Wide Sargasso Sea

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Wide Sargasso Sea Fiction
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Jean Rhys's passionate and heartbreaking novel brings into the light one of fiction's most mysterious characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Set in the Caribbean, its heroine is Antoinette Cosway, a sensual and protected young woman who is sold into marriage to the prideful Rochester. Rhys portrays a society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations, that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind. 171p.

Editorial Reviews

As romantic as Jane Eyre is, it is hard to forget that the "hero" has locked his wife in the attic. Readers who want to stay steeped in the romance might not enjoy Rhys's social and political critique, but those willing to see Rochester as less than the brooding Byronic hero will find rich pleasures in the exploration of his character as a young man living in the Caribbean. Issues of racism, women's rights, and class are explored through the tragic story of Antoinette Cosway, who lives a damaged life even before her disastrous marriage to Rochester. Once they are married, their relationship is besieged by distrust and interference, and Antoinette (renamed Bertha by Rochester) begins to spiral into madness. Rhys intertwines Jane Eyre into her novel, creating a literally true "read-it-again" experience. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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