Ramona

Ramona

by Helen Hunt Jackson

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Overview

A moving love story with grand melodramatic touches, Ramona was linked with Uncle Tom's Cabin as one of the great ethical novels of the 19th century. A bestseller in 1884, Ramona was both a political and literary success and will continue to move modern readers with its sympathetic characters and its depiction of the Native American's struggle in the early West.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783732693931
Publisher: Outlook Verlag
Publication date: 05/26/2018
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Helen Maria Hunt Jackson, born Helen Fiske (1830–85), was an American poet and writer who became an activist on behalf of Native Americans. Her 1881 nonfiction work, A Century of Dishonor, chronicles injustices inflicted upon Indians by the U.S. government.
Henry "Hy" Sandham (1842–1910) was a Canadian painter and illustrator.

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I. It was sheep-shearing time in Southern California; but sheep-shearing was late at the Señora Moreno’s. The Fates had seemed to combine to put it off. In the first place, Felipe Moreno had been ill. He was the Señora’s eldest son, and since his father’s death had been at the head of his mother’s house. Without him, nothing could be done on the ranch, the Señora thought. It had been always, “Ask Señor Felipe,” “Go to Señor Felipe,” “Señor Felipe will attend to it,” ever since Felipe had had the dawning of a beard on his handsome face.
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Ramona 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Helen Hunt Jackson spent her lifetime writing for the plight of the California Indians as well as the settlement of early California as we know it. While the story is probably not true, the jest of it is. The parts about Father Junipero Serra is as well as the California Missions. Most of the missions are still standing and open to be visited. I read this book in a California high school 'as a compulsory read' and it's the one book that I've reached for again and again, in just about every decade since, to enjoy all over again. You won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm almost halfway through this book but I am so intrigued by it!! At first it seemed a bit slow, but once you get into the parts with Ramona and Alessandro, it gets really really good. I reccommend this book to any and all. And to the person who wrote the review under mine, you really should give the booka chance. Not all books have to be accurate to be good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. It combines an amazing love story with the reality of life for American Indians in the Southwest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very emotional story dealing with injustices to people of different races and customs intertwined with a spectacular love story. The soap opera has just finished on a Spanish channel. It was absolutely, greatly portraid. A must read novel!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book I could read again and again, loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a joy to be able to use my Nook and read again the classic literature. Too many years have past since I allowed myself the guilty pleasure of leisurely reading. Ramona is a nice romp into the early days of California. No wonder this book has had such lasting affects on so many; pageants, movie, television dramas.
Brian Finch More than 1 year ago
Well writen story of the tragic tale of the california native americans.
cougarsister More than 1 year ago
This Book is Where my name comes from which means fierce protector. Believe me as i tell you the book carries all the emotions you want from a true literary stimulator. I have had this book because i am a namesake but each time I have loaned it seems the book can't com back. So I will read it again which is the 8th time or more. I will not loan it again. Thank you Ramona Bear
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was assigned to read this for my American Lit class. The class is structured around the topic of the Wild West, and Westerns apparently developed as a response to something called domestic fiction. What is domestic fiction, you might ask. Well, imagine a bunch of self-righteous middle class women seeking to reform society through tales of disadvantaged young heroines who triumph over adversity through virtue, piety, and kindness. Are you nauseous yet? Now add some saccharine-sweet sentimentality, intended to manipulate your interpretation of the book through an abundance of emotion, and you have domestic fiction. Ready to heave now? Because you're sure to be heaving after trudging your way through Ramona, hopefully my last foray into domestic fiction. I understand now, more than ever, why Virginia Woolf felt it necessary to kill off the Angel in the House. What's the story about? Do you really care? Run away, far away. Go read something violent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This tale of California in the years shortly after it became U.S. territory is chock-full of drama, pathos, sorrow, love, injustice, acceptance, and the patient fortitude and forgiveness saints are made of. Gorgeous descriptions of the California scenery, and of the haciendas, missions, and other buildings which once occupied it. Includes, at the end, a brief travel essay on the real-life ranch Helen Hunt Jackson based the Moreno residence on. Also, if you're ever looking for a book that will make you rail in frustration at the heartlessness of Fate in regards to the characters, as well as fill you with anger and disgust at the cold, amoral injustice with which the natives of this country were treated by the white Americans, well, you've come to the right place. Please, let us learn from this despicable and utterly shameful part of our history, so that we may not be doomed to repeat it!
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