My Love, My Love, or the Peasant Girl

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9780030005077: My Love, My Love, or the Peasant Girl

Allegorical yet voluptuously earthy, filled with the heartbreaking simplicity of a fairy tale, My Love, My Love is a novel of universal themes, elemental power, and total enchantment. The basis for the hit Broadway musical Once on This Island, My Love, My Love is a spellbinding story unfolding a moving message.

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Born in Trinidad, Rosa Guy is the author of fifteen novels, including Bird at My Window, The Friends, and A Measure of Time. She is co-founder of both the Harlem Writer’s Guild and the Black Arts Movement. Guy has received the Coretta Scott King Award, The New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year citation, and the American Library Association’s Best Book Award. Ms. Guy lives in New York City.

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YA A modern fable set on a Caribbean island that is inhabited by wealthy merchants and poor peasants and is subject to violent changes of nature at the whim of vain gods. Desiree Dieu Donne, a black peasant girl, saves the life of Daniel Beauxhomme, a wealthy mulatto whose family has renounced its black origins. Daniel is returned to his home, but Desiree, convinced that it is the will of the gods, sets out on an arduous quest to find the Palace Beauxhomme. The two fall in love. The peasant girl is not acceptable to the island aristocracy, however, and Daniel consents to wed a woman of his own class. [...] This allegory abounds in vivid, sensual images and symbols, many of which parallel Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid , on which it is based. [...] Some young adults who enjoy the fast-paced realism and memorable characterizations of the author's other books may be disappointed in the allegorical romantic mood and the story's illusive and allusive symbolism. Other readers, however, will find the message particularly relevant and will be moved by the tragic love story so eloquently captured by Guy's lilting prose. Jackie Gropman, Fairfax County Pub . Lib . , Va.
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