Voyage in the Dark

Voyage in the Dark

Paperback Norton Paperback Fiction

By (author) Jean Rhys, By (author) Herbst

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  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 201mm x 15mm | 45g
  • Publication date: 17 April 1994
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0393311465
  • ISBN 13: 9780393311464
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 312,134

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Autobiographically inspired, Rhys created stories of the slightly adrift every woman looking for an anchor in a cold, hostile landscape. Her heroine in Voyage in the Dark is Anna Morgan, a young woman in her late teens, relocated to England from her beloved home in the West Indies. She works as a chorus girl, traveling the country to dank boarding rooms and shabby theaters. Fortune seems to grab her one day in the shape of a wealthy, older man who sets her up in London, calling for her as his needs dictate. Anna falls in love with him, and allows herself to rely on him totally. When he grows tired of her, she begins a long spiraling decline. This is poignant, tense writing by the woman whom A. Alvarez called "the best living English novelist."

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Miss Rhys has not often been more steadily successful than in her account of Anna Morgan's quite ordinary tragedy. . . . Miss Rhys has done a nearly perfect job. --T. P., Jr.

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Rhys's voice is starkly simple, yet sharp as nails. Autobiographically inspired, Rhys created stories of the slightly adrift everywoman looking for an anchor in a cold, hostile landscape.