I liked Wide Sargasso Sea a lot more than the author of this review but found it a very fair take and much more concise (sharply written) than my own critique (which can be read here https://jhohadli.wordpress.com/joannes-extra-ness/blogger-on-books-v/blogger-on-books-v-wide-sargasso-sea-by-jean-rhys). Worth a read. The book and the review. #bookversations #readCaribbean #Caribathon
THE PLOT: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys is a retelling of Jane Eyre from the point of view of Mr Rochester’s first wife – the mad woman in the attic. Set in Jamaica in the 1830’s, it starts with the disturbing childhood of Antoinette (Bertha) Cosway. White descendants of slave owners, Antoinette’s family is initially impoverished after emancipation until her mother remarries. Her stepfather sets Antoinette up with a decent fortune to attract a young Englishman and the majority of the novel focusses on the deterioration of her marriage during their honeymoon.
RATING: The concept for this novel immediately grabbed me but I’m only giving it three and a half stars. There are many wonderful things about this short book and I loved learning about the author. Born to a white Creole mother and Welsh father in 1890, the novel draws on Jean Rhys’s…
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