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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Hughes Narrator: Michael Maloney Publisher: CSA Word Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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Set in the 19th century against a backdrop of island life and the vast surrounding seas, A High Wind in Jamaica is the gripping story of the Bas-Thornton children, whose parents send them back to England following a hurricane in the postcolonial Caribbean they call home. Having set sail, the children quickly fall into the hands of pirates. As their voyage continues, things take an awful turn. Narrated largely from the perspective of the children, the supposed innocents are not the only victims of amoral behaviour, but sometimes the perpetrators. As their voyage continues, things take an awful turn. Narrated largely from the perspective of the children, the supposed innocents are not the only victims of amoral behaviour, but sometimes the perpetrators. Praised for its atypical and unsettling take on the truth of human nature, Richard Hughes' classic, first published in 1929, has been called one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, and credited with paving the way for other masterworks such as William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Praised for its atypical and unsettling take on the truth of human nature, Richard Hughes' classic, first published in 1929, has been called one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, and credited with paving the way for other masterworks such as William Golding's Lord of the Flies.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Chapman | 2/11/2014

    " Absolutely brilliant story of a group of pirates who suddenly find themselves accidentally in charge of a handful of children. Awesome characters, and most insightful read on the minds of children since J.M. Barrie. Love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fletcher | 2/5/2014

    " A pretty interesting novel about the way that children see and interact with the world around them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ty | 1/31/2014

    " I saw this on some list of the hundred best books of the 20th century and I'd never heard of it or the guy who wrote it so I thought maybe I should read it. Still all I know about the author is from one sentence at the front of the book - "Richard Hughes (1900-1976) attended Oxford and lived for most of his life in a castle in Wales." Alright. But the book started out good and weird and I was excited and expected it to just keep getting weirder and weirder, but half the things that kept threatening to happen never happened and it calmed down a lot and got a little boring. Kids in here are real kids though, grumpy and amazed and horrified; wandery brains and watery memories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivien | 1/28/2014

    " Children on a pirate ship! Such a bizarre and wonderful book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carla | 1/19/2014

    " Considered a "classic," but I think more current authors have done much more with the basic story line. Good, but basic tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ted | 1/18/2014

    " Exquisite language, and a mesmerizing depiction of the inner lives of children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate | 1/14/2014

    " Just goes to prove that taking book recommendations from a librarian is good idea. I had the flu when I read A High Wind in Jamaica, so the adventures that befall the seafaring children seemed especially vivid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 12/22/2013

    " started off slowly and actually almost put it down but I ended up really liking it, I just wish I had been in the carribean on a boat when I was reading it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 12/16/2013

    " Stockholm syndrome meets Swallows and Amazons meets Lord of the Flies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Sheen-Abbott | 12/12/2013

    " A surreal story about children aboard a pirate ship. The writing is compelling and lyrical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 12/10/2013

    " Strange & wonderful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 11/29/2013

    " This is a good one. It's written like a children's story but it has a very haunting theme / ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 9/3/2013

    " Poetic and unsentimental sea adventure. Great stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eugenia Williamson | 6/20/2013

    " It's hilarious and terrifying! Anyone who thinks children are inherently good should read this book. Plus, there are pirates! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek Bridge | 4/1/2013

    " Childhood journeys exquisitely captured by the brilliant Richard Hughes. These kids experience momentous events, but Hughes realises and shows how kids adapt, how the abnormal becomes normal. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natali | 1/22/2013

    " It's hard to imagine a book about children who fall into the hands of pirates on the high Caribbean seas being so boring but this book was boring. I had to force myself through it. I realize that it is over 80 years old but I just couldn't get excited by this writing style. Snoozefest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 11/30/2012

    " I really liked this book when I read it for school when I was around 13 or so. Reading it again as an adult made me realise quite how gruesome it is, but it shows how well children can also bury their fears and feelings, and be manipulated by adults. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Les Robinson | 11/19/2012

    " Pirate abduct children. How could it not be fun? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 7/31/2012

    " The book Lord of The Flies wishes it were. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 5/5/2012

    " Not a Children's book. Excellent, however. I missed the tongue in cheek authorial tone on the first read, but it's firmly in place now. It's a book about the resilience and general lack of empathy in children, but it also has pirates. And that makes it awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 12/11/2011

    " I'm still digesting thi book. The young characters are sticking with me, especially Emily. Some beautiful writing. Very dreamlike quality. Something about it reminded me of "Life of Pi." Thanks again to my sister Kristen Saada for the book and for ALWAYS knowing what to read next! Follower her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 11/24/2011

    " This book is terrifying and wonderful. I read it on the advice of Thomas Farber, and it was indeed good advice. "

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