Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Rating: 8/10

Published: 1963
Number of pages: 258
ISBN: 0571081789

Started: 8 March 2007
Finished: 13 March 2007

Summary (taken from blurb):
'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 and...imagery and rhetoric is disciplined by an unwinking intelligence.' Stephen Wall in the Observer.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable book and very well written. I love Plath's use of metaphor throughout. I would have enjoyed studying this book at school and probably would have been able to identify a bit more with the character when I was younger. Highly recommended.

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