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Wide Sargasso Sea a masterpiece of modern fiction was Jean Rhys’s return to the literary center stage She had a startling early career and was known for her extraordinary prose and haunting women characters With Wide Sargasso Sea her last and best selling novel she ingeniously brings into light one of fiction’s most fascina In short incoherent overpraised rubbish I have read my share of classics over the years Some of them were boring some outside the area of my interest but never had I come across one that was so dreadfully bad and at the same time so critically acclaimedI simply can t comprehend how this jumble of disjointed sentences can be seriously called a masterpiece The story was almost impossible to follow Had I not read Jane Eyre I d be lost in this book completely The characters motivations and even actions were hard to understand their personalities were non existent And apparently Bertha went mad because Rochester didn t give her enough loving and cheated on her with a servant girl once Awful beyond beliefReading challenge 27 1 of 2

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Wide Sargasso Sea

Ting characters the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre This mesmerizing work introduces us to Antoinette Cosway a sensual and protected young woman who is Wide Sargasso ePUB #192 sold into marriage to the prideful Mr Rochester Rhys portrays Cosway amidst a society so driven by hatred so skewed in its sex 5 erratic ecstatic and hypnotic stars 4th Favorite Read of 2017 Tie This book is such a wonderful dark counterpoint to Jane Eyre I was inspired to write a poem rather than a review and I hope you enjoy itAntoinetteAntoinette by day Bertha by twilightThe white cockroach of CoulibriBold BeautifulMad and Fiery as HadesDaughter of slaveowner philanderer villainMired in mayombe and voodooand the saints of the dark godesseson the isle of JamaicaNineteen lovers or was it ninety nineNo mattersome are real but all are imaginedas her body was built for lustprimitive and yielding to whites and blacksRochester so refined and elegantnever to be hers but used againand again and again and againuntil her loins are as red as the flames she breathesOpium on the ship journey to misty EnglandLocked in an attic with alcoholic Gracecoming heart to heart with her nemesisso plain and fair is the little Jane EyreDamnation Anger Lust MadnessA fire to disfigure her one true loveRochester you bastard to hell I will send youMy name is Antoinette Bertha CoswayThe White Cockroach

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Ual relations that it can literally drive a woman out of her mindA new introduction by the award winning Edwidge Danticat author most recently of Claire of the Sea Light expresses the enduring importance of this work Drawing on her own Caribbean background she illuminates the setting’s impact on Rhys and her astonishing work After Leaving Mr Mackenzie was so terrific that I ordered two books by Jean Rhys to read Good Morning Midnight will be next to read Wide Sargasso Sea was Rhys most famous book uoted as a masterpiecebringing the fascinating character Antoinette Cosway from Charlotte Bront s Jane Eyre out of the dark atticand putting her center stage I agree the entire concept for this book was brilliant fascinating and it worked What an incredible risk Rhys made Truly was amazing Funny I had just recently read Mona in Three Act by Op de Beeck Griet and my complaint was it was 400 pages long This book half its length had twice as much lasting power The introduction by Edwidge Danticat put me in the right framework to plow aheadI became interested with what Danticat was fascinated with Edwidge Danticat had a Caribbean background as Rhys did She wrote The fact that Bertha Antoinette Mason the first MrsRochester was a Creole a white person who was born and raised on a Caribbean island fascinated me I was sad though that we readers spent so little time with her and that when we did see her she was either raging mad or setting things on fire There must be something I told myself How did Bertha Mason come to be confined in our old house in England Was she madly in love or simply mad Had Mr Rochester once loved her the way he loves Jane Eyre And so the story begins with Antoinette Cosway narrating PART ONEI READ THE FIRST THREE SENTENCES SEVERAL TIMES They say when trouble comes close ranks and so the white people did But we were not in their ranks The Jamaican ladies had never approved of my mother because she pretty like pretty self Christophine said Complex race and gender relations revealed themselves right awayThis theme continues throughout Antoinette is later called white cockroach and white nigger along with themes of emotional repression slaves slave owners frustration and desperation class gender love hate sensuality jealousy abuse feminism possessiveness mental illness control Mr Rochester re naming Antoinette Bertha madness and a relationship between money lust sex and power Mr Rochester marries Antoinettepartly for moneybut also in part to have power of herand partly for lust It s such a doomed marriage Antoinette tries to ride out the racial tensions and family strugglesPART TWO is the longest section narrated mostly by Mr Rochester He tries to turn Antoinette into something she isn t PART THREE the shortest section perhaps the saddest part of the entire book but we see the parallels to PART ONEThe characters want freedomcharacters were often drunkthe Caribbean was a dream for Mr RochesterEngland a dream for AntoinetteBut DREAMScan literally drive a person mad Many great reviews already writtenI completely agree this was a phenomenal book I read it slow I re read parts several times I reflected on it during the times I wasn t reading it often It s a slim book that I also plan to read again It s simply haunting in my thoughts The female characters Christophine a former slave and Antoinette both will remain in my thoughts in much the same way Jane Eyre has Loved it and agree with othersthis was a phenomenal tragic novel Once again proving a thin novel of 200 pages can have power than books twice its length


10 thoughts on “Wide Sargasso Sea

  1. says:

    Reader I married him first

  2. says:

    Bertha Mason is the madwoman in the attic; she is the raving lunatic that is Rochester’s first wife in Jane Eyrebut have you ever stopped to wonder what her side of the story is Have you ever considered that she may have a tale to tell Jean Rhys has and she tells it to you in all its traumatic colours Our crazy

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    In short incoherent overpraised rubbish I have read my share of classics over the years Some of them were boring some outsi

  4. says:

    Beware of a few Jane Eyre spoilers if you've managed to live your life so far without a reading it or b knowing what happensOne thing that rea

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    5 erratic ecstatic and hypnotic stars 4th Favorite Read of 2017 Tie This book is such a wonderful dark counterpoint to Jane Eyre I was inspir

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    I read this book years ago and loved it as much as Jane Eyre of which this book was the preuel I also wrote a review years ago but it not only disappeared the edition was changed How do these things happen There is very little about the book in the following But uite a bit about Dominica and Sargasso and a little of Jean Rhys herselfYears ago I used to go to Dominica I stayed in three places Firstly was an old

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    I've always been convinced I've read Jane Eyre I've even rated it here I also thought I had at some point in my life seen a film adaptation But the further I ventured into this retelling of Charlotte Bronte's novel the I found myself doubting the veracity of this assumption Finally I had to own up to never having read Jane Eyre This came as a bit of a shock as it always does when we discover we have invented a memory

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    “After Leaving Mr Mackenzie” was so terrific that I ordered two books by Jean Rhys to read“Good Morning Midnight” will be next to read“Wide Sargasso Sea” was Rhys most famous book uoted as a masterpiecebringing the fascinating character Antoinette Cosway from Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre” out of the dark atticand putting her center stage I agree the entire concept for this book was brilliant

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    Probably contains some spoilers “Our garden was large and beautiful as that garden in the Bible – the tree of life grew there But it had gone wild The paths were overgrown and a smell of dead flowers mixed with the fresh living smell Underneath the tree ferns tall as forest trees the light was green Orchids flourishe

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    411 Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys 1890 – 1979Characters Antoinette Cosway Tia Aunt Cora Grace Poole Richard Mason Annette Cosway Pierre Cosway Mr Mason Christophine Godfrey Edward RochesterAbstract Born into an oppressive colonialist socie