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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No too bad
This is a really good book. I had to read it for my English class. The beginning is a little slow and the middle gets a little confusing but over great book and has a pretty good ending.
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Good story but has boring part
It really was a nice read. I had to read it for a school assignment but I chose it because of the interesting title. There is one part in the book where it gets boring and it is hard to keep focus.