By Richard Hughes, Francine Prose
Richard Hughes's celebrated brief novel is a masterpiece of targeted narrative. Its dreamlike motion starts one of the decayed plantation homes and overwhelming traditional abundance of past due nineteenth-century Jamaica, ahead of relocating out onto the excessive seas, as Hughes tells the tale of a bunch of youngsters thrown upon the mercy of a workforce of down-at-the-heel pirates. A story of seduction and betrayal, of lodging and manipulation, of strange humor and unexpected violence, this vintage of twentieth-century literature is chiefly a unprecedented reckoning with the key purposes and otherworldly realities of formative years.
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Involuntarily Tom started, and one of the sticks he held in his hand dropped to the ground. The green eyes shiftedthey came nearer, and the lad heard a menacing growl. Then he knew it was some wild animal that had dropped down from a tree and was now confronting him, ready to spring on the instant. Tom hardly knew what to do. He realized that if he moved it might precipitate an attack on him, and he found himself dimly wondering, as he stood there, what sort of an animal it was. He had about come to the conclusion that it was something between a cougar and a mountain lion, and the next thought that came to him was a wonder whether any one else in the camp was awake, and would come to his rescue.
This won't do," thought Tom. "Every time I go back one step he comes on two, and it won't take him long to catch up to me. And then, too, he'll be in the tent in another minute, clawing Ned or Mr. Damon. What can I do? " He stood still, and this seemed to suit the animal, for it remained quiet. But it never took its eyes off Tom, and the switching tail, and the low growls now and then, plainly indicated that the beast was but waiting its time to leap and give the death blow. Then an idea came to Tom.
Let's see, Farday, Fenton, Figaro, Flannigan, Ford, Foraham, Fredericksthose are all the names in the 'Fs'. No Fogers among them. " "They might be under some other name," suggested Ned. "Yes, that is sometimes done," admitted the purser with a quick glance at the two lads, "It's done when a criminal wants to throw the police off his track, or, occasionally, when a celebrated person wants to avoid the newspaper reporters. But I hardly think that" "Oh, I don't believe they'd do it," said Tom quickly.
A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes, Francine Prose