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"I'll trust you if you'll trust me. Is that a bargain?"

Advantages: Just a wonderful, fantastic little book
Disadvantages: Absolutly none

... 'Wide Sargasso Sea' By Jean Rhys (With thanks to Charlotte Bronte) I realised that in several recent book reviews about sequels to classic books, I had mentioned this book, 'The Wide Sargasso Sea'. This is actually a prequel rather ...

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Not recommended for fans of Mr Rochester

Advantages: Intense and enthralling depiction of the descent into madness
Disadvantages: Although not essential, it helps if you know the story of Jane Eyre

...If you've read and enjoyed Jane Eyre, you probably think that Mr Rochester is a good and honourable man. Well, if you read Wide Sargasso Sea, you might just change your mind. This book was written by Jean Rhys, who was born and raised on the Caribbean i ...

ladybracknell 14.12.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Wide Sargasso Sea (Penguin Modern Classics) - Jean Rhys

This prequel to 'Jane Eyre' is not the easiest of reads

Advantages: Interesting story
Disadvantages: Different viewpoints make it rather disjointed

Jean Rhys (1890-1979) was a Creole, born in the West Indies to a Welsh father and a white West Indian mother, although she spent most of her life in England. After publishing three novels between 1920 and 1940, she was presumed to have died soon afterwar ...

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The first Mrs Rochester

Advantages: Excellent, engaging story
Disadvantages: Sometimes challenging, hard to understand if you haven't read Jane Eyre

...For an English course, I had to study Jane Eyre (which I had read previously and loved), and Wide Sargasso Sea. I felt uneasy about "add ons" to books. For one thing, it was not written by Charlotte Bronte, so I felt this was just ripping off her idea to ...

ring_of_roses 05.08.2008 · Read full review
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Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys - a student's perspective

Advantages: Illumination text to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
Disadvantages: Reader needs patience

...Knowing that I was going to study Wide Sargasso Sea as an illumination text to Jane Eyre for an AS level English literature course, I was cautious in my approach to the novel. The process of reading Jane Eyre was tedious and thoroughly unenjoyable, and ...

avarose17 08.06.2010 · Read full review
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