Good Morning, Midnight

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1986 - Fiction - 189 pages
133 Reviews
Sasha Jensen has returned to Paris, the city of both her happiest moments and her most desperate. Her past lies in wait for her in cafes, bars, and dress shops, blurring all distinctions between nightmare and reality. When she is picked up by a young man, she begins to feel that she is still capable of desires and emotions. Few encounters in fiction have been so brilliantly conceived, and few have come to a more unforgettable end.
  

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Perfect recipes for a boring book. - Goodreads
Her storytelling is tight, flawless, and unflinching. - Goodreads
It's best not to speak of endings. - Goodreads
Furthermore, Rhys is a very skilled, observant writer. - Goodreads
I have pasted excerpts of my own research and stance. - Goodreads
The prose is interspersed with French. - Goodreads

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A superbly written, at times harrowing and heartbreaking story. The protagonist is a believable, desperate and yet endearing woman. As a reader I felt very much on her side. The setting and style of ... Read full review

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Zindagi tujh se har ek saans pai samjhauta karun, Shaukh jeene ka hai mujhe, Par itna toh nahi... And could I say I understand her loneliness. That I sense it every time she pulls back into herself ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
33
Section 3
57
Section 4
71
Section 5
85
Section 6
113
Section 7
125
Section 8
139
Section 9
149
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About the author (1986)

Jean Rhys, 1890 - 1979 Writer Jean Rhys was born in Roseau, Dominica, West Indies. Her father was a Welsh doctor and her mother was a Dominican Creole. Her heritage deeply influenced her life as well as her writing. At seventeen, her father sent her to England to attend the Perse School, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Unfortunately, she was forced to abandon her studies when her father died. Rhys worked as a chorus girl and ghostwrote a book on furniture. During World War I, she volunteered in a soldier canteen and, in 1918, worked in a pension office. In 1919, she went to Holland and married the French-Dutch journalist and songwriter Jean Langlet. They had two children, a daughter and a son who died as an infant. She began writing under the patronage of Ford Madox Ford. Her husband was sentenced to prison for illegal financial transactions. Her affair ended badly with Ford, and her marriage ended in divorce. In 1934, she married Leslie Tilden Smith who died in 1945. Two years later, she married Max Hamer who died in 1966. Rhys lived many years in the West Country, most often in great poverty. In 1927, Rhys' first collection of stories, "The Left Bank and Other Stories," was published. Her first novel, "Quartet" (1928), is considered to be an account of her affair with Ford Madox Ford told through Marya, a young English woman. In "Voyage in the Dark" (1934), the character is a young chorus girl involved with an older lover. She has also written "Good Morning, Midnight" (1939) and "Sleep It Off Lady" (1976) and the internationally acclaimed "Wide Sargasso Sea" (1960). Rhys was made a CBE in 1978 and received the W.H. Smith Award, the Royal Society of Literature Award and an Arts Council Bursart. Rhys died on May 14, 1979 in Exeter. In the same year, her unfinished autobiography "Smile Please" appeared.

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