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|Length: 422 pages|
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It always put me off, which is a shame, as this is a really good book along the lines of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped. A young but impoverished noble gets involved in underhand events and has to leave England or he'll be arrested. With two friends, he escapes on a ship to Spain and eventually ends up in Cuba. The story is about his ideas of a romantic life, and having adventures, and what that actually means in practice. It's set in the Caribbean in the late 17th century when slavery and piracy was widespread. It's written in old-world English, which adds to the period charm, but basically it's a boys own adventure with a serious edge.
You are not going to be edified by the end of it, but it's a cracking good read.
The book really is about romance, in all its aspects, and does a credible job of it. Romance is a melodrama, a genre highly coloured and over reliant on the complexities of its plot. The style is beautiful, if mannered and measured in places. Parts of Cuba are beautifully described, as is the sea and ships. Types are evocatively drawn, quick sketches that add verisimilitude without slowing down the plot. There are perhaps a few too many disasters, things going wrong at the right time so as to add to the suspense. Characters are too often obtuse when it is needed to build a climax. It's a real cliff -hanger (literally) and yet the narrative retains enough plausibility (just!) to make the book read like a thriller. One endures the crises, the disasters, the misunderstandings that advance the plot with an almost painful desire to reach the end.Read more ›