Ophelia's Ghost

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Eva Hail, an anthropologist in her mid-30s, disappears from her campsite. She is researching the Anasazi abandonment of the 14th century, weaving together astronomy, ancient religions, and the Art of Memory. Eva's belongings are left behind, and there are no signs of violence. Joe Hill, a local tracker, is asked to look for her, aided only by her field notebook.

Joe's daughter is playing Ophelia in Hamlet, which introduces the questions Shakespearean scholars have debated since ...

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Overview

Eva Hail, an anthropologist in her mid-30s, disappears from her campsite. She is researching the Anasazi abandonment of the 14th century, weaving together astronomy, ancient religions, and the Art of Memory. Eva's belongings are left behind, and there are no signs of violence. Joe Hill, a local tracker, is asked to look for her, aided only by her field notebook.

Joe's daughter is playing Ophelia in Hamlet, which introduces the questions Shakespearean scholars have debated since 1598. Can we know if we've truly seen a ghost? Can witnesses or experiments validate reality? Joe is haunted by his memories: his father left before Joe was born; his mother, an herbal healer, died five years ago; his wife, a dancer, abandoned him.

Set in 1958 in the American Southwest, Ophelia's Ghost explores key themes of this period: UFOs, the space race, Einstein's relativity, parallel universes, and structural anthropology. Joe's search to find Eva uncovers mysteries of the past, present, and future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982156100
  • Publisher: Pinyon Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/18/2008
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 0.66 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Posted January 13, 2009

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    Mystery and mysticism; science vs. superstition. Who - or what - is in control of this fascinating mix? The moon! Which, in its unswerving waxing and waning, has for eons called the shots.<BR/><BR/>Explanation of such phenomena might verge on the arcane. But in this compelling first novel, Gary Lee Entsminger and Susan Elizabeth Elliott deftly probe ancient cultures (primarily that of the Anasazi who lived in the Four Corners region of the American Southwest) in counterpoint to contemporary scientific studies now underway in the same locale.<BR/><BR/>Not implausibly, ghosts appear. Are they harbingers of data yet unknown? If Shakespeare's Ophelia had faith in apparitions, why not we?<BR/><BR/>We are left to ponder.

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  • Posted January 8, 2009

    Ophelia's Ghost: A magical mystery

    An extraordinarily intelligent first novel by two accomplished writers, Ophelia¿s Ghost grabbed my attention from the prologue. Eva, an anthropologist conducting PhD research in the canyon country of the southwest, is missing. Has she been kidnapped? Abducted by intelligent life from another planet? Gone off with a would-be lover? Or, is she simply following her curiosity in a land inhospitable to most but in which she is entirely comfortable? Part fact, part pure fiction, this book is for all readers who are interested in a great story well-told. Joe Hill is not a professional tracker. But when asked by Eva¿s father, Doc, to look for Eva he can¿t refuse. The story unwinds in a captivating and easy fashion ¿ we are on the edge of our seats wondering what happened to Eva, but sitting back enjoying the relationship between Joe and his daughter, Nina, and the cast of characters who could be our friends and family and feel that way by the end of the novel. Set in the late 1950s, we are introduced to the ways of the Anasazi as Joe tries to piece together where Eva might have gone, we learn of the United States Government's preoccupation with (and subjugation of information regarding) UFOs, and we see the world and philosophy of Shakespeare through the play Nina is starring in at the culmination of her college career. We are moved to laugh and to cry and, finally, to wonder.

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  • Posted January 20, 2009

    Vivid recreation of Southwest USA in the late 1950's

    How do you know if the moon is waxing or waning? Could you locate wild honey by following bees? How are memory and imagination connected? What's a ghost? Read this book and you'll find out. <BR/><BR/>The story takes place in a pitch perfect recreation of the late 1950's in Southwest USA. While reading it's easy to slip into the period. You can almost smell the sage brush as Joe Hill carries out his search for the missing Eva Hall. The music, the people and the lifestyle of the time are described in a way which lets you visualise Joe Hill's world so clearly it's more like watching a play than reading a book. <BR/><BR/>I loved the descriptions of the area so much that after reading this I got other books about the Four Corners. Anyone interested in the 1950's, mystery, or the Southwest or who just enjoys a tale well-told should make a beeline for Ophelia's Ghost.

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