Review: Smile Please – An Unfinished Autobiography by Jean Rhys

I’ve read a lot of Jean Rhys’ work but knew very little about her. She unfortunately died before she could complete this autobiography, so it doesn’t give much information about her life as a writer, but her recollections from her childhood in Dominica were fascinating. One of my favourite books of hers is Wide Sargasso Sea which, as far as I’m aware, is the only one of her books which takes place in Dominica, and I really loved that setting so I was glad to return to it in Rhys’ autobiography. She goes on to talk about her life in England, particularly how miserable she found it, and her time in Paris spent with her first husband. The whole book provides another layer of context for her fiction work, which has always been seen as very autobiographical and made me want to reread her other books all over again. 

Rating: 3 / 5 stars

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