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The Bell Jar

Auteur(s): Sylvia Plath
Narrateur(s): Maggie Gyllenhaal
Durée: 7 h et 24 min
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Read by the critically acclaimed actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. 

When Esther Greenwood wins an internship at a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women's aspirations seriously. 

Sylvia Plath's groundbreaking semiautobiographical novel offers an intimate, honest and often wrenching glimpse into mental illness. The Bell Jar broke the boundaries between fiction and reality and helped cement Sylvia Plath's place as an enduring feminist icon. Celebrated for its darkly humorous, razor-sharp portrait of 1950s society, it continues to resonate with readers today as a testament to the universal human struggle to claim one's rightful place in the world. 

©2015 Sylvia Plath (P)2015 Faber & Faber Ltd

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  • Isabelle
  • 2018-10-16

Beautiful

A challenging read, captivating. Beautiful language. Felt her pain and her struggle. An interesting look at a different time period as well.

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  • Katja Lorencic
  • 2018-01-17

in love

Such a beautiful voice and acting joined with a captivating story. I can only recommend

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  • MGB
  • 2015-08-21

Esther whispering into your ear

I've always struggled to finish reading the Bell Jar, but this was disturbingly fascinating.
You are treated to Sylvia Plath's words, delivered flawlessly by Maggie Gyllenhaal, perfevt incarnation of Esther.

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  • Nakota
  • 2015-12-05

Weird

I'd like to know why did they cut the first paragraph about the Rosenbergs? weird

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  • emilie boivin
  • 2019-03-26

Great book

I purchased the book by curiosity. I never had the chance to any of Plath's work before, and I always thought of Maggie Gyllenhaal as a great actress, so I went ahead and downloaded The Bell Jar. There a lightness about the heroine's descent into madness. The narrative is almost a casual chatter describing on despair and disillusionment. It allowed me to take it all in, let it sit, then fully appreciate the richness of Plath's work.

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  • Anca
  • 2018-08-06

Brilliant

The book is an amazing study of the life of a depressed young girl who cannot cope with the important decisions in her life.
Maggie Gyllenhaal does a superb job, absolutely perfect.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-03-23

Low intensity, beautiful, well read

Low intensity, beautiful and well read. Enjoyed the performance and got things to think about.

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  • Sam Black
  • 2017-12-07

Relatable and Melancholy

I think I got more out of this book with Maggie’s performance behind it. Sometimes I felt rubbed the wrong way and I don’t know if it was the words or the way Maggie said them. Maybe I was supposed to react that way. The first hour or so into it I couldn’t understand why it was a classic - but I’m glad I listened the whole way through. Even in today’s setting you can relate to the topics of mental health, societal pressures and feminism. Good purchase! Might listen again if I’m in a melancholy mood :)

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2017-08-22

Loved it..

I was surprised by how much I loved this book as I usually stick to non-fiction and reading to gain factual knowledge. However this book surprised me - I'm so glad I found it. Perhaps I connected to it having suffered from depression and anxiety for periods throughout my whole life.

I adore Maggie's voice and think she was a perfect match for reading this book. Also the writing was incredibly well done.

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  • Juliana Maziero Castro
  • 2017-06-22

good book and audiobook

good quality book and audio book. Plaths book is deep, sad and smartly written. Maggie does a very good job reading it.

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  • Karen
  • 2017-05-29

Powerful

I finally listened to this novel after so long. It was intense, and raw with emotion. It's as close as I've come to reading poetry, as the genre confounds me. If only Plath had lived into the 21st century. I think she would be both pleased at the progress we've made with gender equality, yet disappointed with how far we have yet to go. I found much in common with Esther Greenwood. But in 2017, it's much more acceptable to be Esther Greenwood. Maggie Gyllenhaal was absolutely perfect as narrator.

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  • charlotte
  • 2017-05-05

Maggie Gyllenhaal is superb.

I was hesitant about this book in the beginning. It starts off slowly in the vapid world of fashion writing. But I quickly became enthralled.

This novel is a singular experience, an incredibly relatable story of mental illness in a world that is so often bizarre and underwhelming.