I was waiting for this book to come out for what felt like forever. All of Raina Telgemeier’s books were very inspiring and I knew that “Ghosts” would be the same. Another reason I longed for this book was because I was very interested in the Day of the Dead. About a year and a half ago, my aunt showed me a movie called “The Book of Life” and it changed my opinions about ghosts completely. Since then, I loved reading about anything that had to do with Day of the Dead. This book was of course, wonderful to me and I recommend this book to everyone. They’ll be surprised by how much they didn’t know about ghosts and Mexican cultures.
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The Forgotten Dead takes in an account in US History that the problem of lynching did not only occurred in the US Southern states with African-Americans, but it also occurred in the US southwest with the Mexican-Americans.
In the horror/mystery book Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn, Daniel, his little sister Erica, and their parents had just moved to Pennsylvania from Connecticut. The rumors about their new house are that every seventy years a girl disappears and another girl appears from what Brody Mason has told Daniel and Erica . Before they moved, their parents gave Erica a doll which she instantly admires. One afternoon Daniel and Erica go on a hike in the woods. Erica failed to keep her doll in her arms and loses it. The next day Erica is missing and another girl appears. What readers would find interesting is that Daniel never stopped believing that he will find his sister. If you are interested in a horror/mystery book that will keep you on the
I read the scary and suspenseful book called “Ghost House” by Paul Kropp. There were four kids (Tyler, Zach, AJ, and Hammy), and AJ made a bet that Tyler and Zach could not stay in the Blackwood house -that was originally haunted- for 12 hours without getting scared and leaving. I thought they would leave but it turns out that they stayed the full 12 hours and in the end they ended up winning the $200. One of the things I took away and I think that everyone should take something away like this from it is that you should never make bets that you don’t have any information on. Tyler and Zach didn’t know much about the Blackwood house and they made the bet anyway. This ended up in them almost losing their lives. I would recommend this book to
Randall Kenan born in Brooklyn, NY 1963 was raised by his grandparents in a rural community in North Carolina. In 1985, he graduated the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in English and creative writing. One of his instructors recommended him for a job for and editor at Random House where he was an eventual assistant to senior editor’s prestigious subsidiary, Alfred A. Knopf. (Fountain) Kenan’s first novel, A Visitation of Spirits, was published in 1989, and a collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury the Dead, followed in 1992. He has written five other works and has received numerous awards. (RandallKenan.com) Randall Kenan is a talented African-American author of the present era who writes about the human condition. He not only writes about what it is like to be a black man in the south, but he throws in homosexuality into the bible belt. Kenan repeatedly pits homosexual characters against an oppressive, closed minded community that is against new views of acceptance and equality of the times. With these themes of racial and sexual identity, forgiveness and acceptance; “Kenan, perhaps one of the first Southern authors to openly analyze the struggles of homosexuals, he subtly intertwines common concerns and ideals from the Civil Rights Era and parallels the Gay Rights Movement of today.” (Turley)
During the Communist regime in the former Soviet Union, life was very difficult. The people who lived within the countries controlled by the Soviet government experienced levels of oppression akin to slavery. They could not express themselves through any means and had to conform both body and soul to the views of the Communist Party. People could be arrested, imprisoned, shipped off to exile or executed often without trial. Some twenty million people died while Joseph Stalin led the USSR and for many years after his death it was still dangerous to dare criticize his regime, although some scholars put that number closer to forty million people who died. Now that the Soviet Union has broken up and Russia is its own country there is more freedom, but the people still live under the yoke of an oppressive leader who does not tolerate political or social challenges. The people do nothing to stand up to this government because they have all been scarred by the decades they lived under Stalin.
In her book, Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching, Crystal N. Feimster discusses how race, gender and politics shaped the post-civil war south from reconstruction into the 20th century through the use of historical statistics, narratives and recorded court cases. Through the juxtaposition of Rebecca Latimer Felton and Ida B. Wells, born a generation apart as a plantation mistress and the other into racism, Feimster explores the differences in the treatment of and the reactions to a white woman and an African American woman fighting against rape and for women’s rights. The author, discusses how institutionalized racism, patriarchy and mob violence helped and hurt these women on their quest for equal rights.
In the novel The Woman Warrior Maxine Hong Kingston uses ghosts to represent a battle between American and Chinese cultures. The two cultures have different views of what a ghost is. The Chinese believe the ghost spirits may be of people dead or alive. Chinese culture recognizes foreigners and unfamiliar people as ghosts because, like American ghosts, they are mysterious creatures of the unknown. Americans view ghosts as spirits of the dead that either help or haunt people. American ghosts may or may not be real. There spirits are there but physical appearance is a mystery.
James Romm wrote Ghost on the Throne with the purpose to inform the reader of Alexander the Great and the empire he established, with the ensuing chaos the came after when Alexander tragically died at a young age. The book was organized somewhat chronologically, starting from opening the tombs in which Alexander was buried and how he fell ill, to the closing of the tombs and a reflection of the fall of his empire. Romm tried to answer the question of how Alexander died, providing multiple theories of how and why he died. Romm seemed to advocate the theory of poison from Alexander’s enemies, including the fact that many people wanted to see Alexander dead. Romm also explained in great detail how the empire fell; the countries wanted to
The Zong massacre, where 133 African slaves were treated as defective commodities and thrown overboard the ship, was a pivotal moment in the history of slavery, its events bringing attention to the cruel treatment of slaves and giving good publicity to the abolitionist movement. In Feeding the Ghosts, Fred D’Aguiar used various elements of nature as metaphors in his poetic re-imagination of the history events surrounding the Zong massacre. The image of sea, in particular, has a distinguished presence from the prologue that carries on throughout the novel, acting as a symbolism of the institution of slavery. It is an overwhelming force that pulls everything under and threatens to erase the existence of those who drown in them—namely, the slaves. Except wood floats, and wood survives.
Ghostly representations of “the other” imagine a social evil that has not been put to rest. These images reoccur in the Western canon, marking the persistence of slavery long after its abolition. Haunting, ghosts and skeletons in Benito Cereno act as a vehicle through which the suppressed return to the stage with a message. The ghosts carry with them all that the imperialists wanted to control, including emotions, and more precisely, the emotions of the oppressed. I argue that ghosts and skeletons comprise an area of tension in which the appearance of the “other” reveals that the dominant party’s control is incomplete. Yet, the presence is merely ghostly due to the constant policing and lack of respect for the Other. These ghosts also break through the boundaries of the dominant culture’s paradigms and identities (Harpham 17), signaling potential political crisis. This text signals the fear of the retaliation of the Other through ghostly representations by projecting on to the other, their own identities of brutality and irrationality. “Benito Cereno” by Herman Melville overturns the racist images of the colonized by relocating evil in the order of slavery. Hauntings carry the perspectives and powers of the slaves by preserving the dead amidst the living and the past amidst the present, they muddle up the concept of time and therefore defy the Western dream of complete control.
The primary meaning of the word "ghost" in the work is, of course, "American" or "white person". "White person" might seem more attractive because of the idea of paleness that we associate with ghosts, but there are "Mexican ghosts" and "Negro ghosts" - so "American" is more accurate. This is supported by the idea that those Chinese born in America are considered ghosts: "They would not tell us children because we had been born among ghosts, were taught by ghosts, and were ourselves ghost-like. They called us a kind of ghost. Ghosts are noisy and full of air; they talk during meals. They talk about everything" (183-84). Even one generation makes this difference. The mysterious Chinese name given to the "assimilated" Chinese by the new immigrants is "Ho Chi Kuei" (204), which Kingston is unable to translate in full (further demonstrating her assimilation) - but "Kuei" she knows means "Ghosts". This idea of Americans as ghosts goes even further in some of Kingston's titles for Americans,
Death is followed with a creepy tone, however this poem is the exception when Cervantes accepts and respects her dead ancestors “Las fantastmas tuyas deben aquí quedarse, solas las tuyus.” (27-28), as she wishes native ghosts to remain in Los Altos, while cursing “fantasmas blancas” (26) who are likely white Americans who had died. The significant use of the supernatural in connection to the historical ethnographical view of the area forms unresolved
Far Far Away, is a Ghost story written by Tom McNeal with 368 pages. The main character or, (protagonist) is Jeremy Johnson, a teenager who has the ability to interact with those on Zwischenraum, a spirit plane between the living and the afterlife. The narrator is one of these spirits, Jacob Grimm who has been dead since the Saturday afternoon of September 1863. He is sent to look over or protect Jeremy from the Finder of Occasions, a villain whose intentions aren’t clear.
n our Socratic seminar we discussed the cultural and contextual considerations ofAlbertCamus’s The Stranger. During our discussion, we covered the French presence in Algeria and its relevance to The Stanger. We also explored the how the author’s life translated into his book, The Stranger. The interactive oral deepened my understanding of French presence in the book and its relevance. The French presence in Algeria was derived from the French invasion in 1830. The conquering of Algeria led to dominance of the French culture and the development of social norms.Algeria developed into a Francophone country which explains why the narrator of The Stangeris a French man. As a consequence of all wars, the losingnationalities are held under in social