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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
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Jun 16, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009
Read in June, 2009

This book was on my library discard rack for 10 cents. I had heard of it and had a vague impression it was an autobiography. It's not precisely, but it's the next thing to it. The narrator is a fictional character but the plot of the book and the characters closely parallel events and people in Sylvia Plath's own life.

The edition of the book I got contained several ink drawings by Plath as well as a biographical note. The clever detail of the drawings, plus the crystal and skewed detachment of the descriptions, plus the tone of mixed pain and hilarity, were surprising to me -- for some reason I had quite a very different picture of Sylvia Plath. I also didn't know she was living in a flat in London with her two small children when she took her life.


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