Good Morning, Midnight: Jean Rhys (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Good Morning, Midnight: Jean Rhys (Penguin Modern Classics)

Good Morning, Midnight: Jean Rhys (Penguin Modern Classics)

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My life, which seems so simple and monotonous, is really a complicated affair of cafés where they like me and cafés where they don’t, streets that are friendly, streets that aren’t, rooms where I might be happy, rooms where I shall never be, looking-glasses I look nice in, looking-glasses I don’t, dresses that will be lucky, dresses that won’t, and so on. Sasha herself seems to have little psychological insight - betokened by the constant tears she sheds without quite knowing where they come from. I am talking away, quite calmly and sedately, when there it is again — tears in my eyes, tears rolling down my face.

If you trip and fall into bed (it was already there) and cry and have it all out and then get up again and feel all the eyes staring on you because you MUST look like you've fallen apart and it's much worse that this is the normal to get back to and everyone must know that it's not the end of the world and your normal at all (how awful it's not even the end) is not a flash in anyone's fire.Once in France, Sasha encounters random men in bars or on the streets—a couple of Russians; a young man, René, a French-Canadian who has recently escaped from his Foreign Legion post in Morocco; and a repugnant commercial traveller who is staying in the same hotel. The book is devastatingly sad at times but there are moment of comic genius that I can’t be sure were intentional or not. I had heard of this author from her well-known book Wide Sargasso Sea, a prequel and a feminist response to Jane Eyre’s ‘crazy woman in the attic. Her fictional alter ego is slowly losing everything: her looks, her faith in humanity, her will to live.

I felt much pity for Sasha, after all she goes through, and this was the defining turning point for me when it comes to female protagonists.Sophia doesn't want to be the receiver of others sad song radio waves and find herself dancing if or if not anyone is around. It's a small novel in its own brief and perfect right, depicting the emotional and sensitive nature of trying to find stability again. Somehow she feels she never figured out how to be like other people and how to lead a ‘normal’ life like everyone else: “Faites comme les autres – that’s been my motto all my life.

He takes the money and promises to relay it to Serge, but he also makes it clear that he’s jealous because Sasha liked Serge so much.

Although Rhys' protagonist is a white woman and does not share Ken's experience as a colonized subject, Rhys herself originated from Dominica which had been under British rule (Dominica is one of the most magical places I have ever been to.

While pushing through these novels over the last couple of weeks, I frequently thought how unfortunate it was for Rhys that she didn’t have access to Alcoholics Anonymous or quality psychotherapy.If she goes somewhere she is convinced that people are looking at her, and talking about her, and judging her. In 1966 she made a sensational comeback with her masterpiece, Wide Sargasso Sea, written in difficult circumstances over a long period.

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