Chita: A Memory of Last Island

Chita: A Memory of Last Island

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by Lafcadio Hearn
     
 

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On August to, 1856, the Gulf of Mexico reared up and hurled itself over Last Island, near New Orleans. The storm essentially split the island in half and swept much of it away, including its inhabitants, wealthy vacationers, and its resort hotel. There were few survivors. Lafcadio Hearn used these basic historical facts to create Chita. Originally published in 1889,

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On August to, 1856, the Gulf of Mexico reared up and hurled itself over Last Island, near New Orleans. The storm essentially split the island in half and swept much of it away, including its inhabitants, wealthy vacationers, and its resort hotel. There were few survivors. Lafcadio Hearn used these basic historical facts to create Chita. Originally published in 1889, this long out-of-print novella is a minor masterpiece that is by turns mysterious, mesmerizing, and tragic. In the aftermath of the storm, a Spanish fisherman wades into the Gulf to pick through debris. Among the bodies, he finds one that is yet alive, a young Creole girl. Her parents are presumed to have died in the storm. Raised by the fisherman's family, Chita grows into a strong, independent young woman. Her story is counterpointed by that of her lost father, a doctor who thinks that Chita is dead and, as a result, devotes himself to helping others in need. When he comes to Last Island to help stem a yellow fever epidemic, he encounters Chita. The consequences are devastating. This beautifully lush, ornately styled tale of south Louisiana in the nineteenth century is a haunting novel that is both impressionistic in its evocation of nature and realistic in its characterizations and depictions of life in this region. Jefferson Humphries's introduction puts Chita in perspective, gives an overview of critical reactions to the novel from its initial publication to the present, and provides a capsule biography of Hearn and a commentary on the stylistic influences on his work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565549715
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/31/2001
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) was a writer, critic, amateur engraver, and journalist. He wrote extensively about the cultures of Louisiana and is considered the first major Western chronicler of Japanese culture. His many books include La Cuisine Creole: A Collection of Culinary Recipes (1885), Gombo Zhebes (1885), Chita (1889), and Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894).

Delia La Barre is an independent scholar of Lafcadio Hearn and Louisiana culture. She lives in Baton Rouge.

Jefferson Humphries is chair of French studies at Louisiana State University and the author of The Puritan and the Cynic: The Literary Moralist in America and France.

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Chita: A Memory of Last Island 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
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