Welcome to Banned Books Month! The votes are counted and this month we are attempting to do all three of the books that got the most votes. It should be doable as the books are not large volumes.
The second book we will be reading with the group is The Wide Sargasso Seas by Jean Rhys. Your host for this discussion is Janien.
Here’s some info about the book:
Jean Rhys’s late, literary masterpiece Wide Sargasso Sea was inspired by Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, and is set in the lush, beguiling landscape of Jamaica in the 1830s. Born into an oppressive, colonialist society, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent sensuality and beauty. After their marriage the rumours begin, poisoning her husband against her. Caught between his demands and her own precarious sense of belonging, Antoinette is driven towards madness.
About the Author
Jean Rhys was born in Dominica in 1894. Coming to England aged 16, she drifted into various jobs before starting to write in Paris in the late ’20s. After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie was written in 1930. Her early novels, often portraying women as underdogs out to exploit their sexualities, were ahead of their time and only modestly successful. From 1939 onwards she lived reclusively, and was largely forgotten when she made a sensational comeback with Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966. She died in 1979.
There is a very good BBC TV adaptation of this book from 2006 that I recommend. It stars Rafe Spall as Rochester and Rebecca Hall as Antoinette.
The group discussion will start on September 1st and run all month. Please join us if you can! Discussion takes place in the Book Group section of the forum.