Friday, June 21, 2013
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Female coming-of-age stories are surprisingly hard to come by, for some reason.
Count on a feminist to provide one!
Not at all into poetry, I deeply regret that Plath never got round to writing any other novels.
It is largely autobiographical, which at least partly accounts for its intensity and power.
'The Bell Jar' shares many common features with Salinger's 'The Catcher in the Rye' : the zeitgeist, the bildungsroman theme and the curiously engaging narrator. Plath's sincere refusal to accept the prejudice against her gender is rendered with the same self-evidence as that of male superiority in these late 1950s.
The language is uncomplicated, yet poetic, and makes the book a pleasure to read.