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Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  4,149 ratings  ·  238 reviews
In more than a century since its appearance, José Rizal's Noli Me Tangere has become widely known as the great novel of the Philippines. A passionate love story set against the ugly political backdrop of repression, torture, and murder, "The Noli," as it is called in the Philippines, was the first major artistic manifestation of Asian resistance to European colonialism, an ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Penguin Classics (first published 1887)
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K.D. Absolutely
This book is the most important literary work in the Philippines. One hundred twenty-six (126) after it was written, its message is still relevant to us Filipinos. I have also read a lot of other books written by local authors and, for me, the quality of Rizal’s writing is still unsurpassed.

"Noli Me Tangere" (Touch Me Not) is a novel of the National Hero of the Philippines, Dr. Jose Rizal. The Latin title came from the Holy Bible, John 20:17 “Touch me not, for I have not yet ascended to my fathe

Dr. Jose Rizal wrote two novels in an attempt to stir the Filipino’s thoughts and emotions; and with great hope that freedom may be obtained in a peaceful way – without the violence that had claimed many heroic lives. Noli Me Tangere is the first, followed by El Filibusterismo.

We’ve read this, a long time ago, back in High School. Compulsory reading does not usually reap good harvest; but once the seed was planted, it stays within. We had a very passionate teacher, and she loved Dr. Rizal. She s
K.D. Absolutely
Mar 01, 2014 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books Group Read
My third time to read this most important novel ever in the Philippines. The first two, I read in Tagalog (in high school as a requirement and two years ago as a group read in a book club). This time, I read the English version. This particular translation is said to be the best because this was written by Soledad Lacson-Locsin who was a native Spanish speaker and she was 86 years old when she agreed to write this book. Educated at Assumption Convent, she knew by heart both English and Spanish s ...more
Sep 28, 2011 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: KD
The pen is mightier than the sword, they say, and it is not often that one has the opportunity to read a novel that has forged an independence movement. Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) (1887) by José Rizal is such a book, for although its author advocated reform not independence, the novel was so instrumental in articulating a Filipino identity that it provoked resistance against the Spanish colonial regime. Ostensibly it is a love story, but one set against a backdrop of repression and violence. ...more
Harry Rutherford
Noli Me Tangere is described on the back cover as ‘The novel that sparked the Philippine revolution’. Which sounds a bit hyperbolic, but apparently the publication of the novel in 1887 was an important moment; even more so, Rizal’s subsequent execution for rebellion, sedition and conspiracy.

So it’s a political novel, an unusually early example of a colonial novel written from the perspective of the colonised. In this case, the main representatives of colonial power are from the church rather tha
The definitive masterpiece of The Philippines National Hero.
"Noli Me Tangere" is one of those rare books that can truly be called revolutionary in any sense other than style. Jose Rizal's critique of Philippine society under the Spanish crown and Catholicism is blistering. This is one free thinker who wrote what he thought. And paid for it--no doubt this novel was accounted part of the political career that got him shot. It reads very much like a twentieth century novel struggling to escape from a nineteenth century one. All the much-used devices of the ...more
RE de Leon
Jan 24, 2011 RE de Leon is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Filipinos who want to appreciate Rizal in a translation that captures his satiric humor
Recommended to RE by: Ilia Uy, Tina Matanguihan
The Bookmark/Locsin Translation of Noli Me Tangere (aka "The Social Cancer") is my 200th BookReads book! :D

I've sorta been adding random picks from my shelves all this time (and logging in all the new acquisitions), but I've made a tradition of marking the hundred-multiple marks by picking special books. And for 200, it's good ol' Pepe.

I've been thinking for a while that I ought to do a four-way translation review of Noli, since enjoying it is infamously translator-dependent. The four key trans
Sep 22, 2007 Faye rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: filipinos, classic lovers
Shelves: classics, pinoy
I have to admit, the only reason why I read this book is because we were required to take it up in high school. If it wasn't pushed by the Department of Education I wouldn't even think of reading this novel because it's quite long (the Noli Me Tangere copy I have is the thick, hardbound book published in Manila). Good thing my sister has the annotated copy with questions after every chapter to help me understand the symbolisms, etc.

I am not sure if I am being biased here (I am Filipino) but I re
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Noli Me Tangere is a revolutionary book by our national hero, Jose Rizal, and is said to spark the revolution against the Spanish rule in our country. This was areal required reading book for Filipino high school students so I was able to read this book for our Filipino class. Or at least, I was able to read a condensed version of this book, since our textbook back then contained summarized chapters with discussion questions (which we have to summarize yet again an
Feb 13, 2010 claire rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Asian History Buffs, Filipino-Americans, revolutionaries-in-training
I first attempted to read "Noli Me Tangere" almost three years ago, but I couldn't get into it. The first chapter had me stuck, and I got tired of constantly flipping back to the footnotes. (Maybe I've been out of academia too long!) Parts drag, the language can be overwrought and flowery, and some of the political, religious and philosophical references can be obscure and challenging.

But I'm glad I stuck with it! Certain chapters are incredibly compelling, and it really picks up towards the mi
May 09, 2012 Angélica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angélica by: Required reading for HS Filipino, PI 100 class
Recently read this for my PI 100 class. The classic Tagalog makes for a challenging read because of the vocabulary (my Filipino vocab is sadly lacking), but I promised to myself to read at least Noli, Fili, and Sucesos. The essential Rizal, as my PI 100 prof puts it. I now understand (or at least I have a teensy bit clearer idea) why Claro M. Recto wanted to pass the Rizal Law. I would've wanted students to read about his ideas too, especially with the way the Philippines is going...
The anticler
I enjoyed this novel a lot. It's a real page turner.

And this is surprising for me. We were required to read this in high school (I think it's still required reading in all Philippine schools, public and private, but I may be wrong). Jose Rizal is one of our national heroes, and perhaps the greatest. But back then I thought it was dry and boring. During Filipino class, my mind wandered elsewhere. As a result, I failed to appreciate it.

What is the story about? (Spoilers ahead!)

Basically, Noli Me T
Thierry Lao
Noli Me Tangere..."Touch me not"...Oh yeah, there's a lot of meaning into that. One of the best ways to know the true meaning behind this peculiar and odd title is to read the whole enervating book. But another way is to read the appendix at the back. Probably when you get the book, the first thing you do to keep you going on is to read the appendix first. I don't know with other versions but my version's got an appendix at the back, which includes Chapter "X". Going into the book, certainly, th ...more
from The Book Hooligan

"I die without seeing the dawn brighten over my native land! You, who have it to see, welcome it — and forget not those who have fallen during the night!" - Elias

I know of two anecdotes regarding Rizal's poem, Mi Ultimo Adios. The first anecdote is about how US Congressman Henry A. Cooper recited Rizal's final poem to the US Congress as a part of his effort to lobby for the self-government of the Philippines. This moved the US Congress to such a degree that they passed a bi
Gianne Kris
after reading this book, the events one will remember will be the little events that took place. the events that reflects the events, condition, and treatments received by the Filipinos during the prior to/and during his time.
Jenn McCollum
When I picked up a novel with a stunning title like Noli Me Tangere (Touch me Not), I expected to encounter a work dredged in corporeal, visceral experience and language. I wanted a novel centered on the function of touch: human interaction, physicality, phenomenology, flesh. I didn’t get this in Jose Rizal’s incredible text, but I didn’t really feel disappointed in not getting what I wanted — because in some ways I received a more meaningful gift.

Having read Pilipino literature before and not w
It did take me a few chapters to get into the swing of it, but I eventually got into the rhythm of it, and quite enjoyed it in the end. I found it invaluable as a witness of the time, place and culture, and knowing the fate of its author made reading it all the more poignant. As a literary text, however, it was less enthusing. Of course, it was a subversive text, aiming at prodding the people to look at themselves and their society, so some black and white was in order. Still, the almost saintly ...more
Jr Bacdayan
Noli Me Tangere, Rizal's first and most famous novel is a book that exposes the inequities of the Spanish Catholic priests and the ruling government. He successfully captures the essence of our country's culture and practices during the time. Rizal also depicted nationality, he did this by emphasizing the qualities of Filipinos: the devotion of a Filipina and her influence on a man's life, the deep sense of gratitude, and the solid common sense of the Filipinos under the Spanish regime. The work ...more
Jose Rizal will not be the Jose Rizal we know today if it wasn't of this book: Noli Me Tangere or Touch me not in English.

Everyone in the Philippines knows about this book as it is a required reading on our 3rd year in High School. So even those who will rather eat their brains than read books, know Maria Clara, Crisostomo Ibarra and the ever popular, Padre Damaso.

To say that this book is a phenomenom is an understatement. This book alone fueled the desire of the Filipinos for Freedom during the
I read this back in high school. It was required for all 3rd year students to finish the part 1 masterpiece of Jose Rizal, our Philippine National Hero.

I am very proud to be pinoy because of this book. This (and El Filibusterismo) is the only tagalog/Philippine book that I've read that have inspired millions of Filipinos and have raised awareness on Philippine History.

It's a story based on true events and I think that makes it a more awesome book. A lot of events in the book really happened in
Mia Claire
At last! After so many days, I’ve finally finished “The Social Cancer” (English Translation of Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere by Charles Derbyshire). This book made me proud that I’m a Filipino. However I guess the fact that I read it in English isn’t very nationalistic… But it’s not that I’m going to leave out the Tagalog Version. Of course, I’m going to read it since I’m already in my third year high school and at this point students study Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere. I’m just saving the Tagalog Version ...more
Living in a state with a large Filipino population, I am constantly realizing how little I know about their culture and history. This novel is a mixture of history and romance, with just a bit of politics and religion. The characters are either all good or all bad, but the good ones are very attractive, and the bad ones either evil or ridiculous. Many people die, many injustices go unpunished. With it all there is a beautiful picture of life at the turn of the century, with descriptions of fashi ...more
Jason Bocabil
Aug 15, 2011 Jason Bocabil rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all good readers
Recommended to Jason Bocabil by: me, myself, and I
"Through education the human breast is inflamed with the love of the good and the noble which are the balsam of life"--José Rizal
Noli is a classical novel, definitive, adhering to an established set of artistic standard, punctuated with humor and wit and of sustained interest, quality and style, vigorous and elegant, full of profound ideas and sublime thoughts, something worthy of its kind and worth remembering. Furthermore, the book contained things nobody in the Philippines had dared to speak
James F
This was recommended to me a year ago by a Philippina who was briefly on Shelfari. It is a classic of Philippine literature, by a martyr of the independence struggle against Spain; translated from Spanish (I think there were errors in the translation as a few passages did not really make sense.) It is a somewhat melodramatic and very ironic novel about a wealthy Philippine man who returns from an education in Europe and tries to introduce reforms in his native village, only to run up against the ...more
I was in my third year high school when we finally tackled this much talked about book, finally it is now in penguin books..Jose Rizal was not only our national herp but also a great writer of his time...
Caroline Åsgård
As a half Filipino, I simply had to read this - to maybe learn more about the country half of my family comes from (and all of them except my mother still lives in)!

Already in reading about the author I understood that this was a man who changed the world of the 7107 islands. He was brave and revolutionary, and his books even got banned, which sounds pretty medieval, so enough said!

The story itself is not the BEST fiction I have ever read, but it really paints a nice insight into the lives of th
Every Filipino is required to read this book. After all, the author is the Philippine national hero, and therefore if you go through the Philippine school system, one way or another you will take a class that deals with Jose Rizal. In high school, this book is required reading. And the constitution also dictates that every university student has to take a 3-credit class on Jose Rizal, of which this book is also required reading. I happen to have finished high school outside the Philippines, and ...more
Jeri Massi
I picked up my Filipino friend's copy of this book one summer 20 years ago and was hooked on it almost at once. Bear in mind, I was born in Pennsylvania, and to my discredit, am aware only of a smattering of the history of the Philippines since WWII. I came into this book about the Philippines in the 1800's as a newcomer.

The novel is a bit operatic in its drama and caricature, but from what I understand, Rizal was trying to appeal to his countrymen. He definitely excoriates the Roman Catholic pr
No es nuevo, ni sorprendete que haya coincidencias en la vida. El mundo es pequeño, pero el mundo literario es más pequeño. Y hace referencias y alusiones a sí mismo una y otra vez. Alguna vez me preguntaré de que sirve ver las referencias. Pero por lo pronto, las veo.

Un país asiatico, lejano, compuesto por islas, tiene mucho en común con éste. Un país que alguna vez perteneció al Imperio Español, no le pusieron "La Nueva españa" pero le pusieron "las islas Filipinas" en honor a Felipe II. Noli
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José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda was a Filipino polymath, nationalist and the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. He is considered the Philippines' national hero and the anniversary of Rizal's death is commemorated as a Philippine holiday called Rizal Day. Rizal's 1896 military trial and execution made him a martyr of the Philippine ...more
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