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charl08
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Wondering if I should add all of these to the wishlist (from the TLS' end of year "Books authors recommend" feature.

TrishB Better had- just in case you forget 😁 2w
squirrelbrain I read the tagged book, and I think you need to have read a fair bit of Jean Rhys to appreciate it. (I‘d only read Wide Sargasso Sea). 2w
charl08 @squirrelbrain thanks - sounds like I could make it a project 💪 2w
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johncadams
Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys
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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

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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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vivastory
Quartet | Jean Rhys
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#AlphabetGame
Title that begins with the letter Q
I'm going to mention only one book today: Jean Rhys' Quartet. This is the only Rhys novel I have read (so far) yet the seedy Parisian atmosphere was memorable & Rhys is one of the best at delivering bon mots. “Have you got any books? It's horrible outside“ from a Rhys fan acct has been my pinned tweet since the beginning of the year & I don't plan on changing it anytime soon.

merelybookish This was my pick for our 1001 book exchange. It never got back to me. 😔 But I just read a book by Rhys this year and am keen to read more! 4mo
vivastory @merelybookish Did you get to read it before sending it along? I wasn't aware of the tagged book, adding to my TBR 4mo
merelybookish @vivastory No, I think we were supposed to read our own book last, after everyone had read and commented. 4mo
vivastory @merelybookish That's what I thought. I think there were a couple of missed books in our group. I recall there was a breakdown somewhere... 4mo
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MissLucyIrene
Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys
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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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squirrelbrain
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Mehso-so

I‘d read a review of this in the press and it sounded fascinating but I found it quite a struggle to get through.

Rhys seems a very troubled, rather unlikeable character. Much of her work is semi-autobiographical and, having only read Wide Sargasso Sea the constant references and comparisons to Rhys‘ work and the characters within were confusing rather than enlightening.

BarbaraBB The cover is gorgeous 😍 5mo
Caroline2 Argh that‘s a shame. Yes I read a review too and thought it sounded good. But like you, I‘ve only read the one book of hers too so I might skip this then. 👍 5mo
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Centique
Quartet | Jean Rhys
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In 1924 a young Jean Rhys (then Ella Williams) was in Paris, in some need of rescuing as her husband was in jail. Ford Madox Ford (the famous novelist) and his partner (and mother of his child) Stella Bowen took her in. Quartet is the fictionalised retelling of what happened next.
Rhys wrote this just a few years after and it is remarkable to feel her helplessness and then her rage. Memorable for its imagery and sheer emotion ⬇️

Centique Last year I read a biography of Stella Bowen and became fascinated by both women. I really wanted to know Jean‘s feelings and that is exactly what we get here. Quite brilliant in parts and it makes me keen to read 5mo
Centique And by the way if you want to feel feminist rage, these two women‘s stories will get you there. What a 💩 was FMF! 5mo
Liz_M I read this and had no idea one character was based on FMF. Fascinating. 5mo
Centique @Liz_M isn‘t it? And he had quite the history of leaving wives after affairs with younger lovers even before this! 5mo
ClairesReads I love Jean Rhys! This is a great book 4mo
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johncadams
Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys
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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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johncadams
Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys
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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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johncadams
Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys
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Liz_M
Quartet | Jean Rhys
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Marya was content in Paris even with her husband‘s uncertain income. When he is jailed, she is thrown upon her own resources – there is no help from family in England. Marya is taken in by the Heidlers, a prominent couple in the ex-pat community and her life becomes one of quiet desperation; she is coerced to pretend respectability while being seduced by Mr. Heidler. When Stephen is released from prison, an untenable situation becomes even worse.

Liz_M Is it still #SpinsterLit if the protagonist is married?

#1001Books, #Reading1001
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