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This review is from: The Blue Hour: A Portrait of Jean Rhys (Hardcover)The book reads like a poorly paraphrased second rate essay cribbed from a much better book. I only hope that if she did copy then the original is a hundred times better written and insightful than this one otherwise I feel Jean Rhys will have to wait a long time for someone to do her justice.
For a basic resume of her life, it suffices; a book for the very beginner willing to overlook sloppy editing and a clunky, boring style in order to gain a small amount of information about Ms Rhys.
Scholarly it is not. Neither is it insightful, and I'll hazard a guess that there are no new insights to be gained from this book which seems to treat Jean Rhys as a character in a badly written novel, with thoughts and feelings accredited to her by the author that may or may not have any bearing on reality.
This is one of the worst biographies I've ever read. I wouldn't recommend it unless you pick it up from a charity shop and only want the most basic of accounts of Jean Rhys's life and work.