Revisionist Lit

I finished up Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys this morning. This falls under the What's in a Name challenge and also the 1% challenge. It has been a loooooong time since i read Jane Eyre and i can't remember if i liked the Rochester character or not. I remember liking Jane. Now, I really really think he's a dick. Sea is about the crazy attic lady from Jane Eyre. Her name is Antoinette. She's not crazy, not really, she's just been used, abused and dragged from her home and locked away. Rochester's super rich at the end, getting both Antoinette's money and his own father's estate, and has no reason to do what he does. He could let Antoinette go, yet he doesn't. The writing and descriptions of Jamaica and the tropics are lush and dreamy. I just can't decide if i liked the book. I am giving it a 4 as a preliminary but i may decide to change it. I am also bumping Jane Eyre to the top of my reread list.


  1. I too couldn't decide if I liked this book or not. Rhys's Antoinette is much different from the wife in Jane Eyre, whose name is Blanche, I believe, in that book. I think the major problem I had with Wide Sargasso Sea is Rhys's portrayal of Mr. Rochester--Jane Eyre makes him out to be such a dreamy guy. And Jane Eyre is one of those books I could read over and over again.

  2. I am going to reread Jane Eyre shortly I think. The wife's name was Bertha from what this one read. Big difference in attractiveness sounding.


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