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  • Taschenbuch: 192 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin Classics; Auflage: Open Market edition (26. April 2001)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0140818030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140818031
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 1,1 x 19,6 cm
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In 1966 Jean Rhys reemerged after a long silence with a novel called Wide Sargasso Sea. Rhys had enjoyed minor literary success in the 1920s and '30s with a series of evocative novels featuring women protagonists adrift in Europe, verging on poverty, hoping to be saved by men. By the '40s, however, her work was out of fashion, too sad for a world at war. And Rhys herself was often too sad for the world--she was suicidal, alcoholic, troubled by a vast loneliness. She was also a great writer, despite her powerful self-destructive impulses.

Wide Sargasso Sea is the story of Antoinette Cosway, a Creole heiress who grew up in the West Indies on a decaying plantation. When she comes of age she is married off to an Englishman, and he takes her away from the only place she has known--a house with a garden where "the paths were overgrown and a smell of dead flowers mixed with the fresh living smell. Underneath the tree ferns, tall as forest tree ferns, the light was green. Orchids flourished out of reach or for some reason not to be touched."

The novel is Rhys's answer to Jane Eyre. Charlotte Brontë's book had long haunted her, mostly for the story it did not tell--that of the madwoman in the attic, Rochester's terrible secret. Antoinette is Rhys's imagining of that locked-up woman, who in the end burns up the house and herself. Wide Sargasso Sea follows her voyage into the dark, both from her point of view and Rochester's. It is a voyage charged with soul-destroying lust. "I watched her die many times," observes the new husband. "In my way, not in hers. In sunlight, in shadow, by moonlight, by candlelight. In the long afternoons when the house was empty."

Rhys struggled over the book, enduring rejections and revisions, wrestling to bring this ruined woman out of the ashes. The slim volume was finally published when she was 70 years old. The critical adulation that followed, she said, "has come too late." Jean Rhys died a few years later, but with Wide Sargasso Sea she left behind a great legacy, a work of strange, scary loveliness. There has not been a book like it before or since. Believe me, I've been searching. --Emily White -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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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) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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9 von 9 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von "bm78" am 10. Juni 2005
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Wide Sargasso Sea is a response to the well-known classic text Jane Eyre from the point of view of the most marginalized character, Bertha Mason. In Jane Eyre, the first Mrs Rochester is imprisoned in the attic because she is mad, the only additional information we get about her is that she came from Jamaica, one of Britain's colonies. Herself born in Dominica, in the West Indies, Jean Rhys was annoyed to find that Charlotte Bronte had made a West Indian white Creole like herself into a lunatic, and thus set out to rewrite the story from a different point of view.
Beside the main text, this edition provides an Introduction, a Chronology, Language Notes and Activities, Further Activities and Study Questions, Setting and Background Notes, Character Notes, a Text Summary, Critical Responses, and Suggestions for Further Reading.
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5 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von JLind555 am 9. Januar 2000
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'Jane Eyre' was one of my favorite books when I was a teenager and if I had read 'Wide Sargasso Sea' right after reading 'Jane Eyre', I would have hated it for deconstructing the heroic image of Mr. Rochester. I'm glad I discovered WSS much later. It's an intriguing, fascinating study of Mr. Rochester and his first wife, Antoinette Mason, the prototype of the 'mad wife in the attic' who played a minor but vital part in 'Jane Eyre'. Antoinette's mother descends into madness following the loss of the family estate to a slave rebellion. To shore up the family fortune and save her from becoming an old maid, and thus a burden, she is married off to Mr. Rochester, newly arrived from England, who knows nothing about her mother's insanity. WSS shows us the other side of Mr. Rochester that Jane Eyre couldn't or wouldn't see: his coldness, his selfishness, and his opportunism. We can understand how, as he did in 'Jane Eyre', such a man would lie to an innocent young woman about his marital status and nearly trap her into unwittingly participating in a sham marriage. Rochester is attracted to Antoinette at first; he is dazzled by her beauty as well as her money and eager to marry her. Once the honeymoon phase is over, he is unable to adjust to his surroundings. Jamaica is antipathetic to everything he grew up with, it's wild, untamed, a study in extremes, anathema to a tidy, organized, narrow-minded European, and Rochester is the typical insular-minded Englishman who despises what he is unable to understand.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Once you've read this novel, Charlotte Bronte's perennial classic will never appear in the same light to you as before. Jean Rhys takes the marginalized and demonized first Mrs. Rochester and turns her into a full-fledged, complex character who earns the reader's sympathy. Victorian racism, imperialism and morality are exposed for what they are, and yet this is done so subtly that it does not feel "over the top". In short: "Wide Sargasso Sea" is a superb companion piece to "Jane Eyre" that allows us to view its predecessor in a whole new light.
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von "reviewforyou" am 11. Juli 2000
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This book is a must read for fans of Bronte's JANE EYRE. Jean Rhys depicts the life of Berthe, the madwoman in Bronte's novel. The author shows it from the perspective of both Berthe (a.k.a. Antoinette) and Rochester. By the end of the novel it is understandable why Berthe became the madwoman in the attic. Rhys takes the reader through the tortured life of Berthe as a young girl into womanhood and her eventual marriage to Rochester. Clearly, there was not much hope for Berthe within her environment. Furthermore, Rochester gives up on his new wife too easily, forcing her to retreat further and further into herself. He falls quite short of being the loving husband. This book causes the reader to see both Berthe and Rochester in entirely different lights. When reading JANE EYRE, Berthe seems the nasty culprit. However, after reading WIDE SARGASSO SEA, the opinion you originally had may change drastically. All in all a wonderful read. It answers all the questions you may have asked yourself when reading JANE EYRE.
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Antoinette Cosway is a beautiful, exoctic creole. She catches the eye of an Englishman, and their passion for each other is powerful. They need each other for financial reasons as well. She must have a husband to claim her wealth, while he, as the second son, cannot claim his family fortune at all. The erotic feelings that the couple expresses for each other is only fleeting. Antoinette becomes "too much" for the 19th century English gentleman, who has been raised in a society that with holds passion.Eventually, quickly, he becomes disgusted with his young wife's need for exhuberant, physical attention. Anntoinette becomes desperate to experience the passion that her young husband had initially, openly and happily lavished on her. Once an errupting volcano, their relationship becomes implosive. The young man, who becomes intolerant of Anoinette, desperately avoids her. She becomes hysterical because as his wife, she has no control of anything in her life: love, ,sexual attention, money, or home. The English husband learns of an opportunity to return to England, and since Antoinette is his wife, he plans to take her with him. But she would never fit in the oppressive English landscape, so he has her declared insane, and takes her home to Thornfield, realizing he will never marry again as long as she lives. She is locked in a remote wing of his gothic mansion on the moors of England, and is lost to the world until she re-emerges as Bertha Mason in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Beautifully written, Wide Sargasso Sea, was Jean Rhys's answer to a question many Jane Eyre readers have had. Who was the mad woman? Some of the questions I had also were answered. Who else would Mr. Rochester want but a young, pure thing who would adore him and revere him.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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