The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is a book that I had on my real life shelf for a long time and finally got around to reading it.
I really found this novel a dramatic and touching read. The book follows the in depth struggle of a young woman called Esther Greenwood.
Esther Greenwood, the protagonist of the story, is a mentally unstable young woman and she gradually slips into a dark depression while living in New York. She is tormented with the idea of death and tries to commit suicide, believing that death is freedom.
I found the prose style deceptively simple. The novel is written using a series of flashbacks that show up parts of Esther's past which makes the reader connect very easily with this story.
The Character of Esther is really well drawn and her experiences were real and meaningful.
I am glad to have finally read The Bell Jar and I feel that it gave me a little perspective on mental illness that I had previously lacked.
A four star read.