Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson

Ramona One of the great "ethical" novels of the 19th century, Ramona was meant to do for the Native Americans what Uncle Tom's Cabin had done for the enslaved. 

I read this book as a young teenager.  In January, I bought a copy while wandering through Old Town in San Diego with my colleague Charles before a Gregorian chant workshop.  After letting it kick around the house for a few months, I just re-read it.

Still a great love story and drama of 19th century southern California.  You have to have a tolerance for the prolix writing of that era, but the characters and settings are still entrancing.

Oh, I also had a recording of the song.

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About Mary Jane Ballou

Mary Jane Ballou’s life in sacred music began in a children’s choir at the age of three. Instrumental music waited until her piano lessons started in primary school. And her music life remains a joyous pairing of sacred vocal music and the instrumental repertoire of Spain, Ireland, and Scotland.

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