All of us who live in the South know that hot, sticky days make one a little out of sorts. So imagine how an Englishman might feel in Jamaica in the 1800s, before the advent of HVAC. “Wide Sargasso Sea” (1993) explores this topic, perhaps unintentionally. It tries to get romantic and mystical and even a little sociopolitical as we witness arranged marriages, witchcraft and the aftermath of emancipation. But at its core, the story is Limeys Can’t Take the Heat. Otherwise, how can you explain not being happy with a free plantation, a beautiful woman and an island paradise?

 

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