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Wide Sargasso Sea (Penguin Modern Classics) - Jean Rhys, Angela Smith, Francis Wyndham
Wide Sargasso Sea (Penguin Modern Classics)
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Her grand attempt to tell what she felt was the story of "Jane Eyre's" 'madwoman in the attic', Bertha Rochester, Jean Rhys' "Wide Sargasso Sea" is edited with an introduction and notes by Angela Smith in "Penguin Classics". Born into the oppressive, colonialist society of 1930s Jamaica, white... show more
Her grand attempt to tell what she felt was the story of "Jane Eyre's" 'madwoman in the attic', Bertha Rochester, Jean Rhys' "Wide Sargasso Sea" is edited with an introduction and notes by Angela Smith in "Penguin Classics". Born into the oppressive, colonialist society of 1930s Jamaica, white Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent beauty and sensuality. After their marriage, however, disturbing rumours begin to circulate which poison her husband against her. Caught between his demands and her own precarious sense of belonging, Antoinette is inexorably driven towards madness, and her husband into the arms of another novel's heroine. This classic study of betrayal, a seminal work of postcolonial literature, is Jean Rhys' brief, beautiful masterpiece. 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 "Wide Sargasso Sea", you might like Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre", also available in "Penguin Classics". "She took one of the works of genius of the nineteenth century and turned it inside-out to create one of the works of genius of the twentieth century". (Michele Roberts, "The Times").
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ISBN: 9780141182858 (0141182857)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
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3.0 Wide Sargasso Sea / Jean Rhys
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 Victori...
Inked Brownies
Inked Brownies rated it
2.0 Wide Sargasso Sea
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...
Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it
5.0 Wide Sargasso Sea
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...
Merle
Merle rated it
0.0 Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
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...
Merle
Merle rated it
0.0 Wide Sargasso Sea
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...
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