Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. It allowed me to take it all in, let it sit, then fully appreciate the richness of Plath's work. It is also a story of Texas politics and power that led the good citizens of the town of Temple to enable a demon who was their worst nightmare. It stands as perhaps the greatest existentialist tale ever conceived, and is certainly one of the most important and influential books ever produced. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.
What should be an exciting experience turns into one of depersonalization. Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. A haunting American classic, The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. She started out appearing in films directed by her father, Stephen Gyllenhaal, and achieved recognition in a supporting role in the indie cult film Donnie Darko, which starred her younger brother, Jake Gyllenhaal. Critics have made famous the uses and references of the bell jar and the green fig.
This captivating portrait invites us to see Sylvia Plath before she became an icon - a young woman with everything to live for. I would recommend The Bell Jar for anyone interested in reading more classics or who would like a fresh angle on a book they loved in their youth. Keep listening at the end for a brief synopsis of Sylvia's life and experiences and, ultimately, her death. Death eventually puts a stop to her problems and life's uncertainties. The Bell Jar broke the boundaries between fiction and reality and helped cement Sylvia Plath's place as an enduring feminist icon.
The book has been awarded with , and many others. I imagine this was incredibly groundbreaking for its time. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. But listening to it brought it back to life again. Sergiu Pobereznic author It would be fair to say that Author Plath knew of what she wrote. But years later, she learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors.
These I found heavy-handed, perhaps obvious as literary devices. Has put me off in case more edits have been made throughout. Maybe I was supposed to react that way. With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. The clear narrative and unwavering account of how the culture of the 1950s and '60s impacted on an intelligent young woman with heightened perceptions and reactions are compelling. But she sits starving in the tree because she can only have one and as she can't decide which one to take, they wrinkled and blackened and 'plopped to the ground'.
Decades later, sustained by her work, a second marriage, and a son, Cregan reflects on this pivotal experience and attempts to make sense of it. Sylvia Plath's use of language. I was surprised by how much I loved this book as I usually stick to non-fiction and reading to gain factual knowledge. She has a coterie of close friends and a medical student boyfriend who wants to marry her. If you're on the fence, definitely buy this audiobook! It is excellent background for reading Plath's poetry. The story itself is difficult to hear at times but it is a testament to Sylvia Plath's writing that you live through every moment with the main character in raw detail.
Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. I was open to circulating air. She becomes detached from the life around her and loses her sense of belonging. Sylvia Plath's groundbreaking semiautobiographical novel offers an intimate, honest and often wrenching glimpse into mental illness. Read by the critically acclaimed actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.
Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance is wonderful and does justice to Plath's vivid yet lyrical writing. I believe there are two ways to read this short novel. I think she would be both pleased at the progress we've made with gender equality, yet disappointed with how far we have yet to go. A haunting American classic, The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. Plath's language is a joy, even if her experiences are not. She makes Esther talk directly to the listener conveying the whole heady mix of her qualities: her idiosyncrasies and insights, her ambitions, frustrations, energy, humour - and all her blinding frailties. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.