The Pirate's Daughter
This is the story of Ida and May an...more
The real star of the book was Jamaica itself and I learned a lot about this country as the hist...more
This book creates the feeling of the Caribbean from the beginning. Although sometimes the Jamaican dialect is a bit hard to decipher, the descriptions of the people and places all ring true and draw you into the feeling of the place and times. This is the fictional tale of a family: Oni, the Maroon grandmother who lives in the mountains of Jamaica, her daughter Esme, who is half Chinese and husband Joseph, who is Middle Eastern, their daughter Ida...more
In reading the story, May almost has the same life as her Mom, she goes through the same things as her Mom, and you can't help but see how alike they are-only diff...more
Lush, vibrant prose. I was utterly transported! No stock characters, honest, real, grabs you in and holds you through the whole story. Swashbuckling pirates, beautiful women, Obeah women.....Cezair-Thompson is a brilliant novelist.
But Margaret Cezair-Thompson's evocative novel is also about Jamaica, culturally and politically. May grows to womanhood during a turbulent era of violence...more
Her father becomes friends with Flynn and Ida meets his several times over the course of the next few years and, when she is 16, t...more
The story is separated into different parts, three is in 3rd person narrative and two in 1st person narrative in the forms of letters. The parts written as letters I enjoyed the most as they just focused on the thoughts and feelings of just May and Ida.
The two main characters are Ida and May. Ida is a teenager when the story begins, she is a real daddy's girl and is desperate...more
Jamaica-born Margaret Cezair-Thompson, a creative writing instructor at Wellesley College and author of The True History of Paradise, knows her native island's physical, political, and social landscape well. Her historical epic, which spans the years between the end of World War II and the 1970s, sets a mother's and a daughter's coming-of-age stories against this lush country's tensions of race and class. While most critics thought that both imagined and real characters (think Tony Curtis and Ma...more
The pirate is Hollywood film star Errol Flynn and the pirates daughter is May, a fictional character. However Flynn in real life did buy an island in Jamaica and I think this is confusing to the reader. You are left wondering what is fact and what is fiction and should you just read...more
The first part of the book was a bit hard to go through, so I did what I hardly ever do and skipped to the middle where I was quite easily able to pick up the story again and understand what was going on. This made me realize that I had just saved myself a bunch of time fro...more
I enjoyed this very readable family saga set on the beautiful tropical island of Jamaica, a perfect summer read.
The appearance of some real-life characters along with the Jamaican setting for this family saga gave the story for me the feel of reality. Errol Flynn arrives on the island when his yacht is shipwrecked and he soon decides to make a home for himself on the island. He sees the paradise of Jamaica as a chance for him to make a fresh start. He befr...more
The story begins when Errol Flynn, the movie actor, encounters a storm at sea. He and his schooner, Zaca, limp into Jamaica where he meets Eli and Ida Joseph. From that moment, young Ida idolizes the actor and fancies herself in love with him. Flynn falls in love with Jamaica and returns often and eventually sed...more
Set over a number of years, The Pirate's Daughter tells of Ida's romance with Flynn and its consequences, one of these being their daughter May.
May meets Errol just once but he makes an impact and is as much an influence in her life as he was in Ida's.
This is a story of two women and an actor who,courtesy of Margaret Cezair-Thompson is brought back to life.
As a fan of Erro...more
While the story is interesting, and the details are well written, I f...more
I thought Jamaica was the star of the book. It sounded a wonderful place to live when the bo...more
This is an enchanting human story, in a special little place,in a time of wealth and subsistence, glamour and naivete, and historic change, all seen and felt through the very varied and sympathetic central characters. They struggle with the question of responsibility to themselves and others - something...more
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If you've never been to Jamaica, you will want to go after reading this novel. And if you've ever been, you will return. The setting alone becomes a magnificent character; living and breathing life into the love story as it unfolds. Cezair-Thompson introduces the port city of San Antonio, Jamaica to readers in an elegant and revering tone. She mixes factual history with tainted Hollywood history, giving the area a bit of notoriety and scandal all...more
What is true is that Erroll Flynn, on his way to Haiti, was blown off course by a hurricane and landed by mistake in Jamaica. He fell in love with the land and bought a small island right off the coast of Jamaica and lived there for many years. It is also true that the 1960's brought not...more