The Bell JarPaperback - 2006
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Plath was actually born in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. If you haven't read it yet, take a look at her classic novel about mental illness.
Sylvia Plath's harrowing autobiographical novel traces a young woman's descent into an emotional breakdown.
LibraryJean Mar 08, 2014
This is a must-read classic. I had expected it to be utterly depressing, because of Plath's circumstances of death, but I found it much more a story of a young woman trying to find her place in the world.
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"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."
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 as numb as a slave in a totalitarian state.
"There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them."
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Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.
Esther Greenwood, a college student from Massachusetts, travels to New York to work on a magazine for a month as a guest editor. Esther returns to the Boston suburbs and discovers that she has not been accepted to a writing class she had planned to take. She will spend the summer with her mother instead. Esther awakens to find herself in the hospital. She has survived her suicide attempt with no permanent physical injuries. Once her body heals, she is sent to the psychological ward in the city hospital, where she is uncooperative, paranoid, and determined to end her life.
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