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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
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Mar 24, 12

Read from March 13 to 24, 2012

Plath's The Bell Jar is a work of fiction except it exactly parelles the writer's own experience with mental illness in her junior year at Smith College. That was in 1953 and from what I read you did not want to be mentally ill in that time period. I guess you would not want to be mentally ill in any decade, but the 1950s had a fondness for electroshock therapy. Large swaths of the book are dedicated to the main character Esther Greenwood thinking about different methods to kill herself which in light of the autobiographic nature of the work only heightens the readers melancholy since you know that Plath will commit suicide in 1963.
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03/17/2012 page 59
24.0% ""It was the summer they electrocuted the Rosenburgs." That was the summer of 1953. Perhaps the best first line in a novel I've read."
03/22/2012 page 135
55.0% "Esther Greenwood is descending into madness...."

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