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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

"Facing the Mountain" by Alex Haley

"Facing the Mountain," by Alex Haley, is one of the most popular short stories in recent years. It has been adapted into two movies and a play.
Alex Haley is a member of one of the more popular families in American fiction today, Mayans who live in central California. She was raised in New York City. She has written several books, and in 2020 she wrote a book of short stories entitled "Homecoming."
The Mayans, however, have lived in the Sacramento area since time immemorial. They were relocated from what is now Mexico and came to be known as the Mexican Mayans. At one time they had their own village, but it was destroyed in the name of progress. Alex Haley knew that the family may have come here many times, but her book was an honest attempt to piece together their story.

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The story is about a young boy and his mother. They are trying to deal with their loss of their father and they live with a relative in a community where he did not live. In later times their father would come back to the town, but not for a long while. They eventually moved to a farmhouse. They call the house "The Mountain." ОБЛИЦОВКА СТУПЕНЕЙ И ЛЕСТНИЦ
In her book, Haley takes the reader back to a time when the Mayans lived on the north slopes of The Mountain. They were there when the Red River Valley formed. The people on the valley floor tended their fields. Then came the Indians, who drove them from their homes and sent them to reservations.
Soon the Indians began hunting and killing the land-hungry and tall white men who lived there. The Mayans were driven off the mountain and lived in the foothills. In the book, "The Mountain" is described as being one of the most beautiful places in the world. It was made up of a large field, which was used to grow wheat and hay. It was covered with shrubs and grasses.
To the east, there was a large mound which was about 300 feet across. There were deer roaming around in the thick bush that grew on top of the mound. The Mayans built a village that was surrounded by a low wall.

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