Good Morning, Midnight

Good Morning, Midnight

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Jean Rhys's Good Morning Midnight is an unforgettable portrait of a woman bravely confronting loneliness and despair in her quest for self-determination

In 1930s Paris, where one cheap hotel room is very like another, a young woman is teaching herself indifference. She has escaped personal tragedy and has come to France to find courage and seek independence. She tells herself to expect nothing, especially not kindness, least of all from men. Tomorrow, she resolves, she will dye her hair blonde. Jean Rhys was a talent before her time with an impressive ability to express the anguish of young women. In Good Morning, Midnight Rhys created the powerfully modern portrait of Sophia Jansen, whose emancipation is far more painful and complicated than she could expect, but whose confession is flecked with triumph and elation.

With an introduction by A.L. Kennedy

'Her eloquence in the language of human sexual transactions is chilling, cynical, and surprisingly moving'
A.L. Kennedy
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 10mm | 134g
  • Penguin Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780141183930
  • 17,101

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Her eloquence in the language of human sexual transactions is chilling, cynical, and surprisingly moving A L Kennedy
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Her eloquence in the language of human sexual transactions is chilling, cynical, and surprisingly moving -- A L Kennedy No one who reads Good Morning, Midnight will ever forget it * The New York Times *
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About Jean Rhys

Jean Rhys was born in Dominica in 1894. After arriving in England aged sixteen, she became a chorus girl and drifted between different jobs before moving to Paris, where she started to write in the late 1920s. She published a story collection and four novels, after which she disappeared from view and lived reclusively for many years. In 1966 she made a sensational comeback with her masterpiece, Wide Sargasso Sea, written in difficult circumstances over a long period. Rhys died in 1979.
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8,393 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 30% (2,506)
4 38% (3,210)
3 24% (2,031)
2 6% (499)
1 2% (147)
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