Yesterday night I have finished reading ‘The bell jar’. At the beginning it was by chance, but then I think it has become some sort of mourning therapy to keep on reading novels in which the main character has mental health issues. I find interesting not only the topic itself but it is a research of how the authors find the words and metaphors to describe those experiences what really catches me, and so I go on on this research.
I enjoyed the book and I read it quite fast (what for me is a synonym of pleasure) even though I expected more. As Sylvia Plath is so famous and had suffered from mental health issues, I assumed that she would be experienced at describing thoughts, feelings and situations, but it is exactly what I do not like about this book. I never had the feeling of understanding or watching the process in which the main character, Esther, falls into depression. It seems that it is just there and I don’t have that conception of mental health, everything is a process, everything is a reaction or a response of something that happened or is happening, so I didn’t like the way she handled the situation. Therefore everything that happened it was just the “right thing” to happen, but as I didn’t get the process, the meanings, I found that every attempt to work out her problems, was just out of the blue, everything according to manuals and good practice, but it lacked from my point of view, the emotional perspective. It might be also that she wanted to show the lack of emotions, but again I felt I missed something, I wanted to know more.
In any case, I found it to be an interesting perspective of the 60s in United States and the idea of being a woman back then and also the way they dealt with mental health issues.
Next book (already ordered hehe ^^) Poppy Shakespeare by Clare Allan. Here is the plot: “Who is mad? Who is sane? Who decides? Welcome to the Dorothy Fish, a day hospital in North London! N has been a patient here for thirteen years. Then in walks Poppy Shakespeare in her six-inch skirt and twelve-inch heels. She is certain she isn’t mentally ill and desperate to return to her life outside. Together they plot to gain Poppy’s freedom.” Sounds good, we’ll see how it goes 🙂