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The acclaimed novel of love and courage in a world threatened by devastation. A novel of brave and beautiful people...of a young outlaw and his sensuous bride...of survival, of love and courage. A story of elemental terror, of strong men against the sea. By the authors of Mutiny on the Bounty...

Title : Hurricane
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ISBN : 9780553130553
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 216 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Hurricane Reviews

  • Michael
    2018-12-28 15:07

    I read a German version translated by Rudolf Brettschneider named " Hurrikan" published in 1948 by Verlag: Kurt Desch Munich. Hard cover in fair condition, 305 pages.Fascinating story of local Polynesian setting. Wasn't so much about a love story, but an account of a local, who broke the law and his escapes from imprisonment set during the onslaught of a very large hurricane in ca. 1920. Subsequent ordeal of various characters. Could not put the book down! Interesting, informative and and spell-binding. Much local color and language. Very worthwhile reading. Well written. If the translation was good, the English version should also be great. Enjoyed it greatly.

  • Paul Cornelius
    2018-12-25 08:59

    Frankly, it was difficult to get the images of John Ford's 1937 film version of The Hurricane out of my head as I read this. I only recently tracked down a copy of the book. And, as with most other Nordhoff and Hall works, The Hurricane proved a deceptively intricate reading. Both Ford's film and the book are anti-colonialist in their intent. But Ford is much more harsh towards the French, as represented by the governor, DeLaage, than is Nordhoff and Hall. Still, both works take aim at a system of "white man's justice" that is, in fact, unjust. Told from the perspective of Dr. Kersaint, the book and film tell their story as a flashback. Kersaint himself is intriguing. Isolated from his own kind, he has become jaded with European attitudes towards Polynesians. His is a lethargy of soul and spirit, because of what he has seen. Especially soul rending is the fate of Terangi, the Polynesian sailor, who is put through the remorseless grind of the French legal system. Terangi's life with his family and his ultimate test of courage and moral certitude comes with the climax of the book, the awaited hurricane that strikes his island. Only a lucky core of islanders survive. And at book's end, all characters, French and Polynesian alike, seek redemption from the harshness of nature, both in man and in the sea.

  • Sonja Fritz
    2018-12-28 07:50

    A fantastic book uncovered in grandmother's library... the story is of colonists and natives on a small atoll in the South Pacific, set in the late 1800s. The island is set upon by a fierce hurricane that destroys nearly everyone and everything. The story is beautifully crafted, with a detail and richness that vividly paints each scene for the reader's imagination. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

  • Ronald
    2018-12-17 10:49

    read some time in 1980

  • Carol
    2019-01-16 13:41

    This was a very exciting story! The setting is in Polynesia, the descriptions help make it interesting. This is a romance, the groom being sent to jail shortly after the marriage, the short sentence keeps getting longer because of his propensity to break out of jail!