Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Summary: Prequel to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Born into an oppressive, colonialist society, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent sensuality and beauty, but soon after their marriage, rumors of madness in her family poison his mind against her. He forces Antoinette to conform to his rigid Victorian ideals.

My Review: I discovered this book in a late night googling session. I was researching books set in Dominica for my upcoming trip. SO I admit I simply requested the book from my local library and went about my day. I had no expectations I just needed a relevant book.

What I got was something amazing. This book is in fact a prequel to Jane Eyre, as I am some one that LOVES that book (hated in high school, loved in college) I knew I had to read it.

This book tackles hard subjects, namely slavery and what happened to people who were slave owners when you know, slavery became illegal. This book was a fascinating tale set in Jamaica, Dominica and England.

If you are someone that loves very realistic fiction that just so happens to be a prequel to one of the greatest books ever I highly recommend reading this book.

The book is divided into three parts.  All of the parts make up the journey as to how she became the mad woman in the attic and all work in one amazing way that even though this wasn’t written by Bronte it could have been.   In fact, this book really made me want to re-read Jane Eyre.

 

 

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