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A High Wind in Jamaica

Authors: Hughes, Richard
Publisher: New York Review Books
BISAC/Subject: FIC019000, FIC047000
ISBN: 9781590173718, Related ISBNs: 0940322153, 1590173716, 9780940322158, 9781590173718
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 296,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Richard Hughes's celebrated short novel is a masterpiece of concentrated narrative. Its dreamlike action begins among the decayed plantation houses and overwhelming natural abundance of late nineteenth-century Jamaica, before moving out onto the high seas, as Hughes tells the story of a group of children thrown upon the mercy of a crew of down-at-the-heel pirates. A tale of seduction and betrayal, of accommodation and manipulation, of weird humor and unforeseen violence, this classic of twentieth-century literature is above all an extraordinary reckoning with the secret reasons and otherworldly realities of childhood.

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