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Wide Sargasso Sea Book Review

Book: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

#79 on the Telegraph’s 100 greatest novels of all time.

Grade: B

What is the story about?

The story follows the life of Antoinette Cosway, beginning with her life in the West Indies to her marriage to her demise. It is supposed to be a prequel to Jane Eyre. Antoinette is Rhys’ attempt to humanize Bronte’s mad ghost, Bertha, from Jane Eyre.

Verdict?

The book was a short and easy read, even though it covers a dense subject like mental health. Now i don’t feel so bad for giving the last book an F because this book, in comparison, flows so nicely and easily.

I do remember that I enjoyed reading Jane Eyre but I forgot a lot of it as read it maybe 15 years ago. I was worried that I wouldn’t ‘get’ this book because it’s meant to be a prequel.

But that was not the case at all. This can be read as a stand alone book and you don’t need any prior knowledge about Rochester, Bertha, or Jane Eyre to enjoy it.

To be honest, I enjoyed reading the book. Maybe because it’s within the classic genre that I am comfortable with or is connected to a classic that I remember I loved.

I do realize it’s not for everyone but I liked it. It was a breath of fresh air after reading such dense and difficult novels. Weird to say this about a book that revolves around mental illness. So i guess Rhys did exactly what she intended to do .. she humanized the insanity of Bertha.

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Next read:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Believe it or not I haven’t actually seen the entire cartoon, so this will. E the 1st time I will be introduced to Alice’s story.

Looking forward to it!

2 thoughts on “Wide Sargasso Sea Book Review

  1. I am so glad you liked it! My classic book club is reading this for March. I loved Jane Eyre growing up, especially the twist when they revealed Bertha. I am really excited to read an interpretation of her back story. Great review!

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