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Pirates!


I’m still feeding my insatiable desire that is Harry Potter so here is yet another review from times past (past reviews from reader review programs, reworked book reports, etc., but still a new book review for you all the same!).

Written by Celia Rees, these 380 pages didn’t take long at all to devour. Imagine being sixteen years old and a female in 1722. Your life is really not much about more than fashion and finding a good husband. And what is there to do once that is settled? Well, have many children and do everything your husband desires, of course!

Nancy Kington is to be yet another victim to this boring, monotonous life. She is the only daughter of a widowed, remarried, wealthy merchant and though she is in love with her childhood friend, William, she is soon being linked to a rich Brazilian man who is not only much older than her but also very, um, unlikable and controlling. He is disgustingly interested in Nancy, which makes her father happy since he has a sudden debt in his business, and sees only the money that can be made out of this marriage. Don'tcha wish we could’ve lived in those cheery times? Well, at least the dresses were gorgeous.

Anyway, before Nancy can even really come to terms with this knowledge, she’s sent to one of her father’s plantations in Jamaica to start making herself at home – since it soon will be. It is there, as she tries to submit to her fate, that she sees with her own eyes the cruelty of slavery, and through a harrowing event finds herself bonded in friendship with Minerva, a black girl her own age. They have to run (I won’t tell you why, that would ruin it!) and find themselves immersed in a foreign world. A foreign, outlaw world of pirates.

Raw emotion shines through Celia Rees’ excellent writing. And the character depth is outstanding. You feel for these characters strongly and become a part of their lives. Their personalities are distinct and dynamic. Pirates! was highly entertaining, full of adventure and a little romance, as well as being touching and electrifying in it’s honest portrayal of the worst – and best – of human nature.

I definitely recommend it. This is a book for anyone and everyone, as it’s about being accepted without regard to your race, gender, or social status in the world. It’s about looking behind the scenes at what is called “wrong” and seeing that it might be more right than the one’s who judge it. It really isn’t so much about pirates (though we all love pirate stories, right?!) but about these two young women who dare to do more than sew in the sitting room (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) but manage to become two of the most notorious pirates in the (fictitious) world.

Check it out!

Comments

Dominique said…
I remember reading this book when I was younger! Great review & I completely agree--it is a great book! :)

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