Author: Sylvia Plath
Date Completed: 01/10/08
Thoughts: Writing a review of this book is an exercise in redundancy. I love The Bell Jar. I've read the book over 20 times and I still enjoy it. Every year after I read The Bell Jar I try to think of something new to say.
The only thing I can think of to say that I haven't explicitly stated before is that despite Plath calling it a "potboiler" and the tendency of some critics to declare it juvenile -- hell, Catcher in the Rye is juvenile but godforbid you tell that to some critics -- I find that The Bell Jar has grown with me. When I was a girl, I found the sex and suicide elements ENTHRALLING. I considered it a bleak book because I was immature and only reading the surface. In actuality, Esther Greenwood's story is vibrant, and funny, and hopeful, and smart. I love it.
I fucking love The Bell Jar.