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Wide Sargasso Sea

by Jean Rhys, Edwidge Danticat

Wide Sargasso Sea Synopsis

Wide Sargasso Sea, a masterpiece of modern fiction, was Jean Rhys's return to the literary center stage. She had a startling early career and was known for her extraordinary prose and haunting women characters. With Wide Sargasso Sea, her last and best-selling novel, she ingeniously brings into light one of fiction's most fascinating characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. This mesmerizing work introduces us to Antoinette Cosway, a sensual and protected young woman who is sold into marriage to the prideful Mr. Rochester. Rhys portrays Cosway amidst a society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations, that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind. A new introduction by the award-winning Edwidge Danticat, author most recently of Claire of the Sea Light, expresses the enduring importance of this work. Drawing on her own Caribbean background, she illuminates the setting's impact on Rhys and her astonishing work.

Wide Sargasso Sea Press Reviews

Working a stylistic range from moody introspection to formal elegance, Miss Rhys has us traveling under Antoinette's skin. It is an eerie and memorable trip. -- The Nation The distillation of [Rhys's] life and craft... Nowhere is her prose more supple, more assured. -- Sara Paretsky - You Must Read This, NPR A considerable tour de force by any standard... A triumph of atmosphere. -- New York Times Book Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9780393352566
Publication date: 12th January 2016
Author: Jean Rhys, Edwidge Danticat
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 176 pages
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945), Historical fiction,

About Jean Rhys, Edwidge Danticat

Jean Rhys (1890-1979), one of the foremost writers of the twentieth century, is the author of Wide Sargasso Sea-her last and best-known novel-as well as After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie, Voyage in the Dark, and Good Morning, Midnight, all available in Norton paperback.

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