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Frangipani House

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  641 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Set in Guyana, this book tells the story of Mama King. Trapped by age and infirmity, Mama becomes too much for her family who send her away to a dreary and claustrophobic rest home - but Mama King does not give in. This book won a GLC Black Literature Competition before publication.
Hardcover, 117 pages
Published by Heinemann Educational Books (first published 1986)
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Thèe Anna I think it is because of the suprise of seeing Mama King is such a state . He knew her as a vibrant ,hardworking and independent woman . It was as if…moreI think it is because of the suprise of seeing Mama King is such a state . He knew her as a vibrant ,hardworking and independent woman . It was as if he was being introduced to a whole different person . A defeated Mama King . And he didn't prepare to see that.(less)

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Aug 01, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-of-women
4.5 stars
First book read as a result of Daughters of Africa edited by Margaret Busby (recommended by Aubrey). I had been meaning to read Beryl Gilroy for some time and this was the impetus I needed. Gilroy was a Guyanese author with an interesting background. Qualifying as a teacher and moving to Britain in the 1950s she was initially unable to get a job as a teacher because of racism. Eventually following a series of unskilled jobs she returned to teaching in the 1960s and became the first blac
Jul 27, 2012 Jill rated it liked it
I ran across this book when I was unpacking other books I owned. I seem to have several from my undergrad days that I don't remember having read, so I'm blowing through them before getting rid of them. This one was really difficult to follow - partly from the deliberately disjointed strings, and partly from the foreign vernacular (idiomatic islander speak). The design concept was great, and I've no doubt that anyone from the Caribbean would have a much smoother time making sense of the theme and ...more
Jun 25, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
this book FRANGIPANI HOUSE is the book am currently doing for my english literature exam and the book is very interesting because Mama King is a strong will character and does not easily give up when she makes up her mind to do something.... she keeps getting flashback about when she was a young girl and that entirely make this book a little interesting to read
Oct 14, 2013 Angalie rated it did not like it
i want to read it
Nadetta Edwards
Feb 26, 2014 Nadetta Edwards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it is a very complicated but a emotional. it shows different aspects in life and what can if when u make wrong decisions. this book consist a wide variety of lesson to learn.
Jan 27, 2015 Shaq added it
Nice nice
Kemraj Inderjeet
Sep 09, 2014 Kemraj Inderjeet rated it it was amazing
it's a great book
Angelita Martinez
Aug 31, 2013 Angelita Martinez rated it it was amazing
this is a good book bz its talk an dshow us a lession never to abandon ur parents the ones who loved u did all dat it taked to get u where u are 2 days date
Jun 12, 2016 Noirfifre rated it liked it
Shelves: period-novel
I like the concept of the flow of the story of Mama King emotionally abandonment at a nursing home run by a bitchy Matron. The execution of the plot is a complicated mixture of family neglect, the art of letting go, murder, the plight of older people and immigration made me feel I was reading more than just a story. No wonder it is a Literature text for some Caribbean students.
Apr 26, 2013 Sash rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: west-indian
The novel has potential, the descriptions are sweeping and mesmerising, however, it is dragged down by characters who are not multi-dimensional, but contradictory. Added to that, the dialogue is occasionally unbelievable, and the code switching of Creole to Standard English is not handled properly.
Sarah Rose
Jan 15, 2015 Sarah Rose rated it it was amazing
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Princess Bibi
Jul 14, 2014 Princess Bibi rated it it was amazing
this story is wonderfull
Abiola Walls
My Name is Anarese.I am 14 Years of age and I attend West Demerara Secondary. I love this book alot.To me I find it really enjoyable and funny.I also think that Mama King is a person that speaks her mine and i love her for that.By reading this book she thought me how to be strong and how to stand up for yourself and how to be brave. So thats why i love this book and Mama king.Thank you
Roshel Caesar
Dec 03, 2014 Roshel Caesar rated it it was amazing
beryl gilroy
May 17, 2015 Ericka added it
i cant read it
Sep 26, 2013 Denissa marked it as to-read
this book is great!!
Tony Daly
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Jennell Brown
Feb 12, 2016 Jennell Brown rated it it was amazing
I love it. This book really begins out emotions and it's very entertaining.
Chris Madhoo
never read it but i want to
Peaz Head
Jul 24, 2015 Peaz Head marked it as to-read
Shakirah Thomas
its good
Ariel Bennett
Oct 07, 2014 Ariel Bennett rated it it was ok
I thought it was boring. It had to do it in Literature class with a teacher I don't like
Mahendar Harrilal
Jan 27, 2013 Mahendar Harrilal rated it liked it
I think it was Kind of slow
Racquel Raxsci
Sep 18, 2015 Racquel Raxsci rated it it was ok
thinks its very interesting
Zoanna Smart
Jun 07, 2013 Zoanna Smart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: skool
this frangipani house book is great
Angel Hanna
Jun 10, 2014 Angel Hanna rated it liked it
i am doing this book in school
That the book sounds interesting
Feb 20, 2014 Amoy rated it it was amazing
Jeniffer Dacsta
Sep 12, 2014 Jeniffer Dacsta rated it really liked it
Shelves: andy
it was funny
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Beryl Agatha Gilroy (née Answick) (30 August 1924 – 4 April 2001) was a novelist and teacher, and "one of Britain's most significant post-war Caribbean migrants". Born in what was then British Guiana (now Guyana), she moved in the 1950s to the United Kingdom, where she became the first black headteacher in London. She was the mother of academic Paul Gilroy.

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