Q: What is the only sea in the world that does not touch land? A: The wide, wide Sargasso Sea—aka, um, the Sargasso Sea. Q: What’s that? A: It’s a lovely bit of symbolism that Jean Rhys attached to her novel Wide Sargasso Sea. It’s also a large (yes, wide) body of water in the Atlantic Ocean, caused by an...
In honor of my having read Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, on this Friday I’m admiring this lovely flower, digitally captured in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. And I’m reflecting that I’ve never seen a flower like this blooming in my subdivision, or jutting along the pathways through my local forests, or emerging from my nearby lakes; but they...
Ah, marriage—the source of so much happiness, handwringing, hope, hell, and high drama that it’s the central subject of a large number of acclaimed novels. In the mid-nineteenth century, Charlotte Brontë wrote Jane Eyre, in which we see a marriage gone so wrong that the wife, raving mad, is locked in the attic. And then, in the mid-twentieth century, Jean...
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