Wide Sargasso Sea

Jean Rhys

Years ago I read Jane Eyre for the sole purpose of reading Rhys’s retelling of it from the perspective of the woman locked in the attic. Luckily the book stands solidly on its own so my now hazy memories of Jane Eyre didn’t get in the way.

This critical edition includes all sorts of letters and essays and excerpts from Jane Eyre, which I only skimmed through but might come back to on a future reading. There are so many levels on which to appreciate this book: from Rhys’s interpretation of Ms Brontë to her firsthand knowledge of the post-colonial Caribbean islands most of the book is set around to the shifting narrative style.

This is the first book I’ve actually missed my subway stop because of, being so engrossed with reading it; I came close a few times with Valley of the Dolls but Wide Sargasso Sea obviously wins.