Post-colonial literature frightens me. When I think of it, I wonder whether I have to read it closely and carefully, and then pretend to the whole world that I understood it perfectly. I have to talk about how good it was, and what I felt and thought. More than anything else, with great literature, it becomes important to have an opinion. And that is why I avoided reading Wide Sargasso Sea for so long.
The greatest famous book is one that makes you forget about what you are going to say about the book. Sometimes, when I read famous literature, I plan my opinion as I read, page by page. I feel stupid doing that, but sometimes, I have no choice.
Wide Sargasso Sea was a world away from that. From the very first page, I forgot about the world. I forgot about the ‘post-colonial’ tag. I forgot about the careful formulation of opinion. I even forgot that I was reading it to teach it.
I enjoyed it so much that I think I have to read it again if I intend to teach it at all.