One Minute Book Review – The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Sargasso

Published in 1966, Dominican-born Jean Rhys imagines the story of Edward Rochester’s first wife Antoinette Bertha Cosway and her troubled journey from a vulnerable new bride in the lush tropical paradise if the West Indies to madness and imprisonment in a cold English attic. Rhys uses multiple voices to tell the story and transforms the character of Bertha Mason from the two dimensional madwoman in the attic to a vibrant young woman with her own dreams and fears. A compelling story that can be read in a single sitting – after reading this book you will never look at “Jane Eyre” in the same way again.

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