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4 – pirates
10.13.2004, 12:02 am
Filed under: fiction

Pirates! : the true and remarkable adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, female pirates / Celia Rees.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2003.
[MCL call number: y REES; 15 copies, no holds;
also in large type format at MCL call number: LGE-TYPE y REES; six copies, no holds]

This book tells the somewhat unrealistic story, set in the 1720s, of Nancy Kington, a young English woman who is transported somewhat against her will to Jamaica and treated like property by the men in her family. She rebels, and, through a series of events that I won’t detail here, runs away with another young woman, Minerva Sharpe. Minerva is a slave and has also been treated like property by the men in Nancy’s family. They become pirates, and a lot of travelling, pillaging, swashbuckling, and some mildly alarming sexual assault ensues. But the two girls take care of each other and (thank goodness!) there is a happy ending.

This is not really a book that makes one think, and it’s not ‘great literature.’ But it is a good, ripping read, and focuses on female characters who live their own lives, solve their own problems, and build a realistic relationship with each other. I enjoyed it.


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