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A Place Where the Sea Remembers

The following collection of thematically related readings is available in A Place Where the Sea Remembers and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature Connections series.

"Night" by Louise Bogan
(from The Blue Estuaries: Poems, © 1968)
Summary: The speaker in this poem reflects upon the mysterious and powerful rhythms of the sea.

"All day I hear the noise of waters" by James Joyce
(from Collected Poems of James Joyce, © 1918)
Summary: The mournful sounds of the sea follow the speaker wherever he goes, "all day, all night."

"Talking to the Dead" by Judith Ortiz Cofer
(from Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood, © 1990)
Summary: Cofer shares memories of her grandfather in Puerto Rico, who believed that he could communicate with the spirit world.

"Paciencia" by Judith Ortiz Cofer
(from The Americas Review, © 1988)
Summary: A vivid portrait of the "oldest woman in the village," who "predicts the weather from the flight of birds" and performs humane duties.

"Sophistication" by Sherwood Anderson
(from Winesburg, Ohio)
Summary: A story from Winesburg, Ohio about the forces of fate and passion that bring two characters together in a small town.

"An Astrologer's Day" by R. K. Narayan
(from Malgudi Days, © 1982)
Summary: An amusing tale about a roadside astrologer in India whose spiritual powers are a sham, though they are put to a severe test.