The Pirate's Daughter

The Pirate's Daughter

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"Back in America, little was known of my life in Jamaica," wrote Errol Flynn.

In 1946, a storm-wrecked boat carrying Hollywood's most famous swashbuckler shored up on the coast of Jamaica, and the glamorous world of 1940's Hollywood converged with that of a small West Indian society. After a long and storied career on the silver screen, Errol Flynn spent much of the last years of his life on a small island off of Jamaica, throwing parties and sleeping with increasingly younger teenaged girls. Based on those years, The Pirate's Daughter is the story of Ida, a local girl who has an affair with Flynn that produces a daughter, May, who meets her father but once.

Spanning two generations of women whose destinies become inextricably linked with the matinee idol's, this lively novel tells the provocative history of a vanished era, of uncommon kinships, compelling attachments, betrayal and atonement in a paradisal, tropical setting. As adept with Jamaican vernacular as she is at revealing the internal machinations of a fading and bloated matinee idol, Margaret Cezair-Thompson weaves a saga of a mother and daughter finding their way in a nation struggling to rise to the challenge of independence.
Publisher: Denver, Colo. : Unbridled Books, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781932961409
Branch Call Number: PS3603.E89 P75 2007
Cezair-Thompson, M
CEZAIRTH M
Characteristics: 394 p. : map ; 24 cm

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mayog
Mar 07, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is an attempted but not successful rape early and a fairly brutal attack late in the book. There is also a drunken father who nearly beats an innocent child.

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Mar 07, 2018

Sexual Content: It's a romance novel

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Mar 07, 2018

Violence: There is an attempted but not successful rape early and a fairly brutal attack late in the book.

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Mar 07, 2018

Finally a book about love and life that does not require a woman to be raped in order for the audience to be entertained.

Set in the beauty and turbulence, this is a wonderful story about love, loss, family, identity and coming to voice. Margaret Cezair-Thompson proves you can write well about hard and painful realities without gratuitous violence.

The voices of the four women in this book, Oni, Esme, Ida and May, carry the story; but their lives are deeply affected by their men. Colorism, race, colonialism and US neo-colonialism including the CIA attempts to overthrown the Manley regime in the 1970s, all serve as a backdrop to this marvelous pageturner that, once you finish reading you will want to go back and reread.

I couldn't put it down.

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mayog thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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