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  • Published: 13 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780241951552
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $22.99

Wide Sargasso Sea




The spell-binding novel that was inspired by Jane Eyre

'There is no looking glass here and I don't know what I am like now... Now they have taken everything away. What am I doing in this place and who am I?'

If Antoinette Cosway, a spirited Creole heiress, could have foreseen the terrible future that awaited her, she would not have married the young Englishman. Initially drawn to her beauty and sensuality, he becomes increasingly frustrated by his inability to reach into her soul. He forces Antoinette to conform to his rigid Victorian ideals, unaware that in taking away her identity he is destroying a part of himself as well as pushing her towards madness.

Set against the lush backdrop of 1830s Jamaica, Jean Rhys's powerful, haunting masterpiece was inspired by her fascination with the first Mrs Rochester, the mad wife in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.

  • Published: 13 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780241951552
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $22.99

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Praise for Wide Sargasso Sea

Compelling, painful and exquisite

Guardian

Brilliant. A tale of dislocation and dispossession, which Rhys writes with a kind of romantic cynicism, desperate and pungent

The Times

Rhys turns a menacing cipher into a grieving, plausible young woman, and one whose story says whole worlds about global mixtures, about the misunderstandings between the colonized, the colonizers and the people who can't easily say which they are

Time