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    DescriptionInspired by Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre", "Wide Sargasso Sea" is set in 1830's Jamaica. Born into an oppressive, colonialist society, 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. This classic study of betrayal is Jean Rhys' brief, beautiful masterpiece.


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    Title
    Wide Sargasso Sea
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jean Rhys, Introduction by Andrea Ashworth
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 9 mm
    Weight: 123 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141185422
    ISBN 10: 0141185422
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FC
    DC22: FIC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    DC21: 813
    Libri: B-232
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET038
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CARIBB
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000
    Thema V1.0: FBC, FBA
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    01 January 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Jean Rhys was born in Dominica in 1894. Coming to England aged 16, she drifted into various jobs before starting to write in Paris in the late 1920's. Her novels, often portraying women as underdogs out to exploit their sexualities, were ahead of their time and only modestly successful. From 1939 she lived reclusively, and was largely forgotten when she made a sensational comeback with WIDE SARGASSO SEA in 1966. She died in 1979.
    Review text
    Rhys was haunted by the figure of the first Mrs Rochester, the mad wife in the attic in Bronte's Jane Eyre. 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. (Kirkus UK)