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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
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Feb 25, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: kindle-memoir-autobiography-bi

I usually reread this book at least once a year or so. I've seen it compared quite a bit to Catcher in the Rye, I'm guessing because of her snideness towards the world at large but I think that misses the point.
I think the point is that that is the way she sees the world because of her illness because after she is released from the hospital her view radically changes and becomes much more involved.
A very good book to read, it really pulls you in. By turns Esther is snide, endearing, aloof, snarky and it all combines to create an absolutely unforgettable main character.
You can really feel the claustrophobia of the bell jar she speaks of. You feel trapped under it right along with Esther,, seeing her skewed (and scary) version of the world around her.

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