A book that should be read before Jane Eyre…or after…whenever you want: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.
If you want some help with Bertha’s timeline check this out: http://www.shmoop.com/jane-eyre/bertha-mason-timeline.html?aal=icJABrfHXjXPKJlyALwp8ntD4EU7swejvWw1RDx5YFLgtXMd
I’m really impressed by the author and how she managed to create such a great story for “the mad woman in the attic.”
There are always some characters in novels that the author or the reader tend to ignore but sometimes these neglected characters can spark an interest towards the reader making him wonder what’s the backstory of X, what happened to Y, why did A end up the way he/she did etc. In most of the cases, you end up without any answer so it’s up to you to think about it.
Now here appears Jean Rhys with her incredible idea to write a book on Berta Mason’s life. The first wife of Rochester from Jane Eyre. And it’s also a really good one and catchy. I recommend it to anyone who loves Jane Eyre or want to read it.
Even if you don’t really care about Bertha’s life (I didn’t) it’s still worth it.