La campana di vetro

Bestseller Books La campana di vetro the best work In un albergo di New York per sole donne Esther diciannovenne di provincia studentessa brillante vincitrice di un soggiorno offerto da una rivist

Bestseller Books La campana di vetro the best work In un albergo di New York per sole donne, Esther, diciannovenne di provincia, studentessa brillante, vincitrice di un soggiorno offerto da una rivista di moda, incomincia a sentirsi come un cavallo da corsa in un mondo senza piste Intorno a lei, sopra di lei, l America spietata, borghese e maccartista degli anni Cinquanta Un mondo alienato, una vera e propria campana dIn un albergo di New York per sole donne, Esther, diciannovenne di provincia, studentessa brillante, vincitrice di un soggiorno offerto da una rivista di moda, incomincia a sentirsi come un cavallo da corsa in un mondo senza piste Intorno a lei, sopra di lei, l America spietata, borghese e maccartista degli anni Cinquanta Un mondo alienato, una vera e propria campana di vetro che schiaccia la protagonista sotto il peso della sua protezione, togliendole a poco a poco l aria L alternativa sar abbandonarsi al fascino soave della morte o lasciarsi invadere la mente dalle onde azzurre dell elettroshock Pubblicato nel 1963, un mese prima del suicidio dell autrice, La campana di vetro l unico romanzo di Sylvia Plath Fortemente autobiografico, narra con stile limpido e teso e con una semplicit agghiacciante le insipienze, le crudelt incoscienti, i tab assurdi capaci di spezzare qualunque adolescenza presa nell ingranaggio stritolante di una normalit che ignora la poesia.. Bestseller Book La campana di vetro There are many who have read The Bell Jar and absolutely loved it. I am gladly considering myself one of them. I was a little caught of guard when I read a few reviews of The Bell Jar comparing it to The Catcher in the Rye stating how it's the female version of it. I liked Catcher but I know there are many people who didn't and upon hearing that may be similar to Catcher not have the desire to read it. I assure you, The Bell Jar is a book all on it's own and should not be compared to any other book... even as a compliment.When I first started reading the book I was a little put off, feeling it was an extremely pretensious novel. Her descriptions were crisp and precise, often using words that one rarely hears spoken or even read. I went into the novel knowing that Plath was a poet and felt that at first the book was just another form of her poetry and her showing off her writing abilities. But that only remained within the first two pages, because after that I became absorbed. The writing that I was a little sketchy about at first helped me visualize the setting and get to know the characters. And though Plath never really described many characters as to their personality, I began to feel I knew them all intimately.Strangely enough, if you remember in my last review, what bothered me most about The Good Earth did not bother me in The Bell Jar. Because the Esther, the character we are following, is slowly descending into madness, time no longer matters. There are a few times I was confused about the timeline, but it did not upset me. The book really spoke to me because of my own personal experiences with depression and suicide. It spoke to me as a woman and my views on sex and the confusion I'm sure most other girls out there face. It's amazing that this book was written and published over 30 years ago, really, when a new woman was coming out into the world. I have a feeling that this book helped women realize that they're not alone, and brought things to light that most people have commonly shoved aside; women and men. But what else is amazing is how relevant these topics still are today. Specifically with suicide, and specifically about the virtue and pureness of women compared to men.So I guess that is why The Bell Jar is often compared to The Catcher in the Rye, with it's discussions and writings of often controversial titles. Setting off a new generation of writers, styles, and people. Another book also came to mind as I was reading, and that was The Perks of Being a Wallflower. There are moments when I could make a few direct comparisons between the two. With Esther slowly seperating herself from socialization and sinking deeper into her own thoughts and depression. Analyzing things that go on around her and her surroundings. Very reminscent of Perks.If you feel you're suffering from depression, madness, confusion about topics pertaining to society and sex, or just looking for a good read, The Bell Jar is definetly the book for you. I also advise, if you're seriously suffering from depression, to get help for yourself. There is no shame in it, and getting help is better than ending your life. Even if you need to go on medication, DO NOT feel ashamed, especially if it's going to help you even more.

  1. Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer.Known primarily for her poetry, Plath also wrote a semi autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas The book s protagonist, Esther Greenwood, is a bright, ambitious student at Smith College who begins to experience a mental breakdown while interning for a fashion magazine in New York The plot parallels Plath s experience interning at Mademoiselle magazine and subsequent mental breakdown and suicide attempt.Along with Anne Sexton, Plath is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry initiated by Robert Lowell and W.D Snodgrass Despite her remarkable artistic, academic, and social success at Smith, Plath suffered from severe depression and underwent a period of psychiatric hospitalization She graduated from Smith with highest honours in 1955 and went on to Newnham College, Cambridge, in England, on a Fulbright fellowship Here she met and married the English poet Ted Hughes in 1956 For the following two years she was an instructor in English at Smith College.In 1960, shortly after Plath and Hughes returned to England from America, her first collection of poems appeared as The Colossus She also gave birth to a daughter, Frieda Rebecca Hughes and Plath s son, Nicholas Farrar, was born in 1962 Plath took her own life on the morning of February 11, 1963 Leaving out bread and milk, she completely sealed the rooms between herself and her sleeping children with wet towels and cloths Plath then placed her head in the oven while the gas was turned on.Her father was Otto Emil Plath.

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  1. There are many who have read The Bell Jar and absolutely loved it I am gladly considering myself one of them I was a little caught of guard when I read a few reviews of The Bell Jar comparing it to The Catcher in the Rye stating how it s the female version of it I liked Catcher but I know there are many people who didn t and upon hearing that may be similar to Catcher not have the desire to read it I assure you, The Bell Jar is a book all on it s own and should not be compared to any other book [...]

  2. I feel like I owe Sylvia Plath an apology This is a book I actively avoided for years because so many people namely female classmates who wanted to be perceived as painfully different or terminally misunderstood or on the verge of absolutely losing their teenage shit lauded the virtues of this book and how it, like, so totally spoke to them in places they didn t even know they had ears My own overly judgmental high school self could not accept even the remote possibility of actual merit lurking [...]

  3. There is this scene in Chapter 10 of The Bell Jar where Esther Greenwood decides to write a novel My heroine would be myself, only in disguise She would be called Elaine Elaine I counted the letters on my fingers There were six letters in Esther, too It seemed a lucky thing I cannot help wondering, is that what Sylvia Plath thought when she wrote The Bell Jar Did she, like Esther, sit on a breezeway in an old nightgown waiting for something to happen Is that why she chose the name Esther 6 lette [...]

  4. Everything she said was like a secret voice speaking straight out of my own bones.A light at the end of a tunnel May be A flicker of hope Perhaps A cloud with a silver lining Possibly Eventually it s the doubt that remains a constant companion while one is busy gathering shreds of a life which apparently turns into something unexpected, something frail, something blurred, something sour, something like sitting under a Bell Jar There are no promises to keep and no expectations to be fulfilled exc [...]

  5. I ve never shied away from depressing material, but there s a difference between the tone serving the story, and a relentlessly depressing work that goes entirely nowhere I know it can be viewed as a glimpse into Plath s mind, but I would rather do a lot of things, some quite painful, than read this again It hurt to get through it, and I think it s self indulgent and serves no real artistic purpose Which is truly a shame, as I love a lot of Plath s poetry.

  6. It s weird how dated books often get remembered for completely different reasons than the author could ve possibly intended I doubt Sylvia Plath thought to herself, This semi autobiographical novel will be a poignant look into my adolescence once I attain a cult following for sticking my head in an oven Or, I hope my book becomes regarded as a seminal work of postwar ennui and oppressive gender roles InThe Savage God,A Alvarez says Sylvia spoke of The Bell Jar with some embarrassment as an autob [...]

  7. I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us If the book we are reading doesn t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us Franz Kafka January 27, 1904I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tr [...]

  8. It s been a number of years since I last read Sylvia Plath s Bell Jar What I d remembered most was how well Plath had established the mood for this story by weaving the electrocutions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg with the mental breakdown of her heroine, Esther Greenwood But the story is definitely about Esther, her ambition, and her own feelings of inadequacy, even though viewed from the outside Esther would be seen as a success What is amazing about this writing is its immersive quality you f [...]

  9. This is a disturbingly frightening journey through the mind of a young girl suffering from depression in the 1950 s How far we have come in the last few decades in recognizing depression as a mental illness and treating it with much less radical techniques than electric shock Ester Greenwood is 19 and her future is just starting to unfold Yet, day by day, she is questioning herself her capabilities, her confidence, who she is, and what does it mean Her thoughts turn dark and helplessness envelop [...]

  10. Man has no foothold that is not also a bargain So be it Djuna Barnes, NightwoodI ve been side eyeing this book for a very long time, much as I warily circle any piece of work whose chosen topics happen to lie close to deeply personal experiences of mine It s difficult to tell what I fear from these bundles of paper and ink The chance of severe disappointment The possibility of debilitating resonance Either one would weigh much too heavily on my sensibilities and result in time lost to regaining [...]

  11. Read for Popsugar s 2018 Reading Challenge 16 A Book About Mental IllnessThis book was fabulous The first half gave me major The Catcher in the Rye vibes, what with Esther being an angsty, lonely, depressed young person in New York I love Holden, so it was delightful to find another character sort of similar to him.Esther has many poignant feminist thoughts, which were actually quite subtle and not too in your face, which I appreciated I also look forward to reading this book again in the future [...]

  12. At twenty I tried to dieAnd get back, back, back to you.I thought even the bones would do.But they pulled me out of the sack, And they stuck me together with glue.These chilling lines from Daddy played inside my head time and again like the grim echoes of a death knell as I witnessed Esther s struggle to ward off the darkness threatening to converge on her And despite my best efforts to desist from searching for the vestiges of Sylvia in Esther, I failed I could not help noting how effortlessly [...]

  13. My dad went mad in the early seventies when my mom filed for divorce and took up with another man after 12 yrs of marriage He ended up in a place called Glenn Eden here in Michigan and went through a dozen or electric shock treatments, I remember visiting him through a window from outside the place He eventually recovered and remarried, led a normal life, but this book was kind of frightening to me, remembering that time, the atmosphere of such a place, and the stigma of mental illness.I myself [...]

  14. The silence depressed me It wasn t the silence of silence It was my own silence The Bell Jar is honest, disturbing, powerful, and poignant It opens with the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, as if it were an omen of what is to come Conspicuous and beautiful, it tells a story of despair as a young woman falls to the pitfalls of depression The trouble was, I had been inadequate all along, I simply hadn t thought about it Sylvia Plath s death haunts every page as depair vanquishes life Was t [...]

  15. The Bell Jaris a first person narrative about one woman s total alienation from the self, from society, from the world with the cold war as a backdrop the references to the the Rosenbergs, the UN, Russians She is a sort of female underground man of the new age The story is told simply, though complex in structure and themes Sylvia Plath writes with a clear direct style that is ironic, funny, and poetic Esther, a young woman of the 1950s, is in New York for a brief, glamourous job at a magazine N [...]

  16. 5 If you are inclined to bouts of depression, find another book If you ve lived with or are fond of someone followed by the Black Dog, this describes the intensity of the feelings and the treatment well.Countless critics and reviewers have written about this sad memoir written as fiction and first published under a pseudonym about depression, but it is also full of funny anecdotes and perfect insight into American East Coast college girls in the 1950s.Knowing that it s autobiographical makes it [...]

  17. Ever since I was small I ve been fascinated by death, er no, I mean it in the simplest way of fascination, it has nothing to do with my wistful nature or maybe a little, I am a happy being by the definitions of most authentic lexica, death just fascinates me for being death alone, a halt to everything, a standstill after a long, tiring journey only if one wishes to make it long, to tire is inevitable though a cool ,soggy evening after the long sunny day, a calm tame brook after the violent storm [...]

  18. I remember reading this short story in Asimov s magazine about a very young girl who suffers from autism She moves at her own pace, dragging herself at the heels of the rushing time and existing in that void where her consciousness treads a gravelly path only to arrive at the destination to find that everyone else had already moved on So that when she answers her mother to a question that was asked of her three weeks ago, her mother doesn t really understand her because she had already moved on [...]

  19. I m really struggling with writing a review for this one, given the unique nature of the book and the sad reality that surrounds it Every book is a testament of its author in one way or another, but with this semi fictional autobiography it s difficult not to equate the book with its tragic author, making the reviewing of it an exercise in the kind of delicacy I m not very well versed in A delicacy that, frankly, I don t really enjoy employing So what is one to do when he didn t really like The [...]

  20. Warning this review contains major spoilers for the movie MelancholiaThe paradox at the heart of The Bell Jar is that Esther, the narrator, comes across as an engaging and indeed admirable person She s smart, funny, perceptive and seems to have everything going for her But she feels less and less connected with life, and in the end just wants to kill herself Evidently, there must be something wrong with her Perhaps she would have been okay if only she d been prescribed the appropriate kind of pi [...]

  21. I saw my life branching out before me like a green fig tree in the story From the tip of every branch,like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor TBJ Esther Greenwood s story is told in flashbacks, shifting in time as rhythmically as the rise and fall of her moods, as she narrates her young adult experiences [...]

  22. Unlike a lot of people, I wasn t required to read The Bell Jar in school It s one of the most influential and recognizable novels of modern American literature, and so I figured it was about time I read it And I loved it.Now, I might be a bit in love with it mostly because I listened to the audiobook narrated by the fantastic Maggie Gyllenhaal Seriously, her voice is perfect for Esther s dark alluring narrative Regardless of Gyllenhaal s narrative prowess, I thought the story was engaging and co [...]

  23. Don t be scaredah right.Esther Greenwood s story actually begins a bit comical describing the details of a free trip to New York City with a group of college girls While recounting the activities of her strange new friends and blind date disasters, one in particular pertaining to a turkey neck and gizzards gave me a laugh out loud moment I will not forget although there s not much else in this terribly depressing novel to bring joy to the reader.This semi autobiographical novel was first publish [...]

  24. When we are young we used to think that we are unbreakable, , that we are immortal That whatever we touch it ll turn into gold, that we can change the world And then life just happens to us They say about this book as a feminist manifesto I understand why but completely do not care about this tag The only thing I m interested in is Esther and her desperate fight for remaining on surface, her attempt to get out of bell jar I can easily see her when dressed up with her best clothes attends to tren [...]

  25. I was supposed to be having the time of my life This is a powerful and beautifully sad novel I vaguely remember it from college, but I found it much meaningful on this reread The Bell Jar is the story of Esther Greenwood, a young woman who is struggling with depression and mental illness She s always gotten good grades at school and has won scholarships, but now she s feeling pressured to choose a career or get married Esther realizes she doesn t want to do either, so she decides to kill hersel [...]

  26. It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn t know what I was doing in New York I m stupid about executions The idea of being electrocuted makes me sick, and that s all there was to read about in the papers goggle eyed headlines staring up at me on every street corner and at the fusty, peanut smelling mouth of every subway It had nothing to do with me, but I couldn t help wondering what it would be like, being burned alive all along your nerves.I though [...]

  27. Sometimes it is hard for me to judge what books are good or bad,when I have to rate them,so this time I let my gut feeling do this.This is a great growing up story with many beautiful yet heart wrenching scenes hard for me to describe.Esther,the main charcter,makes me laugh,feel happy,sad and think about what to grow up and face the world really means.Her attitude is biased by what she sees through her eyes and she lives for the day as if her life would depend on every moment of it,which affects [...]

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