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Cath Murphy from UK is reading Find out on the Unpr!ntable podcast February 1, 2013 - 1:46am

Sylvia Plath does attract the kind of hushed reverence usually reserved for senior religious figures, so this article came as a bit of a tonic:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jan/31/reading-group-bell-jar-funny

I might even read it again...

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 1, 2013 - 7:20am

Of course there are some funny moments in The Bell Jar.  One of the things that makes it an engaging book is that the narrator is a multi-faceted person who seems real, and not like a one dimensional character.  If it was just a wholly depressing one note novel I don't think anyone would have cared about it. 

If you haven't read it in long enough that you don't remember why it's actually a worthwhile book, then I do suggest giving it a look. 

I don't really like when things about Plath and her writing focus only on her life and how she died - that's how nonsense like your idea of a hushed reverence starts.  I read an article here recently that did that and it turned me off.  The merit of Plath is not that she committed suicide.  It's that she wrote a great book and some amazing poetry. 

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Noiresque from Sydney, Australia is reading The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek February 19, 2013 - 12:49pm

And some great short stories too! :)

A reason The Bell Jar resonates is the elements of grotesque with an almost world weary and unapologetic  expectation of vulgarity of others.  Not a comedy, but not without a humerous lining.