Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys’s masterpiece tells the story of Jane Eyre’s ‘madwoman in the attic’, Bertha Rochester.
Born into the oppressive, colonialist society of 1930s Jamaica, white Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent beauty and sensuality. After their marriage, however, disturbing rumours begin to circulate which poison her husband against her. Caught between his demands and her own precarious sense of belonging, Antoinette is inexorably driven towards madness, and her husband into the arms of another novel’s heroine.
‘Rhys took one of the works of genius of the 19th Century and turned it inside-out to create one of the works of genius of the 20th Century’
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