The Bell Jar

“I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow, the million moving shapes and cul-de-sacs of shadow. There was shadow in bureau drawers and closets and suitcases, and shadow under houses and trees and stones, and shadow at the back of people's eyes and smiles, and shadow, miles and miles and miles of it, on the night side of the earth.”

Heeeey there! How was your long weekend? I found the chance to dive into the '50s era again after finishing Sylvia Plath's one and only novel, "The Bell Jar". One and only because she committed suicide shortly after its UK publication... The main character, Esther Greenwood, is a troubled young lady... After gaining a summer internship at a prestigious magazine in New York, she finds herself unable to enjoy her time there like the other girls do... When she returns to Boston, her world collapses when her mother informs her that she hasn't been accepted for a summer writing course taught by a famous author. Unable to cope with her depression, she tries to kill herself... When this fails, she is admitted to a mental hospital and eventually gets better thanks to her caring psychiatrist and successful shock therapy...

I admit Esther was not a character I could relate to... All I could think of is what would have happened if Esther met Holden Caulfield (from J.D. Salinger's "The catcher in the rye"). Still... the book gets you. You can feel the sorrow, the depression, the hopelessness... and it was really weird because while it depressed me, I just couldn't stop! Honestly! And don't forget: "If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed".

Have a lovely day! 

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admin is Fali’s Senior Editor. Arleen has been writing professionally for over 10 years. From 2005-2015, she covered the advertising and marketing industry for Majalah Dewasa.

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