A High Wind in Jamaica

A High Wind in Jamaica New Edition Of A Classic Adventure Novel And One Of The Most Startling, Highly Praised Stories In English Literature A Brilliant Chronicle Of Two Sensitive Children S Violent Voyage From Innocence To ExperienceAfter A Terrible Hurricane Levels Their Jamaican Estate, The Bas Thorntons Decide To Send Their Children Back To The Safety And Comfort Of England On The Way Their Ship Is Set Upon By Pirates, And The Children Are Accidentally Transferred To The Pirate Vessel Jonsen, The Well Meaning Pirate Captain, Doesn T Know How To Dispose Of His New Cargo, While The Children Adjust With Surprising Ease To Their New Life As This Strange Company Drifts Around The Caribbean, Events Turn Frightening And The Pirates Find Themselves Increasingly Incriminated By The Children S Fates The Most Shocking Betrayal, However, Will Take Place Only After The Return To CivilizationThe Swift, Almost Hallucinatory Action Of Hughes S Novel, Together With Its Provocative Insight Into The Psychology Of Children, Made It A Best Seller When It Was First Published In And Has Since Established It As A Classic Of Twentieth Century Literature An Unequaled Exploration Of The Nature, And Limits, Of Innocence

Richard Arthur Warren Hughes OBE was a British writer of poems, short stories, novels and plays.

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  • Paperback
  • 279 pages
  • A High Wind in Jamaica
  • Richard Hughes
  • English
  • 08 March 2019
  • 9780940322158

10 thoughts on “A High Wind in Jamaica

  1. says:

    Where has this book been all my life I ve been dreamily gazing out my window all these long hot summers, yearning for just the novel to fulfill my every need to take me in its sweet lovin arms and say without ever quite saying, I m the one And I ve brought the hot oils and penicillin It seems a little cruel, or at least irresponsible, for A High Wind in Jamaica to have hidden in the shadows of literary obscurity for so long, forcing me to waste precious hours of my life reading dreck like V.S Naipaul and Auster s Brooklyn Follies, but why bemoan the past when in fact we re the lucky ones Some poor saps read all their lives without meeting their literary soulmates and then die with that nagging dissatisfaction pursuing them to the grave Not me I ve found Salinger, Proust, Bernhard, Krasznahorkai, Richard Hughes, and the rest Okay so I have a lot of soulmates This is my orgy of destiny, and the Do Not Disturb sign is on the doorknob.Just now I said that A High Wind in Jamaica has been hiding in the shadows of literary obscurity That s not exactly true It came in at number seventy one I believe on the Modern Library s ridiculous best novels of 20th century list But still it doesn t exactly have widespread name recognition like Hemingway, Orwell, or Joyce It should be just as well known, of course, but this isn t a fair world Remember that the Kardashians are celebrities That s my current back to reality incantation It quickly counteracts any tendency to expect justice in this world A High Wind in Jamaica is a wickedly unsentimental portrait of childhood and the innocence thereof It is a needful antidote to the prevailing sense that childhood innocence is the equivalent of moral goodness because it clearly is not Young children are largely amoral and, as such, are capable of nearly anything From the vantage of our adult morality, children can seem callous, cruel, and perhaps even evil This is a misinterpretation, of course, because they as yet lack the signal posts to act in defiance of a proscribed morality What they are to a certain extent is unmoderated expression This is a little terrifying to us once we ve been fully domesticated by society And Richard Hughes understands this.The story is simple enough In the 1800s, several children are shipped by their parents from their Jamaican plantations back home to London to avoid the environmental and climatic perils of island life On the way, their ship is hijacked by pirates and they are unintentionally taken prisoner Thereafter, they become accomplices of the pirates in their continuing adventures Hughes embellishes the story with an astonishing gift for imagery and turn of phrase and a knack for the blackest kind of humor I m well aware that the vague synopsis above is likely to turn away as many readers as it will woo Just let me assure you that it isn t what you think, and it s probably like nothing you ve ever read It may not be your literary soulmate, but its uniqueness of tone, vision, and temperament deserves to be read.

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    It s like Richard Hughes had never read a novel before writing this one He has no idea Let s break into stage dialogue here In the middle of some action sequence let s have a page about children s games The shocks here are actually shocking because the prose is so cosy and jolly, all about these kids who grow up in the wilds of Jamaica and then are send by their parents to England to be educated, but their ship is taken by friendly pirates who deliberately don t have any guns, and who end up being kept like a gaggle of ship s cats by the friendly pirates who don t know what the hell to do with them They say this novel is Peter Pan divided by Lord of the Flies, and that sounds about right The slapdash extemporised off the cuff fumbling and wambling way Richard Hughes leads us through this very morally dodgy story is delicious You never know when another bit of casual violence will sandbag you or if he ll just tell you about three year old Laura s dolls made of bits of rope.I would like to discuss all the queasy moral stuff in detail but that would be Spoiler City so I cannot, my lips are sealed All the other reviews of this little novel will tell you how very odd it is, and they are so right, and they mark it down and they are so wrong I loved its oddness So, in the closing days of 2017, a five star read from 1929 That s the world of books for you Who d have thought.

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    I ve rated this book a five before Now a decades later second reading, just finished I would rate it higher, but I can t find the extra stars The NYRB cover illustration is a small segment of Storm Gathers by Henry Darger view spoiler Darger s story is far stranger than High Wind Here s Wiki s first paragraph on him Henry Joseph Darger, Jr c April 12, 1892 April 13, 1973 was a reclusive American writer and artist who worked as a hospital custodian in Chicago, Illinois He has become famous for his posthumously discovered 15,145 page, single spaced fantasy manuscript called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, along with several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story The visual subject matter of his work ranges from idyllic scenes in Edwardian interiors and tranquil flowered landscapes populated by children and fantastic creatures, to scenes of horrific terror and carnage depicting young children being tortured and massacred Much of his artwork is mixed media with collage elements Darger s artwork has become one of the most celebrated examples of outsider art hide spoiler

  4. says:

    n m zdeki aylarda yeni edisyonu ile yay nlar m z aras ndaki yerini alacakt r.

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    After all, a criminal lawyer is not concerned with facts He is concerned with probabilities It is the novelist who is concerned with facts, whose job it is to say what a particular man did do on a particular occasion the lawyer does not, cannot be expected to go further than show what the ordinary man would be most likely to do under presumed circumstances A shortcut I use when thinking about a novel, and it IS a shortcut, is to imagine fitting the book I ve just read within a series of other books, or as a color made from mixing several books together It is childish, rough, and only gets me part of the way there, but it is a start even if it is an adolescent start I also, with a book I am unfamiliar with, try to avoid poisoning the well by reading reviews or opinions about it I want to come to it clean, fresh, to see it for a moment with my own eyes.So What books did I mix for this one For me it was a combination of Peter Pan, Heart of Darkness, and Lord of the Flies Yeah Wrap your head around that It was, however, poetic than any of these The prose was like a fever dream Some of the scenes in Jamaica were lush and magical It was told with colors seen from a child s eyes, events were described through the experience of a child It wasn t just a trick Hughes mastered this He didn t condescend to children He didn t put them on some victorian pedestal He measured them by age, by experience, and oriented his story accordingly.The story really is about the loss of innocence oh, and an earthquake , but as much it is a story about how resilient children are to that loss of innocence oh, and an alligator How much children live in the now and wrap that now in myths Hughes gave the children in this novel the right to be human, to deal with complexity in their own way I m still buzzing a bit from how much I really dug this novel I m glad I read it and am still surprised I was never exposed to it before.

  6. says:

    This is one of the best books I have ever fucking read Don t even read this review Just go read the book already Then you can come back and read the rest of this review.First of all the subject matter cannot be better pirates, kids, pigs, monkeys, goats, earthquakes, hurricanes, clue less adults.Secondly, it s the language, stupid The language is so fucking great Hughes sometimes forms the most un intelligeable sentences with the weirdest fucking words, but string them up in a way that gets across something you wouldn t get with a sensible one.Next, the narrator he is so funny He s always coming in at odd times to tell us his opinion, but rarely outright He s subtle about it.Also, the book is full of surprises Every other chapter presents a weird twist But it s not a plot heavy book, by that I mean it doesn t rely on the plot or the twists to make it good Considering the 500 pages worth of shit that happens in this 200 page book, it is surprisingly leisurely and pleasantly aimless in its plot, until closer to the end.This book is brilliantly crafted to lull you into one state while shocking you constantly out of it This book resists to the very end in giving you the sentimentalism you want, in giving in to your pre conceived ideas of how things should be And for that it is pure genius.This book is entertaining in that page turning way, to the highest degree.This book is often laugh out loud funny.This book does not moralize It is light reading, but also very heavy if you want to read into it But most of all, it is light There is no lull in this book It goes straight through.

  7. says:

    A High Wind in Jamaica is written in quite extraordinary almost mysterious language Not a breath of breeze even yet ruffled the water yet momentarily it trembled of its own accord, shattering the reflections then was glassy again On that the children held their breath, waiting for it to happen A school of fish, terrified by some purely submarine event, thrust their heads right out of the water, squattering across the bay in an arrowy rush, dashing up sparkling ripples with the tiny heave of their shoulders yet after each disturbance all was soon like hardest, dark, thick, glass In this novel Richard Hughes undertook a very special journey into the world of children s consciousness therefore the book is unique They gazed at him in astonishment and disillusion There is a period in the relations of children with any new grown up in charge of them, the period between first acquaintance and the first reproof, which can only be compared to the primordial innocence of Eden Once a reproof has been administered, this can never be recovered again An adult might think that he s perfectly understood a child but he s just formed in his mind his own conception that may have nothing to do with child s thoughts.

  8. says:

    A surprisingly good novel, and well written, that sails quietly along without much notice or fanfare, like a ship at night I use the nautical reference because most of this story is set on or close to the sea But the story is about children, and how they think, and how they react to events and circumstances beyond their control For me, there are subtle similarities to Lord of the Flies regarding the psychology of children when left to their own devices It deserves it s place in the canon of 20th century literatue.

  9. says:

    So deliciously strange, I couldn t put it down The prose is just fantastic.

  10. says:

    A Subversive Masterpiece July, 2011 I have just begun reading New Yorker critic James Wood s wonderful handbook, How Fiction Works, and so am particularly attuned to questions of narrative voice who is telling the story, with whose thoughts, and for what audience A perfect focus for Richard Hughes 1929 novel, a subversive masterpiece of apparently straightforward narrative used for disturbing ends.Hughes writes like an adult telling stories to children He is not a parent, but black sheep Uncle Dickie with a deliciously cavalier attitude towards convention The book begins with five English children leading a carefree life on a run down plantation in mid nineteenth century Jamaica Their parents having little time for them, they amuse themselves by such pursuits as catching small animals and swimming Here is Emily, the eldest girl Once, when she was eight, Mrs Thornton had thought she was too big to bathe naked any The only bathing dress she could rig up was an old cotton night gown Emily jumped in as usual first the balloons of air tipped her upside down, and then the wet cotton wrapped itself round her head and arms and nearly drowned her After that, decency was let go hang again it is hardly worth being drowned for at least, it does not at first sight appear to be. Decency go hang how great for a child You would not find such laissez faire attitudes in genuine Victorian children s literature such as E Nesbit s The Railway Children, and you certainly don t find it in C S Lewis high minded The Chronicles of Narnia a quarter century later But what about that authorial aside, at first sight A warning of serious trespasses still to come Or consider this passage The children, on a visit to a neighboring plantation, are swimming in a lagoon It is heavy, close, and suddenly very still The water of the bay was as smooth and immovable as basalt, yet clear as the finest gin albeit the swell muttered a mile away on the reef The water within the pool itself could not reasonably be smoother No sea breeze thought of stirring No bird trespassed on the inert air. By giving nature a well bred sense of decorum with his reasonably, thought, and trespassed, Hughes is playing to the children but the comparisons to basalt and gin are disconcertingly adult The switches of voice, together with the brilliant description of the earthquake which follows, keep the reader off balance for a page or two but when it is over, he returns to Emily, surprised that her hosts take the Big Event as a matter of course How funny Creoles were They didn t seem to realize the difference it made to a person s whole after life to have been in an Earthquake. Soon it will not be merely a matter of stylistic hints, though these have laid the groundwork The story proceeds like a wonderful adventure The children survive a hurricane, but are shipped off to England for safety Their ship is captured by pirates and they remain on the pirate boat for several weeks, getting dirty as mudlarks, climbing the rigging, and making friends with the ship s menagerie, which at one point even includes a lion and a tiger But animals from the beginning have been than childhood playmates like predators and prey, and a primal image of an animality that the children themselves share Not that Uncle Richard s child listeners would notice he already has them in thrall But imagine the shock in their bright eyes when he suddenly kills off one protagonist, involves another in homicide, and makes to drown a third And any adults reading over his shoulder would certainly pick up on the burgeoning sexuality and loom of puberty just over the horizon Not a story for children, after all.The children turn out to be feral than the basically benevolent pirates, but it is not evil coming out, so much as the inherent amorality of childhood, the darker side of innocence I thought, of course, of William Golding s Lord of the Flies 1954 , but while Hughes actual events are less horrific than Golding s, the implication of that horror is pervasive Golding wrote of the breakdown of boarding school order into savage mob rule Hughes children are in their natural anarchic state to begin with and they keep a sort of innocence to the end To some extent, Golding was writing a political novel in the shuddering transition from hot to cold war Hughes would go on to write political fiction later, in his planned trilogy on the rise of the Second World War that began with The Fox in the Attic in 1961, but here he is doing something deeper his battlefield is mapped by Freud and Jung Yet he was subliminally aware of the currents of his time I cannot do better than quote the ending of Francine Prose s fine introduction to the NYRB edition Published in 1929, just as history was preparing events that would forever revise the terms in which one could talk about innocence and evil, A High Wind in Jamaica is one of those prescient works of art that seems somehow to have caught on the breeze, as it were a warning scent of danger and blood that is to say, of the future.

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