This giveaway is, as always, open to all, but may be especially interesting to those working on the Women Unbound Reading Challenge. I say this because there are several themes of interest to feminists, including:
- promiscuity by a man (but not by a woman) is acceptable
- a woman’s virginity (but not a man’s) is considered ideal
- differences in the ways mental illness is perceived and treated between and by the sexes
Here’s the publisher’s synopsis of the book:
Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.
It has been ages since I’ve read The Bell Jar; my recollection is so sketchy that I need to re-read it before I offer a review. In the meantime you can check out reviews by these bloggers (results compiled via Fyrefly’s Book Blogs Search Engine):
The edition being offered by Harper Perennial is “an Olive Edition—a lower-priced small format edition with a hip and beautiful package design.” I have to agree; that cover is fantastic, isn’t it?!
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below suggesting another title for me to add to my Women Unbound reading list. I have to get cracking on that list, so I’m soliciting your help . Giveaway is open to US/Canada mailing addresses only, and will accept entries until midnight EST on Saturday, November 14. I’ll draw a winner randomly and post the name here on November 15.
update 11/15/09: Random.org selected the one lucky winner, who is:
#12 – Lahni – Have you considered Twilight? Ha ha, just kidding.
A really good one is The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill (it’s called something else in the US though – can’t remember what). The protagonist is a woman who when she was about 11 was taken from her village in Africa and sold into slavery. I loved the book and it’s about a strong woman. I think it would definitely fit the challenge. [note from Dawn: This is published as Someone Knows My Name in the US]
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