Sunday, January 07, 2007

West Indies Girl

Wide Sargasso Sea is the luminous evocation of the youth and marriage of Mr. Rochester's lunatic wife by Jean Rhys. Imagined as Antoinette Cosway, the girl undergoes painful permutations on her short journey from the West Indies to a small prison-like room in Great Britain. I enjoyed the portrayal of the native patois and the tightly written narrative of Ms. Rhys. It was an entertaining, if painful, read. I look forward to reading earlier novels by Rhys (Quartet and Good Morning, Midnight).

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