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The Friends

The Friends (Hardback, New edition)

By Guy, Rosa

ISBN 9780333295144
Published 1 March 1982 by Macmillan Education
Format Hardback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780333295144
ISBN-10 0333295145
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Macmillan Education
Imprint Macmillan Education
Publication Date 1 March 1982
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Guy, Rosa
Series M-Books
Category English Literature: Literary Criticism
Literary Studies: General
Number of Pages 200
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 220mm
Weight 300g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
NBS Text School Textbooks & Study Guides: Literature, Arts & Humanities
ONIX Text Primary and secondary/elementary and high school;College/higher education
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

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US Review There's no one moment of illumination for Phyllisia Cathy; she lives for a long, difficult time with the knowledge of her faults - especially that mixture of pride and snobbism that's so uncomfortably similar to her West Indian father Calvin's disdain for the ragamuffins who frequent his Harlem restaurant. She also lives with what she will never really understand - the love her Mother and later her sister Ruby feel for this signifying, egotistical man. The worst of it all is Phyl's vacillating love for her best friend Edith, a motherless ragamuffin for sure who defends her against taunts of monkey-chaser and physical attacks at school, and whom Phyl is at first ashamed to bring home and then outraged when her mother and sister Ruby turn out to be more accepting than she herself is. Phyl rejects Edith for the more acceptable Marian, even though she considers her shallow and self-centered. But with Mother's long-expected death, the contradictions begin to come to a head, and Phyl finds that though she's willing to do anything in her power to rebel against Calvin's tyranny her resistance will only hurt the few people she deeply cares for, especially Ruby who wants to slay with her father, and Edith, who has finally lost her fight to keep her brothers and sisters out of the orphanage. Phyllisia's starchy self-awareness makes her consistently worth knowing even when she's least lovable, and the highly individual styles and non-didactic complexity of her friends and family make Phyl's struggle to understand them pay off handsomely. (Kirkus Reviews)

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