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The Blue Hour
But unlike Pound's siren, who has finally "nothing that is quite your own", Rhys was an artist who managed to survive poverty, alcoholism, loneliness, mental depression and physical dilapidation, and produce one great novel, Wide Sargasso Sea , a prequel to Jane Eyre which tells the story from the viewpoint of the first Mrs Rochester, as well as four other fine novels, short stories and an unfinished memoir. Lilian Pizzichini's The Blue Hour echoes Pound in its subtitle; a "portrait", after all, is more subjective and intimate than a biography. Carole Angier's monumental biography Jean Rhys: Life and Work gathered all the details and interviewed the witnesses. Angier concluded that Rhys, despite her gifts, was a "borderline personality" and a genius of self-pity. Pizzichini wants to present Rhys's life more sympathetically, to show her as "an angry woman who had good reason to be angry, and whose vision was bleak". She takes her title from Rhys's favourite perfume, L'Heure Bleue, a fragrance suggesting the Parisian twilight, melancholy and romance that Rhys chose for her frail heroines. By using Rhys's fiction to get at her feelings, and by writing in a declarative, pared-down style very close to the one Rhys developed, Pizzichini attempts "to recapture" her subject's life, and to leave the reader "with an impression of what it was like to have lived such a life".