Friday, October 16, 2015

Book Club Meeting: A High Wind in Jamaica

Our book club meeting this month was small in number but mighty in discussion power. The book, "A High Wind in Jamaica" was quite a surprise. I didn't think I'd like it, but ended up totally engrossed....which is why we belong to book clubs, isn't it? To be introduced, sometimes kicking and screaming, to something new. The book was written in 1929 and the author's intended message was somewhat unclear to us. Here's a comment from Wiki: 
"The book received much criticism for its content at the time of release. Many critics responded negatively to the behavior and treatment of the children in the novel, ranging from sexual abuse to murder.Others lauded Hughes for contradicting the Victorian romances of childhood by portraying the children without emotional reduction. The book is often given credit for influencing and paving the way for novels such as Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
In 1998, A High Wind in Jamaica was included as number 71 in the Modern Library's 100 Best Novels, a list of the best English-language novels of the 20th century."

The author ultimately compares the morals of the children to the morals of the pirates and the pirates come out on top.

Barbara and Nancy watched the film and pronounced it entertaining. It was advertised as a comedy, which was puzzling because there was nothing funny about it. 

Kathy had Halloween treats for us and she made a special Halloween cocktail out of rum, hot cinnamon schnapps and apple cider. It was excellent. I guess we could have tried Hangman's Blood....again from Wiki....
"Hangman's Blood" is a drink first described by Richard Hughes in his 1929 novel, A High Wind in Jamaica. According to Hughes,
Hangman's blood... is compounded of rumginbrandy, and porter... Innocent (merely beery) as it looks, refreshing as it tastes, it has the property of increasing rather than allaying thirst, and so once it has made a breach, soon demolishes the whole fort . The preparation is as follows: 
Into a pint glass, doubles of the following are poured: ginwhiskyrumport and brandy. A small bottle of stout is added and the whole topped up with champagne... It tastes very smooth, induces a somewhat metaphysical elation, and rarely leaves a hangover.

This month we'll read, "Let me Frank with You" by Richard Ford. It was a Pulitzer prize nominee for 2015.

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