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review: The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Esther Greenwood is a promising, young college student from Boston who had been given the chance to gain real world experience and connections at a month-long literary program in New York City. Somewhere along the way she began to lose pieces of herself, and once she returned home her reality quickly unraveled. She started looking for ways to commit suicide, and ended up in a series of mental facilities. Her unnerving (though curiously intelligible) thought processes are succinctly described, with memories plucked from here and there and mingled with her ravings. For me, Esther is not much of a relatable character, or even a likable one, but she serves her purpose in bringing to light the world of mental…

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review: The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald This book is a classic–not historical fiction–but as it’s set in the 1920’s, I thought I would include a review here. Nick Carraway, the narrator of this story, is a businessman from the Midwest who settles in a fictional community on Long Island, New York. There is soon talk about his mysterious and fabulously rich neighbor, Jay Gatsby, who regularly throws big parties. Nick receives an invite and discovers a mutual friend at the party, who has placed herself–perhaps unwittingly–in the midst of a burgeoning scandal. There are cocktail parties, descriptions of lavish living, views of the city along Nick’s commute. It may not be the most in depth story regarding atmospheric details, but it does cover much…

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