When the Rainbow Goddess Wept

When the Rainbow Goddess Wept

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by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
     
 

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This highly-acclaimed novel, set in mythical Ubec, Philippines during World War II, is a lyrical portrayal of a girl's blossoming into young womanhood. Publishers Weekly notes that "the strengthening of the national spirit; the loss of innocence in two generations -- these themes are explored by the author... with persuasive conviction and stark realism.See more details below

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This highly-acclaimed novel, set in mythical Ubec, Philippines during World War II, is a lyrical portrayal of a girl's blossoming into young womanhood. Publishers Weekly notes that "the strengthening of the national spirit; the loss of innocence in two generations -- these themes are explored by the author... with persuasive conviction and stark realism.

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Kathleen Hughes
Yvonne Macairag is a nine-year-old living in the Philippines during World War II. She plays contentedly with her cousin, Esperanza, and spends quiet evenings on the veranda with her grandfather. Her family life is idyllic. All of this is lost when the Japanese invade the Philippines. Yvonne flees to the jungle, where her father joins the resistance movement, the guerilleros. Life is hard in the jungle, and Yvonne is often exposed to the atrocities perpetrated by the Japanese soldiers. As the chi
Publishers' Weekly
Yvonne Macaraig is an exuberant and mischievous nine-year-old when the Japanese invade her Philippine homeland in 1941; and so she begins her grim story of endurance and survival with a spirit of adventure and optimism. Her father, Nando, an American-trained engineer who's invaluable to the guerrilla movement, is often called away as Yvonne, her mother, and a small family entourage flee toward presumed safety ever deeper in the jungle. Yvonne witnesses scenes of incredible carnage and silently n
Erin J. Aubry
Stories of war are perhaps most compelling when told through the eyes of children, whose innocence is always so tragically incongruous to the adult madness that rages around them. "When the Rainbow Goddess Wept," a first novel by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard that chronicles the Japanese invasion of the Philippines during World War II, is no exception.

Told by nine-year-old Filipina Yvonne Macaraig, the narrative is rendered in a touchingly plain style that manages to be both wondrously ch
Kirkus Reviews
Interweaves realistic events with myths of women fighters and goddesses, as well as fantastic dreams...Brainard's appealing characters are larger than life, people who change before our eyes, yet remain utterly convincing....A fast-paced, sensitively written first novel
Aram Saroyan
With the eye and ear of a born storyteller, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard has given us a deeply moving novel of a young girl's coming of age in the Japanese-occupied Philippines of the Second World War...Steeped in an Asian culture's colorful and healing mythology, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept is destined to become a classic.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014275293
Publisher:
PALH
Publication date:
03/21/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
1,084,402
File size:
0 MB

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