the Negro with his two kinds of beans and the twenty pounds I gained on insulin and the rock that bulged between sky and sea like a gray skull. Maybe forgetfulness, like a kind snow, should numb and cover them. But they were part of me. They were my landscape. (p. 181)
I took a deep breath, and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am.
I began to think that 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 in some private, totalitarian state. (p. 70)
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