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December 08, 2009


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Josh Gaylord

This is one of those books that gets better on each reading. And I think it has such a reputation for being grim that people tend to forget how much humor there is in it (albeit frequently very dark humor). I'll never forget her boyfriend's pathetic (and oddly asexual) attempts to woo her after having taken her to watch a woman giving birth. Sylvia Plath has an almost Cronenberg-esque fascination with and revulsion toward the body. It's one of the classic smart girl books in the American canon. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Ben Rubinstein

You know, I HAVEN'T! I actually did read the first 20 or so pages on a lunch break several years back. A coworker had brought it in and I took it with me. But then I had to give it back, and never read more -- but I loved those first 20 pages!

Oh, and here's my favorite Plath poem.

Kathy R (Bermudaonion)

I haven't read The Bell Jar either, but I know it's one of those books I should read. I'll get to it one of these days.


One of my favorite books of all time! I think maybe it's because I read it when I was fairly young (17 or 18)that I was so taken by it. I was completely blown away by Esther. She was so complex and I just couldn't comprehend how someone could be so miserable and lost. I couldn't put it down. I read it not long ago again and I still loved it!


Is it too late to comment on this and request a copy to review? I LOVE the new cover! I have never read this book, either, but I plan to read it for a feminist reading challenge I'm participating in this year. I can't promise that I'll be able to read it in the next two months, though, so if that's too late, I am sure I can find an older copy for myself :-)

Great review- it sounds much less weird and terrifying here than it usually does.

Timberland 6 Pollice

Entrambi hanno in comune le scarpe con un tacco in pelle bianca e ingiallite suola vulcanizzata, visto questa serie di leggere un singolo prodotto principalmente a corredo due sensazione marchio vicissitudini.

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