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Plath's book is tragic genius...

Advantages: Beautifully written, 'poetic' without compromising truth
Disadvantages: I can't think of any.

...I loved this book. It may have been because at the time I was experiencing firsthand the destruction that depression and mental illness can cause. Plath's book is very sad. But it also reinforces the fact that societal expectations and boundaries can push ...

lizzie_haycocks 25.05.2005 · Read full review
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Review of The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

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..CAN I PLAY WITH MADNESS?

Advantages: Wonderfully written with such fluidity and authencity with her own experiences
Disadvantages: It ended too soon!

The Bell Jar. This was the only novel that Plath published, which she did under a pseudonym back in the 60's. She was an excellent poet but is largely known for her largely-autobiographical novel. Her real-life persona in the book is Esther Greenwood; ...

Annallon 25.08.2009 · Read full review
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Plath's only novel

Advantages: Compelling, interesting
Disadvantages: Some may find it depressing

About the book The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is her only novel and it was originally published under a pseudonym in 1963. The edition being reviewed was published by Faber and Faber and is 240 pages long. Plot Working in New York one hot summ ...

linzee_loulabelle 09.08.2012 · Read full review
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Honesty Under The Bell Jar

Advantages: Honest, poignant, truthful ending
Disadvantages: The sense of hopelessness - not very encouraging if you're suffering from depression yourself

I think that this is the kind of novel that takes on a new kind of dimension if you can personally relate to it. Don't get me wrong: you will still enjoy this story if you've never had the misfortune to suffer from depression, but being able to empathise ...

DoubleFantasy11 21.11.2005 · Read full review
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I knew something was wrong with me that summer

Advantages: A very well witten novel, easy to understand but not simplisic
Disadvantages: A shame Plath didnt write another novel; her short stories are also excellent

...Many people cite this as one of the early feminist novels. I see it as just a great novel, with a criticism towards society in there too. But I don't think Plath wrote it just to attack society; it is a very personal, semi-autobiographical novel, explorin ...

MagicKitten 13.11.2000 · Read full review
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