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Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-21 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 328 user ratings
ISBN:1542046149
LANGUAGE:English

"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.

"This story feels unbelievable at times. Like, can this all have really happened? But Cinelle Barnes admits right at the beginning that, like most memoirs, some characters may have been combined and some details may have been changed, and childhood memory isn't always the most reliable, but this is a real memoir with real stories about her childhood in the Phillippines. And it doesn't disappoint in terms of drama, suspense, and even horror at the atrocities she faced growing up in a crumbling mansion as her parents fell from riches to despair. I found this read totally compelling, and wasn't really ready to let it go at the end. " said.

"An achingly beautiful memoir. Tracking Barnes’ story: a girl three years my junior growing up just kilometers away from my own home was fascinating and meaningful. I learned a little bit, but mostly I enjoyed getting lost in her lyrical prose and surreal imagery that so well captures elements of Manila life for many.


“The water at the well smelled rich, not of chlorine, but minerals, the scent of a waterfall cutting through the stench of the ghetto’s imburnal—sewage canal. Water from the spout hit the bottom of buckets and jugs with a slosh that warped us out of Metro Manila and into the beaches of Siargao, Boracay, and Palawan, the hem of the Pacific I’d never seen.”
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"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.

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