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Wide Sargasso Sea: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism

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In this Reader's Guide, Carl Plasa provides a comprehensive survey and analysis of the most stimulating critical responses to Wide Sargasso Sea. The opening chapter outlines initial reactions to the novel from English and Caribbean critics, charting the differences between them. Chapter Two explores Wide Sargasso Sea 's dialogue with Jane Eyre and the theoretical questions
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Paperback, 194 pages
Published September 6th 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Jennifer
Mar 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This novel is an illumination into the dark passageway to madness, exacerbated by anxiety and loneliness. The novel is told by two narrators, the lonely, neglected Antoinette and her stranger of a husband, Rochester. I loved the desperate, yearning narrative of Antoinette and Rochester's detached approach to his wife becomes increasingly frightening. This was the first piece of literature I have ever read to humanize a slavetrader's family. It certainly makes me want to read Jane Eyre again, thi ...more
Ashia Joy
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
The novel Wide Sargasso sea written by Jean Rhys was a beautiful and relatable tale. It starts off slow and takes awhile to understand the prose. Once I got well into the story it was worth the wait. The story being told in both Antoinette's and Rochester's perspective gave an in depth understanding of both characters thoughts and behaviors. Antoinette is abused, ignored, isolated and rejected throughout the entire novel. Her madness is a result of her internal issues that she never resolved, be ...more
Tom
Feb 22, 2007 rated it did not like it
*cough*... Though it may make me some enemies, this book shows the stupidity of mildly realistic femininity. The characters are very 2-dimensional, and a quick review of the book's description will show the vanity of it's author (acclaim "has come too late"). In my opinion, it should have never come at all!
ahe Butterfield
Feb 11, 2007 rated it liked it
The literary conceit of this novel is that it's a prequel to Jane Eyre, wherein we learn the origin of the madwoman in the attic, Mr. Rochester's first wife. It's also a didactic relic of the 60s that links her insanity to the fact that they didn't care for little French girls in Jamaica. Racism, misogyny and classism drove Bertha nutters. Oops, spoiler!
Ryan
Mar 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Four, ordinarily. My friend said he had a boner the entire time he was reading it. Didn't quite have that effect on me, but I suppose it does merit Rhys an extra gold star.
Hope Coakes
Gives an entirely new slant to the Jane Eyre romance
Julie
Jan 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Written as a prequel to Jane Eyre -- the story of the first wife. Strangely erotic -- unless I misread, a little S&M alluded to....
Christy
Mar 29, 2007 rated it did not like it
I hated this book so much, I wanted to burn it.
Courtney
Feb 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A short novel - Rhys's response to Jane Eyre. It tells the story of an undeveloped character in Jane Eyre (won't tell you who in case you haven't read it).
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