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Wide Sargasso Sea 411 Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys 1890 1979 Characters Antoinette Cosway, Tia, Aunt Cora, Grace Poole, Richard Mason, Annette Cosway, Pierre Cosway, Mr Mason, Christophine, Godfrey, Edward RochesterAbstract Born into an oppressive, colonialist society, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent sensuality and beauty But soon after their marriage, rumors of madness in her family poison his mind against her He forces Antoinette to conform to his 411 Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys 1890 1979 Characters Antoinette Cosway, Tia, Aunt Cora, Grace Poole, Richard Mason, Annette Cosway, Pierre Cosway, Mr Mason, Christophine, Godfrey, Edward RochesterAbstract Born into an oppressive, colonialist society, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent sensuality and beauty But soon after their marriage, rumors of madness in her family poison his mind against her He forces Antoinette to conform to his rigid Victorian ideals 1992 1370 193 20 1387 2101370 5 erratic, ecstatic and hypnotic stars 4th Favorite Read of 2017 Tie This book is such a wonderful dark counterpoint to Jane Eyre I was inspired to write a poem rather than a review and I hope you enjoy itAntoinetteAntoinette by day, Bertha by twilightThe white cockroach of CoulibriBold BeautifulMad and Fiery as HadesDaughter of slaveowner, philanderer, villainMired in mayombe and voodooand the saints of the dark godesseson the isle of JamaicaNineteen lovers or was it ninety nineNo matt 5 erratic, ecstatic and hypnotic stars 4th Favorite Read of 2017 Tie This book is such a wonderful dark counterpoint to Jane Eyre I was inspired to write a poem rather than a review and I hope you enjoy itAntoinetteAntoinette by day, Bertha by twilightThe white cockroach of CoulibriBold BeautifulMad and Fiery as HadesDaughter of slaveowner, philanderer, villainMired in mayombe and voodooand the saints of the dark godesseson the isle of JamaicaNineteen lovers or was it ninety nineNo mattersome are real but all are imaginedas her body was built for lustprimitive and yielding to whites and blacksRochester, so refined and elegantnever to be hers but used againand again and again and againuntil her loins are as red as the flames she breathesOpium on the ship journey to misty EnglandLocked in an attic with alcoholic Gracecoming heart to heart with her nemesisso plain and fair is the little Jane EyreDamnation, Anger, Lust, MadnessA fire to disfigure her one true loveRochester, you bastard, to hell I will send youMy name is Antoinette Bertha CoswayThe White Cockroach Prequel To Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte Born Into An Oppressive, Colonialist Society, Creole Heiress Antoinette Cosway Meets A Young Englishman Who Is Drawn To Her Innocent Sensuality And Beauty, But Soon After Their Marriage, Rumors Of Madness In Her Family Poison His Mind Against Her He Forces Antoinette To Conform To His Rigid Victorian Ideals Beware of a few Jane Eyre spoilers if you ve managed to live your life so far without a reading it, or b knowing what happens.One thing that really gets on my nerves is when an author writes a book about another author s story character whatever and you cannot understand or appreciate what you are being given unless you read the first author s work Now, I have read Jan Beware of a few Jane Eyre spoilers if you ve managed to live your life so far without a reading it, or b knowing what happens.One thing that really gets on my nerves is when an author writes a book about another author s story character whatever and you cannot understand or appreciate what you are being given unless you read the first author s work Now, I have read Jane Eyre many times, but If I hadn t I would have been clueless as to what Rhys was babbling on about here For me, this book really demonstrates that the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list really does not mean The 1001 Best Books Ever And I do appreciate the original idea behind Jean Rhys novel The mad woman in Mr Rochester s attic had a story to tell, it has long bothered feminists and other critics how this character was portrayed in Jane Eyre because, at the end of the day, this mad woman was a person with a history or should have been not just a little crazy puppet there to pop up and throw a spanner in the works when Jane and Mr Rochester finally got together Rhys wanted to give her the past that Bronte didn t, and she also wanted to show her decline into madness so the reader could appreciate who she was and where she came from and why she ended up the way she did.I just don t think it was handled very well and I didn t like the writing style at all The narrative relies upon dream like visions, fragmented impressions, incomplete sentences, and multiple first person voices to create an overall sense of disorientation in the reader or so is the intention according to my little bit of google research I d say complete bewilderment isaccurate than disorientation I find that I can t appreciate this feeling of being drugged up to my eyeballs when reading a book, though I know many readers look on it favourably It strippy than beautiful to me.Plus, I think the attempts to show how she became mad were a failure This book appears on lists like Novels for Feminists and 100 Books Every Woman Should Read why When this is a book about a woman who falls into madness because she distrusts her husband and their relationship is falling apart I appreciate that it isn t feminism if the woman is always strong and never makes mistakes, but she basically crumbles because her husband doesn t give her enough attention Not very believable, and not very pro woman either I ve always been convinced I ve read Jane Eyre I ve even rated it here I also thought I had at some point in my life seen a film adaptation But the further I ventured into this retelling of Charlotte Bronte s novel theI found myself doubting the veracity of this assumption Finally, I had to own up to never having read Jane Eyre This came as a bit of a shock, as it always does when we discover we have invented a memory No doubt I once fibbed, not wanting to embarrass myself as being p I ve always been convinced I ve read Jane Eyre I ve even rated it here I also thought I had at some point in my life seen a film adaptation But the further I ventured into this retelling of Charlotte Bronte s novel theI found myself doubting the veracity of this assumption Finally, I had to own up to never having read Jane Eyre This came as a bit of a shock, as it always does when we discover we have invented a memory No doubt I once fibbed, not wanting to embarrass myself as being poorly read and the fib became a monument, a monument I ve even garnished with four starred flowers And if you ve never read Jane Eyre this novel is sometimes confusing It may even be confused It begins with Antoinette, a young Creole girl whose family on her white father s side have a dubious history of slave holding Slavery has recently been abolished and there s much anger in the air The racism theme in this novel is for the most part artfully dramatised, especially perhaps the close bond between racism and misogyny As if you can t have one without the other Women too can be misogynistic, if they ve been browbeaten and brainwashed Part one, culminating with the eruption of the violence simmering throughout, is all beautifully observed and compelling Then we begin part two and I found myself reading three pages which were going completely over my head I retraced my footsteps and found a footnote The note at the back of the book informed me the book was now being narrated by Antoinette s new husband Should a novel need this kind of note I recently watched a documentary about Rhys editor and learned that the first part of this book was added afterwards at her suggestion Which means Rhys composed the novel in a completely different key And I m afraid this shows I kept feeling Rhys didn t have full control over her material As if the new beginning had skewed and jarred what followed To my mind, the editor should have gone further and told her to now write the entire novel from Antoinette s point of view The husband narrative, never entirely convincing what baddie portrays himself as a baddie might have been interesting had Rhys sought to undermine Antoinette s truth with his truth created a battle of two unreliable narrators But he s a reliable narrator, too reliable, there essentially to establish facts It struck me as a laziness in Rhys that, having changed the beginning, she left what follows untouched And all the best bits of the husband s narrative are when he sounds exactly like Antoinette That Rhys eventually dumps him for part three and returns to Antoinette does make you wonder why he was ever there in the first place She also very clumsily adds a brief third voice in part three which confirmed to me that she gave farthought to crafting her sentences than she did to structure It would have demanded arefined artistry but my feeling was Rhys could have and should have channelled all the information we learn through the husband through Antoinette What redeems the architectural flaws is how well Rhys writes and how much of interest she has to say about her subject matter It s sad if this, as the cover proclaims, is her masterpiece because my feeling is she wasthan capable of writing a better novel The average rating for this is 3.58 and that s pretty much how I felt And I haven t read this three times as this site declares But I have now read it Jane Eyre will follow soon I read this book years ago and loved it as much as Jane Eyre of which this book was the prequel I also wrote a review years ago but it not only disappeared, the edition was changed How do these things happen There is very little about the book in the following But quite a bit about Dominica and Sargasso and a little of Jean Rhys herself.Years ago I used to go to Dominica, I stayed in three places Firstly was an old Great House in Roseau, the capital, Cherry Orchard which wasn t it s origina I read this book years ago and loved it as much as Jane Eyre of which this book was the prequel I also wrote a review years ago but it not only disappeared, the edition was changed How do these things happen There is very little about the book in the following But quite a bit about Dominica and Sargasso and a little of Jean Rhys herself.Years ago I used to go to Dominica, I stayed in three places Firstly was an old Great House in Roseau, the capital, Cherry Orchard which wasn t it s original name and was at one time the home of Jean Rhys There were nuns staying there too And the largest horriblest millipede I have ever seen, in the toilet It wasn t dead, it reared it s head up at me It was then I decided to leave, and bought The Wide Sargasso Sea.I went to Laudat as I was into climbing, hill walking really, we only used ropes once That was because the rasta whose guest house I was staying in, One Love, wanted to go to Roseau shopping and it was a long hike on the road but there was a short cut if you went down the mountain, that needed ropes I didn t know what I was letting myself in for, this was not the sort of life I was used to So I hitched a ride back Very uncomfortable, standing up in the back of a pickup bouncing at high speed over a pot holed road and had to pay the driver in US as well.When I was in Laudat I had a couple of amazing experiences I trekked to the the Boiling Lake which is a long,hard climb you can tell when you are getting closer because the air stinks of sulphur I also went to the Freshwater Lake which was peaceful and apparently sacred to the Carib and Arawak Indians When I was there the rasta said he wanted to eat some fresh meat so I thought we were going back to Roseau but no, he strung up a goat into a small tree by it s hind legs and sawed at its throat, the poor creature screaming and blood everywhere I had headphones on, Michael Jackson, but I could still hear it Then he sliced open its belly and brought out the liver and said he would cook it first His sister fried it with local herbs, it smelled horrible, old goat and I could not bring myself to even put any on my plate I stuck to ground provisions, yam, dasheen, yucca and Irish potatoes Next day I left.I went to stay in the Carib Reserve with the bwoyfrien s family He was half Carib view spoiler and half the son of one of the Green s who grandfather had been an engineer on the Panama Canal who had settled in Dominica His son had children by a lot of women, Black, White and Carib, he could afford it But all the children loved him and got a university education if they wanted it hide spoiler At that time there were no guest houses, nothing at all I stayed in a simple wooden house The first night I had salt fish with roast breadfruit cooked on an open fire It was amazing Next day we picked cocoa pods and threw the pink beans on a big mat on the ground to dry in the sun and ferment The cocoa beans were surrounded by white cottonwool which was delicious and juicy and lemony, a real surprise Every day we raked the beans until they were brown, then they were ground up and formed into hard balls mixed with cinnamon and nutmeg to grate for hot chocolate At night I read the book by the light of an oil lamp.I could relate to the book from Jean Rhys s life Antoinette was neither really Jamaican or European Jean was in a similar situation She didn t get on with her mother, her father was harsh, she spoke Kweyol,tthe local French patois as well as English, but was not really accepted by the Blacks Sent to the UK for schooling at 16, she didn t fit in there any better and was mocked for her accent and less than standard English She wasn t rich, destined to be a debutante, but was expected to return to the island and marry another white Dominican, which she didn t want to do Nowhere did she fit in, and that is Antoinette too Antoinette went mad, and Jean became bad a chorus girl, a prostitute, a kept woman and then a brilliant author.The wide Sargasso Sea seems to be expanding Sargasso is an orange algae, a seaweed that floats in long drifting lines you can see from the plane but ends up in huge mats in marinas and beaches on the South East side of the islands It can totally cover a beach and be as deep as up to your knees And it stinks, it stinks worse than the Boiling Lake Rotting vegetation, rotting eggs, it s really nasty and since 2011 every single year it has drifted all over the Caribbean stinking up the shoreline, no one knows why It has to be dredged, raked and trucked away Then all of a sudden, the season will be over and everything is ok, back to the clear waters and fresh breezes and we forget all about the stink of the sargasso I wonder if Dominica had this awful plague back in Jean Rhys s time she d have changed the title of her book Written 14th June 2020 since the original review and correct edition disappeared Probably contains some spoilersOur garden was large and beautiful as that garden in the Bible the tree of life grew there But it had gone wild The paths were overgrown and a smell of dead flowers mixed with the fresh living smell Underneath the tree ferns, tall as forest trees, the light was green Orchids flourished out of reach or for some reason not to be touched One was snaky looking, another like an octopus with long thin brown tentacles bare of leaves hanging from a twisted root Probably contains some spoilersOur garden was large and beautiful as that garden in the Bible the tree of life grew there But it had gone wild The paths were overgrown and a smell of dead flowers mixed with the fresh living smell Underneath the tree ferns, tall as forest trees, the light was green Orchids flourished out of reach or for some reason not to be touched One was snaky looking, another like an octopus with long thin brown tentacles bare of leaves hanging from a twisted rootJean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea I was curious to read this book as it was considered a sort of prequel to Jane Eyre So I guess this counts as fanfiction At least it s very well written fan fiction The writing style is of course different from Jane Eyre The depictions of the Caribbean are beautiful It s a relatively short book and it tells the story of Mr Rochester s first wife, Antoinette Cosway, whom he met in Jamaica The themes explored in the book are very postcolonialism discusses the relationships between former slaves and slaveowners after Emancipation , identity Antoinette is Creole and is therefore not accepted by either the blacks or the whites and madness.I ve just finished reading a book about the Suffragette movement that looked into historical accounts of insanity in women I had no idea that the word hysteria was first used to describe a supposed mental ailment that women suffered from all because they had a uterus sigh Apart from being frustrated by that piece of pseudoscience, what s also frustrating is the fact that historically a lot of people were unaware that the environment one lives in can make one crazy Women in particular, who were often reliant on men and didn t have their own freedom were obviouslylikely to suffer from nervous breakdowns I m pretty sure most readers will change their opinion of Rochester after they read this I will definitely see him in a less than favourable light when I do re read Jane Eyre After Leaving Mr Mackenzie , was so terrific that I ordered twobooks by Jean Rhys to read Good Morning, Midnight , will be next to read Wide Sargasso Sea , was Rhys most famous book quoted as a masterpiecebringing the fascinating character Antoinette Cosway from Charlotte Bront s Jane Eyre , out of the dark atticand putting her center stage I agree the entire concept for this book was brilliant fascinating and it worked What an incredible risk, Rhys made Truly After Leaving Mr Mackenzie , was so terrific that I ordered twobooks by Jean Rhys to read Good Morning, Midnight , will be next to read Wide Sargasso Sea , was Rhys most famous book quoted as a masterpiecebringing the fascinating character Antoinette Cosway from Charlotte Bront s Jane Eyre , out of the dark atticand putting her center stage I agree the entire concept for this book was brilliant fascinating and it worked What an incredible risk, Rhys made Truly was amazing Funny I had just recently read Mona, in Three Act , by Op de Beeck Griet and my complaint was it was 400 pages long This book, half its length had twice as much lasting power The introduction, by Edwidge Danticat put me in the right framework to plow ahead.I became interested with what Danticat was fascinated with Edwidge Danticat had a Caribbean background, as Rhys did She wrote The fact that Bertha Antoinette Mason the first Mrs.Rochester was a Creole, a white person, who was born and raised on a Caribbean island, fascinated me I was sad, though, that we readers spent so little time with her, and that when we did see her she was either raging mad or setting things on fire There must be something , I told myself How did Bertha Mason come to be confined in our old house in England Was she madly in love or simply mad Had Mr Rochester once loved her the way he loves Jane Eyre And so the story begins with Antoinette Cosway narrating PART ONE.I READ THE FIRST THREE SENTENCES SEVERAL TIMES They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did But we were not in their ranks The Jamaican ladies had never approved of my mother, because she pretty like pretty self , Christophine said.Complex race and gender relations revealed themselves right away.This theme continues throughout Antoinette is later called white cockroach and white nigger , along with themes of emotional repression, slaves slave owners, frustration and desperation, class, gender, love hate, sensuality, jealousy, abuse, feminism, possessiveness, mental illness, control, Mr Rochester re naming Antoinette, Bertha , madness, and a relationship between money, lust, sex, and power Mr Rochester marries Antoinette.partly for money.but also in part to have power of her.and partly for lust It s such a doomed marriage Antoinette tries to ride out the racial tensions and family struggles.PART TWO is the longest section narrated mostly by Mr Rochester He tries to turn Antoinette into something she isn t PART THREE the shortest section perhaps the saddest part of the entire book but we see the parallels to PART ONEThe characters want freedomcharacters were often drunkthe Caribbean was a dream for Mr Rochester.England a dream for Antoinette.But DREAMS.can literally drive a person mad Many great reviews already written.I completely agree this was a phenomenal book I read it slow I re read parts several times I reflected on it during the times I wasn t reading it often It s a slim book that I also plan to read again It s simply haunting in my thoughts The female characters Christophine, a former slave, and Antoinette, both will remain in my thoughts in much the same way Jane Eyre has Loved it and agree with othersthis was a phenomenal tragic novel Once again proving a thin novel of 200 pages can havepower than books twice its length Bertha Mason is the madwoman in the attic she is the raving lunatic that is Rochester s first wife in Jane Eyre,but have you ever stopped to wonder what her side of the story is Have you ever considered that she may have a tale to tell Jean Rhys has, and she tells it to you in all its traumatic colours Our crazy lunatic isn t that far from Jane Bronte describes her as a semi human, an animal that growls and raves as she stalks the hall of Thornfield like some unidentifiable spectre But wha Bertha Mason is the madwoman in the attic she is the raving lunatic that is Rochester s first wife in Jane Eyre,but have you ever stopped to wonder what her side of the story is Have you ever considered that she may have a tale to tell Jean Rhys has, and she tells it to you in all its traumatic colours Our crazy lunatic isn t that far from Jane Bronte describes her as a semi human, an animal that growls and raves as she stalks the hall of Thornfield like some unidentifiable spectre But what drove her to this state What made her this way Well the simple answer is a man named Rochester As the second son of a rich family, he needed a means of creating his own wealth What s the answer to his problem Marry some rich girl and steal all her money and not worry about the consequences, but thereto it than this Do you remember that scene inJane Eyre where Rochester tries to dominate Jane and make her into something else by picking out her clothes Perhaps Bertha had this but on aintense scale Indeed, Bertha isn t even her real name Rhys names the character Antoinette, a name Rochester refuses to use when he learns of her past Antoinette has a family history of insanity on the maternal side, but, again there isto it than this What creates this insanity For Antoinette it is the simple of act of belonging nowhere She is a hybrid, a figure that walks between cultures As a white European girl she was raised in Jamaica thus, she is neither fully Jamaican nor European This sounds very similar to the role of the governess, a figure that belonged to no particular class structure Neither culture would accept Antoinette as one of their own, as she herself recognisesIt was a song about a white cockroach That s me That s what they call all of us who were here before their own people in Africa sold them to the slave traders And I ve heard English woman call us white niggers So between you I often wonder who I am and where is my country and where do I belong and why was I ever born at allShe is stuck in between with an uncertain identity, so when this Rochester figure comes along proposing love she is swept away Could she really be this happy This man offers her hope and a new life, but it is all a lie When she finds out it breaks her The last bastion of refuge shatters and she realises her hate for this false man she finds yet another place she doesn t belong Rochester takes his grief stricken wife home, and shoves her in an attic Then BOOM He finds himself utterly shocked at the manifestation of her madness Such a fool.We cannot blame Bronte for her depiction of Bertha Bronte wrote during the peak of the British Empire these ideas were imbedded into her cultural psyche this is how the Victorians saw the world Bronte was unconsciously aware of this she even went as far as to apologise at a later date for her depiction of Bertha She didn t fully consider how it would be received In her fixation with women s rights in an unjust Western society, she failed to look beyond the realms of the English experience But that is not to overlook the phenomenal achievements ofJane Eyre It does wonders for recognising the voice of women however, Jean Rhys just goes a little bit further.Facebook Twitter Insta Academia In short incoherent overpraised rubbish I have read my share of classics over the years Some of them were boring, some outside the area of my interest, but never had I come across one that was so dreadfully bad and at the same time so critically acclaimed.I simply can t comprehend how this jumble of disjointed sentences can be seriously called a masterpiece The story was almost impossible to follow Had I not read Jane Eyre, I d be lost in this book completely The characters motivatio In short incoherent overpraised rubbish I have read my share of classics over the years Some of them were boring, some outside the area of my interest, but never had I come across one that was so dreadfully bad and at the same time so critically acclaimed.I simply can t comprehend how this jumble of disjointed sentences can be seriously called a masterpiece The story was almost impossible to follow Had I not read Jane Eyre, I d be lost in this book completely The characters motivations and even actions were hard to understand, their personalities were non existent And apparently, Bertha went mad because Rochester didn t give her enough loving and cheated on her with a servant girl once Awful beyond belief.Reading challenge 27, 1 of 2

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