Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-31 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 328 user ratings

" Got this for free on my Kindle Prime. I’m a Filipino immigrant and I like that this book had a lot of Tagalog inserted in it. If you don’t know too much about Filipino culture I guess this is a good memoir to get a feel for how the class system works. But let’s not romanticize poverty or abuse. " said.

"Updating this from my second read: I thought my heart was ready for a re-read of this amazing story, but the audio version, read by Cinelle, had me more full of feels than the ebook. ❤️

Magical and mortifying

Barnes does more than just tell her story in this memoir, she exposes her soul. Through the ups and downs of life in the mansion, this book is beautifully painful to read. The resilience, strength, and love built of hardship are so exquisitely portrayed. I'll definitely keep an eye out for future work!
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" Lyrical. Beautiful. Brutal. Cinelle Barnes’ memoir is reminiscent of Isabelle Allende’s early works, transporting readers to the Philippines of her childhood and the decaying glamour of the mansion in which she lost her childhood and found her identity as a writer. I read this book in a single sitting. What a story! " said.

" Wow!What Insight into another world of pain and survival. Great writing about struggles and winning despite being surrounded by evil and decay. Exhausting, intriguing and highly recommended. " said.

" I listened to the Audible version of this book, and I think it probably helped add the fifth star. Hearing her own voice added something imperative. " said.

" OutstandingBarnes is in equal turns poetic, graphic, fantasical and gritty. She has bloomed from an exotic and chaotic childhood and adolescence into a gifted author. Her story so mesmerized me I read it in one day. " said.

"I won this Kindle book in a Goodreads Give-a-way. Thanks to all. This was a heart-breaking memoir of a young Pilipino girl who grew up in a wealthy family in a glittery mansion. Before long, there are problems in the mansion and "riches to rags" memoir is unfolding before her eyes. After a terrible monsoon devastates the mansion, the father leaves the country to try and make his fortune elsewhere. At this young and tender age, the author is basically on her own along with her brother. There is a happy ending though and this is a book about forgiveness and how she forged a new life of her own. " said.

"The bravest memoir I’ve ever read, MONSOON MANSION tells the story of Barnes’ finding her way through a labyrinth of hunger, pain, and cruelty during her childhood in the Philippines and yet still managing to find joy and kindness in those she came across, never losing herself along the way. The writing is gorgeous, luminous and self-assured, a first book from a writer who is sure to become a major new talent. Cinelle Barnes is made of light, a gentle warrior and a survivor, and it was an honor to read her story." said.

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