Just read Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea for the first time -- although I attempted it as a teen, it really went over my head -- and now I'm just in book hangover mode. Don't want to read anything else, not really. Love this reissue with the Edwidge Danticat introduction. It's not scholarly or academic, but more of a love letter to this novel, and an argument for why #WeNeedDiverseBooks.
Will need time to review this one -- I won't have anything deep to offer, nothing that hasn't been already said -- but am very struck by how pedestrian and banal Rochester is. He's not quite the monster I imagine -- a man who would imprison his wife for the entirety of his life! -- and yet, I can see already the quick resignation and the desire to just be done with this "headache".
At moments, was struck by similarity to Rebecca with the passion for an old estate and its destruction by fire.