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Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence is a story reluctantly told by the author, a survivor of Japanese atrocities during the liberation of Manila. It was first partially recounted to Nick Joaquin who had been commissioned by the author's family and the Far Eastern University to write a biography of Dr. Nicanor Reyes, university founder and first president. Nick Joaquin's book was launched ...more
Paperback, 138 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by University of Philippines Press
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I don't think writing about one's harrowing experiences during the war and witnessing too many deaths can ever be fluid in narrating them, but the author managed to ease them out albeit in increments. On another note, there were repetitive snippets but this becomes understandable as the author's intention is to reinforce the fragments of memories. Still, the moments wherein "the mind continues, but the pen stops" sometimes say significant things, and it is the absences, the ones in between that ...more
What you read is what you get. Although not that beautifully written compared to other stories of war experiences, you can feel the sincerity and realness of the author -- like she's just inches away from you, sharing her story over a cup of tea. You could feel her struggle in letting go of the words carefully put together to reveal what happened to her. To think that she wrote this to help ease her nightmare of the what happened in the war was enough for me to continue on reading.