Mit tapahtui ennen Charlotte Bront n Kotiopettajattaren romaanin alkua L nsi intialainen kirjailijatar Jean Rhys on hehkuvan runollisessa, vuonna 1967 jo kahdesti palkitussa romaanissaan tarttunut ep tavalliseen aiheeseen kertomalla Edward Rochesterin ensimm isen vaimon el m ntarinan Kuka h n oli, tuo kolkon englantilaisen kartanon ullakkosiipeen teljetty mielisairas nainen H n oli L nsi Intiasta, kreolitytt jolla oli aurinko ruumiissaan H nen kotimaassaan oli kaikkea liian paljon liian paljon sinist , purppuraa, vihre Kukat liian punaisia, vuoret liian korkeita, kukkulat liian l hell Valkoisten torakoiden , k yhtyneiden plantaasinomistajien j lkel inen, jonka maailmassa vapautetut orjat muodostivat mustan, uhkaavan, ylimaallisen voiman ja oma, sukupolvien takaa periytyv mielett myys kohtalokkaan heikkouden.Salaper isen kreolittaren el m ntarina kohoaa Jean Rhysin kertomana 1830 luvun Jamaikan v rikyll isest maisemasta ja Englannin nummien sumusta kuin tumma eksoottinen kukka.

10 thoughts on “Wide Sargasso Sea

  1. Manny Manny says:

    Reader, I married him first.

  2. Sean Barrs the Bookdragon Sean Barrs the Bookdragon says:

    Bertha Mason is the madwoman in the attic she is the raving lunatic that is Rochester s first wife in Jane Eyre,but have you ever stopped to wonder what her side of the story is Have you ever considered that she may have a tale to tell Jean Rhys has, and she tells it to you in all its traumatic colours Our crazy lunatic isn t that far from Jane Bronte describes her as a semi human, an animal that growls and raves as she stalks the hall of Thornfield like some unidentifiable spectre But what drove her to this state What made her this way Well the simple answer is a man named Rochester As the second son of a rich family, he needed a means of creating his own wealth What s the answer to his problem Marry some rich girl and steal all her money and not worry about the consequences, but there to it than this Do you remember that scene in Jane Eyre where Rochester tries to dominate Jane and make her into something else by picking out her clothes Perhaps Bertha had this but on a intense scale Indeed, Bertha isn t even her real name Rhys names the character Antoinette, a name Rochester refuses to use when he learns of her past Antoinette has a family history of insanity on the maternal side, but, again there is to it than this What creates this insanity For Antoinette it is the simple of act of belonging nowhere She is a hybrid, a figure that walks between cultures As a white European girl she was raised in Jamaica thus, she is neither fully Jamaican nor European This sounds very similar to the role of the governess, a figure that belonged to no particular class structure Neither culture would accept Antoinette as one of their own, as she herself recognises It was a song about a white cockroach That s me That s what they call all of us who were here before their own people in Africa sold them to the slave traders And I ve heard English woman call us white niggers So between you I often wonder who I am and where is my country and where do I belong and why was I ever born at all She is stuck in between with an uncertain identity, so when this Rochester figure comes along proposing love she is swept away Could she really be this happy This man offers her hope and a new life, but it is all a lie When she finds out it breaks her The last bastion of refuge shatters and she realises her hate for this false man she finds yet another place she doesn t belong Rochester takes his grief stricken wife home, and shoves her in an attic Then BOOM He finds himself utterly shocked at the manifestation of her madness Such a fool.We cannot blame Bronte for her depiction of Bertha Bronte wrote during the peak of the British Empire these ideas were imbedded into her cultural psyche this is how the Victorians saw the world Bronte was unconsciously aware of this she even went as far as to apologise at a later date for her depiction of Bertha She didn t fully consider how it would be received In her fixation with women s rights in an unjust Western society, she failed to look beyond the realms of the English experience But that is not to overlook the phenomenal achievements of Jane Eyre. It does wonders for recognising the voice of women however, Jean Rhys just goes a little bit further.

  3. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    In short incoherent overpraised rubbish I have read my share of classics over the years Some of them were boring, some outside the area of my interest, but never had I come across one that was so dreadfully bad and at the same time so critically acclaimed.I simply can t comprehend how this jumble of disjointed sentences can be seriously called a masterpiece The story was almost impossible to follow Had I not read Jane Eyre, I d be lost in this book completely The characters motivations and even actions were hard to understand, their personalities were non existent And apparently, Bertha went mad because Rochester didn t give her enough loving and cheated on her with a servant girl once Awful beyond belief.Reading challenge 27, 1 of 2.

  4. Emily May Emily May says:

    Beware of a few Jane Eyre spoilers if you ve managed to live your life so far without a reading it, or b knowing what happens.One thing that really gets on my nerves is when an author writes a book about another author s story character whatever and you cannot understand or appreciate what you are being given unless you read the first author s work Now, I have read Jane Eyre many times, but If I hadn t I would have been clueless as to what Rhys was babbling on about here For me, this book really demonstrates that the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list really does not mean The 1001 Best Books Ever And I do appreciate the original idea behind Jean Rhys novel The mad woman in Mr Rochester s attic had a story to tell, it has long bothered feminists and other critics how this character was portrayed in Jane Eyre because, at the end of the day, this mad woman was a person with a history or should have been not just a little crazy puppet there to pop up and throw a spanner in the works when Jane and Mr Rochester finally got together Rhys wanted to give her the past that Bronte didn t, and she also wanted to show her decline into madness so the reader could appreciate who she was and where she came from and why she ended up the way she did.I just don t think it was handled very well and I didn t like the writing style at all The narrative relies upon dream like visions, fragmented impressions, incomplete sentences, and multiple first person voices to create an overall sense of disorientation in the reader or so is the intention according to my little bit of google research I d say complete bewilderment is accurate than disorientation I find that I can t appreciate this feeling of being drugged up to my eyeballs when reading a book, though I know many readers look on it favourably It s trippy than beautiful to me.Plus, I think the attempts to show how she became mad were a failure This book appears on lists like Novels for Feminists and 100 Books Every Woman Should Read why When this is a book about a woman who falls into madness because she distrusts her husband and their relationship is falling apart I appreciate that it isn t feminism if the woman is always strong and never makes mistakes, but she basically crumbles because her husband doesn t give her enough attention Not very believable, and not very pro woman either.

  5. Jaidee Jaidee says:

    5 erratic, ecstatic and hypnotic stars 4th Favorite Read of 2017 Tie This book is such a wonderful dark counterpoint to Jane Eyre I was inspired to write a poem rather than a review and I hope you enjoy itAntoinetteAntoinette by day, Bertha by twilightThe white cockroach of CoulibriBold BeautifulMad and Fiery as HadesDaughter of slaveowner, philanderer, villainMired in mayombe and voodooand the saints of the dark godesseson the isle of JamaicaNineteen lovers or was it ninety nineNo mattersome are real but all are imaginedas her body was built for lustprimitive and yielding to whites and blacksRochester, so refined and elegantnever to be hers but used againand again and again and againuntil her loins are as red as the flames she breathesOpium on the ship journey to misty EnglandLocked in an attic with alcoholic Gracecoming heart to heart with her nemesisso plain and fair is the little Jane EyreDamnation, Anger, Lust, MadnessA fire to disfigure her one true loveRochester, you bastard, to hell I will send youMy name is Antoinette Bertha CoswayThe White Cockroach

  6. Violet wells Violet wells says:

    I ve always been convinced I ve read Jane Eyre I ve even rated it here I also thought I had at some point in my life seen a film adaptation But the further I ventured into this retelling of Charlotte Bronte s novel the I found myself doubting the veracity of this assumption Finally, I had to own up to never having read Jane Eyre This came as a bit of a shock, as it always does when we discover we have invented a memory No doubt I once fibbed, not wanting to embarrass myself as being poorly read and the fib became a monument, a monument I ve even garnished with four starred flowers And if you ve never read Jane Eyre this novel is sometimes confusing It may even be confused It begins with Antoinette, a young Creole girl whose family on her white father s side have a dubious history of slave holding Slavery has recently been abolished and there s much anger in the air The racism theme in this novel is for the most part artfully dramatised, especially perhaps the close bond between racism and misogyny As if you can t have one without the other Women too can be misogynistic, if they ve been browbeaten and brainwashed Part one, culminating with the eruption of the violence simmering throughout, is all beautifully observed and compelling Then we begin part two and I found myself reading three pages which were going completely over my head I retraced my footsteps and found a footnote The note at the back of the book informed me the book was now being narrated by Antoinette s new husband Should a novel need this kind of note I recently watched a documentary about Rhys editor and learned that the first part of this book was added afterwards at her suggestion Which means Rhys composed the novel in a completely different key And I m afraid this shows I kept feeling Rhys didn t have full control over her material As if the new beginning had skewed and jarred what followed To my mind, the editor should have gone further and told her to now write the entire novel from Antoinette s point of view The husband narrative, never entirely convincing what baddie portrays himself as a baddie might have been interesting had Rhys sought to undermine Antoinette s truth with his truth created a battle of two unreliable narrators But he s a reliable narrator, too reliable, there essentially to establish facts It struck me as a laziness in Rhys that, having changed the beginning, she left what follows untouched And all the best bits of the husband s narrative are when he sounds exactly like Antoinette That Rhys eventually dumps him for part three and returns to Antoinette does make you wonder why he was ever there in the first place She also very clumsily adds a brief third voice in part three which confirmed to me that she gave far thought to crafting her sentences than she did to structure It would have demanded a refined artistry but my feeling was Rhys could have and should have channelled all the information we learn through the husband through Antoinette What redeems the architectural flaws is how well Rhys writes and how much of interest she has to say about her subject matter It s sad if this, as the cover proclaims, is her masterpiece because my feeling is she was than capable of writing a better novel The average rating for this is 3.58 and that s pretty much how I felt And I haven t read this three times as this site declares But I have now read it Jane Eyre will follow soon.

  7. Rowena Rowena says:

    Probably contains some spoilers Our garden was large and beautiful as that garden in the Bible the tree of life grew there But it had gone wild The paths were overgrown and a smell of dead flowers mixed with the fresh living smell Underneath the tree ferns, tall as forest trees, the light was green Orchids flourished out of reach or for some reason not to be touched One was snaky looking, another like an octopus with long thin brown tentacles bare of leaves hanging from a twisted root Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea I was curious to read this book as it was considered a sort of prequel to Jane Eyre So I guess this counts as fanfiction At least it s very well written fan fiction The writing style is of course different from Jane Eyre The depictions of the Caribbean are beautiful It s a relatively short book and it tells the story of Mr Rochester s first wife, Antoinette Cosway, whom he met in Jamaica The themes explored in the book are very postcolonialism discusses the relationships between former slaves and slaveowners after Emancipation , identity Antoinette is Creole and is therefore not accepted by either the blacks or the whites and madness.I ve just finished reading a book about the Suffragette movement that looked into historical accounts of insanity in women I had no idea that the word hysteria was first used to describe a supposed mental ailment that women suffered from all because they had a uterus sigh Apart from being frustrated by that piece of pseudoscience, what s also frustrating is the fact that historically a lot of people were unaware that the environment one lives in can make one crazy Women in particular, who were often reliant on men and didn t have their own freedom were obviously likely to suffer from nervous breakdowns I m pretty sure most readers will change their opinion of Rochester after they read this I will definitely see him in a less than favourable light when I do re read Jane Eyre.

  8. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    After Leaving Mr Mackenzie , was so terrific that I ordered two books by Jean Rhys to read Good Morning, Midnight , will be next to read Wide Sargasso Sea , was Rhys most famous book quoted as a masterpiecebringing the fascinating character Antoinette Cosway from Charlotte Bront s Jane Eyre , out of the dark atticand putting her center stage I agree the entire concept for this book was brilliant fascinating and it worked What an incredible risk, Rhys made Truly was amazing Funny I had just recently read Mona, in Three Act , by Op de Beeck Griet and my complaint was it was 400 pages long This book, half its length had twice as much lasting power The introduction, by Edwidge Danticat put me in the right framework to plow ahead.I became interested with what Danticat was fascinated with Edwidge Danticat had a Caribbean background, as Rhys did She wrote The fact that Bertha Antoinette Mason the first Mrs.Rochester was a Creole, a white person, who was born and raised on a Caribbean island, fascinated me I was sad, though, that we readers spent so little time with her, and that when we did see her she was either raging mad or setting things on fire There must be something , I told myself How did Bertha Mason come to be confined in our old house in England Was she madly in love or simply mad Had Mr Rochester once loved her the way he loves Jane Eyre And so the story begins with Antoinette Cosway narrating PART ONE.I READ THE FIRST THREE SENTENCES SEVERAL TIMES They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did But we were not in their ranks The Jamaican ladies had never approved of my mother, because she pretty like pretty self , Christophine said.Complex race and gender relations revealed themselves right away.This theme continues throughout. Antoinette is later called white cockroach and white nigger , along with themes of emotional repression, slaves slave owners, frustration and desperation, class, gender, love hate, sensuality, jealousy, abuse, feminism, possessiveness, mental illness, control, Mr Rochester re naming Antoinette, Bertha , madness, and a relationship between money, lust, sex, and power Mr Rochester marries Antoinette.partly for money.but also in part to have power of her.and partly for lust It s such a doomed marriage Antoinette tries to ride out the racial tensions and family struggles.PART TWO is the longest section narrated mostly by Mr Rochester He tries to turn Antoinette into something she isn t PART THREE the shortest section perhaps the saddest part of the entire book but we see the parallels to PART ONEThe characters want freedomcharacters were often drunkthe Caribbean was a dream for Mr Rochester.England a dream for Antoinette.But DREAMS.can literally drive a person mad Many great reviews already written.I completely agree this was a phenomenal book I read it slow I re read parts several times I reflected on it during the times I wasn t reading it often It s a slim book that I also plan to read again It s simply haunting in my thoughts The female characters Christophine, a former slave, and Antoinette, both will remain in my thoughts in much the same way Jane Eyre has Loved it and agree with othersthis was a phenomenal tragic novel Once again proving a thin novel of 200 pages can have power than books twice its length.

  9. Nandakishore Varma Nandakishore Varma says:

    Every once in a while, I stop to think about the neglected characters in various novels who exist only as plot devices What are their stories If you saw the novel through their eyes, what would it be like Therefore, ever since I heard the premise of Jean Rhys s novel, I was eager to read it Bertha, Mr Rochester s first wife, must have had a life other than as the madwoman in the attic I do not know if Charlotte Bronte ever thought about it, but Ms Rhys obviously did, and this compellingly readable novel is the product.The language is beautifully evocative I could see the West Indies, even though I have never been there I could see, hear and smell the tropical countryside very much like my homeland , at once breathtakingly beautiful, compellingly seductive and strangely frightening like Antoinette Especially to the eyes of an Englishman whose green meadows and rolling fields hold no secrets.Yes, the countryside is beautiful but dangerous, since you can get lost in it It may suddenly cloud over and start to rain, and you may find yourself in the burnt out ruins of a country house populated only by ghosts of dead slaves and murdered slave owners.The characterisation is perfect Rhys draws each character, including the minor ones, with a few deft brush strokes Rochester, for all his faults, comes across as sympathetic, a victim of his times and society the evils he does are part of his social makeup And Antoinette is a masterpiece inseparable from the landscape she inhabits As we progress through the novel and she slips and into madness, the narrative also matches her mental state In fact, the third part is downright creepy.However, I am still plagued by a niggling doubt would this novel be effective for someone totally ignorant of Jane Eyre Oh wellmaybe the question is irrelevant.

  10. Fabian Fabian says:

    An epic romance made meek, singular, aromatic, ethereal, surreal A fresh little nugget of splendor, of much needed prose perfection This is gothic romance at its absolute height It s perhaps the best piece of fan fiction ever I say this as WSS is in actuality a side story formulated for the emblematic crazed woman smack in the middle of Jane Eyre But it takes a life of its own merging elements of brutal nature and brutal nurture both, to birth a spectacle like one I ve never experienced before Not short of magical, it s baffling how truly impactful these short novels really are Rhys gives us so much by giving us the absolute least Leaving the reader naturally to ask for There are specks of Graham Greene the impeccable here as well as Toni Morrison the visionary SO the best of the best in the best.To be read IMMEDIATELY Wide Sargasso Sea certainly a masterpiece.