I.II.III…

I’ve gotten my third strike…or my third rejection but who’s keeping count? I am that’s who.  I recently submitted three of my poems to a writing journal. I submitted them after I received a rejection on a short story. It took less time for these to be rejected than the story but I’m trying to take in stride. Rejection comes with the territory. 

But otherwise I’m feeling good. I have my delayed high school graduation on Friday (I passed the equivalence) and on Thursday I’m going to my college campus to get my student ID and buy my school books. I’m starting my first semester next week! I’m so excited. I’m looking forward to English 101 and Introduction to Sociology the most. I had originally narrowed down my potential major  to either English or Sociology so I think it fits.

 

I’m still writing on the book only more slowly. I’ve been writing short stories and I’m continuing to work on a longer short story that is sort of the jump off point for other stories. But admittedly I haven’t been writing as much as I would like though I hope to change that. 

 

And that is how the life of the black authoress is faring. It’s going pretty damn well she’d say. 

Wide Sargossa Sea by Jean Rhys

Wide Sargasso SeaWide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had heard of this book before through it’s connection with Jane Eyre. But I put off reading for awhile.

It was until I read a postcolonial criticism of that I really felt the urge to read it. I wanted to buy it but then I realized that the library had a copy.

So I checked it out and I think now after finishing it I will buy my own copy.

The prose reads easily. I feel like the word I would describe the writing as is smooth. I don’t know if that makes sense but it just flowed along. The footnotes were really helpful as well.

I felt like I could get along with Antoinette. I felt like I could empathize with her and that is very important when I’m reading.

Strangely while I was reading Part Two I could I felt like I could empathize with Rochester as well and I still don’t quite understand why but it was interesting reading from his POV. The only compliant I might have is that he didn’t seem quite as…brash as he did in Jane Eyre. He seemed more subdued but I felt like the whole book felt like that.

Part Three was the shortest. I was waiting for the end and I felt like Rhys described it beautifully. This was a really beautiful book.

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I do rec this book but get the Norton Edition if you can. It has footnotes which gives the novel more context. I would have been lost when the narration shifted in Part Two without it. Definitely a good book.

The Bronte Sisters by Catherine Reef Review

The Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and AnneThe Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne by Catherine Reef

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is around the fifth biography I’ve checked out on a Bronte but only the first that I have finished. I have the massive tome by Juliet Barker but I was overwhelmed when I opened it. I’ve started and put down several more.

I felt I needed something light to introduce me fully to the sisters. Currently I’ve only read one book from Charlotte but it really made an impression on me. I’ve started both Shirley and Vilette but I haven’t finished them yet. The same goes for Anne’s Agnes Grey.

But reading this I felt like I got a good overview of them. And I reacted to it. Near the end with the family tragedies. I really felt upset. I don’t know what it was about this particular book but yeah. I knew how they all died of course but I didn’t really feel it until I read this.

I think this a good introduction to the family and it’s easy to read. Four stars.

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I am all about biographies this year it seems. Hell I just ordered a book how how to write a biography so….yeeeah.