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When the Rainbow Goddess Wept
by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard | Literature & Fiction
Registered by katopua of Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein Germany on 2/17/2011
Average 4 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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Journal Entry 1 by katopua from Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein Germany on Thursday, February 17, 2011

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"I had never seen a city as destroyed as Ubec was destroyed ... I felt as lost as the Maiden of the Bugong Sky must have felt when the wicked Giant destroyed her castle and robbed her of the starlight and moonrays from which she spun rainbows ... With a voice quaking like the branches that swayed in the breeze, Papa said it could be rebuilt, and he even better ... as he spoke his voice grew stronger, firmer ... and I knew that invaders could not really destroy Ubec, could never be destroy its people."
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. In the face of terror and despair, she finds comfort in the stories her people have passed down over generations. In particular, the legends of Bongkatolan, the Woman Warrior, and the merciful rainbow goddess offer her strength and hope. Yvonne becomes determined to preserve the ancient legends and to give voice to the epic she herself is living. Under the cloud of war, it is a goal almost too to contemplate. But it will define Yvonne and her people with a strength and a clarity more powerful than any weapon.
As an exploration of the collective wounding of the Filipino people and their heroic response, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept shows us the Philippine through an insider's eyes and brings to American audiences an unusual reading experience about a world that is utterly foreign and a child who is touchingly universal.
CECILIA MANGUERRA BRAINARD was born in Cebu City, Philippines. Her published works include Woman with Horns and Other Stories and Philippine Woman in America. She is editor of the anthology Fiction by Filipinos in America, and teaches creative writing at the Writer's Program of UCLA Extension. Brainard divides her time between the Philippines and Santa Monica, California, where she lives with her husband and two sons.

Dutton 1994, hardcover, old library book, good condition 


Journal Entry 2 by katopua at n/a, Mailed to another bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (3/27/2012 UTC) at n/a, Mailed to another bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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Geht leihweise an Aldawen nach Mülheim 


Journal Entry 3 by Torgin at Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, April 03, 2012

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Gestern aus der Packstation befreit, wird es auch kurzfristig gelesen. Danke! 


Journal Entry 4 by Torgin at Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

4 out of 10

As often with books told from a child's perspective I wasn't happy with the outcome. For a subject like the war and its implications this is far too limited, especially as the family could have been off worse. I don't need detailed descriptions of all possible atrocities but here I sometimes got the impression that Yvonne is treating the war years more like an adventure holiday – despite the war-induced problems and restrictions. Apart from that I liked the traditional stories embedded in the novel plot very much. 


Journal Entry 5 by katopua at Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein Germany on Thursday, April 12, 2012

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Came back home safely today. 


Journal Entry 6 by katopua at Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein Germany on Monday, December 04, 2017

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Released 1 mo ago (11/29/2017 UTC) at Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein Germany

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Macht sich als Leihgabe auf den Weg zum Lesen ohne Zeitlimit. 


Journal Entry 7 by book-a-billy at München, Bayern Germany on Monday, December 18, 2017

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Dieses und zwei andere Philippinen-Bücher sind heute gut bei mir angekommen. Ich freue mich schon darauf, es zu lesen und es wird mir bei der 1 Jahr = 1 Land-Challenge weiterhelfen. Vielen lieben Dank für diese Leihgabe! 


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