Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea

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By (author) Jean Rhys

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm x 15mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 3 September 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140274219
  • ISBN 13: 9780140274219
  • Sales rank: 160,921

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Set against the lush backdrop of 1830s Jamaica, Jean Rhys's powerful, haunting story was inspired by the first Mrs. Rochester, in Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre". Born into an oppressive, colonialist society, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent sensuality and beauty. But soon after their marriage, rumors of madness in her family poison his mind against her. He forces Antoinette to conform to his rigid Victorian ideals, unaware that he is pushing her towards madness, and towards a terrible conclusion amongst the leaping flames at Thornfield Hall...

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Jean Rhys was born in Domenica in 1890 but came to London when she was sixteen. She began to write after the first of her three marriages broke up, but without any particular success, perhaps because her writing was decades ahead of its time. Nearlytwenty years after her books had gone out of print, she made a sensational re-appearance in 1966 with WIDE SARGASSO SEA, which won the Royal Society of Literature Award and the WH Smith award. She died in 1979.

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Rhys was haunted by the figure of the first Mrs Rochester, the mad wife in the attic. Antoinette Cosway is a Creole heiress, whose family traps the young Rochester into marrying her. Soon after the marriage, the rumours of insanity and inbreeding in her family turn him against her. Alone in the house on the Yorkshire moors, she succumbs to madness and is imprisoned in the attic, while downstairs, Jane Eyre is trying to steal her husband. Review by Pat Barker, Booker Prize-winning author of the 'Regeneration Trilogy' (Kirkus UK)