Ghosts for Long Nights Paperback – April 12, 2014
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Editorial : Common Literary Presence Foundation
To sell herbal concoctions is an art and perhaps selling anything is an art . But the seller of potions and spells worldwide is usually someone who knows the person buying is in a vulnerable moment of her existence and that they can cling-on to take control of the individual with the promise of relief.
Spiritual pain is unmatched by physical pain; but, maybe in some ways more devastating than the second. One is not crazy, or demented, but there is a feeling that things are not right and that someone or something outside of you has taken-over control of your life .
One seeks witches and healers in search of a relief that does not come, even with medicines and doctors; nor with religion and self-control; not knowing that the moment we put our fate in the hands of someone who promises us to “fix things”, for a price, we have opened the doors to the psychological , emotional and physical control of someone whose interest is money.
However, the fact that this type of disease cannot be cured with medicine or counseling; but with the re- encounter with oneself and believing that something was done to remove the outside control of our destiny. Diseases of the spirit only can recovered by the spirit.
In her book Ghosts of Long Nights , Martha Cecilia Rivera, takes us into the world, out of balance, of the protagonist. Balance is the key . We walk erect, on our feet, in equilibrium ; but when the balance is lost, the fall is imminent. And fall into an abyss of confusion and torment reminiscent of Dostoevsky or worse to Edgar Allan Poe, where the author surrounds us, entangled with her narrative in a net difficult to escape.
The author moves the characters , gives us the reasons for the event , its history ; delves into the horror of those things which the protagonist fears ; making us aware of our own fears ; our own ghosts ; those memories that take-over our dreams.
I do not know if it's the idea of the author to tell a story or a complaint against the injustice of the fall, the imbalance as a result of relationships that have ceased to work and to which we cling with a desperate obsession and our subsequent response, as expected , cultural, social, traditional to find the solution in witchcraft or magic.
Ghosts of Long Nights is an intelligent book, well developed, that triggers images and evoked the memory of our own experience, always drenched in superstition , popular knowledge and intrigue of the unknown or the imagined.
Miguel Lopez Lemus
I was captivated from the first chapter, Martha Rivera has an interesting style of writing that was really fun to read. I felt like I was there with Rebecca in this fantasy world she created. I myself live more in my head than in reality so I guess I felt like I related to her in that aspect. But my imagination isn't quite so...magical? Yeah I'll go with that.
I loved the way things were described. Not too much into the details but not too little. Some were in as few as one word and honestly those were the best descriptions of them all.
Martha Cecilia Rivera did an amazing job with this book. It managed to hold my attention throughout the entire book, which is considered an accomplishment to me. There are VERY few books that I can say I didn't get bored with at all– stupid ADD. I enjoyed the characters and the fantasy aspect of Ghosts for Long Nights.
The ending is absolutely haunting. Upon reflection and a second review because it is the only way to satisfy the curiosity you are left with, I concluded that Rebeca’s mental state was beyond complex and perplexing. The few, but ever so profound psychological statements that the author lends, confirms the reality of Rebeca Hidalgo’s "own world." Get the book, you won’t want to put it down!