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Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
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Dec 13, 10

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Beautifully, vividly told. I find it interesting that Antoinette's narrative style becomes more lucid as she descends into madness - it suggests that one is sane, however tough the situation and however much one struggles with it, for as long as one recognises the disjunct between one's dreams and expectations and one's reality, and this disjunct can lead to the fractured narrative of the first part; however, once one starts telling oneself stories, fabricating a reality within which one can exist, one is mad and a danger to others. The utter dispossession on which this whole story hangs - both hers and his - is eye-opening and heart-breaking.
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