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The Creole side of Mrs Rochester,
This review is from: Wide Sargasso Sea (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Jean Rhys at her best and written in the darkest hours of her life. Drawn from experiences from own her past in the West Indies as a child, she assembles the last jigsaw pieces of the mystery of Mrs Rochester from Jane Eyre, by describing the road that led to her madness. Where did she come from?
In turn this makes each book not only stand alone favourite reads, but compliment each other in such a way that is perfect to the story construction of each book. Jean Rhys has the ability to draw the reader into the construct of the characters emotions, and at the same time feel the vivid shapes of the surrounding settings, with her evocative descriptions of the lushness and isolation of the Creole lifestyle at the turn of the century.
If you are at all interested in Jean Rhys and live in London I would throughly recommend seeing the play "After Mrs Rochester" which is drawn heavily from this book. Great stuff.