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307 pages
Published 1984

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Mar 03, 2016 mm rated it it was amazing
I had only read Jose's short stories before this and truly enjoyed this novel. His language is so very lyrical and evocative. & his nationalism is so very palpable.
In this the first of the series, we follow the protagonist from the village to his life as a acolyte, before life makes different twists and turns for him. The book ends with the American invasion, which wasn't as welcomed as I had thought it had been. This was not MacArthur returning.
Jose makes Filipino history come alive and I
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Poetic, historical, and hot dang it's good! This has to be required reading for Filipino literature for the kids back in the Philippines
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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 ...more
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