What Is a Zombi? WIDE SARGASSO SEA, p. 97

A zombi is a dead person who seems to be alive or a living person who is dead. A zombi can also be the spirit of a place, usually malignant but sometimes to be propitiated with sacrifices or offerings of flower and fruit . . .  They cry out in the wind that is their voice, they rage in the sea that is their anger.

 

Mother of All Lists (May 2018)

  • Best book self has read so far this year: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman, Book 2 of His Dark Materials
  • The book it has taken self the longest to read so far this year: Banana Yoshimoto’s Moshi Moshi (33 days)
  • The longest story self has written so far: Alex (27 pages)
  • The number of literary contests self has joined so far this year: 7
  • The fastest rejection self has received so far this year: Rhino (8 days)
  • Number of pieces self has placed so far this year: 1
  • Number of novels self has read so far this year, including the one she is currently reading (Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea): 10
  • Most Fabulous Food Discovery of the Year: Hot Buttered Popcorn, Stanford Theatre, downtown Palo Alto, CA

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Wide Sargasso Sea: WHELP!

SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER!

Out of the blue, the husband receives a very detailed letter from someone he doesn’t know.

The letter is laced with familiarity and assures the man that he is writing out of a sincere desire to open his eyes. Therefore, this man is bad, the wife is bad, please “come and see me quickly. Your obt servant. Daniel Cosway.” An excerpt from the letter:

  • Richard Mason is a sly man and he will tell you a lot of nancy stories, which is what we call lies here, about what happen at Coulibri and this and that. Don’t listen. Make him answer — yes or no.

Can you imagine the effort and concentration this Cosway put into writing such a letter? What determination he possessed? And what cunning? He knew exactly what words to write, what buttons to push.

Cosway has cunning in spades.

The husband is so weak and so out-of-his-depth that he immediately decides that Cosway must be an ally (and not crazy): It was as if I’d expected it, been waiting for it.

A few pages earlier, the husband admits he does not love his wife, she was a stranger. Self is completely revising her opinion of him. (So what if the wife is a stranger? The letter writer is also a stranger, you stupid stupid man!)

Stay tuned.

Tagged on Facebook: Your 10 Most Influential Albums

Here are self’s first five:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

The Groom & His New Bride: Wide Sargasso Sea, p. 78

Self will admit, half the time she doesn’t know what’s going on in Wide Sargasso Sea.

It’s supposed to be about the first Mrs. Rochester from Jane Eyre, but self hasn’t been reading it like that, she’s been reading as if it’s a complete, stand-alone work of fiction.

It wasn’t until this morning that she realized Part Two was from the man’s point of view. When she realized that, it was like a big light bulb went off in her head, and she began to read in a state of absolute suspense, wondering when the man would wake up to the fact that his bride was cray-cray.

It seems the man was very unsure about the whole ‘getting-married-to-someone-you’ve-never-met’ business, but after the wedding night “My fever weakness left me, so did all misgivings.”

The Mrs. does remind self a little of Philip Pullman’s Lyra Belacqua, but the man is definitely no Will Parry; he’s too obtuse.

p. 78:

I drank another cup of Bull’s Blood . . . “How did you get that dressing table up here?”

“I don’t know. It’s always been here ever since I can remember. A lot of the furniture was stolen, but not that.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

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