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Good Morning, Midnight - Jean Rhys
Good Morning, Midnight
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An unforgettable portrait of a woman bravely confronting loneliness and despair in her quest for self-determination, Jean Rhys' "Good Morning Midnight" includes an introduction by A.L. Kennedy in "Penguin Modern Classics". In 1930s Paris, where one cheap hotel room is very like another, a young... show more
An unforgettable portrait of a woman bravely confronting loneliness and despair in her quest for self-determination, Jean Rhys' "Good Morning Midnight" includes an introduction by A.L. Kennedy in "Penguin Modern Classics". In 1930s Paris, where one cheap hotel room is very like another, a young woman is teaching herself indifference. She has escaped personal tragedy and has come to France to find courage and seek independence. She tells herself to expect nothing, especially not kindness, least of all from men. Tomorrow, she resolves, she will dye her hair blonde. Jean Rhys was a talent before her time with an impressive ability to express the anguish of young, single women. In "Good Morning, Midnight" Rhys created the powerfully modern portrait of Sophia Jansen, whose emancipation is far more painful and complicated than she could expect, but whose confession is flecked with triumph and elation. One of the most honest and distinctive British novelists of the twentieth century, Jean Rhys wrote about women with perception and sensitivity in an innovative and often controversial way. Jean Rhys (1894-1979) was born in Dominica. Coming to England aged 16, she drifted into various jobs before moving to Paris, where she began writing and was 'discovered' by Ford Madox Ford. Her novels, often portraying women as underdogs out to exploit their sexualities, were ahead of their time and only modestly successful. From 1939 (when "Good Morning, Midnight" was written) onwards she lived reclusively, and was largely forgotten when she made a sensational comeback with her account of Jane Eyre's Bertha Rochester, "Wide Sargasso Sea", in 1966. If you enjoyed "Good Morning Midnight", you might like Rhys' "Voyage in the Dark", also available in "Penguin Modern Classics". "Her eloquence in the language of human sexual transactions is chilling, cynical, and surprisingly moving". (A.L. Kennedy).
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780141183930 (0141183934)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 159
Edition language: English
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Lagraziana's Kalliopeion
Lagraziana's Kalliopeion rated it
3.5 An Englishwoman's Depths of Misery in 1930s Paris: Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys
When I picked this slim novel by Jean Rhys, I thought that it would take me to England because she is an English writer, but as it turned out already on the first page I was completely mistaken! Good Morning, Midnight is the sad (according to many: depressing, even repulsive) story of an Englishwo...
Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it
3.0 Good Morning, Midnight
So far I've read only one of Rhys interwar period novels - [b:Quartet|1270148|Quartet|Jean Rhys|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/book/50x75-a91bf249278a81aabab721ef782c4a74.png|2070952] - and have already had an idea what the world of cheap hotels, or even cheap hotels which pose as reputable ...
Edward
Edward rated it
4.0 Good Morning, Midnight
IntroductionPublisher's Note in the 1967 André Deutsch edition--Good Morning, Midnight
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
4.0 Good Morning, Midnight (Penguin Modern Classics)
Jean Rhys is best known for her novel, Wide Sargasso Sea, which told the story of Mrs. Rochester, the "mad" first wife of Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre. In Good Morning, Midnight, the protagonist, Sasha Jensen has been sent to Paris at the urging of a friend who is paying the bills, in the hopes that ...
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
4.0 Good Morning, Midnight (Penguin Modern Classics)
Jean Rhys is best known for her novel, Wide Sargasso Sea, which told the story of Mrs. Rochester, the "mad" first wife of Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre. In Good Morning, Midnight, the protagonist, Sasha Jensen has been sent to Paris at the urging of a friend who is paying the bills, in the hopes that ...
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