- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics; Reprint edition (11 June 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061148512
- ISBN-13: 978-0061148514
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Massachusetts. Her books include the poetry collections The Colossus, Crossing the Water, Winter Trees, Ariel, and Collected Poems, which won the Pulitzer Prize. A complete and uncut facsimile edition of Ariel was published in 2004 with her original selection and arrangement of poems. She was married to the poet Ted Hughes, with whom she had a daughter, Frieda, and a son, Nicholas. She died in London in 1963.
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My feeling is that if you have never suffered from depression – in the way that the protagonist Esther does – then you may find the tale highly improbable. However, the turmoil of the mind that Plath depicts is as close to what I know and understand of depression as can be. If you can actually connect with the writing you will be changed forever. (There are some small inaccuracies, but they are not worth mentioning).
Even though this book is considered an American classic, it reads like a novel that could have been written quite recently. The topic communicates the restricted role of women in the 1950s in an all male oriented society. I have only one gripe. I wish this book was not called Feminist Literature. It is 'good' literature and should be regarded as such.
"All the heat and fear had purged itself. I felt surprisingly at peace. The bell jar hung, suspended, a few feet above my head. I was open to circulating air."
In the last stretch when she contemplates likely methods of ending her life 'without much ado' she does so with an unnerving ease, emotionless as a wax sculpture. Death is like the ultimate remedy to the problem at hand - her inability to cope with her own life any longer. Death also saves her from the tyranny of indecision.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)
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