Penguin Essentials Wide Sargasso Sea

Mass Market Paperback | May 24, 2011

byJean Rhys

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Jean Rhys's spell-binding novel Wide Sargasso Sea, inspired by Jane Eyre and winner the Royal Society of Literature Award is beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range. 'There is no looking glass here and I don't know what I am like now... Now they have taken everything away. What am I doing in this place and who am I?' If Antoinette Cosway, a spirited Creole heiress, could have foreseen the terrible future that awaited her, she would not have married the young Englishman. Initially drawn to her beauty and sensuality, he becomes increasingly frustrated by his inability to reach into her soul. He forces Antoinette to conform to his rigid Victorian ideals, unaware that in taking away her identity he is destroying a part of himself as well as pushing her towards madness. Set against the lush backdrop of 1830s Jamaica, Jean Rhys's powerful, haunting masterpiece was inspired by her fascination with the first Mrs Rochester, the mad wife in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. 'Compelling, painful and exquisite' Guardian 'Brilliant. A tale of dislocation and dispossession, which Rhys writes with a kind of romantic cynicism, desperate and pungent' The Times 'Rhys turns a menacing cipher into a grieving, plausible young woman, and one whose story says whole worlds about global mixtures, about the misunderstandings between the colonized, the colonizers and the people who can't easily say which they are' Time Jean Rhys was born in Dominica in 1890, the daughter of a Welsh doctor and a white Creole mother, and came to England when she was sixteen. Her first book, a collection of stories called The Left Bank, was published in 1927. This was followed by Quartet (originally Postures, 1928), After Leaving Mr Mackenzie (1930), Voyage in the Dark (1934) and Good Morning, Midnight (1939). None of these books was particularly successful and with the outbreak of war they went out of print. Jean Rhys dropped from sight until nearly twenty years later she was discovered living reclusively in Cornwall. During those years she had accumulated the stories collected in Tigers are Better-Looking. In 1966 she made a sensational reappearance with Wide Sargasso Sea, which won the Royal Society of Literature Award and the W. H. Smith Award. Her final collection of stories, Sleep It Off Lady, appeared in 1976 and Smile Please, her unfinished autobiography, was published posthumously in 1979. Jean Rhys died in 1979.

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Jean Rhys's spell-binding novel Wide Sargasso Sea, inspired by Jane Eyre and winner the Royal Society of Literature Award is beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range. 'There is no looking glass here and I don't know what I am like now... Now they have taken everything away. What am I doing in this place and who ...

Jean Rhys was born in Dominica in 1894. After arriving in England aged sixteen, she became a chorus girl and drifted between different jobs before moving to Paris, where she started to write in the late 1920s. She published a story collection and four novels, after which she disappeared from view and lived reclusively for many years. I...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.1 × 4.4 × 0.4 inPublished:May 24, 2011Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0241951550

ISBN - 13:9780241951552

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this please, and so so with an open mind. There are three kinds of people in this world. The first are people who have not read "Wide Sargasso Sea. The second are those who have read it but say that they prefer the Mr Rochester from "Jane Eyre". The last are those who think that the Mr. Rochester from Wide Sargasso sea is the very man that also inhabited Jane Eyre. Jean Rhys obviously wrote a sequel to a book which she herself did not write but that does not mean that it does not ring through. A century before Charlotte Bronte wrote an incredible novel that was revolutionary in many ways but that she does not seems to have realized how problematic a character Mr. Rochester was. He did exhibit come very ugly traits that could easily have driven to the edge, a person Antoinette's state of mind. This book doesn't just offer you the opportunity to rethink Jane Eyre, but some beautiful sensual language and themes such as madness, race and colonialism. This is not a book to be missed.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truly an essential An essential read for fans of Jane Eyre!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read Wide Sargasso Sea is one of the greatest accomplishments in literature. Readers of Jane Eyre will find a complete different side to the story of Mr. Rochester's first wife. Filled with sensual imagery, it's a must-read.
Date published: 2016-11-02