Saturday, March 7, 2015

Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — Rosa Guy

Rosa Guy was born in Trinidad on September 1, 1925. In 1932, her family immigrated to the United States. She grew up in New York City’s Harlem. During this time her parents died. Rosa and her sister lived in many foster homes and many different institutions. She quit school at age 14 and took a job to support them. During World War II she was apart of the American Negro Theatre. She attended New York University where she studied theater and writing. A number of her works deal with the dependability of family members to care and love one another. She was acclaimed for her books of fiction for adults and young people. She died of cancer on Sunday, June 3, 2012. Read more:  and

This is a review for My Love, My Love: or The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy - Agwe and Asaka, the gods of water and earth, are angry and drought empties the land as their quarrel overtakes the French Antilles. A peasant girl, abandoned as a child in the curve of a mango tree, finds safety in the home of an old peasant couple, but as her beauty grows, she dreams of wishes borne on the wings of butterflies and the love of a rich creole man's son whom she nursed back to health after a car accident. Her belief that their union is sanctioned by the gods, sends her on a journey as difficult as it is enlightening. But a promise to Papa Gé who guards the door of Death, is one that all souls must keep and Désirée must choose between her love and her life. Set in a land where "Misfortune sits at your table and won't leave until He sees your bones," Rosa Guy's haunting, tragic tale inspired by "The Little Mermaid" is the basis for the Broadway musical, Once On This Island. The author of thirteen other novels, Rosa Guy is a masterful storyteller whose prose is as lush and memorable as the original Hans Christian Anderson tale is old.. Read more:

This is a review for The Friends (Mass Market Paperback) by Rosa Guy - (A Kid's Review) "The Friends" was an amazing novel by Rosa Guy. The story touches you deep down inside because it's so realistic. You just want to reach in to help the main characters. The setting takes place in Harlem, New York in the 1960's. Phyllisia Cathy is the main character narrating the story in first person. Phyllisia and her family are forced to move to Harlem, New York where her father, Calvin opens a resturant. The Cathy family makes their new home in an apartment. Life for Phyllisia is much harder in Harlem than it was for her on The Island. After getting beat up and called names she starts to get used to the new life style. She soon makes a friend named Edith Jackson. Edith is shabby and sloppy looking. At first, Phyllisia is a little hesitant, but realizes how desperate she is for a friend and accepts her friendship. They have great times together but Phyllisia is slightly embarassed to be seen with Edith because of how she looks. Then, one day when Phyllisia gets caught in a riot Edith saves her life. After the experience, Phyllisia looks past their differences and just sees her as a friend. Read more:

This is a review for The Disappearance (Laurel Leaf Books) by Rosa Guy - I enjoyed reading this book. I'm not normally a big reader, but when I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. Unfortunately there were some things that I didn't like all too much about this book, but then again there were some things that I loved about it. I will begin to say that I didn't like how the chapters went from one scene to another with different characters and their situations. I found it a little confusing on what was going on. It took me a page or two to find out where I was on some of these chapters. Eventually I got comfortable with the format. Some things that I really liked about this book was that at the end of each chapter there was something that I was questioning. I wasn't sure what fully happened or the scene wasn't complete. It made me feel as though I had to finish the entire book to answer all my questions. I also liked how there were some situations that were slowly fitting together. While reading you'll pick up some little clues that you can't quite see clearly. Then later in the book there are cement pieces that fit everything together. This really made me attentive. In the end I would say that this was a very good book for those who like mysteries. Read more:

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