I've just finished reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and thought I should try and write down all of my thoughts and feelings about it before they take over my mind and I can't even think.
The novel could be a life changer for someone who's never experienced anything similar to the protagonist, Esther, and for those who can make connections, it's quite the eye opener, to an extent actually helping you understand how you feel/felt.
And I think that's what made me fall in love with the book.
I feel I can empathise with Esther, especially in the way that no one really seemed to understand her or make that much of an effort to do so, even when she's considered 'sane.'
The writing style was rather colloquial, making it very easy to get into and engage with; it was just like words falling off of Plath's tongue, seamless and effortless. But filled with disguised pain.
I would recommend this book to everyone and anyone. It involves a number of sensitive issues regarding mental health, but even if you find that somewhat off-putting, it's still worth the read. I loved the book and I'm sure I'll end up reading it again fairly soon.
Until next time.