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Ci dorma sopra, Signora

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A collection of 16 short stories by the author of "Wide Sargasso Sea", "Voyage in the Dark" and "Good Morning, Midnight".
Paperback, 144 pages
Published 1982 by La Tartaruga (first published 1976)
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C.S. Burrough
Jun 19, 2014 C.S. Burrough rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
The late Jean Rhys remains my favourite writer ever and this selection of her work shines as only her words can. There was no one like her before, nor has there been anyone since. Her wry, brutally honest, self-deprecating voice is so beautifully tormented she's irresistible whatever your gender. She grabs you by the heart, chews you up and spits you out, somehow leaving you begging for more.

The heart wrenching title story sums up the book brilliantly, an excellent tale to choose. As with most o
Stories by the Divine Miss Rhys, whiffs of the same heady perfume that permeates her novels. An uneven collection, but several of these stories are absolutely perfect flashes of insight into the souls of those on the fringes of the playing field. Yes, she writes, as usual, about her own life experiences, but her capacity of being both the detached observer and the fragile lost bird is rich, devastating, and elegant.
I just finished this collection of short stories, with a theme, after having just finished the author's "After Leaving Mr Mckenzie." I prefer this collection of short stories, with the theme of aging -- from childhood through adulthood and into old age. I found the writing much better than in the novel I had just read previous to this book. Each short story stands on its own, but each is tied to the next by the passage of age.
More like sketches, or first drafts, of stories she had already written, but they do hint at her later life and her fears around growing old. Better to read any of her other short stories or novels first...
La quarta di copertina dice "nessuno dei suoi romanzi ebbe grande successo, forse proprio a causa dello stile spoglio e dello scarno cinismo che li rende così moderni oggi", ed è proprio vero.

Penso di aver trovato un'altra scrittrice da adorare come fosse dio in terra.
Laurie Borchard
This collection of short stories is not nearly as good as her novels, which was a huge disappointment for me.
great read, fairly postcolonial. Enjoyed the change of Rhys' typical fiction: a young English woman goes to Paris
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Jean Rhys originally Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams, was a Caribbean novelist who wrote in the mid 20th century. Her first four novels were published during the 1920s and 1930s, but it was not until the publication of Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966 that she emerged as a significant literary figure. A "prequel" to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea won a prestigious WH Smith Literary Award in ...more
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