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Voyage in the Dark by Jean Rhys
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Oct 08, 11

bookshelves: feminist, modernist-literature, autobiographical
Read in October, 2011

Reading Jean Rhys is painful because in her writing, beauty is intrinsically associated with pain. The beauty of her memories, her dreams, her humanity; this is all invariably trapped within the ugliness of human nature, the brutality and anonymity of London life, from losing yourself within men and relying so fully on others that you're a shadow of your own identity, trapped by dreams of the sea and sun and innocence.

Voyage in the Dark is the story of 18 year old Anna's life in London, following the journey from her initial naivety and inexperience, to a complex darkening of herself where she becomes dependent yet mistrustful of others, moving from one figure to another, gradually learning the truths behind English society's facade. Rhys's stream of consciousness is a swift and engaging read, heart rendering and tragic but consistently relatable and thoughtful.
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scissorstoariadne I totally agree with you that in her writing, beauty intermingles with pain and decay. A line in wide sargasso sea has been haunting me since I read it - do all beautiful things have sad destinies? Plus, the way she describes coulibri. Rhys is intense and unapologetic with her writing and i love her for it. Can't wait to read voyage!


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