Why why why???? Why have I never read this book before. Of course I had heard of it. I think the title was too similar to the "bell curve" that is made me associate it was an academic text book full of statistics. Boy was I wrong.
I was first drawn to this book after reading a little bit of the life and death of Sylvia Plath. She is a well loved poet and her tragic end made me very curious about her and this book.
The Bell Jar is said to be semi-autobiographical.
What a great story that to me was part Catcher in the Rye and part Girl Interrupted. A very quick read and a very engaging story. I cannot believe this was not required reading in high school or college.
Have you read this? What other great American novels are must reads?
Monday, November 16, 2009
The Bell Jar
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I read this in high school as it was required for psychology. We also watched the movie. Supposedly there is a new version coming out in 2011. I haven't read it in a long time (still have a copy) but I remember not liking it...maybe I should read again? LyndseyReplyDelete
Sylvia Plath is one of my all-time favorite poets, and her story is tragic. I read this in college though I can't remember what course--maybe a women's literature class or a modern poetry class. JVSReplyDelete
I haven't read it in years. Catcher in the Rye still mystifies me.ReplyDelete