- Taschenbuch: 192 Seiten
- Verlag: Penguin Classics; Auflage: New Ed (26. April 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0140818030
- ISBN-13: 978-0140818031
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 1,2 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 62 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.136 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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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 vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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 vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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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.
The story of Bertha, the first Mrs. Rochester, "Wide Sargasso Sea" is a not only a brilliant deconstruction of Charlotte Brontë's legacy, but is also a damning history of colonialism in the West Indies. Told from different points of view, the text is a tapestry weaving Bertha's story with Edward Rochester's early life. Like the seaweed the book is named for, the structure floats in and out of artistic consciousness as though on a sea of many unwritten stories.
Although some might argue that "Wide Sargasso Sea," detracts from "Jane Eyre," I feel that Jean Rhys gives us a fuller understanding about the cultural historiography that produces "great literature." As a champion for the silenced voices, Charlotte Brontë herself was all too aware of societies' injustices. While today, "Jane Eyre" is generally accepted as a tract on social class, feminism, and conscious production of art, 150 years ago, Brontë was lambasted by contemporary critics as unchristian, seditious and a poor writer. I can not help but think Brontë, as social critic, would have cheered the publication of "Wide Sargasso Sea."
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I love the story, can't stop reading it. It's a rewritting of Jean Eyer. the book is super light. easy to readVor 2 Monaten von Amazon Customer veröffentlicht
Often quite expensive to buy such books, but not here! It even has information about the author and why her book is widely acclaimed.Veröffentlicht am 6. Oktober 2014 von frankie
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
Antoinette Cosway is a beautiful, exoctic creole. She catches the eye of an Englishman, and their passion for each other is powerful. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 5. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
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...Am 19. April 2000 veröffentlicht
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