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  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Ramona
  • Helen Hunt Jackson
  • English
  • 02 April 2017
  • 038000383X

10 thoughts on “Ramona

  1. Brian Brian says:

    Go with me on this.It s the year 2060 We have our flying cars, vat grown replacement organs and Kim Kardashian s Skanky Grannies reality TV but you know what we don t have Anybody that remembers The Great Gatsby Not the book, not the movies nothing That seems like an almost impossibility, right Having finished Ramona, and then reading about the success of this novel and its almost complete obscurity in 2014, I m not so sure.This is a romance novel, no doubt about it my first foray int Go with me on this.It s the year 2060 We have our flying cars, vat grown replacement organs and Kim Kardashian s Skanky Grannies reality TV but you know what we don t have Anybody that remembers The Great Gatsby Not the book, not the movies nothing That seems like an almost impossibility, right Having finished Ramona, and then reading about the success of this novel and its almost complete obscurity in 2014, I m not so sure.This is a romance novel, no doubt about it my first foray into that genre Helen Hunt Jackson s book was pulled on my random selection of the 500 Great Books by Women, and despite that I can now say that romance novels aren t my thing, I m very glad I read it Racial discrimination against Native Americans first by Mexicans, and then by white Americans is a theme played large against the backdrop of the love story that moves the action of the book and it is what HHJ does with the oppression of the natives of Southern California that is the best part of the story Written in 1884, Ramona has sold hundreds of thousands of copies and has never been out of print It has been adapted into a film four times and an outdoor play based upon the novel has been in production since 1923 The book s impact on southern California was significant as the railroads into that area began to open in the early 1900s, fans of the novel traveled across the country to visit the land of Ramona HHJ s depiction of the mission era SoCal environment is beautifully written you can almost smell the sage and trail dust.Have you ever heard of this book I hadn t, nor had any of my well read friends It is an important work I really hope people continue to read it and it doesn t go the way of 2060 Gatsby 3rd book read of 500 Great Books by Women


  2. Tim Tim says:

    As many of you know, one of my hobbies is to read books that were once popular but have now fallen into obscurity, trying to understand the past through what excited people at the time.Ramona, a book that has appeared inthan 300 editions since it was first published, was made into a movie four times, and inspired an entire tourist industry in the late 19th and early 20th century, is surely such a book I ve had a copy for years, one belonging to my father in law, and it s long been on my t As many of you know, one of my hobbies is to read books that were once popular but have now fallen into obscurity, trying to understand the past through what excited people at the time.Ramona, a book that has appeared inthan 300 editions since it was first published, was made into a movie four times, and inspired an entire tourist industry in the late 19th and early 20th century, is surely such a book I ve had a copy for years, one belonging to my father in law, and it s long been on my to read list.It s quite a lovely book a romance of the old west, and a strong indictment of the treatment of the American Indian and to a lesser extent, the Mexicans by the conquering Americans, who brought a long period of California history to a close.As I wrote in the book s description see above , the book was written after the failure of Hunt s earlier non fiction book, A Century of Dishonor to raise consciousness about the plight of the American Indian and their disgraceful treatment by the United States government However, the charming romance which turns darker as the story progresses was what caught people s imagination.Still, it s an eye opening look at how the conquering Americans treated the Indian and Mexican inhabitants of California We like to think we re better than the ethnic cleansers of today s world, but our country was built on ethnic cleansing For all its storybook romance and idealization of the Franciscan missions and the life on the Mexican ranchos, this book is a great reminder of our own history.P.S People who enjoyed this book might also look for The Splendid Idle Forties by Gertrude Atherton, a collection of romantic stories about old California Another, perhapsrealistic view of old California can be found in Two Years Before the Mast, by Richard Henry Dana I love the descriptions in Dana s book of San Francisco in 1837 as a wooded peninsula populated by deer and bears, with a tiny fishing village and port, but it s also great to see him refer to this area as the northern part of Mexico, and to meditate on how the things we take for granted weren t always so, and won t always continue to be so


  3. Megan Megan says:

    Helen Hunt Jackson wrote Ramona to draw people s attention to the injustice being done to the Indians living in California She was friends with Harriet Beecher Stowe and hoped that her story would have the same impact on the nation that Uncle Tom s Cabin had in the 1850 s Boy was she wrong Dead wrong Instead of awakening the rest of America to the plight of the Indians of Southern California people received it as a romance novel The nation was gripped with Ramona fever and California took n Helen Hunt Jackson wrote Ramona to draw people s attention to the injustice being done to the Indians living in California She was friends with Harriet Beecher Stowe and hoped that her story would have the same impact on the nation that Uncle Tom s Cabin had in the 1850 s Boy was she wrong Dead wrong Instead of awakening the rest of America to the plight of the Indians of Southern California people received it as a romance novel The nation was gripped with Ramona fever and California took note Soon every small Los Angeles area town was naming streets Ramona and having Ramona pageants to draw tourists to the area Draw tourists they did, and any hope Mrs Jackson had of justice was trumped by the love of a quick buck.Reading this book was so interesting There are long passages that are deeply anti American Most settlers are pictured as short tempered, violent, and wholly unsympathetic people The heros are the Indians and Mexicans There are long conversations between the half breed Ramona and her Indian lover Alessandro about the cruelty and soulless ness of the Americans and the law makers who support their claims to the Indians land I am completely baffled at how it became a best seller on the east coast, yet it did and in a way I feel I am here in Pomona because of its long reaching impact


  4. Kim Kim says:

    Ramona is an American novel written by Helen Hunt Jackson in 1884 Who is Helen Hunt Jackson Well, it s good you waited until now to ask, a few days ago I would have had no idea Now I do Helen Hunt Jackson was a writer who became an activist on behalf of Native Americans and how they were treated by the United States government If they were treated anything like what she wrote in the novel, our government was horrible to these people Way back when Jackson was a little girl she attended the Ramona is an American novel written by Helen Hunt Jackson in 1884 Who is Helen Hunt Jackson Well, it s good you waited until now to ask, a few days ago I would have had no idea Now I do Helen Hunt Jackson was a writer who became an activist on behalf of Native Americans and how they were treated by the United States government If they were treated anything like what she wrote in the novel, our government was horrible to these people Way back when Jackson was a little girl she attended the Ipswich Female Seminary and the Abbott Institute, a boarding school in New York City run by Reverend John Stevens Cabot Abbott I have no idea whether the Ipswich Female Seminary and the Abbott Institute are the same place or two different places and I didn t look them up yet I also didn t look up the man who ran the place or places to see why his name is so long, what I did find out is that she was a classmate of Emily Dickinson, and the two wrote to each other for the rest of their lives When she was 22 she married an Army Captain, Edward Bissell Hunt, they had two sons, one of them died though, and so did her husband, he was killed in an accident that occurred while he was experimenting with one of his own marine inventions I wish I hadinformation than that on what he was doing The second son also died of diphtheria two years later She isn t having very much luck with her family members, her mother died when she was fourteen, and her father when she was seventeen Now that she was all alone with nothing else to do I suppose she began to write poetry and she traveled in Europe writing But, of course something else had to go wrong and she moved to Colorado Springs seeking a cure for tuberculosis, an awful lot of people seemed to have tuberculosis in the 1800s Finally, something went right and she met and married William Sharpless Jackson, a wealthy banker and railroad executive I find it interesting that she kept her first husband s last name, and added her second husband s last name behind that I wonder what her husband thought.Then in 1879 she went to a lecture in Boston, I have no idea what she is doing in Boston, the lecture is by Chief Standing Bear, of the Ponca Tribe He described the forcible removal of the Ponca from their Nebraska reservation and transfer to a reservation in Oklahoma where they suffered from disease, harsh climate, and poor supplies I didn t know Oklahoma had harsh climate She was so upset by what she heard she decided to take up their cause and started investigating and making known the government misconduct She did all kinds of things, raising money for them, having heated exchanges with federal officials over the injustices committed, she exposed the government s violation of treaties, she documented corruption of agents, military officers, settlers, anyone who encroached on and stole the Indians land And it seems like there were a lot of people who stole the Indians land, and that is what the book is about, that plus the story of Ramona and the man she falls in love with, Alessandro, and all those around the couple.In the story we are in Southern California right after the Mexican American War, which apparently the Mexicans lost because there are an awful lot of Americans showing up What are called Americans in this story I really hope isn t what all Americans were like back then There were few of them who weren t horrible Our heroine in the story is Ramona, her mother was Native American, I can t remember who her father was She is raised by Se ora Gonzaga Moreno, the sister of Ramona s deceased foster mother Se ora Moreno has raised Ramona as part of the family, giving her every luxury, but only because Ramona s foster mother had requested it as her dying wish Our dear Se ora can t stand Ramona, supposedly because of Ramona s mixed Native American heritage, I think she is just mean That love is reserved for her only child, Felipe Moreno, whom she adores She adores him so much it is creepy Se ora Moreno is Mexican of Spanish ancestry, although where they live in California has recently been taken over by the United States She hates the Americans, everyone hates the Americans, after awhile I hate the Americans, who have cut up her huge ranch because that s what they do I feel sorry for her and her son, Felipe, but I still don t like her One day a group of Native American sheep shearers arrive at the ranch, she hires them every year, and the head of the shearers is Alessandro, the son of the chief of the tribe, I forget his name I found it interesting that he was Catholic, I didn t think Native American Indians were Catholic, but some are Of course just about everyone in the novel is, it is interesting how many things only get done, or don t get done until the priest is asked, or until a certain Saint is prayed to There are Rosaries, and statues, and crosses all over the place, I learned a lot about the different Saints Then Alessandro sees Ramona and falls in love with her, he tries not to let it show, being an Indian and poor, but it wouldn t be much of a love story if she never knew he loved her She eventually falls in love with him, Felipe is also in love with Ramona, and Margarita also loves Alessandro, it doesn t matter who she is So once Se ora Moreno and Felipe find out that Ramona and Alessandro love each other, do you really think they will allow a girl raised by them like a daughter and sister so they say , are going to let her marry an Indian And if she does marry him, where will they live, the main thing going on in the book during all this is the Indians getting thrown off their land, entire villages, including the one that Alessandro is from are just thrown out and made to leave, to go who knows where, and no one cares No American cares anyway, and if they don t go they just shoot them So they move on and find another little village and build houses and plant crops and the Americans come and, well the same thing happens, over and over until the book is over and I don t know where the Indians ended up, but wherever it is, what happened to them wasn t right And for me what happened to Ramona and Alessandro didn t matter at all Remember all those black and white Westerns where the Indians rode around on horses killing everyone with their bows and arrows and tomahawks I ll be thinking of Ramona and Alessandro and their village the next time I see one of them Oh, here are some of the things I remember the most It was the way in the Hyer family to make the best of things they had always possessed this virtue to such an extent, that they suffered from it as from a vice There was hardly to be found in all Southern Tennessee acontented, shiftless, ill bested family than theirs But there was no grumbling Whatever went wrong, whatever was lacking, it was jest like aour luck , they said, and did nothing, or next to nothing, about itAlessandro, I am almost afraid to tell you what I have done I took the little Jesus out of the Madonna s arms and hit it Did you never hear, that if you do that, the Madonna will grant you anything, to get him back again in her arms Did you ever hear of it Never exclaimed Alessandro, with horror in his tone Never, Mejella How dared you Oh, I have heard, many times, women tell the Senora they had done this, and always they got what they wanted Never will she let the Jesus be out of her armsthan three weeks before she will grant any prayer one can makeFelipe went to the Madonna s picture and falling on his knees, began to pray as simply as if he were alone The Indians, standing on the doorway, also fell on their knees, and a low whispered murmur was heard.For a moment Aunt Ri looked at the kneeling figures with contempt Oh, Lawd she thought, the pore heathen, prayin ter a picter Then a sudden revulsion seized her I allow I ain t gwine ter be the unly one out er the hull number thet don t seem to hev nothin ter pray ter I allow I ll jine in prayer, tew, but I shan t say mine ter no picter And Aunt Ri fell on her knees and when a young Indian woman by her side slipped a rosary into her han, Aunt Ri did not repulse it, but hid it in the folds of her gown till the prayers were done It was a moment and a lesson Aunt Ri never forgot The novel was so popular it hadthan 300 printings, and attracted many tourists to Southern California who wanted to see places from the book I don t want to see the places in the book, it is too depressing I m not sure how many stars to give it, I didn t care what happened to Ramona and Alessandro, in fact they got on my nerves at times I certainly didn t care about Se ora Moreno and her son giving in to her for everything I wouldn t read it again for any of them, and the Indian parts were so sad I wouldn t read it again for that, but even though when I was stuck in the Ramona Alessandro Felipe stuff at the ranch I almost quit reading, when it got to the Indian villages I couldn t put it down I ll give it 3 stars, maybe 3.5 On to the next book, happy reading


  5. Cathy Cathy says:

    This wasn t at all what I expected I d always had a vague sense that Ramona was ridiculously rosy picture of romantic Olde California full of caballeros and things, but as it turns out it was intended as a propaganda novel about the rotten treatment of Californian Indians and Mexican landholders after the U.S acquired California Of course, everyone back East read it as the former, hence the Ramona pageant and an influx of Ramona tourism that accomplished the opposite of what Jackson hoped f This wasn t at all what I expected I d always had a vague sense that Ramona was ridiculously rosy picture of romantic Olde California full of caballeros and things, but as it turns out it was intended as a propaganda novel about the rotten treatment of Californian Indians and Mexican landholders after the U.S acquired California Of course, everyone back East read it as the former, hence the Ramona pageant and an influx of Ramona tourism that accomplished the opposite of what Jackson hoped for Ironically, the vaunted love story is probably the weakest part of the book It s full of sharply realized observations of the California landscape I loved the descriptions of wild mustard and artichoke seedheads All the minor characters are vividly drawn and psychologically believable the various priests, the people who live on the rancho, Ramona s stepmother who spitefully ruins her life but is not actually evil Even the Tennessee family who befriend our heroine are interesting and multi dimensional, in spite of the ridiculously heavy dialect Jackson makes them speak in.The only flat characters in the thing are Ramona herself and to a lesser extent her true love Allessandro Ramona is a paper saint, all wide eyed and pious and loyal and true, and Allessandro starts, at least, as far much the Very Perfect Lover Since we spend a lot of time with them, this is a fairly major flaw in the novel but it didn t spoil my enjoyment of the book


  6. Krista the Krazy Kataloguer Krista the Krazy Kataloguer says:

    What a great book I m so glad I chose it for my book discussion group Written in 1884, this historical novel, set in southern California in the early part of the 19th century, is a doomed love story as well as propaganda about the terrible treatment of the Native Americans by the Americans who moved in after the Mexican War Land granted to both Native Americans and Mexicans by the Mexican government were declared no longer valid, and the new American government sold off peoples lands without What a great book I m so glad I chose it for my book discussion group Written in 1884, this historical novel, set in southern California in the early part of the 19th century, is a doomed love story as well as propaganda about the terrible treatment of the Native Americans by the Americans who moved in after the Mexican War Land granted to both Native Americans and Mexicans by the Mexican government were declared no longer valid, and the new American government sold off peoples lands without telling them One day they had a house, fields, and pastures, and the next day they were homeless, and usually without monetary compensation The novel begins with a vivid description of the ranch of Senora Moreno and her son, Felipe The immediate impression the reader gets is of a way of life on its way out, just like the plantations before the Civil War Ramona is half Scottish and half Indian, which was not a good thing then She s given to Senora Moreno s sister to raise, but when the sister dies, Ramona is sent to live with nasty Senora Moreno, who raises her out of duty, not out of love There Ramona lives until she falls in love with the Indian Alessandro Assis, who has come to assist in the sheep shearing on the ranch From here on it the novel feels like a soap opera Romeo and Juliet story The reader is compelled to keep reading to find out what will happen to these two Along the way, Jackson, in a not so subtle manner, shows the reader how the Native Americans are treated Jackson intended the novel to open readers eyes to the plight of the Native Americans in California The book was popular, but not so much for its propaganda as for its sentimental drama It was subsequently made into 4 silent films and one talkie, as well as, recently, a Mexican TV serial I think readers today would enjoy this novel for both of its aspects Certainly one cannot help but feel as enraged and despondent as Alessandro at the treatment of his people The Signet Classics edition of the book includes an afterword that tells us that Jackson actually visited the places mentioned in the book, and based the story on a real life couple She nagged the Department of the Interior with letters until they appointed her to be the first female Commissioner of Indian Affairs, which gave her some power to help the Indians The novel is, therefore, a true historical novel in that she based almost everything on real places, people, and events that she mostly witnessed with her own eyes I can t recommend this book highly enough I enjoyed it immensely, and would like to seereaders young and old delve into its pages Highly recommended


  7. Austen to Zafón Austen to Zafón says:

    As three stars indicates, I liked this book Actually, I wish I could give it 3.5 I m glad I read it, but I don t think I could do it again as it was so sad I can t believe I d never heard of it before, especially since I was a born and raised until I was 12 in San Diego I guess in grade school, they don t begin yet to touch on the injustices done to the Native Americans and even to the Mexicans We were still just learning what a mission was and some Spanish words But I was in SD this sprin As three stars indicates, I liked this book Actually, I wish I could give it 3.5 I m glad I read it, but I don t think I could do it again as it was so sad I can t believe I d never heard of it before, especially since I was a born and raised until I was 12 in San Diego I guess in grade school, they don t begin yet to touch on the injustices done to the Native Americans and even to the Mexicans We were still just learning what a mission was and some Spanish words But I was in SD this spring and took time to go by myself to the San Diego History Museum in Balboa Park, and there, on a placard, I read a bit about the dreadful history of the Native Americans in Southern California along with mention of this famous book that fictionalized it I didn t actually expect the Seattle library to have it, but they did It s a very long book and I admit to skimming the last 100 pages or so because it was just so damned depressing and I could see what was coming But the first 300 was a pleasure Now I ve read a number of reviews that call the book propaganda or boringly stilted and I take exception to the grumbling Of course it s propaganda Helen Hunt Jackson gave the best years of her life trying to convince the American gov t to ease up on the Indians esp with her book, A Century of Dishonor and finally, in desperation, she wrote Ramona as a way to move people s hearts She had hoped that Romona would be the Uncle Tom s Cabin of California natives Sadly, her wildly popular novel, although printed in 300 editions, adapted for 4 films, and turned into a play that has run every year in CA since 1923, was taken asof a lady s romance than a political statement Addressing the other common complaint, of course it s stilted It was written in 1884 Did people honestly expect a breezy, modern style Given the intent, the period, and the writer, I think the book is wonderful and I would give itstars if it hadn t been so depressing for me personally As an historical document, I think it s still important to read It s out of copyright, so it s available for free online I will say that Jackson s book helped change the way people viewed the Native Americans of S CA and it created an emormous influx of tourist dollars into the area when the railroad finally went there Everyone wanted to see where Ramona lived, married, died She was sort of the Harry Potter of the turn of the century Now if only the letters between Jackson and her friend Emily Dickenson still survived, that would be real reading They were born 2 months apart in Amherst, went to school togther, and wrote letters to one another all their lives


  8. Jane Jane says:

    There s a backstory here While reading Passing Strange, I found a reference to Ramona the novel shares the theme of interracial love I couldn t help but be curious when I saw the author s name Helen Hunt Jackson was my grandmother s maiden name As she was born in 1889, not too long after Ramona became a popular sensation, I thought it impossible that her newspaper publishing father Andrew Jackson, my great grandfather could not have known about Jackson when he named his eldest daughter There s a backstory here While reading Passing Strange, I found a reference to Ramona the novel shares the theme of interracial love I couldn t help but be curious when I saw the author s name Helen Hunt Jackson was my grandmother s maiden name As she was born in 1889, not too long after Ramona became a popular sensation, I thought it impossible that her newspaper publishing father Andrew Jackson, my great grandfather could not have known about Jackson when he named his eldest daughter I asked my mother about it, and was amazed to be confirmed in my guess that her mother was indeed named after the famous author and staunch advocate of Native American rights What I was evenfascinated to learn was that HHJ the author was actually a friend of Andrew s Apparently there s no family relation between Andrew and the Jackson who was HHJ s second husband The family used to spend summers in Colorado, where HHJ made her home later in life The missing piece of the puzzle, how a small town Iowa publisher and banker developed a friendship with a woman who must have been viewed as somewhat of a rabble rouser, fell into place when I learned that my greatgrandfather s town was on a Native American reservation Tama I do find it remarkable that he felt strongly enough to make his child her namesake I m looking forward toof HHJ s writings, nonfiction this time, that are filling up my already loaded To Read shelf


  9. Brooke Brooke says:

    I had a hard time with this book The political issues overpowered character development and plot which made the whole book slow and a little boring.


  10. Judy Judy says:

    I first heard about Ramona from an old friend 94 who loved the story and wanted me to read it I should have done so, but I was swamped with work projects When she passed away, I inherited her books, and this title moved to my shelves One day I read the first few pages, but it reminded me of a Zane Grey book that I had just plowed through I promptly gave up and donated the book an ex library book.Well, I recently came across this old book and decided to give it another try It s not just I first heard about Ramona from an old friend 94 who loved the story and wanted me to read it I should have done so, but I was swamped with work projects When she passed away, I inherited her books, and this title moved to my shelves One day I read the first few pages, but it reminded me of a Zane Grey book that I had just plowed through I promptly gave up and donated the book an ex library book.Well, I recently came across this old book and decided to give it another try It s not just a romance, which is how Rosemary had described it to me Yes, there is a story of true love, but it s muchthan that It s a character study that focuses on 4 people, with others included when needed The near saint is Ramona, and the totally evil is a minor character It s a history of California, including the Catholic missions It s a look at prejudices, a Mexican rancher, the displaced and noble native Indians, and the greedy, uncaring American whites.The focus however, is on the unjust treatment of the native peoples Now I d like to read her nonfiction book that was published in 1881 A Century of Dishonor A Sketch of the United States Government s Dealings with some of the Indian TribesRamona begins It was sheep shearing time in Southern California, but sheep shearing was late at the Se ora Moreno s.This quote, from page 54, captures the spirit of the story When the first glow of dawn came in the sky, the eastern window was lit up as by fire Father Salvierderra was always on watch for it, having usually been at prayer for hours As the first ray reached the window, he would throw the casement wide open, and standing there with bared head, strike up the melody of the sunrise hymn sung in all devout Mexican families It was a beautiful custom, not yet wholly abandoned


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RamonaThe Great American Love Story Ramona blushed as the handsome young Indian Alessandro looked upon her with favor A great, star crossed love was born But the adopted daughter of Senora Moreno was defying the custom of her people Her forbidden love would drive her from place to place with Alessandro until tragedy would strike and Ramona would at last come to an understanding of herselfThis extraordinarily popular novel of the Mission Indians of Southern California has entertained a vast, world wide readership Now this new edition brings it to still another generation who will thrill to Ramona s inspiring story


About the Author: Helen Hunt Jackson

Helen Maria Hunt Jackson was an American writer best known as the author of Ramona, a novel about the ill treatment of Native Americans in Southern California, and as an activist for Native American rights