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The Pretenders (Rosales Saga #4)

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The story of Antonio Samson is the story of many Filipinos who find themselves lost and betrayed with nowhere to run to. It is fate that is often their own compulsive making. But Antonio Samson is not just an Ilocano looking for his roots; he is also the modern Filipino who fails to act in a society bereft of decency and justice. This novel, written more than thrity years ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published June 15th 1997 by Solidaridad Publishing House (first published 1962)
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K.D. Absolutely
The 4th book in the Rosales saga. This saga is the only one in Philippine literature written in English. Written by National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose, this saga encompasses the most tumultuous 100 years in the nation's history that start in the late 19th century with the end of the Spanish occupation. This book, The Pretenders is set during either the 50's or 60's when there was an influx of professionals, including teacher-scholars for doctorate degrees, to the US.

Tony Samson is a
Kee the Ekairidium
I've noticed a pattern in the Rosales Saga since reading the previous third installment of the series, My Brother, My Executioner. Simply put, the issues concerning national freedom and independence as well as the struggles, prejudices and prevalent corruption that have defined the relationship of Filipinos with themselves and their own countrymen ARE STILL THE SAME THINGS that are being discussed and argued to this day in my country. Now it was under a different social context but the fight is ...more
Sep 04, 2010 BoBang rated it really liked it
I chanced upon this while I was in college. I was required to present a book review in one of my classes. As I searched through the library's filipiniana section, I learned about Jose. I did not really intend teh whole book since the book review requires us to translate some section of the book from english to filipino. But I read it anyways.

I was surprised to learn how one principled man can change had he been exposed to a corrupt environment. And that environment, as sionil jose had shown, ma
Karl Jandoc
Jan 27, 2015 Karl Jandoc rated it it was amazing
The people around Tony Samson couldn't believe his luck. His life would be veered away from the trappings of lower middle class drudgery into dreams of high society. Little did Tony expect that the people responsible for kicking away the ladder of progress for his kind would be the same people who would destroy the very ideal he held on fastidiously. In the end, his body is as broken as the lives of those he identified with.

How could one read this novel and not be indignant against the forces in
Ayban Gabriyel
Dec 31, 2012 Ayban Gabriyel rated it really liked it
Wohoo! Rosales Saga done! :)
Chris Denver
Jun 22, 2013 Chris Denver rated it it was amazing
An eye opener. A must read!

"Equality could be won on paper. But once it is won, that is the end of it. Freedom and the fight for it must be constant. It must never cease. And do not forget that men can be enslaved by their own people, by their own prejudices, by their own rulers... What I am saying is that the 'Ilustrados' were not the real patriots. They wanted nothing more than equality. They didn't want freedom. It was enough that they could dine with their rulers, could argue with them. But
Rachel So
Aug 21, 2014 Rachel So rated it it was amazing
Whose fault is it that people who are in power are corrupt?
Did they have a choice to begin with?
Bianca Trish
finally finished reading this book for HUMALIT :)
iwant to rea this story
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nice story. simple and yet has a heavy and realistic view.
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i wouldn't finish yet read this book
magbigay n kayo ng novel project
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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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