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

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It’s a miserable book, full of darkness and despair, and at the centre of it is a character not unlike people in real life. The unbearable weight of being perceived as worthless by a society that devalues her transforms Sasha into a cold-brewed misanthrope—hating any gaze, averse to humanity's reflection that renders her as nothing more than a vessel for disregard. It is easy to continue the self-destructive pattern even when the affair is over just like Sasha with depressive alcoholism in the empty room, or in bed with incidental lovers.

The charge : assaulting a lodger, Mr Bezant, and the arresting officer, after a party the day before, which Mrs Hamer objected to on grounds of noise. Naipaul wrote in 1973 that it is "the most subtle and complete of [Rhys'] novels, and the most humane".He stands and goes to fetch the money, and as he does so, Sasha closes her eyes and asks him to leave her some spare bills. This short book is very bleak for the most part which makes it seems like a much longer piece of writing, hundreds of pages more than it actually is. Her experience of a patriarchal society and displacement during this period formed some of the most important themes in her work.

If she was so fed up with people, I reasoned previously, why not tell those people to fuck off and be done with it? City of both love and desperation, perfect for a lover’s mindless hedonism and exuberant fatalism, as well as its ensuing void.

at this point; the reader may be able to work out that ficher is less coarse / vulgar/ offensive than fouter but even though “Qu’est-ce qu’ elle fiche ici? I could see how her world-view might have the same warping effect on a certain type of girl as Miller’s does on a certain type of boy. The book seemed to me to capture very well the mood swings of an alcoholic woman in difficult and impoverished circumstances in the period setting - but from a bohemian point of view. Sasha discovered that she was pregnant around this time, but she put off telling Enno, who was becoming increasingly irritable and mean.

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