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.
"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 surprisingly terrifying short novel about children kidnapped by pirates, elevated from its silliness by surprising moments of violence and introspection, as well as repeated flourishes of literary brilliance. Also, it's funny ." -Emily Temple, Lit Hub , "20 Short Novels to Stay Up All Night Reading" " 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
Richard Hughes wurde 1900 in Surrey, England, geboren. Seine frühe Kindheit wurde durch den Tod zweier Geschwister und des Vaters geprägt, die Mutter arbeitete nach dem Tod des Vaters als Journalistin. Nach dem ersten Weltkrieg ging Hughes nach Oxford, wo er zum Star der universitären Literaturszene avancierte. Bereits 1922 publizierte er einen Gedichtband. Eines seiner Theaterstücke wurde im gleichen Jahr im Londoner West End aufgeführt.