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The Bell Jar

Post  ISN on Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:23 am

has anyone read it?

if so, is it any good?

my library doesn't have it and I'm not waiting 2 weeks to get it from amazon UK, so I'm asking friends at work if they have it......

I wonder if it's online somewhere......

Constance and Eddie - both/one of you surely have read it........

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Post  Constance on Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:37 am

Yes, I've read it a few times. Sylvia Plath called it a "potboiler" but it's much better than that. It's a novelisation of the summer she went mad and was hospitaized. Very edgey and funny in a dark way.

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Post  ISN on Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:44 am

thanks a lot, Dharma......sorry - I just love your old name......

I was looking at the wiki on Girl, Interrupted......(similar in a way)

and also Teh Bell Jar......

it seemed so cold and clinical in its assessment of the book (and I was thinking about not reading it)

I much prefer your reaction and your experience.......so yes, I'll try to read it......

thanks for answering.......I'm looking for autobiographies of crazy women to get tips on writing my own.....hehehe......(that might seem a bit irreverent......but that's teh logic at the moment)

I just read Eat, Pray, Love this weekend.......

it really was brilliant......

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Post  LaRue on Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:41 am

The Bell Jar freaked me out, but I'm glad I read it.

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Post  Constance on Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:10 am

I read Girl, Interrupted a long time ago. Thanks for reminding me of it. After I finish the stack of books I got from the library today I'll order it and read it again.

I just finished an autobiography of a crazy woman (bipolar); you might want to check it out. An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison. Very acute descriptions of her mania and depressions.

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Post  ISN on Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:03 am

thanks, Constance - I've read that one - I read it a few years ago - it was very good........

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Post  Doc Watson on Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:31 am

It seems like an excellent book , but I have only skimmed it. I ordered it for my brother a few years ago . He enjoyed it.

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Post  ISN on Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:08 am

so far nobody at work has it......two people said they had been thinking of buying it recently......

I might wait a while as a Kindle purchase might be in the offing......

thanks, Dharma.....Smile

seems like a sweet angel has provided me with an online copy.......thanks, babes Smile

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Post  eddie on Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:40 am

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Post  Constance on Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:06 am

A new author for fans of crazy women writers. Marya Hornbacher. Check out her autobiography of growing up bulimic/anorexic called Wasted, published in the early 1990s. She was only in her early 20s when she wrote it and was still in recovery. Quite a shocking book. It was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

More recently she has written Madness: A Bipolar Life. She has had quite a broken life but writes about it with verve, sensitivity and imagination.

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Post  pinhedz on Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:20 am

Using a new electroencephalography (EEG) technique, a group of scientists have found out that many patients evaluated as being in a "persistent vegetative state" (meaning they are not aware of anything) can actually hear and understand what's being said in their presence.

These patients couldn't move their fingers or toes--and could not even blink--but when asked to think about making a fist or moving their toes, their EEG responses were identical to the responses of conscious people thinking about the same things.

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Post  Nah Ville Sky Chick on Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:06 am

I received it as a Christmas present. I am about three quarters through. I am finding it an excellent read but very sad.


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