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Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
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Jan 25, 2010

really liked it
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So it turns out that I maybe should have read Jane Eyre before taking on this novel. Despite the fact that ambiguity seems to be the hinge upon which the end of this novel swings, it still seemed that that very ambiguity was more than likely the twist to the original story that moves this novel from "loose reference to a classic" to the realm of "fantastically effective literary poaching." All the same, the text itself was haunting, from the still moments of lovemaking (sort of a less detailed version of that creepy Bill Pullman/Patricia Arquette sex scene in Lost Highway)to the multiple dramatic references to fire and voodoo, betrayal and suicide, insanity and resignation. It shows us what it's like to be neurotic and isolated, as well as what it's like to love someone who is neurotic and isolated, and who manages to also isolate you through the creation of their own little people-hating-us-centered-universe of self-loathing and disconnectedness (something I have most certainly inflicted AND dealt with in the past). Basically, reading this tiny, powerful novel is sort of like watching a hurricane in slow motion. Most importantly, however, this novel is about secrets...but I can't really tell you about that.

*This review is subject to massive and possibly contradictory changes at any time (that time most likely being shortly after I read the copy of Jane Eyre that I bought last night).
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Paquita Maria Sanchez I hope it's alright that I've never read Jane Eyre...

Mariel Jane Eyre has great things in it and also some not so great things.

Shauna Enjoy Jane Eyre. I remember when I read it for the first time, I had to read it through twice more immediately afterward-yes, it was that good. I tend to that anyway though when I find a new book I really like.

David Sarkies It is interesting that you read this without reading Jane Eyre since this book has been written out of it. I like your description of the nature of the setting, which once again gives me an understanding of the wild nature of colonies and colonialism.

Cecily It's probably unusual to read this without reading Jane Eyre first, but I think it works as a standalone novel, and your rating and description suggest that's so.

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