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Wide Sargasso Sea
Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys
This moving text recreates the social and cultural experience of a white West Indian woman struggling against the forces of disintegration in her life.
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johncadams
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I love the humanity behind this novel and the many good reasons that Jean Rhys had for writing it. Read my review at John C Adams Reviews:

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/wide-sargasso-sea-by-jean-rhys

#JohnCAdamsReviews #JohnCAdams #jeanrhys #mondaymusings #widesargassosea #literature #fiction #book #books #bookreviews #bookreview #review #reviews

mjtwo One of my favourite books 2mo
Chrissyreadit I loved this book. 2mo
johncadams @mjtwo Me too! 2mo
johncadams @Chrissyreadit I did too. 2mo
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MissLucyIrene
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I first picked up Jane Eyre for a uni course, and I wish we had to read this book as part of it too.

It gave me so much to think about, and while it is a different style and tone to Brontë, I think it helps make the story and the characters of Rochester and “Bertha” that much more interesting.

Finished in a day too, so that‘s a bonus!

#bookstagram #bookstagrammer #penguin #widesargassosea #brontë #jeanrhys #janeeyre #readinaday

KathyWheeler I loved this book and loved getting a story about what might have turned Bertha into the madwoman in the attic. (edited) 4mo
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johncadams
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Antoinette is vibrant, complex and likeable. When Rochester tells the story in the first person during the second third of Wide Sargasso Sea her voice is eclipsed, and we see directly his inexcusable cruelty towards his wife. Any suggestion that her mental illness reflects fault on her part is comprehensively defeated.

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/wide-sargasso-sea-by-jean-rhys

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ravenlee
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I liked but didn‘t love this. The first part, Antoinette‘s perspective, was my favorite, but I didn‘t much care for the unnamed groom‘s (Rochester) POV. The last part came very abruptly, and it was disjunct and weird - but it works because we‘re inside the mind of a madwoman. I wish there had been a bit more to the whole story.

Lindy This has been on my TBR forever. Based on your description, I think I will like it. 6mo
ravenlee @Lindy I hope you do. It‘s a quick read, though some of the dialogue is in dialect so it slowed down a bit to decipher it. I never liked Rochester, and he‘s even less appealing and sympathetic in this story. 6mo
Lindy @ravenlee I really dislike Rochester in the Jane Eyre story. Not too fond of Jane either… 6mo
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ravenlee
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“I do not like what I have seen of this honourable gentleman (Mr. Rochester). Stiff. Hard as a board and stupid as a foot, in my opinion, except where his own interests are concerned.”

Pretty much my opinion of Mr. Rochester, too. My MIL and SIL swear eternal devotion to Jane Eyre and the cult of Rochester, and I‘ve never understood why. I find him repugnant.

Ruthiella He is an a**hat. But on the third reading of Jane Eyre I accepted that Jane truly loves him and he her. 6mo
ravenlee @Ruthiella I‘ll buy that, but I‘m no big fan of Jane either. They‘re welcome to each other. Hubby watched the 2011 JE with Michael Fassbender with me last year. His big takeaway was “what the hell is wrong with my mother and sister for loving this guy?” Which made me feel better about marrying into this family, a bit. 6mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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I love Jane Eyre and have been meaning to read this for ages. It is fascinating to read this imagined backstory of the mad woman in the attic. And it certainly challenges you to rethink Rochester. While enthralling to a point, the prose was sometimes so ethereal and wandering that I felt a bit lost. But well worth reading.

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ozma.of.oz
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Antoinette Cosway moves from a traumatic childhood of loss and pain to an arranged marriage with a man who cares more about her money than her.

Made me think of The Yellow Wallpaper. A fascinating exploration of of the expectations of a woman with wealth, and what happens when she brushes those expectations aside. Also, very lush descriptions.

This felt very disjointed, and I feel it actually suffered by switching POV multiple times. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

ozma.of.oz Thanks again @iread2much ! ❤️ 7mo
5feet.of.fury I read this in high school and could not get it. I didn‘t understand who anyone was. I should really try again as an adult. 7mo
ozma.of.oz @5feet.of.fury If you enjoyed Jane Eyre, I‘d recommend giving it a second chance. 👍🏻 7mo
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ozma.of.oz
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Home again, home again, jiggity jig. With three blood clots and a prescription for blood thinners. Fun times.

Going to move to a different book. Reading about the beginnings of the UK‘s NHS is not what I want right now after spending last night in the emergency room.

This was my #LittleChristmasSwap from @iread2much and I‘m so excited to get started!

AmyG Yikes. Hope you are better soon! 7mo
asterese I hope you get well soon! 7mo
BiblioLitten Hope you get well soon. 💕 7mo
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sarahbellum Feel better soon 💖 7mo
rockpools Urgh. Blood clots are scary. Hope you can take it super-easy for a few weeks. Get well soon! 7mo
Yuki_Onna Good you're back home. Get well soon! 7mo
BookBr Ugh the ER is the worst. I hope you‘re feeling better soon. 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh no! Feel better soon ❤️‍🩹 7mo
truthinfiction Take good care!! Hope you feel better soon! ❤️🌺 7mo
iread2much I hope you enjoy the book! 7mo
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Sapphire
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Sunday evening flight home and starting a new title. Miss my girls already. Glad for returning to the warmth of home.

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lynneamch
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I'm reminded I should reread this masterpiece, Rhys's imaginative take on the madwoman in the #attic from Charlotte Brontë‘s Jane Eyre. Pic of Mobile Bay off the Gulf of Mexico, which Google tells me is a "sea" of the Atlantic Ocean. #SavvySettings @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

KathyWheeler Weird. I live by Mobile Bay but I never really thought of the Gulf as a “sea” of the Atlantic, but I guess it is. 9mo
jlhammar Good one! Love this book. 9mo
Eggs Perfect 🤩 9mo
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readordierachel
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Some good finds at the thrift shop today 📚🎉

vivastory Dig the cover of the Sargasso 10mo
readordierachel @vivastory It‘s great, isn't it? 10mo
CarolynM Very good finds👏👏 10mo
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youneverarrived Beautiful covers 😍 10mo
merelybookish Oh Rhys! Have you read Wide Sargasso Sea? I read it eons ago but it left an impression! 10mo
Suet624 That cover of Lahiri‘s book would be a wonderful painting on my wall. 10mo
readordierachel @CarolynM It was a lucky day! 10mo
readordierachel @merelybookish yes, same! I read it in college and have often thought of it. So I took it as a sign that I should reread it :) 10mo
readordierachel @Suet624 it It's striking, isn‘t it? Would make a lovely artwork! 10mo
EvieBee Oh, nice! 10mo
BiblioLitten The book by Rhys is on my TBR. Love the cover too♥️ 10mo
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ozma.of.oz
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I forgot to post it last night, but I opened my #LittleChristmasSwap from @iread2much and I am absolutely delighted! And the card made me laugh out loud! 😆

I shared the candies around my family and they were thoroughly appreciated! ❤️

iread2much I‘m so glad! I always try to send unique candies. I hope you enjoy the book! 11mo
BiblioLitten That card is hilarious! ♥️ 11mo
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johncadams
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Vansa Nice review! I love this book. It's incredible how throughout the book, you're absolutely dreading it because you know how it turns out for Antoinette,but the ending is written so powerfully and beautifully, that it feels like an act of agency and not despair 12mo
johncadams @Vansa That is so, so true! Thank you reading my review. (edited) 12mo
LindaLappin enjoyed your review 9mo
johncadams @LindaLappin Thank you for reading it! 9mo
LindaLappin @johncadams you're welcome 9mo
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Zoes_Human
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Beautiful language, and the story I really wanted to know about from Jane Eyre.

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Zoes_Human
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I‘m reading this book all like “I knew it. I fucking knew it! That motherfucker!”

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Zoes_Human
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Now I‘m gonna hear this shit from the perspective of the bitch in the attic!

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johncadams
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This balancing of the scales was long overdue and raises the question: why not sooner?

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys represented a seminal moment in people of colour being voiced in literature at last. Read my review here.

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/wide-sargasso-sea-by-jean-rhys

#WideSargassoSea #JeanRhys #JaneEyre #Dominica #Caribbean #JohnCAdams #MondayMusings #literature #Fiction #Review #Reviews #BookReview #BookReviews

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Bibliobear
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“Only the magic and the dream are true — all the rest's a lie.”

Remembering Jean Rhys on her birthday.

Cathythoughts Lovely post ❤️ 1y
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alysonimagines
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As a Jane Eyre fan I‘ve been hesitant to pick this up, but glad I finally read it. This origin story of Mr. Rochester‘s first wife elevates her from “madwoman” to “woman driven to madness”—an important distinction. Unaccepted by her home country, her family, and finally her husband, Antoinette Cosway‘s only loyal companion is excruciating alienation. So heart wrenching!🔸#julyreads2021

alysonimagines And I was astonished to learn that it took author Jean Rhys over 20 years to write this novel of under 200 pages! Next time I feel like it‘s taking me forever to finish something, I‘ll remember Rhys and honor my own pace. 1y
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Freespirit
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This is the background to “Bertha” the wife of Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre. I love and have re-read Jane Eyre several times. The story around Antoinette Cosway has always intrigued me. This feels like a gothic tale…it‘s sad..I don‘t want to ruin it if you haven‘t read Jane Eyre..is there such a reader out there😂😂
Next for me is a book that‘s been on the bedside pile for a while The Family Doctor.
Happy reading everyone 😘😘

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OliviaBaldacci
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One of my favorites! Prequel to Jane Eyre but you don‘t need to read Jane Eyre to understand.

Smrloomis Welcome to Litsy! 🥳 1y
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Vanessa
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My #bookspin book for #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

I was supposed to have read this years ago when I was working on my masters‘s degree in Comparative Lit. Unfortunately, there was not enough time in any day to both read all the books I was assigned and write all the papers, and I had to skip a couple. This was one of those, and it has been glaring at me from a shelf ever since. 😅 ⬇️

Vanessa I hadn‘t read Jane Eyre yet by that point, so I figured I would be missing some context, anyway. If I‘d had the time, I could definitely have read this without having first read Jane; it is interesting on its own as a picture of 19th century West Indies society. I felt more appreciation for the book once I finished it than while reading. Rhys expertly paints a picture of a place and of characters that I‘ll not likely soon forget. ⬇️
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Vanessa I have visited Jamaica once and Rhys‘ depiction of it is what I remember it to be: hot, beautiful sky shimmering with humidity; flower-scented air; lurid green vegetation and vivid blue ocean; evenings full of moths (and other bugs). Beautiful and yet at times oppressive. As the book goes on, the increasingly dream-like descriptions of the place mirror what is happening to Antoinette‘s mental state. (edited) 1y
Vanessa My memory of Jane Eyre is fuzzy in general, but Rhys‘ portrayal of young Mr. Rochester and his bride leaves me full of disgust for him and sympathy for her. Rochester takes everything from Antoinette: her wealth, her independence, her identity, her home, and finally her sanity; he breaks her like a toy and then refuses to let her go.
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TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! 1y
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Cathythoughts
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Thankyou so much @Birdsong28 for this book ... it has opened doors in my mind ... Rhys‘ writing is a gift. Her obsession/ fascination with Antionette Cosway , inspired by Jane Eyre... I never knew that was the subject of this book. From hauntingly beautiful Jamaica to the attic in Thornfield Hall .. lots of red , passion , madness. It will be awhile before this settles in my mind. Brilliant.

#BuddyRead

rockpools Lovely review, lovely photo. This had been on my tbr way too long! 1y
Michael_Gee Jean Rhys is one of my all time favorite authors! Her writing is like a thin sharp blade, revelatory. When I reread her I‘m taken right back to where I was when I first read her. 1y
Cathythoughts @rockpools Thanks Rachel.. it‘s so good ❤️ 1y
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Cathythoughts @GhostStories That‘s a great description of her writing ... this is my first by her & I‘m blown away. Would you recommend a second book of Rhys to me ?! 😁When you have a minute. 1y
Cathythoughts @GhostStories oh good ! Thankyou 1y
andrew61 I read this years ago so might reread it Cathy now I've seenyour review. Id recommend good morning midnight. Her life story is very interesting as well. 1y
Birdsong28 @Cathythoughts Glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I enjoyed thinking that you were also reading it as well. I loved how it eventually referred back to events in Jane Eyre and you get to see another side to the original material 1y
Birdsong28 @Cathythoughts Also it gave the first wife a more rounded character and shows why she did what she did. 📚📖 1y
Cathythoughts @andrew61 Thanks for the recommendations 👍🏻😁 1y
Cathythoughts @Birdsong28 I really loved it , thanks so much ! It was lovely to read it along with you 😁❤️ 1y
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Cathythoughts
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It was a beautiful place - wild, untouched, above all untouched, with an alien, disturbing, secret loveliness. And it kept its secret. I‘d find myself thinking, ‘ What I see is nothing - I want what it hides - that is not nothing. ‘

TrishB Lovely pic ♥️ 1y
Cathythoughts @TrishB Thanks Trish 1y
LeahBergen So pretty! 1y
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Cathythoughts
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One morning soon after we arrived, the row of tall trees outside my window was covered with small pale flowers too fragile to resist the wind. They fell in a day, and looked like snow on the rough grass- snow with a faint sweet smell. Then they were blown away.

This book ❤️. The writing is brilliant .. this book is deeply disturbing in a good way.. bearing the weight of history .. the back story of Rochesters wife in Jane Eyre

batsy I love this book. Rhys is a fine writer 💕 1y
Cathythoughts @batsy she is indeed a fine writer 👍🏻❤️ 1y
Tamra Lovely setting 💛 1y
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Cathythoughts @Tamra Thanks! There‘s no place like home .... when the weather is good .. which is seldom 🙄😂 1y
Centique Your garden is gorgeous! 1y
CarolynM That looks lovely😍 Enjoy! 1y
Cathythoughts @Centique @CarolynM Thanks! It‘s a long weekend here & the weather isn‘t too bad 👍🏻😁 1y
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Birdsong28
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Good. Loved seeing how two of the characters of a much loved book Jane Eyre started out. It does add to the story as you can see how Mr Rochester and his first wife got to the situation they do in the classic book and shows why he did what he did.

Looking forward to seeing your opinions on this @Cathythoughts #buddyread

Leftcoastzen I read it a long time ago so the most I remember is that I really liked it .😁 1y
Cathythoughts Great review! That was quick ❤️. I‘m still only starting ... hope to read over the weekend 1y
Birdsong28 @Cathythoughts No rush, we will discuss when you have finished ❤️ 1y
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Birdsong28
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Such lovely weather to start my #buddyread with @Cathythoughts and it might actually make me believe I am in Jamaica with the sun shining so bright. 🌅🏝️

Cathythoughts 🙋🏼‍♀️ hi Victoria! I watched Jane Eyre on Netflix last night in preparation... it was good too. I just started the book 👍🏻❤️ 2y
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Cathythoughts
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Thanks so much Victoria for this lovely gift ! I love this notebook 💕 and I would like nothing more than to buddy read this book with you. You‘re very good. Let‘s set a date later .. when would suit you ? @Birdsong28 ThanksXXX Cathy.

CarolynM Happy, happy birthday Cathy🎂🎈🎉 Hope you are celebrating with your loved ones. There is a little parcel on its way to you😘 2y
Cathythoughts @CarolynM Thanks Carolyn! It‘s a good birthday & the sun is shining ! A little parcel on the way ?! You‘re very good , Thankyou. x 2y
Kalalalatja Happy birthday Cathy! Hope your days is wonderful 🎉☺️ 2y
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Cathythoughts @Kalalalatja Thankyou 😁❤️ 2y
Ruthiella Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 2y
LeahBergen I really enjoyed this one! 👏🏻 2y
Caroline2 I loved this book. 😃 👍 2y
youneverarrived It‘s a good book! I love this edition 😍 2y
Cathythoughts @Birdsong28 what about early June for this buddy read ! Would that suit you .... if not we can make another time ❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella Thanks 😊🥰 2y
Cathythoughts @Caroline2 @youneverarrived @LeahBergen oh good ! Looking forward to my buddy read with Victoria 📚👯 (edited) 2y
Birdsong28 @Cathythoughts Yes that sounds good to me 😘📚📖 2y
Birdsong28 @Cathythoughts When do you want to start our buddy read? As it is nearly June are you still good? Let me know dates. 2y
Cathythoughts 🙋🏼‍♀️ hi ! Yes I‘m good for June for our buddy read... could we begin this coming week & hope to finish for/during next weekend? ( I‘m a slow reader ) What do you think? I‘m happy to go with whatever plan you have yourself? 2y
Cathythoughts @Birdsong28 Victoria, sorry , I replied to you in the comment above .. and never tagged you. ! Sorry ! What do you think about starting this week or is there a time that suits you best ? 2y
Birdsong28 @Cathythoughts Its ok, I saw the comment and totally forgot to reply sorry!! I will probably start it on Thursday or Friday as I don't start work on Thursday till 1 so I have a bit of time in the morning and I am off on Friday so those days are better for me if that suits you? 😘 2y
Cathythoughts @Birdsong28 Thursday or Friday it is then 👍🏻 perfect 2y
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ManyWordsLater
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This #TBR stack is entirely the fault of literary hub‘s “50 books under 200 pages” list.
Thanks.

#sarcasm #womenshistorymonth #blackhistorymonth #nativeamericanliterature #mountTBR

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TheKidUpstairs
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚💗📚 2y
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Seeking_Serenity
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Can someone tell me where I can find an audiobook for Wide Sargasso Sea ? I don't have libby, because I have no library card (I'm from Egypt, and the choices are limited for me on there anyway)

TheKidUpstairs Fabulous book, but I don't think it's been recorded as an audiobook. 2y
Seeking_Serenity @TheKidUpstairs oh! Okay thank you 2y
BarbaraBB If you are willing to read it as an ebook though you can download it here: https://www.pdfdrive.com/wide-sargasso-sea-e54183756.html 2y
Seeking_Serenity @BarbaraBB yes I will read it thanks!♥️ 2y
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GatheringBooks
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#ShowSomeLove Day 28: For this year, this will probably make my #FaveShortBook, thus far.

TheKidUpstairs One of my all time faves 2y
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Seeking_Serenity
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1. Visiting my uncle.
2. No, I wish I had a dog.
3. That's a tough one... I think I would take the Harry Potter series if I can take the whole series, but if not I'd take any Colleen Hoover novel.

#motivationalmonday @Cupcake12

Cupcake12 Thanks for playing x 2y
Seeking_Serenity @Cupcake12 thank YOU for hosting the game. 2y
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wisherwishinguponastar
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#bookcupidswap Thank you sooooooooooooo much! The book and the candy and the postcards made me so happy! I am now convinced that I need to collect a wooden bookmark from each state! I have North Carolina and Indiana! I hope you have a wonderful day! I am going to keep listening to your song offerings all day! #keepgoingon

Thank you so much for setting everything up, @candority !

candority I love that cover! 😍 Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💘 2y
Nalbuque YAYYYY I‘m so excited you opened it and liked everything!! I‘m glad I got you that bookmark then, I was in between the NC state and a rooster 😂 2y
wisherwishinguponastar @Nalbuque Sorry to revive an old post, but I love those chocolate covered strawberries! I am going to need a little stash of them on hand for snacking emergencies. 2y
Nalbuque @booksellerofyourdiscontent omg that makes me happy, it was a gamble buying them bc I never tried them before! 2y
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Boooooks
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I thought I‘d find this more interesting having loved Jane Eyre so much but I really disliked this book unfortunately 😰

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Kazzie
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Heart breaking love story - failure of communication and cultural respect. Certain descriptions are challenging to read

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TheEllieMo
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I read this straight after reading Jane Eyre, and wonder now if I would have enjoyed it more if I‘d left it for some time. I am not a fan of Rochester, he gives me the creeps, but I don‘t think Rhys‘ interpretation aligned with mine. I still don‘t understand why she decided to call the first Mrs R “Antoinette”. For a relatively short novel, it packs a lot in, but it wouldn‘t work as a standalone, some knowledge of Jane Eyre is needed.

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MsMelissa
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In Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys brings to life a woman best known to readers as the mad woman in the attic from Jane Eyre, and gives the reader a glimpse into the life of Mr. Rochester before Jane enters his life. A nice companion to Brontë‘s classic, but it isn‘t necessary to read Jane Eyre to enjoy this one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheRiehlDeal I'd like to read this, but if only I could find a copy. I just checked my library and they don't have it. I also checked Amazon and they don't have it either. 3y
MsMelissa @TheRiehlDeal Have you tried bookoutlet.com? That is where my copy came from. 3y
TheRiehlDeal @Book_Fiend_Melissa 👍 Found it. Thanks! 3y
MsMelissa @TheRiehlDeal Awesome! I‘m glad I got a copy deeply discounted because it‘s a very short book! 3y
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MsMelissa
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It‘s Friday, and the start of a long weekend 🥳. I‘ve been reading a lot of long books lately, so I‘m going to mix in a few shorter ones this weekend to ensure I get at least something read in full. I‘ve been meaning to read this book for ages! 🤞🏻 I like it.

LeahBergen I liked it. 👍🏻 3y
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Pedrocamacho
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After reading “Jane Eyre” last year, I knew I needed to read Rhys‘ account of the backstory of Antionette Cosway (avoiding spoilers...see the hidden comment for more details). “Wide Sargasso Sea” is a fantastic book in its own right. Rhys managed so much complexity in so few pages.

Pedrocamacho Antoinette was the madwoman that Rochester had locked away in the house. To say the least, post-“Wide Sargasso Sea”, I don‘t like Rochester any more than I did after reading “Jane Eyre”. 3y
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They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did. #firstlinefridays

ImperfectCJ Ooh...this just reminded me how long it's been since I read Wide Sargasso Sea! (And Jane Eyre, too, for that matter.) 3y
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Caroline2
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A prequel to Jane Eyre; this is the Other Mrs Rochester‘s back story and I absolutely loved it!! The writing is amazing, it really reminded me of Zora Neale Hurston. I got lost in this book which is exactly what I needed! (It‘s a subtle prequel and can defo be enjoyed as a stand-alone! 👍)

ulrichyumiodd I don‘t actually like Jane Eyre, but I loved Wide Sargasso Sea 😅 3y
Caroline2 @ulrichyumiodd I didn‘t like Jane Eyre either. 😆 3y
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I recently read Jane Eyre for the first time and although it stole my heart, my brain is a little bit more critical. I definitely had some issues with it, so it's really important to me to read through Jean Rhys's "response." I'm very interested in seeing what she addresses and how.

rubyslippersreads This has been on my TBR list for ages. 3y
ShyBookOwl @rubyslippersreads I'm glad I grabbed it right away while Jane Eyre is fresh in my mind 3y
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Rebecca.Eckland
Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys
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So haunting. I love Rhys‘s work, but I wasn‘t quite prepared for this one. It doesn‘t help that I‘m the person who reads Jane Eyre and roots for Jane to the point of wanting Bertha in the attic to disappear. This book explores the overlooked question: why does Rochester have a woman in the attic, and what did he do to make her lose her mind? Antoinette‘s story parallels Jane‘s, but ends on a decidedly more tragic note.

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DannyOlda
Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys
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Having recently finished Jane Eyre I thought this would be good to start. Also Rhys is the only author in my modernist ideal bookshelf print I haven't read yet, so I thought it's about time (a picture of that another time).

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Amandajoy
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At the end of the year, my book club chooses all the reads for the next year. Everyone submits suggestions & then we vote. These are my suggestions. I picked one new, one classic, one nonfiction. I‘m hoping these will help push the ladies very gently out of their comfort zone. We‘ll see what actually gets picked.

rubyslippersreads I‘ve been wanting to read the tagged book for ages. 3y
BookNAround I love Wide Sargasso Sea and my book club just read Washington Black for last month. It was mostly well received. 3y
Amandajoy @rubyslippersreads @BookNAround they picked Wide Sargasso Sea, but not either of the other two. 3y
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Aimeesue
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Took these from the Book Sorting just because of the covers; I already had different editions of three of them. 😂
Honestly, I'm incorrigible.

batsy I would totally scoop up all of those for the covers! 😆 3y
Aimeesue @batsy Glad it's not just me! 😂 3y
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kathedron
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Mehso-so

Read it years ago but this BBC radio version was my latest cardio-workout partner.
Antoinette is the daughter of former slave owners in the Caribbean. She has no sense of belonging anywhere, nor of basic safety. Then along comes Mr Rochester (yes, him!) to marry her for her money. It's something of a conundrum, the book comes across as fragmented and disorienting as Antoinette's mental state inevitably becomes. I'm just not sure how deliberately.

kathedron I'm none the wiser as to why Mr R insists on calling her Bertha, but I want to punch him in the teeth on account of it. 3y
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