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Ghost Hawk (2013)

av Susan Cooper

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At the end of a winter-long journey into manhood, Little Hawk returns to find his village decimated by a white man's plague and soon, despite a fresh start, Little Hawk dies violently but his spirit remains trapped, seeing how his world changes.
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  Levitara | Apr 5, 2024 |
Well this book is exasperating, mostly probably the way it's supposed to be. I don't know what to tell you, it's awful to read about racists, especially when you know in advance they will more or less triumph in the short term of the story. And it's hard to read about them in fiction when you're already dealing with them in the world, the news, the community. Still, perhaps a good book for a young person who needs to understand a little of the truth of colonialism. ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
Susan Cooper is a great story teller. I have read The Dark is Rising sequence- the title book when I was 12 and the rest when I was 25 and it stands the tst of time. Ghost Hawk is just as memorable.

For me her subject is one I wasn't sure I wanted to read about but Cooper did a great job. I loved the story, it's full of history, friendship, truth, and magic. She has "a historian's attention to detail" and has created two wonderful main characters. Pick up this book, give it a try, and if you are not already, fall in love with Cooper's story-telling! ( )
  juliais_bookluvr | Mar 9, 2023 |
Little Hawk is about to leave his family and village to go into the woods and live alone for three months, a ritual that will see him in his way to manhood. But life if changing for his tribe, and for all Native Americans. The European settlement of America is well under way and with it the whole continent is about to be utterly altered. His is the first part of this story.

The second part of the story revolves around John Wakely, a young boy who is one of the English colonisers. His father dies when a tree falls on him and soon his mother remarries. He and his step-father do not get on so he leaves his village to become an apprentice cooper.

In her author’s note at the end of the book Cooper says that this is not a work of historical fiction but is rather a fantasy story in an historical setting. And as such I really enjoyed the book. It is lovingly told, with so many details and touches that add so much to the bare story. There such a sad, melancholy feel to the book. The modern reader is, of course, aware that the Native American way of life will be utterly destroyed, that so many will be shot, murdered, displaced and treated as though they were not human by the settlers.

And I think that Cooper does a great job at getting across that fact, those atrocities happened, they are the origins of the modern United States of America.

There are some problems with Cooper’s depictions of Native Americans. They seemed very generic and stereotypical “good indian”1 perhaps she could have done more to represent the realities of the Wampanoag way of life. And if she had described this book as a work of solidly historical fiction I might have been a little harsher on that. The fact that she seems to recognise her lack of knowledge2 and calls this a fantasy book gives her a little leeway.

I really liked how she showed the hypocrisy of the Pilgrim settlers. So many fled England and Europe because they claimed they wanted the freedom to worship in their own manner, yet the first thing they seemed to set about doing was persecute anyone else who was different. Not only the “savages” but other settlers who differed in their shade of Christianity.

Additional spoilery paragraph in my full review : http://www.susanhatedliterature.net/2013/10/ghost-hawk/ ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
Urghh! What a mess of what could have been a good book. It's impossible to explain in detail without spoilers, so suffice to say that it's a structural mess that detracts from a tale of Puritan hypocrisy in American Colonial days that could have had a pleasing symmetry reminiscent of Alan Garner. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
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