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The Bell Jar (Paperback)
“I spent 12 years in Catholic School, so this is the first time I’m reading The Bell Jar.
Everybody should read this book. I want everyone, men & women, to
read this book so they can know how women think about sex. I’ve
dog-eared about every other page so far with quotes and scenes that I
want to remember.”
The Bell Jar is Sylvia Plath's only novel. Renowned for its intensity and outstandingly vivid prose, it broke existing boundaries between fiction and reality and helped to make Plath an enduring feminist icon. It was published under a pseudonym a few weeks before the author's suicide. 'This terse account of an American girl's breakdown and treatment gains its considerable power from an objectivity that is extraordinary considering the nature of the material. Sylvia Plath's attention had the quality of ruthlessness . . . Imagery and rhetoric is disciplined by an unwinking intelligence.' Observer