Man has no foothold that is not also a bargain. So be it!I’ve been side-eyeing this book for a very long time, much as I warily circle any piece of work whose chosen topics happen to lie close to deeply personal experiences of mine. It’s difficult to tell what I fear more from these bundles of paper and ink. The chance of severe disappointment? The possibility of debilitating resonance? Either one would weigh much too heavily on my sensibilities and result in time lost ...more
-Djuna Barnes, Nightwood
"My 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 thing."
وكانت فكرة أن أقتل نفسي قد رسخت في عقلي بهدوء مثل شجرة أو زهرة
At twenty I tried to die
And get back, back, back to you.
I thought even the bones would do.
But they pulled me out of the sack,
And they stuck me together with glue.
What to say? What to say? This one leaves me at a loss.
The Bell Jar is an important title. It’s taught in schools, high schools and secondary schools. I imagine it’s included in comprehensive Women’s Studies programs where there’s an emphasis on the Humanities. The title matters.
But Why, exactly? At least, that’s what I kept wondering. What is its place in the Literary World? Is there something about the title which merits its consideration alongside the women writers we’ve come to expect on lis...more
“I wanted to crawl in between those black lines of print, the way you crawl thr...more
Esther Greenwood's story actually begins a bit comical describing the details of a free trip to New York City with a group of college girls. While recounting the activities of her strange new friends and blind date disasters, one in particular pertaining to a turkey neck and gizzards gave me a laugh-out-loud moment I will not forget although there's not much else in this terribly depressing novel to bring joy to the reader.
This semi-autobiographical novel was fir...more
|The Book Vipers: Classics Group Read (post 1900) - The Bell Jar - June 2015 - SPOILERS ALLOWED||13||51||Sep 25, 2015 11:27AM|
|Adding a "currently reading" shelf to Goodreads?||2||22||Sep 21, 2015 09:40PM|
|The Book Vipers: Classics Group Read (post 1900) - The Bell Jar - June 2015 - NO SPOILERS ALLOWED||11||35||Sep 21, 2015 05:58PM|
|Brett Matzke||1||21||Aug 27, 2015 04:38PM|
|All About Books: Week 85 - The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath||12||33||Aug 07, 2015 04:10AM|
|2015 Reading Chal...: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath||5||52||Jul 18, 2015 03:11AM|