Chita A Memory of Last Island Lafcadio Hearn



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Chita A Memory of Last Island  by  Lafcadio Hearn

Chita A Memory of Last Island by Lafcadio Hearn
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Without the benefit of modern technology or meteorology, Hearn accurately portrays a hurricane of 1856, an event he didnt experience, as he didnt move to this area until over 21 years later. He was obviously intimate with the workings of nature, and the descriptions of the hurricane and its immediate aftermath are enthralling.Hearn was born in Greece and, as I learned from the preface and introduction (both excellent!), lived on a Greek island before being forced by his Irish father to move after Hearns father had his marriage to Hearns Greek mother annulled.

(Hearn left Ireland to live in the U.S. as soon as he was of age.) His love for the sea and the life around and within it, in all its beauty and terror, shines through here.Hearn takes a legend that grew out of the destruction of Last Island, a barrier island (and resort for the wealthy) not far from New Orleans, and uses it to display the beauty and power of nature, the resilience and way of life of the areas inhabitants (Europeans, Asians, Africans and Americans), and the rising of life from death.

The depiction of the latter theme I found as engrossing as the surging Gulf before it splits Last Island in two.

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