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    DescriptionRichard 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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    Title
    A High Wind in Jamaica
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Hughes, Introduction by Francine Prose
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 296
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780940322158
    ISBN 10: 0940322153
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 823.912
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: FV
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FH
    Libri: I-FH
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/LATE18
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A25403252
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET038
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CARIBB
    DC22: 823/.912
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000, FIC019000, FIC047000
    LC classification: PR6015.U35 H5 1999
    Publisher
    Random House Inc
    Imprint name
    NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
    Publication date
    30 September 1999
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Richard Hughes (1900-1976) was born in Surrey, England, but his ancestors came from Wales and he considered himself a Welshman. After an early childhood marked by the deaths of two older siblings and his father (his mother then went to work as a magazine journalist), Hughes attended boarding school and, with every expectation of being sent to fight in the First World War, enrolled in the military. Armistice was declared, however, before he could see active service, and Hughes was free to go to Oxford, where he became a star on the university literary scene, with a book of poems in print and a play produced in the West End by the time he graduated in 1922. Hughes's first novel, "A High Wind in Jamaica," came out in 1928 and was a best seller in the United Kingdom and America. In Hazard followed ten years later. Hughes also wrote stories for children and radio plays, but his final major undertaking was the "The Human Predicament," an ambitious amalgamation of fact and fiction that would track the German and English branches of a single family into the disaster of the Second World War while offering a dramatic depiction of Hitler's rise to power. The work was planned as a trilogy, but remained incomplete at the time of Hughes's death. The first volume, "The Fox in the Attic," appeared in 1960, to great critical acclaim; volume two, "The Wooden Shepherdess, "was published in 1973. All of Hughes's completed novels are available from NYRB Classics.
    Review quote
    "This brilliant, gorgeously written, highly entertaining, and apparently light-hearted idyll quickly reveals its true nature as a powerful and profoundly disquieting meditation on the meaning of loyalty and betrayal, innocence and corruption, truth and deception."-- Francine Prose, "Elle" "During one snowy day, I read the whole book in one gulp. It was remarkable, tiny, crazy. I felt just like I did as a kid."-- Andrew Sean Greer, All Things Considered, NPR ""A High Wind in Jamaica" by Richard Hughes is like those books you used to read under the covers with a flashlight, only infinitely more delicious and macabre."-- Andrew Sean Greer, All Things Considered, NPR "Cross a wacky seafaring adventure--Conrad gone awry via inept piracy--with an exploration of the consciousness of a child as radical and insightful as that provided by Henry James in "What Maisie Knew", and you have "A High Wind In Jamaica" by Richard Hughes....By turns funny, ironic, and brutally sad, this is a complex and astonishing novel."--Sue Miller, Barnes and Noble Review