Wide Sargasso Sea

A Novel

Jean Rhys (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

"A considerable tour de force by any standard."—?New York Times Book Review

Jean Rhys's reputation was made upon the publication of this passionate and heartbreaking novel, in which she brings into the light one of fiction's most mysterious characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. Set in the Caribbean, its heroine is Antoinette Cosway, a sensual and protected young woman who is sold into marriage to the prideful Rochester. In this best-selling novel, Rhys portrays a society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations, that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • December 1982
  • ISBN 978-0-393-30880-8
  • 5.4 × 8 in / 176 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide excluding Canada and the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Working a stylistic range from moody introspection to formal elegance, Miss Rhys has us traveling under Antoinette's skin. It is an eerie and memorable trip.” — The Nation

“The novel is a triumph of atmosphere—of what one is tempted to call Caribbean Gothic atmosphere…It has an almost hallucinatory quality.” — New York Times

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