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The Pirate's Daughter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Read this charming family saga!!

    In 1946, one of Hollywood's legendary screen idols, Errol Flynn, built a lavish home on Navy Island, off the coast of Jamaica. In this island paradise, he entertained a host of glamorous Hollywood celebrities and distinguished authors. Here he found a safe haven for the final years of his life. Around this true fact, Jamaican author Margaret Cezair-Thompson has brilliantly created a mesmerizing fictional tale. It tells the story of teenage Ida, a mixed race local beauty, whose brief affair with Flynn results in pregnancy. He hastily flees, leaving Ida penniless. She valiantly strives to raise her daughter, May. While working in New York to earn money for her father's and daughter's care, the tale subtly moves from the story of Ida to the story of May. Meanwhile, Jamaica enters a period of great political unrest, with class and race tensions. Its violent struggle for independence is seen through the eyes of May, as she struggles to find a sense of belonging.Ms. Cezair-Thompson has beautifully created a truly intriguing storyline with a cast of captivating characters. Actual historic events have been skillfully woven into their lives. Her magnificent writing evokes all the beauty and essence of this tropical paradise and magically brings Jamaica to life. Her lovely and vivid descriptions are utterly breathtaking. In addition, I learned much about the island's fascinating history, culture and its people. I feel completely enchanted by this alluring tropical island! I absolutely loved this engaging, imaginative book and I strongly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2011

    A great read to learn a bit about Jamaica 'man'

    I thought this book was a great way to get a bit of history about Jamaica. I like the fact that they author through in Errol Flynn to add an interesting twist to the story line. I could see how a young girl (especially from another country) could be so interested in a movie start, even though he obviously isn't perfect. I love the twist at the end where we realize a couple of the characters aren't who we thought they were.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Read this charming family saga!!

    In 1946, one of Hollywood's legendary screen idols, Errol Flynn, built a lavish home on Navy Island, off the coast of Jamaica. In this island paradise, he entertained a host of glamorous Hollywood celebrities and distinguished authors. Here he found a safe haven for the final years of his life. Around this true fact, Jamaican author Margaret Cezair-Thompson has brilliantly created a mesmerizing fictional tale. It tells the story of teenage Ida, a mixed race local beauty, whose brief affair with Flynn results in pregnancy. He hastily flees, leaving Ida penniless. She valiantly strives to raise her daughter, May. While working in New York to earn money for her father's and daughter's care, the tale subtly moves from the story of Ida to the story of May. Meanwhile, Jamaica enters a period of great political unrest, with class and race tensions. Its violent struggle for independence is seen through the eyes of May, as she struggles to find a sense of belonging.

    Ms. Cezair-Thompson has beautifully created a truly intriguing storyline with a cast of captivating characters. Actual historic events have been skillfully woven into their lives. Her magnificent writing evokes all the beauty and essence of this tropical paradise and magically brings Jamaica to life. Her lovely and vivid descriptions are utterly breathtaking. In addition, I learned much about the island's fascinating history, culture and its people. I feel completely enchanted by this alluring tropical island! I absolutely loved this engaging, imaginative book and I strongly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    Just okay

    The plot intrigued me--a book based on the life of Errol Flynn's daughter? Cool! But I lost my enthusiasm as the story developed. Not only is Errol Flynn barely present in this book, but half of the story is about the girl's mother. I felt misled. Plus, no one in the story ever seems to be happy, and I mean no one. It turned into a downer and I only kept reading because I've been waiting to read it for so long.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    In 1946, Errol Flynn was sailing the Caribbean when a storm forced his boat to land on one of the smaller Jamaican islands. The former movie swashbuckling superstar enjoys his stop and begins throwing wild parties for his Hollywood guests with natives attending to provide extra activity.----------------- The actor spends plenty time alone with young local girls like Ida. His tryst with Ida leads to her giving birth to May. Father and illegitimate daughter meet once, but that encounter accentuates May¿s feeling of not belonging whereas her mother dreams of belonging to high society preferably in Southern California but Jamaica will do, May feels like an outsider who does not belong to the black or white societies.------------- This fascinating historical tale provides the audience with an interesting look at the impact of the Hollywood invasion on the lifestyles of Jamaicans just after WW II. Readers will appreciate the up close look at Jamaica while also feel a sense of sadness as former matinee idol Errol Flynn, who could have had almost any woman at one time, finds his last hurrah is with young girls while his daughter and her mother tragically fall in and out of love. Melancholy yet nostalgic, Margaret Cezair-Thompson's well written tale is a fresh mid twentieth century drama.---------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    Visit Jamaica From Home

    Glamorous Hollywood and small town island life clash in this moving debut by Margaret Cezair-Thompson. Full of Jamaican lore and history, the novel has an easy, flowing tone that pulls you in and holds you in its grasp long after the last page. Errol Flynn provides a glimpse into the Hollywood stars of days gone by, but the real stars are the many central women characters. Watching Ida grow up and fall in love, and then again with her daughter May, carries a tragic, sad hope of better things awaiting them just around the corner. For a time and place that does not otherwise get a lot of attention, Cezair-Thompson's novel is a welcomed change.

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    Posted January 21, 2009

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