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Don Vicente: Two Novels (Rosales Saga #2-3)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Written in elegant and precise prose, Don Vicente contains two novels in F. Sionil José's classic Rosales Saga. The saga, begun in José's novel Dusk, traces the life of one family, and that of their rural town of Rosales, from the Philippine revolution against Spain through the arrival of the Americans to, ultimately, the Marcos dictatorship.

The first novel here, Tree, is
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 17th 1999 by Modern Library (first published January 1st 1999)
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K.D. Absolutely
I recently finished the two novels that comprise this book. Those two are the second and third books of the Rosales saga written by F. Sionil Jose: Tree (4 stars) and My Brother, My Executioner (Rosales Saga, #3) (3 stars).

The author released this book, Don Vicente separately because these two novels have this illustrious rich man Don Vicente as their focal character. I would not say main character because in "Tree" the don barely appears but his presence looms on every page of the story. The m
Dec 19, 2013 Ultimotomasino rated it really liked it
The hacienda becomes the setting and the battlefield for F. Sionil Jose's two more novels in the famed Rosales Saga.

In Tree, the reader finds himself flung into the life of the young unnamed narrator who hails from the changing province of Rosales Pangasinan where the tension between tenant and landowner stiffens.
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Dec 12, 2014 Bruce rated it really liked it
I enjoyed both novels very much. I thought the first, The Tree, to be the best. It made its point in a more subtle way. The images of rural life in the Philippines were well drawn. Both novels illustrate how privilege in a society with gross economic disparity can corrupt. The elite as well as the masses suffer. This is a central theme in the recent novel Ilustrado by Miquel Syjuco . I wonder if Crispin in Illustrado was in part inspired by Jose.
Two novels: Tree and My Brother, My Executioner from the Rosales Saga.
Feb 28, 2015 Bridget rated it liked it
Sionil writes place well. I felt like I was back in Pangasinan while reading. This is a compilation of two books, and I wasn't engaged in plot or character in the first book. But the second drew me in the way the best stories do. I'd give that book five stars.
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Dec 09, 2014 Jean Jean marked it as to-read
i think it is a interesting book and I want to read that book because it is written by a good author which is Sionil Jose and I think also that I can learn something in this book.
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Francisco Sionil José was born in 1924 in Pangasinan province and attended the public school in his hometown. He attended the University of Santo Tomas after World War II and in 1949, started his career in writing. Since then, his fiction has been published internationally and translated into several languages including his native Ilokano. He has been involved with the international cultural organ ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Rosales Saga (5 books)
  • Dusk (Rosales Saga, #1)
  • Tree (Rosales Saga, #2)
  • My Brother, My Executioner (Rosales Saga, #3)
  • The Pretenders (Rosales Saga, #4)
  • Mass (Rosales Saga, #5)

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