August 14, 2013
Wide Sargasso Sea is a postcolonial parallel novel by Jean Rhys a Dominican born author. The novel is a prequel to Charlotte Bronte’s 1847 novel Jane Eyre. It is the story of Antoinette Cosway known as Bertha Mason in Jane Eyre, a white Creole heiress, from the time of her youth in the Caribbean to her unhappy marriage with Mr Rochester and relocation to England. Jean when was sixteen came to England and struggled into few demimonde jobs like a chorus girl, mannequin, artist’s model. She began to write in her thirties and was encouraged by Ford Madox Ford, who also discovered D. H. Lawrence. Her first book was a collection of short stories called The Left Bank in which Ford Madox wrote an introduction in 1927. With the outbreak of World War II in 1939, she went out completely out of sight. One reason was her recent failure of Good Morning, Midnight and another was her books went out of print. The reason of being unsuccessful was her books were all ahead of their time in theme and tone. In 1966, she made a reappearance with Wide Sargasso Sea which won the Royal Society of Literature Award and W. H. Smith Award for the particular year. It turned out it was her last novel and she died in the year of 1979.
I am looking forward to it. I got it from my college library and the book is now considered as a modern classic.
The other book I am reading is The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort. Soon to be a movie in the current year, directed by Martin Scorsese starring Leonardo Di Caprio. Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess no one could invent.