Sunday, January 06, 2008


Emily and her brothers and sisters live in Jamaica until a fierce storm destroys their family home. Their parents put them on a merchant ship to London for fear of their safety. This turns out to be a most ironic decision, and much hilarity ensues.

A pirate novel where the pirates aren't necessarily the most villainous characters, and a comedy of surprising seriousness. Children, monkeys, pigs, and pirates perpetrate atrocities and face the fickle whimsy of wretched Fate. A bizarre and unforgettable novel, part Moby-Dick, part Middle Passage, all fun.

And--need I mention it?--this is another NYRB reissue.

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