Wednesday, April 28, 2010
FBC Summer Reading: The Bell Jar
I've already read this novel two times, heavily relating to it as a teenager. I feel it would be interesting to discuss as a group because of how autobiographical the story is and because of the immense feminist following Sylvia Plath had after her death and the feminist loathing of her husband, Ted Hughes.
"Plath was an excellent poet but is known to many for this largely autobiographical novel. The Bell Jar tells the story of a gifted young woman's mental breakdown beginning during a summer internship as a junior editor at a magazine in New York City in the early 1950s. The real Plath committed suicide in 1963 and left behind this scathingly sad, honest and perfectly-written book, which remains one of the best-told tales of a woman's descent into insanity."
We could even look at some of her poems like "Daddy."