As grim, in a Caribbean way, as Jane Eyre is in its English way, Wide Sargasso Sea is one of those rare spin-offs that succeeds in achieving the literary quality of the novel that inspired it. It's a completely different sort of novel than its inspiration, though. This tale of Mr. Rochester's first wife in nineteenth-century Jamaica in the immediate aftermath of the abolition of slavery there focuses on the nightmarish legacy of that institution, within the context of a tropical island almost horrifyingly lush and beautiful.
Call me an elitist. It’s a badge I will wear proudly. I’d rather be an elitist than the racist, misogynist, mouth-breathers who voted for Trump. That’s right. I said it. I insulted Trump voters and I won’t apologize for it. We all knew what he did and what he said and what he stood for. There was no mistaking what you were voting for. I have no intentions of pulling punches. You people elected a moron and the rest of us “elitists” get to look down our noses and point our fingers and ask you to explain yourselves. Is it OK to make fun of the disabled? Yes or no? Is it OK to sexually assault women? Yes or no? Is it OK to commit fraud? Is it OK to discriminate against minorities? Is it OK to refer to your daughter as a nice piece of ass? Is it OK to vote for someone who did? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you can kiss my elitist ass.