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    Krystal SkwarOct 23, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Great review. I wonder if it feels amateur because of Plath’s lack of confidence in herself? A psychoanalytic reading of the novel would be fun to try. People certainly said the same thing about JD Salinger’s CATCHER IN THE RYE. It was banned, and some teachers still regard it as “not literary enough”. This begs the question…what makes a novel/work “literary”? What makes it sophisticated? Amateur?

    For me, it is all about the rawness and the power of the story. If it strikes a chord in me, if it moves me, it’s art. 🙂

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    Mrs. JordanOct 16, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Great book review! I loved The Bell Jar when I first read it way back when I was in high school (yes, during the good old 70s). I was also struck by the way Esther (and presumably, Sylvia Plath in real life) was struggling with mental illness, yet there was a lot of truth and insight in how she saw the world: the phoniness of many people, the lack of real love and caring, the stifling expectations of society. It is a classic book and I am very glad you read it and are sharing it with others! It’s always fun to talk and read about good stories 🙂

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