✓ The Bell Jar à Download by ↠´ Sylvia Plath
✓ The Bell Jar à Download by ↠´ Sylvia Plath I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us If the book we are reading doesn t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.
Franz Kafka January 27, 1904 I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila I ve never shied away from depressing material, but there s a difference between the tone serving the story, and a relentlessly depressing work that goes entirely nowhere I know it can be viewed as a glimpse into Plath s mind, but I would rather do a lot of things, some quite painful, than read this again It hurt to get through it, and I think it s self indulgent and serves no real artistic purpose Which is truly a shame, as I love a lot of Plath s poetry.
there once was a girl from the bay statewho tried to read finnegan s wake.
it made her so ill,she took loads of pills.
james joyce has that knack to frustrate.
There is this scene in Chapter 10 of The Bell Jar where Esther Greenwood decides to write a novelMy heroine would be myself, only in disguise She would be called Elaine Elaine I counted the letters on my fingers There were six letters in Esther, too It seemed a lucky thingI cannot help wondering, is that what Sylvia Plath thought when she wrote The Bell Jar Did she, like Esther, sit on a breezeway in an old nightgown waiting for something to happen Is that why she chose the name Esther 6 letters just like in Sylvia For luck It s impossible to read The Bell Jar and not be affected, knowing what happened to Plath I mean, it s everywhere She is everywhere All of Esther s musings are Plath s own It s eerie There s hardly any comfort even when Esther is freed from The Bell Jar on the contrary, it s a brutal reminder that this book is ultimately, It s been a number of years since I last read Sylvia Plath s Bell Jar What I d remembered most was how well Plath had established the mood for this story by weaving the electrocutions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg with the mental breakdown of her heroine, Esther Greenwood But the story is definitely about Esther, her ambition, and her own feelings of inadequacy, even though viewed from the outside Esther would be seen as a success What is amazing about this writing is its immersive quality you feel Esther s restrictive choices and alienation from her world because you ultimately realize the world she has been striving for was never in her grasp The repeated questions after she is being treated for her depression about who will marry her now only reinforce the notion that for
My dad went mad in the early seventies when my mom filed for divorce and took up with another man after 12 yrs of marriage He ended up in a place called Glenn Eden here in Michigan and went through a dozen or electric shock treatments, I remember visiting him through a window from outside the place He eventually recovered and remarried, led a normal life, but this book was kind of frightening to me, remembering that time, the atmosphere of such a place, and the stigma of mental illness.
I myself suffer and am on meds, but never have I felt suicidal, I just don t understand that frame of mind Esther Sylvia , I identified with her on some of her feelings, she was quite humorous, and I am sure that in the 50 s, it was very hard to live with such terrible depression The writing was so goo 1963 D.
Everything she said was like a secret voice speaking straight out of my own bones.
A light at the end of a tunnel May be A flicker of hope Perhaps A cloud with a silver lining Possibly Eventually it s the doubt that remains a constant companion while one is busy gathering shreds of a life which apparently turns into something unexpected, something frail, something blurred, something sour, something like sitting under a Bell Jar.
There are no promises to keep and no expectations to be fulfilled except a small desire survives somewhere, a desire wishing for wings of freedom to gather their strength again to soar high in the sky and letting the old brag of heart to leap out and declare in a booming voice I am, I am, I am.
Another book, another writer and another winner I simply loved The Bell Jar I approached it weighing under the b
I should probably also apologize for referring to every pair of oven mitts I ve ever owned as a pair of Sylvias but I Sylvia Plath S Shocking, Realistic, And Intensely Emotional Novel About A Woman Falling Into The Grip Of Insanity Esther Greenwood Is Brilliant, Beautiful, Enormously Talented, And Successful, But Slowly Going Under Maybe For The Last Time In Her Acclaimed And Enduring Masterwork, Sylvia Plath Brilliantly Draws The Reader Into Esther S Breakdown With Such Intensity That Her Insanity Becomes Palpably Real, Even Rational As Accessible An Experience As Going To The Movies A Deep Penetration Into The Darkest And Most Harrowing Corners Of The Human Psyche, The Bell Jar Is An Extraordinary Accomplishment And A Haunting American Classic