Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Bell Jar

Recently, I was home by myself because the husband was working late due to a project deadline for his firm and I found myself aimlessly channel surfing.  I do this a lot.  (I think it has something to do with growing up around so many men!)  Anyways, I fell upon the movie Sylvia starring Gwyneth Paltrow.  It was basically about the life of Sylvia Plath, the famed American poet and writer that committed suicide in 1963.  I can't say I know much about Sylvia Plath despite getting into modern and beat poetry when I was in college but, the movie intrigued me about her life and work.  I immediately purchased a few of her published works online (Amazon loves me and my spontaneous purchasing) including the only book Plath wrote called The Bell Jar.  Published just one month before she committed suicide and somewhat auto-biographical, the story is written about a young woman from Boston and her struggle with mental illness.  I definitely find it interesting though slightly depressing and the way it is written is realistic with good flow.  I am sort of amazed that I haven't explored Plath's works until now but, I am glad my channel surfing paid off!

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