Sunday, May 17, 2009

Book review: The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar is the story of Esther's descent into mental illness, her treatment, and her theoretical recovery. 

I found the narrative to be detached, and perhaps that was deliberate. The narrator was looking back at the experience and trying to relate it without sliding back and feeling those feelings again. Even so, ofen throughout the book I found myself wondering "why are you telling me this?" It was like meeting a stranger on a bus and having them tell you their life story.

Not recommended.

1 comment:

  1. Stumbled upon your comment while looking for some info on The Bell Jar ahead of our book club meeting on the book. While it wasn't an amazing read, I have to admit the frankness of the characters and the mood of the era that Plath captured did make for a worthwhile book. Yes, the aloof protagonist was intentional, as were the inconsistencies in her actions and thoughts... she was a confused young woman. Remember that when this was first published (under a pseudonym) people didn't generaly write about mental illness and thoughts such as those that Esther has.