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Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir

Told with a lyrical, almost-dreamlike voice as intoxicating as the moonflowers and orchids that inhabit this world, Monsoon Mansion is a harrowing yet triumphant coming-of-age memoir exploring the dark, troubled waters of a familys rise and fall from grace in the Philippines. It would take a young warrior to survive it.Cinelle Barnes was barely three years old when her family moved into Mansion Royale, a stately ten-bedroom home in the Philippines. Filled with her mothers opulent social aspirations and the gloriously excessive evidence of her fathers self-made success, it was a girls storybook playland. But when a monsoon hits, her father leaves, and her mothers terrible lover takes the reins, Cinelles fantastical childhood turns toward tyranny she could never have imagined. Formerly a home worthy of magazines and lavish parties, Mansion Royale becomes a dangerous shell of the splendid palace it had once been.In this remarkable ode to survival, Cinelle creates something magical out of her truthunderscored by her complicated relationship with her mother. Through a tangle of tragedy and betrayal emerges a revelatory journey of perseverance and strength, of grit and beauty, and of coming to terms with the price of familyand what it takes to grow up....

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ISBN : 9781542046138
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 252 pages
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Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir Reviews

  • Devon

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It’s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterioration of her Mansion Royale, to her present day. This book comes in as a light and steady rain, but as it goes on, you get thrown into the storm.

  • Ava Maguire

    Beautiful and captivating story. I loved this book.

  • Mary

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it.

    I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. I read it in one day and could not stop until it ended.

  • Goth Gone Grey

    An inspirational memoir, made of light

    I enjoy memoirs, exploring the world from the comfort of my couch, snuggled in under a warm blanket with a cup of hot tea. The cover art and brief synopsis intrigued me for this book, which was a compelling read.

    As the story starts, the narrator is young, in the Philippines, a privileged girl in a mansion with servants. Her mother enjoys fine things, name brand clothing, while her father works hard to provide for them and her brother. The text is rich, lush
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  • Liz

    A powerful memoir of neglect and abuse set in the Philippines.  The daughter of a cruel, narcissistic mother and a kind, driven, and ultimately absent father,  Cinelle Barnes grew up in a mansion in Manila. Her mother was the epitome of snobbery and entitlement, based upon the belief in her own birthright of class and inherited social standing. In her unstable mind, she deserved a life of luxury and the deference of her many servants. A stunning beauty, her vanity knew no bounds, with much of he ...more

  • Jacqueline

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there’s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She paints evocative landscapes and ties the physical and political destruction of the Philippines to the personal damage she experienced growing up, but I couldn’t really get into it.

  • Hannah

    I chose this as my Kindle Unlimited First Reads book this month, and I am so glad I did.

    This book definitely inspires a wealth of emotion: anger, sadness, admiration, and hope chief among them. Lyrical is used to describe the writing and it's spot on. I actually got a magical realism vibe. You almost forget it's non fiction. But this is a true story, and it will break your heart. Yet I said you will also feel hope, and that is no lie. It's impossible not to feel inspired after reading this emot
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  • Candace

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I’ve read to date this year, and it’s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes’ memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ!