Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys's reputation was made upon the publication of this passionate and heartbreaking novel, in which she brings into the light one of fiction's most mysterious characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontė's Jane Eyre.
A sensual and protected young woman, Antoinette Cosway grows up in the lush natural world of the Caribbean. She is sold into marriage to the coldhearted and prideful Rochester, who succumbs to his need for money and his lust. Yet he will make her pay for her ancestors' sins of slaveholding, excessive drinking, and nihilistic despair by enslaving her as a prisoner in his bleak English home.
In this best-selling novel Rhys portrays a society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations, that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nosajeel - LibraryThing
A beautiful parallel fiction that tells the story of Rochester's "madwoman in the attic" from Jane Eyre. It is so rich and deep that both books are the better for it. The first chapter is told from ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - socalnovelist - LibraryThing
It is always so interesting when an author takes a story from another author's book, and reflects the perspective of the off character. This is what this book is about. It is wonderfully made. If you ... Read full review