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Wide Sargasso Sea

«Rhys turns a menacing cipher into a grieving, plausible young woman, and one whose story says whole worlds about global mixtures, about the misunderstandings between the colonized, the colonizers and the people who can't easily say which they are»

Time

Jean Rhys's spell-binding novel Wide Sargasso Sea, inspired by Jane Eyre and winner the Royal Society of Literature Award is beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range.'There is no looking glass here and I don't know what I am like now. Les mer

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Jean Rhys's spell-binding novel Wide Sargasso Sea, inspired by Jane Eyre and winner the Royal Society of Literature Award is beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range.'There is no looking glass here and I don't know what I am like now... Now they have taken everything away. What am I doing in this place and who am I?'If Antoinette Cosway, a spirited Creole heiress, could have foreseen the terrible future that awaited her, she would not have married the young Englishman. Initially drawn to her beauty and sensuality, he becomes increasingly frustrated by his inability to reach into her soul. He forces Antoinette to conform to his rigid Victorian ideals, unaware that in taking away her identity he is destroying a part of himself as well as pushing her towards madness.Set against the lush backdrop of 1830s Jamaica, Jean Rhys's powerful, haunting masterpiece was inspired by her fascination with the first Mrs Rochester, the mad wife in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.'Compelling, painful and exquisite' Guardian'Brilliant. A tale of dislocation and dispossession, which Rhys writes with a kind of romantic cynicism, desperate and pungent' The Times'Rhys turns a menacing cipher into a grieving, plausible young woman, and one whose story says whole worlds about global mixtures, about the misunderstandings between the colonized, the colonizers and the people who can't easily say which they are' TimeJean Rhys was born in Dominica in 1890, the daughter of a Welsh doctor and a white Creole mother, and came to England when she was sixteen. Her first book, a collection of stories called The Left Bank, was published in 1927. This was followed by Quartet (originally Postures, 1928), After Leaving Mr Mackenzie (1930), Voyage in the Dark (1934) and Good Morning, Midnight (1939). None of these books was particularly successful and with the outbreak of war they went out of print. Jean Rhys dropped from sight until nearly twenty years later she was discovered living reclusively in Cornwall. During those years she had accumulated the stories collected in Tigers are Better-Looking. In 1966 she made a sensational reappearance with Wide Sargasso Sea, which won the Royal Society of Literature Award and the W. H. Smith Award. Her final collection of stories, Sleep It Off Lady, appeared in 1976 and Smile Please, her unfinished autobiography, was published posthumously in 1979. Jean Rhys died in 1979.

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Denne boken er et must, kanskje spesielt for alle som har lest Jane Eyre. Boken ble til fordi Jean Rhys leste Jane Eyre og ble provosert over fremstillingen av den gale kvinnen på loftet. Så provosert ble hun at hun ville skrive kvinnen et nytt liv, og derfor kom denne romanen til. Boken handler om Antoinette i Karibien, som er kreolsk kvinne i et samfunn i oppløsning. Slavene gjør opprør, så hennes familie har som hvite mennesker ikke lenger like stor makt som før. Fra England kommer Rochester, ute etter å gifte seg til formue. De hvite i Karibien er ikke like mye verdt som "ekte" europeere, og Antoinette blir dermed et menneske som ikke riktig hører hjemme noen steder. Rochester har en imperialistisk holdning og ser ned på mye ved Antoinette. De gifter seg, og det leder til et ekteskapelig inferno. Dette er et dypt gripende portrett av et misforstått menneske som ikke får eksistere på egne premisser. Les den, og la deg imponere av Rhys fantastiske språk. En leseopplevelse av de helt sjeldne.

Anna Karenina

Detaljer

Forlag
Penguin Books Ltd
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
160
ISBN
9780241951552
Utgivelsesår
2011
Format
18 x 11 cm

Om forfatteren

Jean Rhys was born in Dominica in 1890, the daughter of a Welsh doctor and a white Creole mother, and came to England when she was sixteen. Her first book, a collection of stories called The Left Bank, was published in 1927. This was followed by Quartet (originally Postures, 1928), After Leaving Mr Mackenzie (1930), Voyage in the Dark (1934) and Good Morning, Midnight (1939). None of these books was particularly successful and with the outbreak of war they went out of print. Jean Rhys dropped from sight until nearly twenty years later she was discovered living reclusively in Cornwall. During those years she had accumulated the stories collected in Tigers are Better-Looking. In 1966 she made a sensational reappearance with Wide Sargasso Sea, which won the Royal Society of Literature Award and the W. H. Smith Award. Her final collection of stories, Sleep It Off Lady, appeared in 1976 and Smile Please, her unfinished autobiography, was published posthumously in 1979. Jean Rhys died in 1979.

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«Rhys turns a menacing cipher into a grieving, plausible young woman, and one whose story says whole worlds about global mixtures, about the misunderstandings between the colonized, the colonizers and the people who can't easily say which they are»

Time

«Compelling, painful and exquisite»

Guardian

«Brilliant. A tale of dislocation and dispossession, which Rhys writes with a kind of romantic cynicism, desperate and pungent»

The Times

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Anna Karenina – 09.04.2006

– Denne boken er et must, kanskje spesielt for alle som har lest Jane Eyre. Boken ble til fordi Jean Rhys leste Jane Eyre og ble provosert over fremstillingen av den gale kvinnen på loftet. Så provosert ble hun at hun ville skrive kvinnen et nytt liv, og derfor kom denne romanen til. Boken handler om Antoinette i Karibien, som er kreolsk kvinne i et samfunn i oppløsning. Slavene gjør opprør, så hennes familie har som hvite mennesker ikke lenger like stor makt som før. Fra England kommer Rochester, ute etter å gifte seg til formue. De hvite i Karibien er ikke like mye verdt som "ekte" europeere, og Antoinette blir dermed et menneske som ikke riktig hører hjemme noen steder. Rochester har en imperialistisk holdning og ser ned på mye ved Antoinette. De gifter seg, og det leder til et ekteskapelig inferno. Dette er et dypt gripende portrett av et misforstått menneske som ikke får eksistere på egne premisser. Les den, og la deg imponere av Rhys fantastiske språk. En leseopplevelse av de helt sjeldne.

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