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The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
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Aug 08, 2012

really liked it
Read in August, 2009

Very enjoyable novelization about Jamaica and Errol Flynn's misadventures there. I normally don't read this type of novel (I guess it could be classified as a romance novel), but I have always liked Errol Flynn's movies and when I heard this novel was about him, I decided to join this bookring. Even though there are definite elements of a romance novel in this, I thought it was much more - delving into Flynn's declining years, his time in Jamaica (Navy Island), his womanizing and drinking which led to his early demise. The book also was a great primer on Jamaican history and life on the island from the 1940's through the 70's and its tumultuous political history. I also enjoyed the two storylines of Ida and May - including Ida's infatuation with Flynn. There were also many literary references in the book such as May's writing of Treasure Cove based on her early readings of Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, etc. Then there were the other celebrities coming and going including movie stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis. I was a little confused though as to why Ian Fleming's name was changed to Nigel Fletcher when other real names were used throughout including Errol Flynn. Maybe the author couldn't get rights to use the name?? Anyway, overall very enjoyable and would recommend.

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