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In the face of terror and despair, she finds comfort in the stories her people have passed down over ...
In the face of terror and despair, she finds comfort in the stories her people have passed down over generations. In particular, the legends of Bongkatolan, the Woman Warrior, and the merciful rainbow goddess offer her strength and hope. Yvonne becomes determined to preserve these ancient legends and to give voice to the epic she herself is living.
When the Rainbow Goddess Wept is an exploration of the collective wounding of the Filipino people and their heroic response. It shows us the Philippines through an insider's eyes and brings to American audiences an unusual reading experience about a world that is utterly foreign and a child who is touchingly universal.
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard was born in Cebu City, Philippines. Her published works include Woman with Horns and Other Stories and Philippine Woman in America. She is also the editor of the anthology Fiction by Filipinos in America and teaches creative writing at the Writers' Program of UCLA Extension.
Brainard's fresh and powerful voice fills a void in Asian-American literature with a novel steeped in the enchantment and suffering of the Filipino people. In the story of nine-year-old Yvonne's flight from the Japanese invasion and her determination to hold fast to her people's myths and legends, Brainard lays bare the real-life drama of World War II's devastating effect on the lives of the Filipinos.
Posted July 14, 2005
This book was recommended to me by my cousin, who had to read it for school. Having had bad experiences with school-assigned books, I hesitated to read it at first. But when I picked it up, I could not put it down again. When The Rainbow Goddess Wept was a wonderfully written book about war and its effects on families. It is told from the perspective of a child, an interesting outlook on the horrors of war and, in my opinion, a better outlook than that of an adult. Although the book can be very intense sometimes graphic, it is also truthful and worth reading. I highly recommend it to anyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 7, 2009
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