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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
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I had to get some emotional distance before sharing my thoughts on The Bell Jar. I read this in high school many years ago and I remember thinking how anyone could feel as if a bell jar has suddenly descended upon their soul or psyche. But after I experienced a few traumatic events in my own life, I understand how Plath could feel that desolation and despair. While I was able to bounce back from my painful experiences, Plath could not - she committed suicide at the young age of 30.

Such a gifted writer and poet she was! She had a wonderful gift of language and imagery in her writings. Her poems are magnificent. In The Bell Jar, I think as Esther (and Plath) received awards upon more awards, her expectations for and of herself were so lofty; there was only one way to go - downwards. And that was the shear shame of Plath's life. She never lived long enough to see the appreciation of her readers of her work!
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Reading Progress

January 3, 2015 – Shelved
January 3, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
February 3, 2015 – Started Reading
February 5, 2015 – Shelved as: classics
February 5, 2015 – Shelved as: great-literary-fiction
February 5, 2015 – Shelved as: permanent-library
February 5, 2015 – Shelved as: winter-2014-15
February 5, 2015 – Shelved as: favorites
February 5, 2015 – Finished Reading

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