My Love, My Love, or The Peasant Girl

My Love, My Love, or The Peasant Girl

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by Rosa Guy
     
 

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Rosa Guy’s tropical retelling of "The Little Mermaid" is the gorgeous, tragic love story of Désirée, a beautiful peasant girl who devotes herself to the handsome, aristocratic young man whose life she has saved. When his upper-class fami-ly feels that Désirée’s skin is too dark and her family too poor for a boy destined for power and

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Rosa Guy’s tropical retelling of "The Little Mermaid" is the gorgeous, tragic love story of Désirée, a beautiful peasant girl who devotes herself to the handsome, aristocratic young man whose life she has saved. When his upper-class fami-ly feels that Désirée’s skin is too dark and her family too poor for a boy destined for power and wealth, Désirée proves that she is willing to give everything for love. This lovely reprint will break your heart.

Born in Trinidad, Rosa Guy has written 15 novels and has received the Coretta Scott King Award, and The New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year citation.

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"It's a testament to both of these heroines—so lovingly created, so achingly human, so believably true in their yearnings—that we want both of them to attain that ultimate mundane dream that made them so relatable in the first place."—Los Angeles Review of Books
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YA A modern fable set on a Caribbean island that is inhabited by wealthy merchants and poor peasants and is subject to violent changes of nature at the whim of vain gods. Desiree Dieu Donne, a black peasant girl, saves the life of Daniel Beauxhomme, a wealthy mulatto whose family has renounced its black origins. Daniel is returned to his home, but Desiree, convinced that it is the will of the gods, sets out on an arduous quest to find the Palace Beauxhomme. The two fall in love. The peasant girl is not acceptable to the island aristocracy, however, and Daniel consents to wed a woman of his own class. On the day of the wedding, in a vain and dramatic last attempt for recognition by the Beauxhomme family, Desiree is trampled and killed by the celebrating peasants. This allegory abounds in vivid, sensual images and symbols, many of which parallel Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid , on which it is based. The last scene, however, in contrast to the fairy tale, is devasting in its ugliness. (Desiree's corpse is left with the garbage by the side of the road.) Some young adults who enjoy the fast-paced realism and memorable characterizations of the author's other books may be disappointed in the allegorical romantic mood and the story's illusive and allusive symbolism. Other readers, however, will find the message particularly relevant and will be moved by the tragic love story so eloquently captured by Guy's lilting prose. Jackie Gropman, Fairfax County Pub . Lib . , Va.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566891318
Publisher:
Coffee House Press
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
621,622
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)

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My Love, My Love or the Peasant Girl 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Teacher_in_NewYork More than 1 year ago
I tried to multiple copies order this book and my order was cancelled without explanation -- they did not tell me if the book was on back order, whether I could purchase it at a specific local store -- just a cancellation notice. I spoke to a customer service representatively phone and they told me that they only carry a finite amount of books in stock in the warehouse based on the number of books that were ordered in the past. Further, they cannot special order a book based on individual demand. The best they can do is direct you to a local B&N nearby and check if that store may have some books in stock. A frustrating experience overall and I never got the book. So, warning: If you are ever trying to order more than a single copy of a book from Barnes & Noble, CALL the B&N phone line first. Do not order online. While pleasant and helpful, the customer service system that B&N has in place is actually forcing me to use their computer, Amazon. I WANTED to give B&N my business, and they clearly didn't want to accommodate a customer. At a time when many book stores are going out of business, this seems to be an odd choice on their part.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the play Once on This Island is a romantic energetic play that we just started rehursing at my school im playing Erzulie the beautifull goddess of love and i think the play will just be almost as good as the book when we perform it on stage
Guest More than 1 year ago
My School has just done this musical last year and it was a fabulous preformance! I read the book my self and it was as good as the play!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am doing the Broadway at School, so I thought I should read the book. I did!!!! It is a fabulous read, and the Broadway just adds to it!!! Ti Moune, or Desiree, falls in love with Daniel, and thinking that she was sent by the Gods, does what she can to help him. Even though she does not marry him, she proves that love can withstand any storm, even facing death. Some people think Daniel abandoned Ti moune/Desiree. But, even when hes married, I think he loves her still. Read it!!!! Its fantastic!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book an play are both amazing. I right now im just starting to perform the play at my school.I am playing the lovely Ti Moune.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is amazing! The play is amazing too! I just finished performing the play... the play and the book are just simply beautiful and breathtaking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just such a lovely story of the hardship one goes through to find love and happiness. I've worked with the play twice. 2001 and 2003 in my local Childrens theatre, just an amazing play and book! I recomaned it anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It helps it's readers to realize that America is not the only place with racism or having people live amongst there so-called social class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was great. It is a bout a girl named TiMoune. WASNT THAT REVIEW GREAT!?!?!?!