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Gagamba: The Spider Man

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GAGAMBA, the cripple, sells sweepstakes tickets the whole day at the entrance to Camarin, the Ermita restaurant. He sees them all—the big men, politicians, journalists, generals, landlords, and the handsome call-girls who have made Camarin famous. In mid-July 1990, a killer earthquake struck and entombed all the beautiful people dining at the Camarin. Gagamba could have ea ...more
Hardcover, 121 pages
Published by Solidaridad Pub. House (first published 1991)
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K.D. Absolutely
I share my friend Ayban's sentiments captured in his review of this book. The book is like a collection of short stories with the main characters going inside the high-class whorehouse/restaurant in Manila called Camarin when big earthquake (July 1991) hit the country. On that day, only Camarin fell and so it buried all those characters who happened to be eating their lunch in that building at exactly 1:00 p.m. Reading the book felt similar to the experience I had reading Thorton Wilder's Pulitz ...more
Aica
wish all Filipinos will get to read this book.
Janice Acosta
One event, one tragedy various points of view. But the most striking part or viewpoint was that of Gagamba. An act of God and act of nature - explained how the character looked like a "spider-man."

Another novel mirroring the harsh and beautiful lives of people living in Manila. Touching and thought-provoking. I am such a fan of Mr. Sionil Jose.
Ayban Gabriyel
Hmmm... I think this is my least favorite novel/story from my favorite National Artist for Literature and writer F. Sionil Jose.I personally didn't like it, I don't know...

The title is Gagamba literally means spider,he is a limbless man who is selling lotto tickets to whoever enters the restaurant Camarin,the novel is not primarily about gagamba or about anything that concerns him. But he got his cameo in every chapter of the book, he greets everyone who enters the restaurant on that special day
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Bennard
from The Book Hooligan

"There is something so equal and democratic about dying, certainly not living though all men may live in sin - the poor who seek salvation in prayer or in a sheaf of sweepstakes tickets are sometimes left with nothing but the benediction of a new day." - Gagamba's Narrator

Martial Law-era Philippines was one of the worst periods in Philippine history. Not only graft and corruption were rampant during those times (issues such as these were present even before Martial Law star
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Kristine Cervancia
We are in a big web of life that has bound to end no matte who we are or what we have done.
Apple
This book offers many insights on what it is to be Filipino - that we have the capability to deal with the realities given to us, that family always comes first, that we always yearn for better things, that unfortunately corruption in the government has somehow become a fact of life. It also exposes many of our unpleasant idiosyncrasies. In a way I was slightly offended by the negative portrayal of the many Filipino characters, after all most of us do have some positive characteristics, however, ...more
Patrick
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BookNoy
Gagamba The Spiderman ni F.Sionil Jose

Isa sa pinakapaborito kong awtor si F.Sionil Jose kaya naman lagi akong nagpapapirma sa kanya ng binili kong aklat na Gagamba. Pinupuntahan ko siya sa mga bookfairs, at sa Solidaridad Bookshop.

Sa aklat ng Gagamba, ang bida ay hindi isang superhero kundi isang pulubi o may abnormal na bahagi ng katawan. Tinalakay sa kwento ang isang trahedya na kumitil ng maraming buhay ng tao ang Lindol. Maraming tao ang namatay tulad ng mga sikat artistang tao, prominente,
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guiltlessreader
Called Gagamba, he resembles his namesake (gagamba means "spider" in Filipino) with his disfigured body, large head and long arms. He stations himself in front of the entrance of Camarin, a well-known Spanish restaurant (and cover for selling women's bodies), making a living by selling sweepstakes tickets to those who pity him and those who have deep pockets.

Gagamba and the people working behind the scenes such as the waiters and call girls, are juxtaposed with the wealthy and powerful Camarin c
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Jhairus
Nov 08, 2013 Jhairus rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone that has eyes
My first F. Sionil book and certainly won't be the last.

Though the story was not in anyway breath taking, it still captures a vivid picture of Filipino attitude even if it was set 20 years ago. It's sad and funny at the same time. Buildings in Manila grow taller while Filipinos, well,... I don't know.
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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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