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Set in Guyana, this is the story of Mama King, trapped by age and infirmity, but ultimately indomitable. It is a protest at institutions that isolate, and a way of life that denies respect and responsibility for the weak. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Frangipani Houseplease sign up. He knew her as a vibrant ,hardworking and independent woman.
It was as if …more Frantipani think it is because of the suprise of seeing Mama King is such a state. It was as if he was being introduced to a whole different person. A defeated Mama King.
And he didn’t prepare to see that. Naya Blue it is not boring once you read the book and graps the true meaning of ittilroy books actually tells you alot.
See all 94 questions about Frangipani House…. Lists with This Book. Gilryo 01, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: I had been meaning to read Beryl Gilroy for some time and gikroy was the impetus I needed.
Gilroy was a Guyanese author with an interesting background. Qualifying as a teacher and moving to Britain in the s she was initially unable to get a job as a teacher because of racism. Eventually following a series of unskilled jobs she returned to teaching in the s and became the first blac 4.
Eventually following a series of unskilled jobs she returned to teaching in gilroj s and became the first black head teacher in London. She did a good deal of work in the area of education in the days of the Greater London Iglroy GLC ; developing a psychotherapy practice principally for black women and children.
She also founded the Camden Black Sisters Group. It is easy to forget how much good the GLC did until Thatcher abolished it. Gilroy turned to frangupani quite late and this, her first novel was published in ; she addressed family issues the treatment of elders being particularly important to her and went on to write about the African and Caribbean diaspora and the experience of slavery.
Frangipani House is a home for older people in Guyana. Mama King has been placed there by her family, who now live in America. Mama King does not like the home and finds it oppressive. Byy concept of house and home is very important in Caribbean literature, often representing cultural identity. Home as a space is used in a variety of ways, but here it is a space of confinement for the old. It is often only home for a short space of time before death and a number of strong and well-drawn characters move briefly through its pages.
After working hard all her life Mama King finds the rules and restrictions stultifying and plans to escape; firstly through losing b sanity and then by physical departure.
Frangipani House by Beryl Gilroy
Mama King escapes and spends time with a group of beggars, who although very poor treat her as an equal and appreciate her.
Eventually she is beaten up and is in intensive care. Her family travel from America and have to decide what to do with her.
The main antagonist of the novel is the matron of the nursing home, Miss Trask. Although she comes across as unsympathetic and uncaring, the reader does come to understand her over the course of the novel. Gilroy gives a voice to the voiceless; the old and poor and uneducated.
Although Mama King is uneducated in a Western sense, she has knowledge, alternative knowledge and has brought up many children and survived an abusive husband. This novel finds a place for someone who society has no place, a role for a black, poor grandmother. The care home is supposed to be a haven, but is not; it is a place of memories, partly because the boring routine ensures people are drawn into the past and recollection.
The real heart of the novel is the wonderful character of Mama King, who tells us her story. The ending is left a little open, which is good. It is really a novella, so do try it.
Jul 27, Jill rated it liked it. I ran across this book when I was unpacking other books I owned. I seem to have several from my undergrad days that I don’t remember having read, so I’m blowing through them before getting rid of them. This one was really difficult to follow – partly from the deliberately disjointed strings, and partly from the foreign vernacular idiomatic islander speak.
The design concept was great, and I’ve no doubt that anyone from the Caribbean would have a much smoother time making sense of the theme and I ran across this book when I was unpacking other books I owned. The design concept was great, and I’ve no doubt that anyone from the Caribbean would have a much smoother time making sense of the theme and string of thought than I did.
I kept losing track of who was speaking and which character was who.
It did have a lovely, original style. Also, the focus of the story – an heryl lady left by her family in a nursing home – had enough human interest to keep me going. It’s a very short read, after all – just a pages or so. Enjoyed it two stars, but the quality is three. View all 5 comments. Jun 25, Lisa rated it liked it. Oct 14, Angalie rated it did not like it. Jan 27, Shaq added it.
Sep 09, Kemraj Inderjeet rated it it was amazing. Aug gllroy, Angelita Martinez rated it it was amazing. Jun 12, Noirfifre rated it liked it Shelves: I like the concept of the flow of the story of Mama King emotionally abandonment at a nursing home run by a bitchy Matron. The execution of the plot is a complicated mixture of family neglect, the art of letting go, murder, the plight of older people and immigration made me feel I was reading more than just a story.
No wonder it is a Literature text for some Caribbean students. The novel has potential, the descriptions are sweeping and mesmerising, however, it is dragged down by characters who are not multi-dimensional, but contradictory. Added to that, the dialogue is occasionally unbelievable, and the code switching of Creole to Standard English is not handled properly. Jan 15, Sarah Rose rated it it was amazing. This review frngipani been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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Jul 14, Princess Bibi rated it it was amazing. Feb 24, Sara McBride rated girloy really liked it Shelves: I was shocked at how difficult it was to find a book with a female protagonist over 60 for my Read Harder challenge! I had to interlibrary loan this, as it was out of print.
I think I’m gilfoy going to count this as my postcolonial book and continue reading books about old women because it never really occurred to me that they’re so rare.
I found this both a clear-eyed examination of age and a look at a place Guyana I haven’t read much about. For some reason although it’s quite short I I was shocked at how difficult it was to find a book with a female protagonist over 60 for my Read Harder challenge! For some reason although it’s quite short I found it a slow berhl I gather that it’s frequently assigned in British schools and I imagine they don’t like it much.
I’d say you need more life experience to really get what it’s about. I don’t know where to begin. This social commentary on the mistreatment of frabgipani elderly is, in my view, a reality franyipani way too many.
Too many children drop their parents of somewhere so that they become ‘someone else’s problem’, justifying their action to themselves.
When those same parents frangipzni all to provide for them, it is simply ingratitude to cast them aside but alas, it is a selfish world in which we live. Many people die, not because of age or lack of life, but simply because they are thrust in I don’t know where to begin. Many people die, not because of age or lack of life, but simply because they are thrust into a corner franglpani be forgotten and learn that the ones they once lived for just don’t want them.
I am happy that in this story at least, there was something of a happy ending because it is not always the case. Oct 14, Frangipqni Walls added it. My Name is Anarese. I love this book alot. To me I find it really enjoyable and funny. I also think that Mama King is a person that speaks her mine and i love her for that. By reading this book she thought me how to be strong and how to stand up for yourself and how to be brave.