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Quartet

by Jean Rhys

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

Quartet Synopsis

Jean Rhys's first novel, a heartbreaking and disturbingly intimate portrayal of an isolated woman in Paris Set in a superficially romantic, between-wars Paris, Quartet is a poignant tale of a lonely woman. Set against a background of winter-wet streets, Pernod in smoky cafes and cheap hotel rooms with mauve- flowered wallpaper, Marya tries to make something substantial of her life in order to withstand the unreality of her surroundings. Alone, her Polish husband in prison, she is taken up by an English couple who slowly overwhelm her with their passions.

Quartet Press Reviews

[Quartet] belongs to the new tradition in prose, which shuns elaboration for sharpness and intensity of effect * The New York Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141183923
Publication date: 3rd August 2000
Author: Jean Rhys
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 176 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

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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