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The Pirate's Daughter by [Girardi, Robert]
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From Publishers Weekly

A contemporary tale of piracy, slavery and other acts of skulduggery, Girardi's second novel again straddles the line between the real and the wildly improbable, as was the case in the well-received Madeleine's Ghost. It's a sinister and lusty romantic adventure propelled by a fluid narrative style laced with disturbing undertones. Wilson Lander, whose tragic childhood (both his parents died before he was 10) left him with a permanent sense of dread, meets Susan "Cricket" Page, a sexy woman working in an occult store only until she ships out to sea as a crew member on a private yacht. Feeling trapped and unhappy, Lander, an executive assistant to his girlfriend, Andrea, a v-p at a small brokerage firm in an unnamed coastal city, is vulnerable to Cricket's seductive allure. Around the same time, in a farfetched plot element so smoothly integrated into the story it feels completely natural, Lander falls in with some young African men, survivors of the tribal warfare ravaging their home, the fictional country of Bupanda. Lander ends up going to sea with the mysterious and untrustworthy Cricket. But loving Cricket means entering a world of modern-day pirates armed with both guns and laptops, who live on an island off the coast of barbaric Bupanda, where slavery thrives. Reunited with his Bupandan friends, Lander is forced to choose between Cricket and his own humanity. After a near mythic journey of over two years, Lander comes back to civilization and settles down-but Cricket has a surprise in store for him yet. Intensely atmospheric, occasionally cynical yet somehow timeless in its sensual tone, the book is a clever and intriguing balancing act, a fantasy with enough real-world roots to make it all seem as horribly plausible as it is wonderfully entertaining. Audio rights to Audio Renaissance; Author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Following up his first novel, Madeleine's Ghost (LJ 4/15/95), whicwas greeted witrave reviews, Girardi spins a tale about a man who finds love and danger in civil war-torn Africa.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3504 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Delta (December 10, 2008)
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2008
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001O222H2
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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By A Customer on September 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The twists in the plot are so important that you should not read detailed reviews (like the Kirkus one on this web page)before reading The Pirate's Daughter. This book is full of surprising twists and turns. Very unpredictable. Unconventional. An incredibly creative work. I can't think of another book like it. Full of adventure, adventure moreover that puts you in moral dilemmas--very provoking and definitely not "escapism" or mere entertainment. It is seemingly an improbable tale--who believes in pirates these days?--but I actually recall news reports of piracy in the south seas even today. This may be a "guy" book--a male's fantasy of being conned/abducted by an irresistably sensual woman into a world-class adventure. On the other hand, maybe this could be a female fantasy too? I like the way characters in an episode in the beginning, in New York, tie in with events in Afria in the end of the book. Nothing is disconnected. The book is tight. The only thing about the book that made me uneasy was its characterization of West Africa which, having travelled there myself, seemed stereotypically negative and uninformed. There are many Africas, and this is definitely one of them (the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone come to mind), but it's not the one I like to think about.
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Format: Hardcover
Maybe due to simple youth and inexperience, this book made me horribly sad. I cried for about an hour at the end. I felt especially bad for Cricket. She was a bad person, but it was the only life she had ever known, and she wanted to escape from it, but needed to wait so she could escape without looking back. I felt sad for Wilson too. I mean, he was the good guy and he did what he thought was right and it was right, obviously, but to just forget? It seems so sad.

Anyway, the writing style was pretty good, easy to follow, unlike some older classics that can't say anything straight out, and with a really clever blend of reality and fiction. The characters were believable, and though it was a really sad, brutal story, I got snapped at three times in one class today for surreptitiously picking up this book to read.
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I chose this book because years ago I read "Madeline's Ghost" by Girardi and loved it. Girardi is an amazing writer. He definitely made me care about the characters and kept me turning the pages, but I didn't like it as much as "Madeline's Ghost." "The Pirate's Daughter" nevertheless was a fun and thought-provoking read, and I know a lot more about piracy, slavery, and other scourges of society than I did before. The book actually made me wince in a few places, not something I usually do. I would be overjoyed, however, if Girardi would write another ghost story.
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Format: Hardcover
I picked this up a year ago while browsing, intrigued by the cover and the title. It looked interesting, but I was reminded of my towering shelf of books to be read and so did not buy it then. The professor for my creative writing workshop class was going to be out of town for a class period, and announced that he was having a guest instructor for that class, who turned out to be Robert Girardi. The to-be-read shelf be damned, I like to know whose instructing I'm getting, so I went out and found this and his first novel, Madeleine's Ghost.
The story here is fairly straight-forward: Wilson Lander is a young man with a sense of dread, unable to complete his doctorate in archaelogy, and is working in the big city as a clerk to his girlfriend. He stumbles upon Cricket Page, who leads him into an exotic adventure as a galley cook on a tychoon's yacht called the Compound Interest. But Cricket is more than she seems (the title gives it away), and Wilson promises to be more than the nebbish than he initially seems.
I'm a pirate fan. There's something about the outlaw on the sea that intrigues me more than an outlaw on the land. Two of my favorites in this area are Tim Powers' On Stranger Tides and A.A. Attanasio's Wyvern. Long-time readers will remember a fairly lengthy discussion in 1992 or 1993 about Michael Scott Rohan's pirate book, Chase the Morning. So I was predisposed to liking this book, even though this describes a modern day piracy.
And I did like this book a lot--up until a certain point, the break between sections five and six, where Girardi lost my sense of disbelief in what the characters actually do.
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Format: Paperback
When I first started reading this book, I thought that it was written more like a short story. The succint sentences and short chapters led me to think that the book was about to end. But as I got to the Second part of the novella, I was engrossed in the lust, mystery and passion between the two lovers. By the time they reached Quatre sables I could not put the book down! This book, recommended by a friend will be recommended to others because it instils in you the sense that the human spirit is not at all easily quashed.
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I've never heard about pirates with a notebook connected by wire to databases around the world when they are about to make their victims "jump the plank" the old fashioned way! But, .... I can imagine it after reading this book! The author manage to mix the modern-day life and technology together with the feeling of the old era centuries ago when the black-eyed pirates sailed the seven seas! I'm already looking for Mr. Girardis next book. With this kind of writing it has to be great!!!!
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