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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
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
Ayban Gabriyel
Wohoo! Rosales Saga done! :)
Chris Denver
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
Whose fault is it that people who are in power are corrupt?
Did they have a choice to begin with?
Neil Gabion
nice story. simple and yet has a heavy and realistic view.
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i wouldn't finish yet read 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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