Wide Sargasso Sea
Set against the lush backdrop of 1830s Jamaica, Jean Rhys's powerful, haunting story was inspired by the first Mrs. Rochester, in Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre". Born into an oppressive, colonialist society, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent... show more
Set against the lush backdrop of 1830s Jamaica, Jean Rhys's powerful, haunting story was inspired by the first Mrs. Rochester, in Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre". Born into an oppressive, colonialist society, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent sensuality and beauty. But soon after their marriage, rumors of madness in her family poison his mind against her. He forces Antoinette to conform to his rigid Victorian ideals, unaware that he is pushing her towards madness, and towards a terrible conclusion amongst the leaping flames at Thornfield Hall...
Publish date: September 3rd 1998
Pages no: 151
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
Jean Rhys's reputation was made upon publication of this passionate and heartbreaking novel, in which she brings into light one of fiction's most mysterious characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. A sensual and protected young woman, Antoinette Cosway grows up in the...
Wow, what a dissapointing read. If it wasn't such a relatively short book, I highly doubt if I would've been able to plough through it. The writing style was very confusing. I kept thinking I had one of those Kindle versions with a shitload amount of spelling errors in it again, but apparently, it's...
The scent that came from the dress was very faint at first, then it grew stronger. The smell of vetivert and frangipanni, of cinnamon and dust and lime trees when they are flowering. The smell of the sun and the smell of the rain.This is a book about what makes human identity – and how to take it aw...
I'm honestly not even sure I understood it. I really liked Christophine because she seemed like the only sane one there. Everyone else just seemed mad.The story jumped a bit and didn't explicitly name the narrator. I felt like I was missing something, but maybe that's because I hadn't read Jane Eyre...
I am sorry to say I simply didn't get this, despite all I have heard and read about it by brilliant people who loved the book. It isn't that I disliked the book, or that I didn't understand the basics of what's going on; it is that on that fundamental level where a reader connects with a book, throu...