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A high wind in Jamaica av Richard Arthur…
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A high wind in Jamaica (urspr publ 1928; utgåvan 1932)

av Richard Arthur Warren Hughes, Isabel Paterson

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Presents the story of children sent to England after a hurricane destroys their parents' Jamaican estate; after a pirate attack, the children are accidentally placed on a pirate vessel, and they adjust to life on the pirate ship.
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Titel:A high wind in Jamaica
Författare:Richard Arthur Warren Hughes
Andra författare:Isabel Paterson
Info:New York, The Modern library [1932]
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Ugh, after about 10 pages the racism and cruelty to both animals and people was more than I could abide. This is supposed to be a classic?
  amyem58 | Nov 12, 2020 |
I registered this book at BookCrossing.com!
http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/14754247

A small group of children is sent off on a ship to London, to escape the high winds of Jamaica and obtain a good education. However, pirates raid the ship and, somewhat inadvertently, take the children.

These aren't pirates of old. They aren't actually dangerous, although they pretend to be. The children, used to being shuffled around without their consent, take things in stride. They don't seem particularly aware that they have been kidnapped. So they make the most of their situation. Although their sleeping accommodations are less than desirable, they accept what they get.

Things happen on board that ship, however. Emily, age ten, emerges as the leader of the children when an older child abdicates. She is at the center of the troubles and ultimately testifies against her captors, accusing them of actions they did not take. But she has reason. Unfortunately, she is the only one who knows what she is hiding.

The tale is child-oriented. Emily undergoes various changes in her mind during the months at sea, changes related to her maturation. But she is still a child with a child's needs and wants. Is this a Lord-of-the-Flies situation, as some have suggested? In a way, perhaps. I disagree with the writer of the introduction, Isabel Paterson, who postulates that children are essentially amoral, have no way to differentiate right from wrong. I believe they very well know right from wrong, from quite an early age, although the scale of rightess and wrongness may be out of kilter to them.

The writing is simple and friendly, even humorous at times. The narrator speaks in the first person about himself or herself yet we never figure out who he or she represents. Just the teller of the story.

It's a short, highly readable book about an intriguing topic: the way children perceive the world. Or, perhaps, the way well-brought-up white children perceived the world in the early part of the 20th century. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Despite some passages in the beginning of the book that show the British imperialist perspective in all its casual racism, the writing in this book is marvelous. Hughes seemed to have a great insight into how children think (or don't think) but I must admit that I was chilled by how John's disappearance was ignored. The children's silence would have made more sense to me if they had seen or known of his death but except for Margaret, they didn't know what had happened to him. Of course, worse followed! I felt quite sorry for Jonsen and his crew at the end. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 15, 2020 |
Strange little book about, I think, how little control children have over their own lives but how they influence adults and the world around them nevertheless. ( )
  maryzee | Sep 27, 2019 |
I was hoping this novel would be strange and intriguing: blithely cruel 19th century British children on a grand adventure, told in an imperial, self-satisfied voice - but the first 10 pages disturbed me, and not in a good way. Really, the first page did me in with this:

With Emancipation, like many others, that [plantation] went bung. The sugar buildings fell down. Bush smothered the cane and guinea-grass. The field negroes left their cottages in a body, to be somewhere less disturbed by even the possibility of work.

Maybe all of this is subverted in the rest of the tale, maybe it has clever and cynical things to say about morality that would make it all worth reading, but I just couldn't stand it. I realize it was written in 1929 and I am generally capable of suspending my 21st century sensibilities for books of another era, but not this time. I did read Francine Prose's Introduction, which gave me all that was valuable about the book without the pain of actually reading it.
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
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Hughes, Richardprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Karascz, IlonaOmslagmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Kuper, MaryIllustratörmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Lambert, SaulIllustratörmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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One of the fruits of Emancipation in the West Indian islands is the number of ruins, either attached to the houses that remain or within a stone's throw of them: ruined slaves' quarters, ruined sugar-grinding houses, ruined boiling houses; often ruined mansions that were too expensive to maintain.
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When Destiny knocks the first nail in the coffin of a tyrant, it is seldom long before she knocks the last.
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Originally published in the US as The Innocent Voyage
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