Voyage in the Dark

( 3 )

Overview

Rhys's voice is starkly simple, yet sharp as nails.
Autobiographically inspired, Rhys created stories of the slightly adrift every woman looking for an anchor in a cold, hostile landscape. Her heroine in Voyage in the Dark is Anna Morgan, a young woman in her late teens, relocated to England from her beloved home in the West Indies. She works as a chorus girl, traveling the country to dank boarding rooms and shabby theaters. Fortune seems to grab her one day in the shape of a ...

See more details below
Paperback (Reissue)
$11.86
BN.com price
(Save 14%)$13.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (33) from $2.90   
  • New (15) from $6.65   
  • Used (18) from $2.90   
Sending request ...

Overview

Rhys's voice is starkly simple, yet sharp as nails.
Autobiographically inspired, Rhys created stories of the slightly adrift every woman looking for an anchor in a cold, hostile landscape. Her heroine in Voyage in the Dark is Anna Morgan, a young woman in her late teens, relocated to England from her beloved home in the West Indies. She works as a chorus girl, traveling the country to dank boarding rooms and shabby theaters. Fortune seems to grab her one day in the shape of a wealthy, older man who sets her up in London, calling for her as his needs dictate. Anna falls in love with him, and allows herself to rely on him totally. When he grows tired of her, she begins a long spiraling decline. This is poignant, tense writing by the woman whom A. Alvarez called "the best living English novelist."

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Howard Moss - The New Yorker
“[Jean Rhys's novels] have the quality of the best books by seeming to have written themselves, and reading them one flinches at truth after truth.”
Jonathan Raban
“Every so often someone comes along whose prose style is so alert and fresh, so remote from the mainstream idiom of English social fiction that is seems miraculous that they should be able to write like that and be British too. Jean Rhys is such a writer.”
T. P.
“Miss Rhys has not often been more steadily successful than in her account of Anna Morgan's quite ordinary tragedy. . . . Miss Rhys has done a nearly perfect job.”
The New Yorker
“[Jean Rhys's novels] have the quality of the best books by seeming to have written themselves, and reading them one flinches at truth after truth.”— Howard Moss
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393311464
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Series: Norton Paperback Fiction Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 495,665
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Rhys is the author of Wide Sargasso Sea and other novels.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 3 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(2)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Posted March 22, 2014

    As a creole writer and as a woman writer,Jean Rhys depicts women

    As a creole writer and as a woman writer,Jean Rhys depicts women's lives in general and in particular ;in a way women are always depending on men ;recieving money and cloths from them

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2001

    The startling tale of a young girl's journey into darkness...

    Voyage in the Dark, by Jean Rhys, provides exceptional insight into a young lady¿s search for love and acceptance. Anna Morgan, the protagonist, leaves the warmth and comfort of her home in the West Indies to face a cold and cruel future in England. Due to her lack of family support, Anna must search for values and security in an unfamiliar world. Jean Rhys poignantly depicts the destitute lifestyle of Anna Morgan as a prostitute. Rhys uses stream of consciousness writing in order for the reader to experience Anna¿s voyage into darkness first hand. In addition to empathizing with Anna, the reader feels as though he or she could jump into the book and give Anna a hug. Indeed the story of Anna Morgan is emotionally compelling from beginning to end. I would highly recommend this book to sensitive individuals who enjoy reading books about the challenges that women faced in modern-day London. Perhaps the most riveting aspect of this novel is its close resemblance to the author¿s life. Certainly Jean Rhys¿ vivid insight may be attributed to her own voyage in the dark.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2001

    Great amount of emotion expressed by Rhys.

    I would recommend this book to anyone that does not think that they would enjoy a novel that was written nearly a century ago. When I first began to read Voyage in the Dark by Jean Rhys I thought that the book was a little dry at the beginning. With this book being a school assignment I knew that I would have to continue reading it whether I liked it or not. After I got quarter of the way through the book I couldn¿t put it down. Jean Rhys is a wonderful writer that can fully express her own experiences in a well-written novel. Voyage in the Dark is a novel about a young woman whose life goes from bad to worse. Anna is thrown into a new place at a young age and is expected to survive on her own. When faced with the realization that she is going to have to work to afford a place to live, Anna turns to prostitution. It seems at the being of the novel that she is so young and naive that she doesn¿t realize that by her taking money from the men that she sleeps with, that she is really selling her body. Anna longs to be loved and feels that if she can be close to a man that maybe he will love her. Her desire for love is the result of losing both of her parents and basically disowned by her stepmother. Although this novel can be slow at some points and very sad, the ending might not be what you expected. I love to read books that when I get to the ending I wish that it would still go on, and this is one of those books.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)