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When the Rainbow Goddess Wept

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  162 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Set against the backdrop of the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in 1941, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's brilliant novel weaves myth and legend together with the suffering and tragedies of the Filipino people. When nine-year-old Yvonne flees with her family into the jungle to join the resistance effort, she witnesses death and destruction on an almost unimaginable scale. ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published October 15th 1999 by University of Michigan Press (first published 1994)
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Palh
Booklist, Sept 1, 1994 v91 n1 p22(1)

When the Rainbow Goddess Wept. (book reviews) Kathleen Hughes.

Full Text: COPYRIGHT 1994 American Library Association

Yvonne Macairag is a nine-year-old living in the Philippines during World War II. She plays contentedly with her cousin, Esperanza, and spends quiet evenings on the veranda with her grandfather. Her family life is idyllic. All of this is lost when the Japanese invade the Philippines. Yvonne flees to the jungle, where her father joins the resis
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Brian
An entertaining read, Brainard's novel offers an engaging story that revolves around the Filipino guerilla movement during the Japanese occupation of the islands in WWII. "Entertaining," is about as far as I think I will go to describe it, though. Perhaps I've had my fill of Bildungsroman lately, but the coming-of-age device seems contrived and too simplistic. Even worse is the narrative's attempted integration of traditional spirituality. This was no Famished Road (whose magical realism produce ...more
Maude
I really liked this book. Set in 1941 Phillipines, the story is told by "nine year old Yvonne who flees with her family into the jungle to join the resistance effort". The story follows the family and friends until the ending of the war. Yvonne is the one who is determined to preserve the ancient legends of the Filipinos, one of whom is the merciful Rainbow Goddess.

Life becomes very difficult under the Japanese. Many Filipinos are killed, including family members and friends There are no outside
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Rena Searles
Touching account of the coming of age of a young girl living in the Philippine Islands during the second World War. Mixing historical events and the legends and mythology of the islands, this book was graphic in its reality, but also maintained a mystical quality by retelling many of the oral legends passed down from generation to generation. Good read!
Rona
This isn't the most literary or mind-blowing book I've read, but the author has succeeded at painting a realistic yet poignant picture of the Philippines during the WWII occupation by the Japanese that made me better understand why my relatives who lived through the war may behave the way they do, even now, in this country. By using the character of Yvonne, a pre-adolescent girl who grows to young womanhood during the course of the book, as her protagonist, Manguerra-Brainerd is able to give us ...more
Celine
Manguerra Brainard paints a vivid picture of the Philippine provinces during the Japanese invasion of WWII. A very beautiful tale of how a young girl becomes a woman while her country is at war.
Eileen
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Although this book is written about an intense time during Philippine history, the writing style failed to match the period. Again as with all the Filipino authors I've read, the writing was dry, unimaginative, and boring. I am comparing styles with Indian authors who have struggled just as much if not more and have as rich a history as the Philippines. I don't understand why I have not found a Filipino author that matches my taste. Perh
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Jean
Quick read. I thought this book would focus more on Filipino folklore but as I read on I found out that this book was more of a narrative of a family joining the guerillas against the Japanese during World War II. I liked Holthe's "When the Elephants Dance" more for this reason. I don't think the author was as talented in presenting Filipino folklore in such colorful language as Holthe did. Overall, a little disappointed.
Arthur
The story takes place in words of a young girl next to her cousin and best friend. Together they survive through the wars and fighting and bombing. Yvonne comes at the beginning of the age, while under the supervision of Laydan, the oldest woman who they knew and understood, crimson to the understanding of life. This story has a complete turn of events the exchange of experiences and stories about epics and the ongoing war.
Mairi
The narrator is a child during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during WWII. She finds comfort in epic stories, particularly those of warrior women, to deal with the horrors around her. It was simply told, more YA-leaning than I had expected but still interesting. I'm pretty sure that my reading of this book suffered for having read it right after Broken Verses.
Parnee
Powerful fictional story from a 10 year old Filipina's perspective during WWII Japanese occupation of the Philippines. With traumatic events surrounding her, Young Yvonne comforts herself with empowering Filipino mythological stories told to her by her housemaid.
Jelly
This was a necessary read for school. I'd have to say that it was an okay read. Not the most interesting book, but it could be way worse. However if there was a sequel where Yvonne (the heroine) is a teen, id totally read it.
Aishe
This book has changed my life, it really has. I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about life in the Philippines during the second world war. It lent me a lens with which to understand my own family history.
Ryan Mishap
Great fictionalized account of a family in the Phillipines during the japanese invasion of WWII.
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Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is an award-winning author and editor of nineteen books. She co-founded PAWWA or Philippine American Women Writers and Artists; she also founded Philippine American Literary House. Wikipedia
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