Review by Jamaican journalist, Dionne Jackson Miller December 2012
"Ultimately this is a story about exploration - of self, of society and of country. McCaulay has created a cast of believable characters in three compelling stories which leave you wondering why Jamaica hasn't progressed further and faster. A very good read - highly recommended."
BookBag review by Lesley Mason October 2012
"Diana McCaulay is a Jamaican writer, born and bred. Her researches were driven by family stories of how they came to be on the island and theories that they might be connected to the real abolitionist Zachary Macaulay. It's a link that she has failed to establish. The lives therefore were born out of her imagination, but the imagination was watered with fact. As a result Huracan isn’t the story of Zachary Macaulay (whose bust genuinely does reside in Westminster Abbey). Instead, it's an attempt at a living portrait of modern Jamaica. It's really Leigh's story, of how - over centuries - she came to be, what the influences are that have shaped her thinking, and why because of them, and because the world is the way it is, her home island remains one of the most beautiful, most laid-back, most violent and dangerous places. Injustice and equality are still rife."
“What Leigh decides to do with her life forms the argument at the end of the text. It has been
a complex journey through a violent history to reach the present day for this McCaulay. Diana
McCaulay has done her forebears proud, rendering their stories in clear and evocative
prose that is imbued with historical fact and imagined detail. She has written a big book, a
novel of consequence that many different kinds of readers will enjoy and benefit from. Huracan
is a fitting sequel to Dog-Heart in the sense that it explains both the origins of the ghetto in her
first book and the nature of white guilt in the second. This novel is a wonderful read and a welcome addition to every Caribbeanist library.” Mary Hanna, The Sunday Observer, July 15, 2012
"A sharp-eyed, salty-sweet mix of family history and historical fiction from Jamaica: Diana McCaulay has captured the bright tropic warmth, the violence and beauty of her birthplace like a born storyteller. Written in a vigorous,patois-inflected prose, HURACAN scissors intriguingly backwards and forwards in time from the 1980s to the slave-driving 18th century. Over it all, hovers the figure of the Scottish abolitionist Zachary Macaulay, who came to the cane-cutting colony as a young man. Along the way, unforgettably, themes of homecoming, rootlessness and belonging are explored. All life is written in these haunting pages." Ian Thomson, Author of The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica