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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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In "Wide Sargasso Sea", Jean Rhys offers the reader another side to "Jane Eyre". The story of Bertha, the first Mrs Rochester, "Wide Sargasso Sea" is a damning history of... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 18. November 2007 von HORAK
Der Einige, der Jane Eyre gelesen hat, finden viele Sachen, die wie ein Puzzelwerk zusammen das gesamte Bild ergeben. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 19. August 2003 von KM
The book is undoubtedly not for everyman. It may leave you confused and dazed by the disjointed narrative structure, incomplete dialogues and overpowering images and emotions that... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 1. Juni 2000 von anita rhee
If you have not yet read Jean Eyre, then I highly suggest you do not read Wide Sargasso Sea. This novel takes the reader into a confusing road where the characters have no meaning... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 24. April 2000 von Viviana Serratos
I have always loved Jane Eyre; in truth, it is one of my favorite novels and I've always been fascinated with Bertha... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 19. April 2000 von "literarylady"
Firstly, if you haven't read Jane Eyre I would go as far as to say don't bother. The Wide Sargosso Sea is the story of the character Rochesters' mental wife Bertha who is rather... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 13. März 2000 von Christina
Generally when I pick up a novel I expect to get something out of it. Having to read this for my English class I found it to be a chore. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 24. Februar 2000 von Katrina