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A Year in Jamaica: Memoirs of a Girl in Arcadia in 1889

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ISBN: 9781906011833
Publisher: Eland Books
Publication Date: 2014-06-23
Number of pages: 232
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This complex memoir tells the story of two simultaneous journeys: Diana Lewes's 1889 trip from England to visit her family's sugar plantations in the Caribbean, and the internal rite of passage of a Victorian girl on her journey to adulthood. For it is in Jamaica that Miss Lewes tries to find a place for herself in the mysterious adult world, to understand its coded rules and hidden passions. Set primarily on a plantation called Arcadia, overlooking the sea and a distant Cuba from on high, Miss Lewes alternates between the acceptable pursuits of a Victorian gentlewoman, and trying to find a more meaningful role for herself in this man's world. With black and white plates.

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