Wide Sargasso Sea
by Jean Rhys
Time 100 Novels, Modern Library #94, Guardian 1000 Novels
At one point in Wide Sargasso Sea, Antoinette Cosway and her husband have a conversation about how to him, living in the Caribbean feels like a dream, and to her, his tales of England sounds like a dream. That dream-like quality pervades the novel, from her oppressed childhood to his perceptions of island life, to her ultimate madness and imprisonment.