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  1. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    This is a peculiarly honest and an honestly peculiar biography about the reigning ueen of all female miserablists and for JR fans who don’t know about it when you get hold of a copy it will be like you died and went to miserable heaven All the angels with their harps busted and boohooing and drinking gin and bitching about God “Never mind his Son”Carole Angier is very forthright about what she doesn’t know which is a real lot She weaves the tale together with JR’s own very autobiographical stories and novels plus unfinished autobiography called Smile Please a very Rhysian title Then since JR knocked around with other literary scribblers their writings go into the mix It gets completely ludicrous – at one point 1924 Jean was married to a guy who was in prison for theft and embezzlement living with Ford Madox Ford and his wife having a blatant affair with Ford and ALL FOUR of them later wrote accounts of the period three novels one memoir all of which try to blame each other for the interpersonal hideousness But very freuently Carole Angier will write “I think Jean moved back to Paris” or “I think Jean must have stopped seeing him by then” – she makes her best guess and tells the reader it is a guess which is what most biographers do not do In fact I would have thought Biographer Rule Number One is “Don’t let them realise how little you actually know” Carole Angier breaks this rule every five pagesTHE VOICE OF JEAN RHYSThis comes up again and again She got into drama school but they said she could never go on the stage unless she dropped her horrible accent They said she talked like a black person And also in a high strangulated annoying manner She was born in Dominica in the West Indies Her family was the least posh of the rich white plantation owning ruling class but least posh was still rich white I wanted to hear what she sounded like and did all rich white West Indians talk like black people? How curious But after years in England and France she learned to speak very uietly and the only recording of her I could find betrays none of these grating ualities in fact she has a nice voice this bit she says she never could write about being happy And she doesn't believe anyone is happy for very long Well she would say that Anyway this is recommended to the teeny hard core of JR fans who haven't already read it


  2. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    I forgot to list this one Jean Rhys would have smiled grimly and muttered oh well that's about par for the course everybody did For someone always on the verge of total collapse she led a long life 1890 to 1979 In fact she lived long enough to meet Leonard Cohen I'd have paid good money to witness that or maybe Ingmar Bergmanor Samuel BeckettBut miserable drunken old bat or not you gotta read at least one of her gloomfests Or two Maybe three Go on read the whole lot there aren't many and they're mercifully short


  3. Bloodorange Bloodorange says:

    I intend to read through it section by section in the order I will find most convenient Wide Sargasso Sea sections first then Good Morning Midnight then uartet then probably chronologicallyTable of ContentsPart one Life 1890 1927 Dominica 1890 1907 traces the connections between Jean's birthplace her family history and her writingFirst steps 1907 1912 NOW READING The interval 1913 1919John 1919 1924Ford 1924 1927uartetPart two Work 1928 1939Leslie 1928 1930After leaving Mr MackenzieLeslie 1931 1934Voyage in the darkLeslie 1935 1939 Good morning midnight With its analysis of themes of vision hatred as a uintessential part of self in a Rhys' heroine humour and the complete ineffectiveness of Sasha's actions even intentions this chapter is making me appreciate things I failed to appreciate in GMM and the name is llegion Not as complex or well structured as essay on WSS in my opinion but very useful if you work on GMMPart three The lost years 1939 1966War 1939 1945Max 1945 1957 The writing of Wide Sargasso Sea 1957 1966 very suspenseful; writer's block illness alcoholism old age This part is really intense and involves Rhys neglecting or hitting her invalid husband to vent her frustration that because of him and many other factors to be truthful her writing does not get done And the story of her greedy literary agent? A veritable thriller Wide Sargasso Sea a very good systematic analysis of WSS; can be too biographical to some Antoinette's emotional problems are invariably said to reflect Jean's problems Which might be true but repeated ad nauseam Still such is the biographer's prerogativePart four The last years 1966 1979Life 1966 1975Death 1976 1979J


  4. Karen Karen says:

    Rhys never wanted a biography written of her so this is styled as a study which seems a little coy but oh well Angier doesn't try to keep her tone objective; she clearly loves Rhys's work and has immense sympathy for her troubles in life And Rhys did have a very troubled life She had terrible love affairs with men terrible marriages terrible bouts of poverty and illness and drinking In between she wrote stories and novels that wrenched out some of her pain but never enough I've only read Wide Sargasso Sea her most famous book which is about the first Mrs Rochester the madwoman in the attice in Jane Eyre Like Mrs RochesterAntoinette Rhys grew up as a white West Indian was brought to England where she knew no one and had disastrous encounters with English men Unlike Antoinette Rhys didn't end up locked in anyone's atticbut Angier gives the sense that she came close A sad book but also a testament to Rhys's seriousness as an artist Her indecision and self doubt about even her greatest works casts them in a fascinating light There's a sense about printed books especially or less canonized ones that they must have emerged fully formed and bathed in golden heavenly light with GENIUS stamped across them in godscript It's sort of heartening and sort of disconcerting to realize that many of them have the same miserable origins as lesser works RIP Jean Rhys


  5. C.S. Burrough C.S. Burrough says:

    Having read the thin earlier version and this subseuent thick as a brick edition I strongly recommend the latterLife was brutal to Jean Rhys and she let us know it in her deliciously wry self deprecating sometimes hilarious way Her incompetence at life was magnificently offset by her profound talent for expressing and rationalising that experience so succinctly in writing Hence her being described by one literary contemporary as 'one of the finest British writers of this century'Some Rhys devotees are prone to the notion that there sits within each of us a 'touch of the Jean Rhys' Such aficionados may argue that Jean's critics are merely expressing their own insecurities displaying denial of their own vulnerabilities by deriding Jean's absurdist take on lifeIndeed Rhys detractors who have tagged her work a 'gloomfest' seem simply out of their depth to her adherentsBut frivolous pulp fiction was just not her brand she would rather have starved and almost did She wrote not for the light entertainment of the masses Her artistry remains in parts heartbreakingly beautiful Her 'underdog' themes remain universal Her poignant narrative is timeless despite the evocative sense of the times she lived and wrote in born 24 August 1890 – died 14 May 1979With a rare compassion Carole Angier explores Rhys's fin de siècle white West Indies childhood her time as an Edwardian London chorus girl her devastating first love affair with one of England's wealthiest men her bohemian life in 1920s Rive Gauche Paris her all too fleeting 'money phase' in post WWI Vienna her three bizarre marriages and the misfortune awaiting her husbands We understand Jean's loathing of the cold grey early 20th century England she was sent to as a teenager seen through her Caribbean creole lens We feel for her in Holloway jail in middle age empathise with her being forgotten and thought dead by the literary world after going out of print in WWII We despair at the run down country shacks she inhabited in her solitary dirt poor old age prior to the chance rediscovery and wide acclaim leading to her CBE of which she remarked drily 'It came too late' Here was an alien who never uite adjusted but could never turn back Forever displaced We explore her compulsive drinking and its short and long term effects on herself and those around her The biography examines every Rhys work published chapter and verse plus much of what she wrote but did not publish It analyses Jean's distinctive deep and narrow themes her instinctive sense of form and astonishing use of imagery It documents how each story and episode mirrors her own historyIt's always great finding a biographer who loves and understands her subject as passionately as you do But nor does Angier balk at calling a spade a spade when it comes to Jean's glaring character flaws I felt Angier's lay psychoanalysis went into overreach I disagreed with certain of her second hand findings But I remained hooked and fascinatedMy strongest issue is her coverage of Wide Sargasso Sea As maddening as Rhys herself in tainting her exuisite body of work with this conceptually anomalous novel loathed beyond words by some devotees Angier allocates it an exasperating 42 page analysis chapter As Wide Sargasso Sea remains my one Rhys bugbear Angier's ramblings on it just reawakened the torment As with the novel I climbed walls getting through this dissertation on it The biographer pithily concedes that Some readers may feel on the contrary that Wide Sargasso Sea is too full of incident that it is a Caribbean 'Gothic Novel' too close for comfort to melodrama p 556 That tokenistic nod to us is frustrating With critics and biographers duty bound to some modicum of objectivity here we instead get just Angier's gushing subjectivity on the often contentious topic of Wide Sargasso Sea Angier at least explains why she admits this novel's Part Two is not 'uite' as successfully executed as it could be though that's little consolation if you feel the novel has no place in Rhys's body of work Naturally those on the opposite side of the Sargasso Sea opinion divide will revel in this chapter I despaired of But those who disfavour the novel care not that it was Rhys's most commercially successful piece the one to reawaken her in the public eye after decades of obscurity making her briefly a bestselling phenomenon on the eve of her death then a global industry posthumously We care not for its raft of commercially driven awards Or for the hoi polloi romance readers' accolades of it being the Rhys 'masterpiece' This group likely never read or understood her wider defining body of work Regardless this chapter's academic relevance is incontestable for students of Rhys literature who should read other opinions for comparison anyway My differing with its overall take on Sargasso is merely opinion and taste Since first reading Jean Rhys Life and Work I have returned to it numerous times after reading other works seemingly inspired by it most notably Lillian Pizzichini's wonderful The Blue Hour 2009 There is always something I had not fully digested previously Incomparable in length and coverage Angier's work remains the definitive Rhys biography well deserving its 1991 Whitbread Biography Award shortlisting and winning of the 1991 Writers' Guild Award for Non Fiction Not to be missed Stock up on gin and luminal Draw shut the curtains You won't move until you've read every word


  6. Frederike Frederike says:

    The relationship between the loneliness Jean Rhys herself experienced and that of her heroines is clearly described and elaborated upon in this study


  7. John Stiles John Stiles says:

    I found this book interesting so much so that I also read the earlier edition of this same volume which was a much thinner book a kind of sampler of the 770 pg later volume which I finished in one sittingI found out about Jean Rhys in Halifax Nova Scotia in the 1990's when I went into what was then the Trident BookstoreCoffee Shop and asked the bookseller if he had a book by a female version of JD Salinger No he said but you might like this He passed me After Leaving Mr Mackenzie It is my favourite book the one I always go to when people ask because it deals with the basics in life for an artist in this case it is a lonely dance hall girl who is losing her looks and struggling to survive financiallyWhat was interesting about the two versions of the bios was I thought the writer might be lazy and simply use the chapter intros from the slimmer volume and then pad the book with anecdotes and filler but she completely re wrote the whole thing chapter by chapter and I found that admirable and also fascinating However on a technical note I think the earlier slimmer volume tried to imitate Rhys’ spare writing style and for that reason I would say it is a true book to her That's just my opinion I've always had a thing for old ladies So now you know


  8. Ruth Ruth says:

    This biography seems a great achievement on Angier's part it weaves together scraps of information from letters interviews and Jean Rhys's novels stories and diaries yet manages to be a very thorough study of its subject Sometimes especially when Angier analyses Rhys' writing it reads like a dissertation but it is very well written I don't often commit to reading such a long book but I am a great fan of Jean Rhys' work and this is even true now Rhys was an incredibly difficult person but wrote beautifully; knowing how difficult it was for her to manage this because of her personal problems disorganisation and money worries makes me appreciate her talent even


  9. Kallie Kallie says:

    Angier does a very good job of getting across the main dynamic of Rhys' life what motivated her to write in fact how the act of writing was a means of survival for her What comes across is a woman who otherwise felt helpless to deal with how harsh the world was on powerless single women of her era Rhys did not become angry experiencing this so much as despairing and needy and who can blame her What she salvaged from this life her very simple evocative writing style is a treasure for us all I never tire of her books She is simply one of the best writers in the English language ever


  10. Margaux Tatin Blanc Margaux Tatin Blanc says:

    As I am reading at the same time this book and a bio of Patricia Highsmith i discovered that the same publishereditor Francis Wydham had been essential in the new trend and recognition of Jean Rhys in the 1970s as well as the European recognition of Patricia Highsmithas who was very poorly considered in the US at the timeSo strange


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