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    DescriptionJean Rhys' spell-binding novel "Wide Sargasso Sea", inspired by Jane Eyre and winner the Royal Society of Literature Award is beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range. 'There is no looking glass here and I don't know what I am like now...Now they have taken everything away. What am I doing in this place and who am I?' If Antoinette Cosway, a spirited Creole heiress, could have foreseen the terrible future that awaited her, she would not have married the young Englishman. Initially drawn to her beauty and sensuality, he becomes increasingly frustrated by his inability to reach into her soul. He forces Antoinette to conform to his rigid Victorian ideals, unaware that in taking away her identity he is destroying a part of himself as well as pushing her towards madness. Set against the lush backdrop of 1830s Jamaica, Jean Rhys' powerful, haunting masterpiece was inspired by her fascination with the first Mrs Rochester, the mad wife in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. "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"). Jean Rhys was born in Dominica in 1890, the daughter of a Welsh doctor and a white Creole mother, and came to England when she was sixteen. Her first book, a collection of stories called "The Left Bank", was published in 1927. This was followed by Quartet (originally Postures, 1928), "After Leaving Mr Mackenzie" (1930), "Voyage in the Dark" (1934) and "Good Morning, Midnight" (1939). None of these books was particularly successful and with the outbreak of war they went out of print. Jean Rhys dropped from sight until nearly twenty years later she was discovered living reclusively in Cornwall. During those years she had accumulated the stories collected in Tigers are Better-Looking. In 1966 she made a sensational reappearance with Wide Sargasso Sea, which won the Royal Society of Literature Award and the W. H. Smith Award. Her final collection of stories, "Sleep It Off Lady", appeared in 1976 and "Smile Please", her unfinished autobiography, was published posthumously in 1979. Jean Rhys died in 1979.


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    Title
    Wide Sargasso Sea
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jean Rhys
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 111 mm
    Height: 181 mm
    Thickness: 9 mm
    Weight: 91 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780241951552
    ISBN 10: 0241951550
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC21: 823.912
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: FIC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    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: FV, FBA
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    04 July 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review quote
    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