Jane Eyre Prequel

Wide Sargasso Sea was written by Jane Rhys in 1966, one hundred and nineteen years after the publication of Jane Eyre.

This chilling story begins in Jamaica in the 1830’s not long after slavery has been abolished and it ends in England.  Like its predecessor, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, the story is filled with mystery and added doses of Creole and voodoo.  The story is told in three parts from the viewpoints of several people.  It reminded me of life in New Orleans and many of the people there whose culture originated in the Caribbean.   It is beautifully written and haunting.  In this book, the author imagines the events which may have led up to Mr. Rochester locking his lunatic wife away in the Rochester mansion.

The book, another of the Top 150, was too good to put down and I read it in one night.  I think I will remember it for a long, long time.  I’m glad I read it.

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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