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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)

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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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Wide Sargasso Sea

Posted by the editors on Friday, 11 November 2011

Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)(Novel) by Jean Rhys  This wonderful, short, post-colonial parallel novel, in effect, a kind of “pre-quel” to Charlotte Brontë’s renowned novel Jane Eyre (1847), and set primarily in the Caribbean, is full of the overripe lushness of Jamaica, the social upheaval following the abolition of slavery, and is woven through with the somewhat menacing reality of obeah.  Antoinette Cosway is, in fact, more than the mad-woman in the attic, Bertha Mason of Jane Eyre, and her views of class and religion distinctly modern. (PR)

See our post on Jean Rhys’s novel Quartet..

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