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Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir de Cinelle Barnes
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Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir (edició 2018)

de Cinelle Barnes (Autor)

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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 family's 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 mother's opulent social aspirations and the gloriously excessive evidence of her father's self-made success, it was a girl's storybook playland. But when a monsoon hits, her father leaves, and her mother's terrible lover takes the reins, Cinelle's 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 truth--underscored 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 family--and what it takes to grow up.… (més)
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Títol:Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir
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Cinelle Barnes' memoir Monsoon Mansion is like Educated or The Glass Castle, because it feels like reading fiction, with the constant background knowledge that this really happened. These characters exist.

At first, young Cinelle experiences extreme luxury, although her parents have a dramatic and explosive relationship. Their home is a palace, with servants and endless luxuries. Beautiful clothes, fine food, and most importantly, connections to the powerful elite. Her father's wealth comes from connecting migrant Filipino laborers with Saudi employers, but when the political situation shifts, he loses his wealth and status. He disappears, promising to bring his men home safely... but I sort of thought he was trying to escape from his increasingly volatile and unstable wife, too.

Just as Cinelle experienced almost unimaginable luxuries, she also faces almost unimaginable hardships. After her father leaves, the family struggles to live even a modest, middle-class life, and her mother can't handle the end of her privileges. Young Cinelle tries to keep up appearances, surviving on a few cans of food and almost no care, but still attending a posh school, where she pretends everything is great and her maid just forgot to pack her snacks today or she doesn't have any small bills today.

Her mother's violent emotions power a lot of the family's life, and her new partner is even more extreme, constantly grabbing up any resources around for new get-rich-quick schemes. Cinelle and her brother attempt some normalcy and try to earn money, but any progress is immediately stolen by their mother's boyfriend. It's hard to see the children still trying for affection and stability from a mother who simply can't provide either one, and remember that this is a memoir.

There is a dreamlike quality to this book, partly from the prose style and partly from the environment, a semi-destroyed palace in beautiful, dangerous tropical surroundings. With descriptions of cockfighting, drinking tainted water, and loads of fights, many of the scenes are not pretty, even gross sometimes, but even in those parts, the writing style is still really lovely. ( )
  TheFictionAddiction | Aug 12, 2020 |
Cinelle Barnes was born into a successful family--her father, though from a common background, was a very successful businessman. Her mother was from an upper class family. Young Cinelle had everything she could ever want, from things to servants to food. Until the Gulf War. Her father, who supplied Filipino laborers to the Middle East, was determined to get his employees home safely. That devotedness cost his family their wealth. A few years later, they had no running water, holes due to termites, chickens everywhere. This is the story of how Cinelle learned to survive and fight for herself, and of those that helped and taught her things an upper-class preteen girl would not know.

Today, Barnes is a college graduate, lives in the US, and is a wife, mother, and writer. ( )
  Dreesie | Oct 12, 2018 |
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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 family's 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 mother's opulent social aspirations and the gloriously excessive evidence of her father's self-made success, it was a girl's storybook playland. But when a monsoon hits, her father leaves, and her mother's terrible lover takes the reins, Cinelle's 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 truth--underscored 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 family--and what it takes to grow up.

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