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Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Antoinette Cosway, the first Mrs Rochester from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, is the heroine of this novel set in Jamaica in the 1930's. Antoinette tells us of her childhood on the lush island, with its superstition and troubled colonial inheritance and, hovering over her family, - an expression of the decadence of the white community - madness. Rhys recreates an experience of madness which is one of the most affecting in literature.
Jean Rhys was born in Dominica.

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Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys