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The Friends

The Friends (Hardback)

By Guy, Rosa

ISBN 9780575018396
Published 12 September 1974 by Orion Publishing
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780575018396
ISBN-10 0575018399
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Orion Publishing
Imprint Gollancz
Publication Date 12 September 1974
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Guy, Rosa
Category English Literature: Literary Criticism
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 200mm
Weight 340g
Interest Age 10-12 years
Reading Age Children
Library of Congress Children's stories
NBS Text Reference & Home Learning
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.91
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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