A new year has come and that means new year’s resolutions. One of my resolutions for 2019 is to catch up on the classics I skipped growing up, always preferring the contemporary more modern authors. So the first book I read this year was “The Bell Jar” by the renowned poet Sylvia Plath.
It was always in the back of my mind somehow, but I couldn’t get myself to read it, especially because I remember someone comparing it to Catcher in the Rye (not one of my favorite books). Safely to say, it’s nothing like J.D. Salinger’s novel.
About “The Bell Jar”
The story follows Esther, a young college girl that wins a one month internship at one of the most prestigious fashion magazines in New York. The first part of the novel follows her journey around New York and her indecisions about her future. She starts feeling more and more overwhelmed about all aspect of society: her status as a woman, marriage, her future job and life overall and by the time her internship is over and she gets back to her hometown for the summer she begins to spiral down in mental distress.
Needless to say, this book was written in such a captivating way, that I read it in one sitting. After finishing the book I did a little research about Sylvia Plath and I found out that the novel was autobiographical. It was based on what she experienced as a young woman. I will let you discover for yourself how it ends and if she manages to outlive her demons.