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Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)

by Jean Rhys

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Jean Rhys's late masterpiece Wide Sargasso Sea was inspired by Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, and is set in the lush, beguiling landscape of Jamaica in the 1830s. Cover design by Coralie Bickford-Smith.
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    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (aces, kjuliff)
    kjuliff: Mr. Rochester
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    The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination by Sandra M. Gilbert (Imprinted)
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    Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector (Petroglyph)
    Petroglyph: Even though Near to the wild heart was written some twenty years prior to Wide Sargasso Sea, these two share numerous features: the interior monologue, the lyricism, the heroine mostly living inside her skull, the central character who doesn’t see a way out of their mental frustrations with life. Lispector kicked all that up a few notches, but to me these two belong close together on my mental shelves.… (more)
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    March by Geraldine Brooks (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Classic stories (Little Women/Jane Eyre) re-imagined through the experiences of characters who are important to the plot while being almost entirely unseen.
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    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (Philosofiction)
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    Grendel by John Gardner (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Classics retold to give voice to silent characters important to their plots.
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    After Mrs Rochester by Polly Teale (srdr)
    srdr: This brilliant drama illuminates the themes that run through Jean Rhys's life, Wide Sargasso Sea, and Jane Eyre.
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    Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline (Cecilturtle)
    Cecilturtle: colonialisme
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    Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica by Zora Neale Hurston (cammykitty)
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    A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen (lucy.depalma)
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    Bug-Jargal by Victor Hugo (Medicinos)
    Medicinos: Bug-Jargal décrit une société antillaise basée sur l'exploitation des esclaves qui éclate lorsque ces derniers se rebellent. La prisonnière des Sargasses décrit une société analogue après la rébellion.
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    Blessed Is the Fruit by Robert Antoni (IsolaBlue)
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    Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry (GlebtheDancer)
    GlebtheDancer: Dark, foreboding, claustrophobic feel. Self-destruction of central character. Similar prose styles.
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    Signed, Mata Hari: A Novel by Yannick Murphy (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Lush depiction of tropics with natives playing important roles, women "bought" and tragic endings
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The thing that I found so striking as I read this was how subtle the writing is and how much breath flows through its 171 pages. The themes of power/control/hatred/safety are prominent. Much can also be said about the feeling of being in-between (colonial generations, nationalities, race, etc.) A lot to ponder, and definitely something I will want reread in the future. ( )
  psalva | Sep 3, 2023 |
The author brings to light the most mysterious character from Jane Eyre, Rochester's wife. She is a young woman from a Caribbean family whose family's past will be used against her by her husband. The author portrays a society so driven by hatred that it literally can drive a woman out of her mind. ( )
  Kristelh | Sep 2, 2023 |
If you are a fan of Jane Eyre and ever wondered what the story was with Rochester and his “madwoman” in the attic this is a must read. Absolutely fabulous characters, I think this was really creatively crafted - and I dig that she shows a different aspect of Rochester than what Bronte wrote. ( )
  Andy5185 | Jul 9, 2023 |
If I could unread this one I probably would. The writing was disjointed, and did not vibe with me at all. The characters felt shallow. The themes were a bit too heavy handed (colonialism bad), and the character assassination of Rochester from Jane Eyre was kind of a bummer. ( )
  Andjhostet | Jul 4, 2023 |
One more on the Modern Library list of the 100 best American works of fiction in the 20th century that I hadn't read. It is usually reviewed as the story of the first Mrs. Rochester in Jane Eyre, and that may have been some stimulus to the author, but it is not a necessary element of the story. The protagonist cracks up slowly during the course of the events depicted and in a lush tropical Caribbean background replete with racism, continental vs island social clashes, voodoo and various human short-comings. Some reviewers have complained that these things are not a cause of insanity, but it is a work of art, not a medical text - and I think there must be some autobiographical component. ( )
  markm2315 | Jul 1, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Rhys, Jeanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ashworth, AndreaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Daunt, ChrisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dorsman-Vos, W.A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mooney, BelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, AngelaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilks, SueCover photographsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wyndham, FrancisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did.
'If you are buried under a flamboyant tree,' I said, 'your soul is lifted up when it flowers. Everyone wants that.'
The saints we hear about were all very beautiful and wealthy. All were loved by rich and handsome young men.
Reality might disconcert her, bewilder her, hurt her, but it would not be reality. It would be only a mistake, a misfortune, a wrong path taken, her fixed ideas would never change.
'So between you I often wonder who I am and where is my country and where do I belong and why was I ever born at all.'
'You can pretend for a long time, but one day it all falls away and you are alone.'
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