Jean Rhys: The Complete Novels (Voyage in the Dark, Quartet, After Leaving Mr Mackenzie, Good Morning, Midnight, Wide Sargasso Sea)
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Jean Rhys: The Complete Novels (Voyage in the Dark, Quartet, After Leaving Mr Mackenzie, Good Morning, Midnight, Wide Sargasso Sea)

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Voyage in the Dark, Quartet, After Leaving Mr Mackenzie, Good Morning, Midnight, Wide Sargasso Sea)
Paperback, 574 pages
Published 1985 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Basically, I'm a huge Jean Rhys fan. But, defintely don't read them all at once, one after another, on dark winter nights when you're lonely and might already have a drinking problem.
Keili Rae
As a recovering expat, I wish I had read these novels instead of Henry Miller while I was abroad. Rhys' women are stronger than they realize but everywhere trapped by their circumstances. Reading each novel was like watching a wild bird beat itself bloody against the bars of a cage. Beautiful and totally tragic.
Holly Robinson
Jean Rhys is truly one of the greatest overlooked women fiction writers. Her sentences are so beautiful that they'll bring you to your knees.
I read this anthology of Jean Rhys’ semi-autobiographical works back in the 80s, then reread her best known novel “Wide Sargasso Sea,” when my local book group chose it in 1997. Her first books are essentially about depression and are confessional in nature. “The Wide Sargasso Sea” was written much later and is a take-off on “Jane Eyre.” When our book group read it, we decided we should write a 3rd book where Antoinette escapes the fire and becomes a prosperous prostitute—we’d call it “Drowning...more
Read "Good Morning Midnight" long ago, and it always lingered with me. Her other novels are just as beautiful, just as hysterical, and are sharply feminine. Being a woman is difficult. I'm not joking. If you don't think so, read Jean Rhys. Her descriptions of the things she sees are haunting and menacing, told through twinge of hangover. Many passages because it is five novels in one book.

"There was always a little grey street leading to the stage-door of the theatre and another little grey str...more
Jean Rhys is truly a masterful writer. I read one book after another in this anthology.
Adrian Colesberry
I only read Wide Sargasso Sea. Great book.
For my review of Voyage in the Dark go here:

For my review of Quartet go here:

For my review of After Leaving Mr Mackenzie go here:

For my review of Good Morning, Midnight go here:

For my review of Wide Sargasso Sea go here:

For a discussion of Wide Sargasso Sea and other books that have been challenge...more
Feb 24, 2014 Lizzie marked it as to-read-off-my-shelf  ·  review of another edition
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Got a used copy in the mail today, inscribed to or by what might be "Alan Carre, 6 November 1985, San Francisco." There's a word before the 6, "deu" maybe? It probably isn't English, considering the date format.

Had a hand-illustrated bookmark inside from The Iliad Bookshop of North Hollywood, at its old address, which makes it eight years old at the least. It's real cute and looks older. "Art by Racer."

Love the journeys books take to me.
What the what. I had never heard of Jean Rhys until I was in my late 20's.....every 18 year old girl should be handed this collection! I loved all of these and wish I had read them many years earlier.

Highly recommend for social historians of between the war brit/paris lives as well as women's studies.

"...a pale long-faced girl sat in front of an untouched drink, watching the door. She was waiting for the gentleman with whom she had spent the preceding night to come along and pay for it, and naturally she was waiting in vain." (p. 137: from Quartet)
Salome Wilde
A brilliant writer whose characters endure such pain you can't believe you can't put it down. Moving, political and personal, feminist modernism at its best.
*** for Voyage in the Dark
**** for Quartet
**** for After Leaving Mr Mackenzie
***** for Good Morning Midnight
**** for Wide Sargasso Sea
Joseph Nicolello
Well, I had quite a thorough review fleshed out before the page randomly refreshed and will not allow me to Undo or w/e. Brain drain. Back to work.
One of my favorite authors. Jean Rhys, Je t'aime.
John Markos O'Neill
Six novels in one book: seems like a bargain.
My favorite writer (when I was young).
Excellent. But depressing.
Richard Chiem
some of my favorite novels
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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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