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The Bell Jar
The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanityEsther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going undermaybe 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 rationalas 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.
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#writteninthe1960s
#NewYearNewYou

“I am sure there are things that can't be cured by a good bath but I can't think of one.”

Eggs Oh Sylvia...I read this in 1971 as a sophmore at Uni. Great choice💕 3d
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MatchlessMarie
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I haven‘t been on in a bit because I‘ve been sick. But I just wanted to check in because today is my (observed) Litsyversary! I started using this fun little app 3 years ago today which is also my favorite book‘s birthday! Happy 57th, The Bell Jar!

Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽📖 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Happy Litsyversary! 2w
TheSpineView 🎉 🎉Happy Litsy anniversary! 🎉 2w
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mrp27 🎉🎉🎉 2w
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 2w
dragondrool Happy Litsyversary! Hope you feel better soon! 2w
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YOMFD
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Waited too long to read that classic, it is a must read!

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JenlovesJT47
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My first read of 2020 has left me reeling and wishing I could go back in time and read this when I was in college. It‘s heartbreaking but something I couldn‘t put down until I finished it. I don‘t know quite how to put my thoughts on this into coherent words, but let‘s just say this is now on my favorites shelf and I‘ll be checking the audiobook out soon. 5⭐️

coffee.in.pearls.book.beauty Still a favorite of mine! 3w
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Esin
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Surprisingly down-to-earth darkness

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TK-421
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I just caught Minerva trying to pull The Bell Jar off the living room shelf! 😂 #CatwithBooks #CatsofLitsy

heylaurenmack Omg is this legit??? 😂😂😂😂 Good pick, Minerva!! 1mo
TK-421 @heylaurenmack Totally legit! I heard a noise so I went to check it out & there she was! I guess she picked my next read 😄 1mo
LeahBergen You should perhaps question her gently about her emotional state at the moment ... 😆 1mo
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BarbaraJean This is amazing! 😹 1mo
arlenefinnigan Well goth. 1mo
Soubhiville 🤣😂 1mo
EH2018 What a great shot! 1mo
Mdargusch Amazing! 🖤🖤🖤 1mo
saresmoore I love it! 1mo
TK-421 @EH2018 Thanks! 1mo
Branwen OMG! 🤣😂 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“I am sure there are things that can't be cured by a good bath but I can't think of one.”

Not really Christmasy but... 🤷🏼‍♀️ 🛎

#Bells
#HollyJollyReading

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 1mo
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steph_phanie
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"The last thing I wanted was infinite security and to be the place an arrow shoots off from. I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself, like the colored arrows from a Fourth of July rocket." (p.83)
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Boy, do I see myself here. My husband and I were together for 7 yrs before I was ready to get engaged and take on that commitment. He was super patient. To make up for it, I proposed! #girlpower #independent #marriage

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steph_phanie
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"I don't really know," I heard myself say. I felt a deep shock, hearing myself say that, because the minute I said it, I knew it was true. (p.32)
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Lord, this resonated with me in high school and early college! Everyone around me seemed to have a plan, and there I was with no pull in one particular direction and not wanting to dedicate myself to something just because I could "make a career out of it".

I turned out just fine. ?

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And now, for the third time, I'm cozying up with one of my all-time #favorite novels! I read #TheBellJar my senior year of high school, again when I was 25, and now at 30. This journey may be about Esther's struggle and self-discovery, but every time I read it I feel like part of this story is my own. How does one decide what direction to take in life? Can you restart at any time? Why can't I have choices? Commitment and adventure?

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Croissonter
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“If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I‘m neurotic as hell.” P.98

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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1 & 2) Deceased- I would want to talk with Sylvia Plath. Sooo many questions!!! Alive- Jodi Picoult! I‘ve met Beatriz and she is awesome!! I would love to meet Jodi and hear her inspiration for her books, are they based on people or situations she knows personally, has she had to deal with backlash writing about controversial issues??

3) too many to count!!! 😜🙊😳🤣

thank you for the tag @veritysalter

I‘ll tag @UwannaPublishme @Alora

veritysalter @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sylvia Plath is a good one, a very interesting woman. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @veritysalter I agree!! I‘ve listened to some of her interviews and her voice is creepily still in my head 🤣😱 3mo
Alora Thank you for the tag! 💕 I haven‘t read anything by Jodi yet but I want to! Heard so many good things. 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Alora she is awesome!!! 3mo
Eggs Great questions for JP 3mo
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Jari-chan
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This is another book that has been on my TBR for a long time. I'm happy to have finally read it
It's very intense and gives me a lot to think about.

#24b4Monday @Clwojick @jb72 @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 Nice review. 😊 (edited) 3mo
Jari-chan @Andrew65 Thank you ❤️ 3mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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This whole passage 💙

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Jari-chan
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Since @LiljaPleasant asked me to join, I'm in, too 😁

1. Nope, I'm just sticking to my usual reading plan
2. I have a set TBR because I love doing challenges. So every reading month is planned thoroughly 😅
3. Coke Zero, Tea and whatever food comes my way
4. Well, today I got up at 3am 😉
5. It's my first time as well, so sorry, no. But I guess just have fun reading?
6. Different kinds
7. All of them

@Clwojick @Andrew65 @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 Great to have you with us. Enjoy. 😊👍 3mo
Clwojick 💗 💗 💗 3mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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Iced matcha tea latte with The Bell Jar 🍵🥢
Had some yummy gyoza & teriyaki tofu too 💚

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MatchlessMarie
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1. At first I thought this meant as a genre so thanks for reminding me that The Cay exists. I haven't thought about that book since 7th grade 🏝️😭
2. Socks. I have hard floors plus I live in TX so you never know what critters find their way in 🦗
3. Other than 🛩️ Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg TX (1825 ft)
4. Pimento cheese
5. Yes. Michael Mell from Be More Chill
@howjessreads #friYAYintro

Billypar I remember reading The Cay in 5th grade: it was the first book I ever read written in a dialect. I was shocked that you could deliberately misspell words to capture how someone was speaking 😁 3mo
MatchlessMarie @Billypar I think my first encounter with dialect was Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry read in 6th grade 3mo
mrsmarch Now I‘ve got to look up the elevations of all the places I‘ve been. 3mo
MatchlessMarie @mrsmarch This prompt reminded me about a goal I forgot about which was to visit and reach the top of Guadalupe Peak which is the highest elevation in TX. One Day! 3mo
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TrishB
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I was very good in Waterstones and just collected my preordered books 📚 counted 12 books in the newly published section I need!!
Then saw this on the way out, a new collectors edition and now I‘m really sorry I didn‘t buy!! How lovely is this 💜

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks beautiful!! 4mo
squirrelbrain Lovely! ❤️ 4mo
Tanisha_A 😍 4mo
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Cathythoughts Very nice 4mo
Kalalalatja Stunning! 4mo
Caroline2 Wowwww!! 😯 4mo
Ruthiella Beautiful. I would love to replace my paperback with that beautiful edition! 4mo
LeahBergen I know!!!! I‘ve been eyeballing that edition of Milkman, too!!! 😮😮😮 4mo
TrishB @LeahBergen well spotted 😘 4mo
batsy @LeahBergen Same! Been coveting these editions 😍 4mo
TrishB @batsy they‘re beautiful ❤️ 4mo
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Ruthiella I loved this book! 4mo
cathipink @Ruthiella it's an all-time fave for me 🙂 this is my first copy, although I have a few others. 4mo
batsy Love this photo 🌹 4mo
cathipink @batsy 💗💗 thank you 🙂 4mo
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alesiabarnard
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Finished, finally.

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MicheleinPhilly
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Cinfhen 💕💕💕💕 4mo
TrishB Ohhhh....I haven‘t seen that cover before 💜 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB Isn‘t it purty??? 4mo
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ReadingOverSleeping Love this cover! Couldn't stand the book tho lol! 4mo
TrishB Very..... 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @ReadingOverSleeping You are not alone! I‘ve probably met more haters than lovers in my lifetime. 😂 4mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous cover 4mo
LeahBergen 😍😍 4mo
ValerieAndBooks This one‘s a pick for me! Don‘t have that cover though. 4mo
bookandcat Ahh love this one but my friend hasn't given it back to me for years 😭 4mo
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Caroline2
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day Two.

I love this book and I love this hardback edition. 💖

keepingupwiththepenguins Oh this is one of my FAVOURITES - Faber did such a beautiful job on it! 4mo
batsy Perfect 💛 4mo
TrishB Love this copy too ❤️ 4mo
Megabooks Great! 4mo
sudi 😍 4mo
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Martta
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Just watched a documentary about Sylvia Plath. This was so good and so well made that I would easily watch it again! It was interesting to see the 50's from her point of view and hear the story of her life told by people close to her.

Cinfhen Tagging you @TrishB I know you don‘t like Telly but this might be worth your time 😘 4mo
TrishB @Cinfhen I think C has recorded this for me! I may have to give it a go.! 4mo
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MeganLindell
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • It‘s spectacularly written. I feel like I have a lot to say about this book but can‘t quite put it into words now. Maybe someday.

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Eggs
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Plath, both this book and her life, have this all-encompassing sadness and #melancholy

#soulseptember

Tex2Flo Amazing how timely her writing is today. 4mo
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michellelav
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Written in the early 60's the author had used a male pseudonym. It's been said to be more of an autobiographical piece which breaks my heart. This amazingly written book follows the challenges of a young poet in the 60s aswell as her never ending battle with mental health. It's unfortunate that the author died of suicide at the age of 30. I saw she had some other publications I plan to look into.
4/5 ⭐

Jemmygem Great book and description 5mo
ChaoticMissAdventures This is such a great cover. Love when books are published oftwn enough that we can find all different art on them. 5mo
michellelav @ChaoticMissAdventures It's so beautiful to see all the different adaptations! Makes me happy 😊📚 5mo
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AnnaDesourdy
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Yep...I went there

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michellelav
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Just finished chapter one and I'm enjoying it so far! My favorite reading spot, my moms. ❤

 @Jemmygem

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Jemmygem
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Interesting read about the mentality of mental health in the 60s. The fact that the female author had to first be published as a male says a lot. Enjoyed it.

SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 5mo
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 5mo
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to the Litsy family! I hope you enjoy it here. Loving your posts so far. 💜 5mo
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RaimeyGallant Welcome! 5mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! @litsywelcomewagon 5mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser I have this book on my shelf, I think it was my mums. It's on my TBR list so thanks for the outline, I hadn't ever read the blurb before. 5mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 3mo
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MatchlessMarie
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Not holding my breath for this. I wouldn't be surprised if it took another 10 years for someone to actually make it 😅

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JenFowler
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Actually a much better book than I was expecting! Yes it is dark, but there is a lot of humor throughout. Dark wry humor.

ShyBookOwl This one surprised me too. I thought it would be more dense and poetic. Her voice actually reminded me of a less gothic Shirley Jackson. 6mo
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Ms_T
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I read so many great books in July but the tagged title was probably my favourite 😃

#JulyWrapUp #ThatsAWrap #JulyStats

Cathythoughts Nice work ! I must read The Bell Jar 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
RaimeyGallant I have reading list envy! 6mo
Ms_T @Cathythoughts Thanks! It was really good but very hard-hitting 💔 6mo
Ms_T @RaimeyGallant Aww, thank you! 😃 6mo
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Melli
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All I can say is wow.. and I‘m so glad I read this book.. I don‘t know what took me so long

Leftcoastzen 👏❤️❤️ 6mo
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Melli
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This is my the book im using for the author debut novel in #thereadingrush

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It feels contradictory and somewhat disrespectful to give this book a pick. It‘s a story of such plummeting lows, despair and desperation, of loneliness and confusion, but the writing is incredibly powerful and the tale it tells so insightful. It was only after finishing the book that I Googled Sylvia Plath and discovered The Bell Jar is almost autobiographical. A tragic tale both in fiction and fact. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TrishB The power of Sylvia‘s writing. 6mo
Ms_T @TrishB Such a shame she only wrote this one book. 6mo
TrishB Her journals are very powerful and her letters. And of course there‘s always Ariel 😁 6mo
Ms_T @TrishB I need to read more of her work. 6mo
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What Esther thought to herself immediately after electric shock treatment for her depression.

I had to stop reading for a while after this sentence as it really upset me. I can‘t imagine why electric shock treatment was thought of as a good idea. It seems wholly barbaric to me.

LapReader It still happens in Australia. 6mo
Ms_T @LapReader 😞 6mo
Birdsong28 I read this book as part of my Eng lit A level course and had to compare it with another book I chose Girl interrupted as it shows a real experience rather than a fictional experience (I know The Bell Jar is based on her own struggles). Girl was quite upsetting as well as it described treatments but it was well written and needs to be read. 6mo
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Ms_T @Birdsong28 It sounds like a book that is uncomfortable to read but should be experienced. I‘ll stack it 😘📚 6mo
batsy I took a course on Plath, while studying in Canada, and one of my classmates who was Aboriginal Canadian and a mature student talked a bit about having lived in reservations and then being subjected to shock therapy for his mental illness and it was one of the most harrowing things I've heard. What it must have been like to live through it 😔😔 6mo
Lea This book totally messed me up the entire time I was reading it and a day or two after. Hit too close to home I guess. 6mo
Ms_T @batsy To read a fictitious version of it is one thing but to hear someone‘s actual account is a whole other ball game. I simply can‘t imagine... 😞 6mo
Ms_T @Lea To read that makes me incredibly sad. 6mo
Centique Its still used in many places. My brother in law recently had some shock therapy for his mental illness and it was reasonably successful and he didn‘t hate it. I think the treatment has changed a lot - and more thought is put into prescribing it (in this country at least) My grandmother had it also in the 1950s which would have been awful 😬 6mo
Ms_T @Centique I‘m sure it‘s much more humane and a lot more considered nowadays. As you say, in the 1950s (the time in which the book is set) must have been dreadful. I‘m glad your BIL felt it was successful. 6mo
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Andrea313
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Such a fun throwback! Thanks, @nu-bibliophile! #YourStory
1. Favorite book was The Bell Jar. Oh, how deeply I felt it in my tortured teenage soul. (Can't you just tell from the photo how dark and serious I was?)
2. I listened exclusively to showtunes, and was mad for the '98 Cabaret revival, RENT, Ragtime.
3. Coronet braids with the dorkiest bangs ever, omg.
4. I lived in jeans, T-shirts, and Converse.
5. My backpack was full of books, of course!

nu-bibliophile Converse rocks...I still wear them till today 👍 7mo
Andrea313 @nu-bibliophile Same! I never really grow out of them; even wore them for my wedding. 7mo
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I had such high expectations of The Bell Jar, after years of hearing how fantastic it was, and I was convinced there was no way it could possibly live up to the hype… but, of course, it did. The prose was so beautiful! I wanted to throw my gorgeous Faber edition across the room but I couldn‘t, because I was clutching it so hard. Trigger warnings abound, of course. Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-bell-jar-sylvia-plath/

Heideschrampf That last sentence is pure gold! I know exactly what you mean 7mo
keepingupwiththepenguins @Heideschrampf hahahaha glad it's not just me! 😁 😅 ❤ 7mo
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SexyCajun
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It's a pick for sure but the most sad was finding out that the author committed suicide at age 30 😢

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The silence depressed me. It wasn't the silence of silence. It was my own silence.

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