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A High Wind in Jamaica
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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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Street Date:
06/23/2010
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9781590173718
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Richard Hughes. (2010). A High Wind in Jamaica. New York Review Books.

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Richard Hughes. 2010. A High Wind in Jamaica. New York Review Books.

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Richard Hughes, A High Wind in Jamaica. New York Review Books, 2010.

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Richard Hughes. A High Wind in Jamaica. New York Review Books, 2010. Web.

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