Book By My Bedside: The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

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Title: The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Author: Sylvia Plath, Edited by Karen V.Kukil

What I think so far: Upon first picking up The Bell Jar, I felt a connection to Plath’s raw teenage sentiments that urged me to read on. The Unabridged Journals are a more genuine version of this, with a larger insight into her personal life that is so intriguing and seems so far away, yet similar to our own which make her journal entries extremely easy and enjoyable to read. For fear of sounding like a typical teenage girl, which I am, Plath’s writing is so moving and powerful that it makes this book impossible to put down. Despite this, as a result of the fragmented diary entries, it is easy to pick this book up and read short entires when you wish as it doesn’t follow a strict storyline.

Would I recommend? This book is an excellent choice for fans of Plath who want to dive deeper into her personal life and yet to the truth that isn’t hidden by loaded metaphors. As I said, it is easy to pick up yet every line will make you think twice, question your emotions and force you to think deeper and find yourself.

Rating: 10/10

Words by Holly

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