Good Morning Midnight by Jean Ryhs

Good Morning Midnight by Jean Ryhs

A L Kennedy writes in the Penguin Modern Classics introduction “The world of Jean Rhys’s fiction is both strange and unnervingly familiar. Anyone who has ever been lonely, uncertain, afraid will find something of themselves here; something of the insidious, banal horror of a simply unhappy life.” Famous for capturing the unhappiness of Charlotte Bronte’s mad woman in the attic in “Wide Sargasso Sea”, Rhys is an expert at presenting unhappiness with unsentimental clarity. Yes, the “I didn’t ask to be born” trope of the angst-ridden teenager does have its origins here, but the reader will have more sympathy for the protagonist / narrator of this novel, whose life is truly hollow. Not a cheery read.

 

Mr A

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