The Buccaneers Review

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The Buccaneers is an interesting tale. From the title you might think that it’s related to Pirates and the ocean, but in fact it’s a story about young American girls trying to make a name for themselves.

The story was the last written by Edith Wharton and in fact it wasn’t completed when she passed away. Years later it was finished by Marion Mainwaring. I picked this book up for the simple reason that I loved Ethan Frome in highschool. You might also know Edith Wharton for her best know story, The Age of Innocence.


Set in the 1890s, The St. George sisters and their friends ate tired of not being invited to the gatherings to find potential suitors. After a governess arrives, the girls end up England hoping to find suitors never known for American girls. As the story progresses, it provides interesting takes on what happens when two so very different cultures come together as one and how does their older generation family members feel about it all.


So let’s start with the fact that the first sentence (above) is about my hometown! I was so excited for this and surprised, I had no idea that part of it took place up here. While the synopsis said it had to do with New York, I figured New York City (which I’m ashamed of as a New Yorker). Anyway, the story was a lot more light hearted and had comic relief compared to Ethan Frome which was more depressing. The story itself, to me was a really coming of age for everyone involved and how times were changing for them all. I wouldn’t say I really liked this one though. I mean, I read it and found it entertaining but I don’t think I’d recommend it to anyone any time soon. It might have been the language, it might have been the story line. While I enjoyed some of the main characters, I didn’t find myself invested at all in them.

Anyway, I think I gave this 3 stars on Goodreads but looking back, I probably should have rated it 2 stars. It just wasn’t for me.

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