Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys's reputation was made upon the publication of this passionate and heartbreaking novel, in which she brings into the light one of fiction's most mysterious characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontė's Jane Eyre.
A sensual and protected young woman, Antoinette Cosway grows up in the lush natural world of the Caribbean. She is sold into marriage to the coldhearted and prideful Rochester, who succumbs to his need for money and his lust. Yet he will make her pay for her ancestors' sins of slaveholding, excessive drinking, and nihilistic despair by enslaving her as a prisoner in his bleak English home.
In this best-selling novel 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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - EadieB - LibraryThing
Book Description She was Antoinette Cosway, a beautiful heiress grown up amid the violence and intrigue of a lush Caribbean island, and haunted by memories of a terror-ridden past. He was Rochester, a ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - CurrerBell - LibraryThing
I'd actually rate Wide Sargasso Sea as probably 4½**** but I'm rating this particular edition (Norton Critical) a bit lower because its supplementary materials, although interesting and useful, are written a bit too much in "acadamese." Read full review