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The Eye of the Fish

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The first of Luis H. Francia's books of non-fiction to be published in the United States, The Eye of the Fish paints a vivid and detailed portrait of the terror, beauty and insistent humanity of the Philippines of today. Cross-cutting between Francia's recollections of the Philippines of his youth and accounts of his travels through the archipelago over the past two decade ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published February 2nd 2001 by Muae Publishing (first published 2001)
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Dec 03, 2013 Arah rated it liked it
I read this in preparation for an upcoming trip to the Philippines, as recommended in a Lonely Planet reading list. I'm glad I did: Francia weaves together many stories in a very affable, rhythmic style with velocity and urgency that kept me turning the pages. It was surprisingly long, and yet by the end I was a little disappointed that there wasn't another island to visit, with yet more stories of his adventures and the people he met.

About midway through the book, Francia reveals that he made s
Jan 03, 2014 Victoria rated it really liked it
I read this to understand the Philippines, a country I have recently spent some time in, in more depth, and it was a great choice. Francia explores every part of the Islands, taking you on a journey through well known and less well known places. Each story and person he meets combining to provide a lyrical and thorough exploration of this country and its unique mindset and problems, even the people he meets just briefly and who make up just one or two lines in the book add to this picture. Its r ...more
Jun 15, 2007 baRbRa rated it it was amazing
When I read this for class, I was immediately drawn into it - especially because of how it reminded me of my parents and our trips back to the Philippines. There's a prevalent feeling of change and loss, with such beautiful and vivid detail... It's a very moving memoir, but also a good account of history and the issues with hybrid identities.

I was very excited to meet the author - even if he spelled my name wrong in my book.
Oct 07, 2007 Claire rated it it was amazing
In my list of top 5 books... I first read it for an independent studies project w/ my professor Joy Harjo. I reread it last fall when I found out the author as going to be @ a Smithsonian event celebrating the centennial of Fil-Ams in the states. I was so excited I probably looked like a loser when I asked him to sign my copy. It'd be so cool if this became a staple of Asian-Am literature alongside Bulosan's work.
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Dec 14, 2015 Joshua Steinberg rated it really liked it
This book was an interesting read, providing an in-depth history of the Philippines, and documents well the challenges facing the country. However, the author explains the impact and legacy of a colonial past too simplistically throughout the book.
Jun 06, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it
An excellent journey thorough the islands of the Philippines by a writer who got his start in pay-for-essay plagiarism schemes.
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Good book to learn more about the communist struggle against the Marcos regime. It paints an interesting picture of an often-overlooked part of Filipino society.
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A powerful memoir of the history of American and Spanish Imperialism in the Philippines.
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Luis H. Francia’s nonfiction works include the memoir Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, winner of both the 2002 Open Book Award and the 2002 Asian American Writers award, and Memories of Overdevelopment: Reviews and Essays of Two Decades. His A History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos was published in 2010. He is in the Library of America’s Becoming Americans: Four Centur ...more
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