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Quartet

Posted by the editors on Monday, 14 November 2011

Quartet (1928)(Novel) by Jean Rhys (Voyage in the Dark (1934), Good Morning, Midnight (1939), Wide Sargasso Sea (1966))   This slim volume, Rhys’s first novel, though written in 1928, is, despite its linear narrative structure, extraordinarily modern, in its style, its writing, its attitude toward women, and their relationships with other women, and, of course, men and the world at large.  Set in the distinctly bohemian Paris of the 1920s, though the Paris of today is most certainly recognisable, Quartet, originally titled “Purposes”, a sad and rather sordid story of desolation, degradation and depression, follows a young woman’s seemingly compulsive self-destruction amid the facades, questionable ethics  and cruelty of the expatriate community of artists, gallerists, criminals and others, from café to café, bistrot to bistrot in a wonderfully evocative, highly personal search, full of despair, for something better in life; perhaps love, or at least, some sense of security. (PR)

See our post on Jean Rhys’s novel Wide Sargasso Sea..

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Nota: Don’t confuse Rhys’s excellent novel Quartet with the film of the same name by Merchant/Ivory, which, though loosely based on Rhys’s novel, is an altogether different sort of thing…

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