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3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  1,349 Ratings  ·  200 Reviews present you this new edition. IT was sheep-shearing time in Southern California, but sheep-shearing was late at the Senora Moreno's. The Fates had seemed to combine to put it off. In the first place, Felipe Moreno had been ill. He was the Senora's eldest son, and since his father's death had been at the head of his mother's house. Without him, nothing could be ...more
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Published December 3rd 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 1884)
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Aug 24, 2014 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2010 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 in more than 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
Jun 04, 2010 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2011 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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 ...more
Austen to Zafón
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 ...more
Mar 16, 2010 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Dec 28, 2008 Ramona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was named for this romance novel that was made into a movie a long time ago. It is a great story of the hardships of the Indians and Mexicans during the time that California was transitioning from mission districts under Mexican rule and admittance into the United states. A great love story but a bit tragic.
Jul 02, 2011 Brooke rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
1.5 stars.


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Nov 17, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
By: Helen Hunt Jackson

With a bit of tragedy, history and love, it tried to make this book interesting; but it was not . The story of Ramona is set in Spanish California and the beginning of American California. Ramona is caught up in the tangle of races found in Southern California - Mexican, Spanish, Indian and American, and for me, this book failed to draw me a picture.

It's an old fashioned love story, a bit slow in parts, but with a noble and pure hero and heroine. Indian Alessandro an
Apr 08, 2010 Karye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 10, 2012 StrangeBedfellows rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 sentimentali ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a heartbreaking and yet uplifting tale of a young woman named Ramona. Through life's ups and downs Ramona experiences despair, love, passion, freedom, frustration and loss. It is truly a masterpiece. Although my heart was crushed into tiny slobbery bits, this book still left me happy. Maybe it was the epic tale, the brilliant writing, the beautiful descriptions. Or perhaps it was Ramona herself. She is one of those unforgettable characters who will stay with you always. Like Jane Eyre or ...more
Oct 15, 2011 Paty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. A beautiful but tragic romance between two lovers (one a half-breed, the other a Native American) during the time American settlers took over California displacing the Native Americans, Mexicans, and Spanish landowners who had been living there.
Helen Hunt Jackson really paints a vivid picture of what life was like during those times in California and the horrors of being cast of one's land using cruel and injustice tactics.

I can understand why Alessandro withers away from the man he
This book is on a fascinating range of lists - the first California love story, the book that gave Southern California an identity, the "Anne of Green Gables" of So. Cal., one of the most popular books ever written (and then forgotten), the official state play of California, etc.

It's interesting. Definitely not a work of art, but as a historical time capsule and literary work, worth reading.
Feb 22, 2010 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really amazing book. It could probably be classified as propaganda--that is, literature with a cause. It's a fictional work covering actual events. The truth of it shines out with great power. Jackson shows the series of broken treaties with the Native American people through the lives of Ramona and Alessandro. A very powerful book that had a great impact on this nation.
Jan 05, 2015 Ebirdy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-book-group
Some of the dialogue seems very stereotypical, and I can see why the message about the plight of the Indians in California might have been lost on some, but much of Hunt's story retains it's original power, and it reads easily 130 years later.
Katie Wahlquist
Sep 12, 2009 Katie Wahlquist rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I just re-read this book for my book club and I think I loved it even more this time around. I am totally in love with Alessandro!
Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
There are books we read because they are difficult to understand. This is what happened to this book. When we finish we feel relieved because we didn't give up. Case in point, Ramona. The books may be so boring, like this one here, yet we still fight on.

Ramona, is a novel about love. The couple are indians living in America. Ramona and Alessandro. They meet in Ramona's foster home where she lives with Senora Monero, Felipe, Margaritta, Marda, Juan Can, and other servants. She is happy with ever
Kathryn Bronn
Feb 09, 2017 Kathryn Bronn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was just as interested in the historical significance of this novel as the novel itself. Being several generations from Southern California in my family, I felt very much a part of this story, and felt incredible anger at the racism and injustices shown to the Native Americans. I loved being able to truly see the places she was talking about, and imagining California around the time it became a state and wasn't overcrowded with people. The places she talks about...I can picture them perfectly, ...more
Regina Barona
Set at the beginning of American California (within the destruction of Spanish California), Ramona finds herself grasping love and continually fighting for it, against forces of elitism and racism. What I thought would be a novel focused on the imposing powers of colonialism on the lives of Indigenous life, was really just in fact a slow, and seemingly meaningless story. The conclusion of this story had me breathing sighs of relief and triumph for not giving up on a such a boring tale. There was ...more
Feb 20, 2017 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: los-angeles
In Carey McWilliams' excellent history: "Southern California, An Island on the Land", he credits Helen Hunt Jackson and 'Ramona' with establishing the region's identity and mythical origin story. This novel was as important to Southern California as 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' was to the abolitionist movement in the North. Having walked on many 'Ramona' streets in the region but totally unaware of the novel I gave it a try and found it to be enjoyable. Read 'An Island on the Land' first for the factual ...more
Feb 01, 2017 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What an awful book
Nancy Root
Jan 13, 2017 Nancy Root rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful romance! I read this when I was 17 years old and I wanted to reread it . I bought the video to watch too. So much hardship to endure throughout. I'm sorry the Indians and the Mexicans were treated so unfairly to put it mildly. I do place this love story among my favorite books!
Jan 01, 2014 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a romance with a deep message
Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson is a book that was assigned to me for school to write an analysis paper on. When I read the description of the book, I thought it was intriguing and was eager to start it. The first chapter or two are somewhat slow, but once you really read the story and immerse yourself in the vivid descriptions and beautiful word usage, you can absolutely picture yourself in the landscapes described so wonderfully by Jackson.

This tale follows a girl of nineteen named Ramona, who li
Dec 30, 2016 Jazzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic and moving. You will laugh, cry, and remember that forbidden love you may have had before. I will admit the ending upset me enough I tossed the book across the room, but that just makes me give it a better review. I love a book that moves me emotionally.

Published almsot a century ago Jackson's classic romance--in every sense of the word--recreates an already bygone era. After the 1834 Secularization of the 21 missions in the chain founded by Father Serra, the California of the grandees slowly, inevitably began to fade into historical memory. Three groups were drastically affected by the disintegration of this social system--admittedly not free of innate injustice. Ruin fell upon the devout Franciscan fathers,
Aug 21, 2011 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great literature is "Great" provided the notion that such books worthy of this distinction are virtually guaranteed to satisfy; and there is more to absorb, yet as much as there is given. Helen Hunt Jackson’s Romana can be considered among those ranks, as it stands the test of time, on through the new generations of readers such as myself, and thankfully so. This book is like a perfectly aged wine in that it only grows sweeter with an artful bitter undertone, the further you get in the narrati
Wayne S.
Apr 05, 2014 Wayne S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ramona is an orphan girl who lives on the rancho of the widow Señora Gonzaga Moreno in Southern California, shortly after the Mexican-American War. Her father, Angus Phail, was a Scottish merchant who was betrothed to Senora Moreno’s older sister, also named Ramona, but was instead married to an Indian woman by a priest in the San Gabriel Mission, and Senorita Ramona then married Don Ortegna. But several years later, after his wife had left him, Angus, who was then dying, brought his baby girl t ...more
Lydia Presley
Sometimes I wonder if there's a point to reviewing older novels. I mean - there's obviously a point to reading them, and Ramona presents a good case for that. But after reading a book like this it's hard to imagine that others haven't read it, or something like it... until I remember that until this past semester, I'd never even heard of Ramona.

For those of you who, like me, had never thought to pick this book up let me just say that it will frustrate, awe, and inspire you. The story is one that
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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
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