One of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'
'Rhys took one of the works of genius of the 19th Century and turned it inside-out to create one of the works of genius of the 20th Century' Michele Roberts
Jean Rhys's masterpiece tells the story of Jane Eyre's 'madwoman in the attic', Bertha Rochester.
Born into the oppressive, colonialist society of 1930s Jamaica, white Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent beauty and sensuality. After their marriage, however, disturbing rumours begin to circulate which poison her husband against her. Caught between his demands and her own precarious sense of belonging, Antoinette is inexorably driven towards madness, and her husband into the arms of another novel's heroine. This classic study of betrayal, a seminal work of postcolonial literature, is Jean Rhys's brief, beautiful masterpiece.
Edited with an introduction and notes by Angela Smith
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 134 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm
Rhys took one of the works of genius of the 19th Century and turned it inside-out to create one of the works of genius of the 20th Century - Michele Roberts
Rhys's iconic prequel to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre is rich in motifs and devices both modernist and postmodernist - Hephzibah Anderson
Beautiful and subversive [...] the novel didn't just take inspiration from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, it illuminated and confronted it, challenged the narrative. - Danielle McLaughlin, Paris Review
Wide Sargasso Sea is not just a great novel, it is many brilliant books in one - Independent
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“Compelling and insightful”
I started this before realising that is was written as a prequal to Jane Eyre and strangely I actually prefered this. I found the story compelling and insightful although Antoinette was a little annoying as she let... More
Ostensibly this is a prequel to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre as Antoinette, the main character, is meant to represent the mad woman in the attic in Bronte's novel. But the tale told in Rhys's book... More
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