A High Wind in Jamaica
A High Wind in Jamaica

Year of publication: 1998
Sequence of author: New york review books classics

A High Wind in Jamaica

Richard Hughes

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Richard Hughes A High Wind in Jamaica Introduction First the vague premonitory chill — familiar, seductive, unwelcome — then the syrupy aura coating the visible world, through which its colors and edges appear ever more lurid and sharp…The experience of reading Richard Hughes’s A High Wind in Jamaica (a book in which swoons and febrile states play a critical role) evokes the somatic sensations of falling ill, as a child. Indeed it recalls much about childhood that we thought (or might have wished) we had forgotten, while it labors with sly intelligence to dismantle the moral constructs that our adult selves have so painstakingly assembled. The book opens among the ruined houses of the West Indies, slave quarters and mansions democratically leveled by “earthquake, fire, rain, and deadlier vegetation,” and features a frightening cameo appearance of the Misses Parkers, a pair of bedridden elderly heiresses starved to death by their servants amid...