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"El Filibusterismo" ("The Subversive") is the second novel by Jose Rizal (1861-1896), national hero of the Philippines. Like its predecessor, the better-known "Noli Me Tangere", the "Fili" was written in Castilian while Rizal was traveling and studying in Europe. It was published in Ghent in 1891 and later translated into English, German, French, Japanese, Tagalog, Ilonggo...more
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Published July 6th 2009 (first published 1891)
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K.D. Absolutely
El Filibusterismo (The Filibustering) is the sequel of Noli Me Tangere. These were the two published novels by Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero of my country, the Philippines. Noli and Fili, along with his other writings, caused his death by firing squad on December 30, 1898 or around 2 years before Spain sold the country to the United States of America. They are required readings in most high schools in the country: Noli for juniors and Fili for seniors.

A filibuster is someone who engages in a...more
Michael Gerald Dealino
"In the meantime, while the Filipino people may not have sufficient energy to proclaim, with head high and chest bared, their rights to social life, and to guarantee it with their sacrifice, with their own blood; while we see our own countrymen in private life feeling shame within themselves, to hear roaring the voice of conscience which rebels and protests, and in public life keep silent, to make a chorus with him who abuses to mock the abused; while we see them enclosed in their own selfishnes...more
K.D. Absolutely
My third time to read this book, El Filibusterismo but my first time to read it in English. My edition of this book (translated by Soledad Lacson-Locsin) won the 1996 NBDB National Book Award for Translation. I think the book deserves that award because Lacson-Locsin spoke and wrote in both languages, Spanish (the language the book was originally written) and English (the other language she spoke at home). Her son edited the book making the language more contemporary but retained the cadence of...more
Marj
No reading is ever the same. When I first read this book as a requirement for high school, it was nothing to me as a lame, boring story of the past misfortunes by Dr. Rizal's brilliant mind. It was yet another Noli Me Tangere. But when I read it again before the start of last semester, there were far too many details that I had overseen before. And it speaks of old tales that are subtly happening in the present Filipino society. Really, I think this novel transcends time. Or maybe, it was intend...more
jzhunagev
The sequel to Rizal's masterpiece it stands as the most subversive work of them all!!!
Ayban Gabriyel
Maaaring may mga spoiler at kung anu-anu pang mga bagay na walang kinalaman sa libro o sayo.

Dati kung tatanungin ako, alin ang mas magandang akda ni Rizal, lagi kong sagot Noli, kahit hindi ko naman majustify ang sagot ko. Pero ngayon, ngayon nabasa ko na uli ang El Fili, El Fili na ako forever. Haha.

Poot-Paghihiganti-Hustisya-Pangaapi-Kalayaan-Edukasyon

Mga salitang hindi ko malilimutan mula sa libro. Ang daming magagandang pakikipagpalitan ng ideya. Sa umpisa palang babanatan ka na ni Simoun...more
Jr Bacdayan
El Filibusterismo, is the second novel written by Philippine national hero José Rizal. It also serves as the sequel to his novel Noli Me Tangere. El Fili as it is popularly called, is a darker and more evolved novel compared to Noli. It's a book about revenge, manipulation, deception and greed to name a few. It's taken a deeper turn and it shows Rizal's growth as a writer. This turned out to be a double-edged sword. In creating a more serious book, Rizal sacrificed something, he lost the pure Fi...more
Izia
El Fibusterismo (The Subversive) is the sequel to Noli Me Tangere (Touch me not). You have to give it to Rizal, he sure knew how to title his books! For me, book titles are as good as its cover. Aside from book cover, the title of the book is the very first thing that caught readers' attention. I have to admit, sometimes, I buy a book simply because its title is awesome. Not very advisable. But hey! I did have some great finds, you know? And by golly! Who can resist a book with such strong title...more
A&E
December 2007 - Picking up where I left off (i.e. failed to finish), and I am in love with Basilio, Isagani, Macaraig, Simoun and the entire El Fili cast all over again.

And of course, JOSE RIZAL. <33 Ugh.
Ma. Soledad L. Locsin is the best. Translator. Ever. This is the richest, most cadent version I know.

[EDIT] As of the 28th of December, 2007, I HAVE FINALLY FINISHED EL FILI, even though it was last schoolyear's required reading. Lol.

And can I just say.

Simoun + Basilio = heartbreak.
I LOVE THE...more
Alunsina
Gawain ko ng basahin ang lahat ng libro ko noon bago pa man magsimula ang klase. Di katulad ng mga kaklase ko na bored na bored dito, ako talagang binasa ko sya. Na ka ka shock ang librong ito lalo na't noong mga panahing iyon eh pura mga Tagalog Romance ang binabasa ko.

Sa sobrang pagiging apektado ko, minsan nakakalimutan kong fiction nga pala ito at hindi totoo. Feeling ko nagtagumpay sana ang rebolusyon kung nanalo si Simoun. Hahaha. Sensya na nalito ang utak ko.

Mas maganda to kesa sa nauna...more
joseph

a very sad novel.

sobra kong nagandahan sa noli kaya di ko pede palampasin to... hehehehe

nakakalungkot lang ang nangyari sa mga characters. naiintindihan ko namn kung bakit. medyo nabitin lang ako kasi di sinabi kung ano ang nangyari kay basilio. naasar nga ako kasi yung kaibigan nya na inlove kay paulita binigyan ng ending tapos siya na isa sa pinaka main cast mula pa doon sa noli hindi lamang nabangit kung ano ang nangyari matapos yung bigong plano ni simoun.
Jason Bocabil
Fili is a political novel full of bitterness, sorrow, pain, violence and vengeance to awaken the Filipino people against the abusive masters. It bore an irresistible urge to revolution among the Filipinos to go against the government and the practices of the church which appeared realistic (Zulueta, RIZAL 154).
Christianne
And again I hate.. It's good to learn the history of the Filipinos to the eyes or someone who experienced it first hand. Every Filipino should read this. ♥
Nyara (=^_^=)
WAAHHH!!!! Simoun and Maria Clara died!!! TT ^ TT

I really missed Juan Crisostomo Ibarra here TT_TT
Gianne Kris
what i like about this book is the changes that happened to Ibara.
iamjenai
El Filibusterismo (The Subversive) is the sequel to Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) written by Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. Rizal dedicated this book to the three martyr priests Don Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos, Don Jacinto Zamora who were executed by Spaniards on charges of subversion in 1872.


I first read this book (along with the first one Noli Me Tangere) as a requirement in my high school classes, of course the stories were written in Filipino. Fourteen years later, I was...more
Marga
I read this in high school. It was the final requirement for my Filipino class. Unlike my classmates, I couldnt wait to read the book so I read it when my parents bought it. I really enjoyed reading Noli Me Tangere. So it wasnt hard finding an inspiration to read the sequel.

I was really happy that there were new characters and it showed other events that werent mentioned in the first book. I read both books in Filipino. It wasnt easy reading both books in a deep Filipino language but I managed....more
Mona
El Filibusterismo is the sequel to Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere. As with the Noli, Ma. Soledad Lacson-Locsin's intent was to translate to English while staying as close as possible to Rizal's style of writing in Spanish.

It's a shorter book. The dreaminess and idealism of the Noli Me Tangere gives way to the darker, grimmer, more cynical tone of the El Filibusterismo. So the language style also changes - instead of the longer, declamative dialogue of the Noli, you have the more direct, action-pac...more
Michael David
This is probably the most flawed novel that I've given a 5. Yet despite everything, it deserves its score.

It is, indeed, propagandist literature. In addition to that, however, it is also a decently-written novel - and is actually the second book from the Philippines that could actually be called a novel. The Noli and the Fili proved to the world, simply, that the indios were not merely monkeys: one was actually able to write a novel that was full of mordant wit that anathematized the misconduct...more
Despair Speaking
For me, I liked El Filibusterismo way more than Noli Me Tangere. It's more... action-packed. In Noli Me Tangere, the rebellion is more low key. Here, it's more obvious and there are more suffering and death. It's so cool. I hated the ending though. I really hate the character who ruined the carefully laid out plans.

El Fili has Basilio, a minor character in the previous book, as the main character this time around. He's a med student hoping to do some good in his country. In the same boat he was...more
Ann Jenelle Rotol
Sabi nila laging mas maganda ang original kaysa sa sequel. Tama nga sila. :)) Ewan ko ba kung bakit kapag masyado ng malalim ang topic lalo na kapag ganitong mga bagay e, nawawalan na ko ng gana. Di ko naman sinasabi na di maganda ang El Fiibusterismo. Mas maganda lang ang Noli me Tangere para sa akin. Tsaka masyado ng malungkot ang mga pangyayari sa nobelang ito (dapat ng namatay na si Maria Clara e tumigil na si Crisostomo Ibarra, haha, isip bata lang talaga e no? XD). Ayoko ng ganoon. Dapat h...more
JoPaul
Jose Rizal did not fail the readers in making the sequel of Noli Me Tangere worth buying, worth reading and worth the praises and accolades. The venue for freedom was given importance with its dark plot and amusing characters.

The death of Ibarra and the birth of Simon was undeniably a strong ticket why it has been beautifully crafted. Great ideas plummeted and questions of morality, religion, romance and vengeance are boiling. I can never deny the fact that this is better than contemporary nove...more
Prince lopez
The translation made by Soledad Lacson Locsin is one of the most accurate translation of Rizal's El Fili (including the Noli)in english. she carefully translate the original novels which is in Spanish to english. if you want to read Rizal's novels I recommend Locsin's english translation. the translation which we use in high school are often faulty and has faded away to the original content of the novel(you can use the older version of the tagalog version but with time gap it would be hard to un...more
Madeline
So, I haven't technically read Noli Me Tangere but they don't have a copy in the library. This book is not an easy read and I wouldn't have found it if I wasn't always researching the Philippines, but I'm glad I pushed on through. I was so stirred at points that I considered "losing" the beautiful hardback copy I borrowed to read at morally ambiguous moments when revolution and commitment is called for. Then, in the same spirit, I returned it.
Pia
Having to read this book in Filipino was hard. The words were too deep, and having to finish just 1 paragraph made me sleepy. Thankfully, I had the best Filipino teacher, Mrs. Are, to help me understand and appreciate this beautiful book.

Let me tell you, it was frustrating as fuck when I found out about how things turned out in the end. It's an ingenious way to make people revolt, and fight against their captors then.
Joshua Lawrence Perez
I would never have read this book if it wasn't a requirement in our studies.
Well, it was a requirement but we were required to read the Filipino version.
And I easily get bored and uninterested in anything tagalog-written so i bought an english version.
though, there's a lot of "rich" words, i can't understand i was engrossed with the story.
Jose Rizal is an amazing writer/hero.
Lalaine *myficbookreviews*
Ofcourse it our National Hero, so its a 5 stars. but not only that, this book has given me so much knowledge about our history with the spaniards, and how he managed to show his views against the government by writing it in a book. an act of rebellion towards the Spaniards who conquered our country for 300 years.


so proud of him and loved this book to death.
Clostridium Gretani
this book was a must read back then in high school (filipino subject). but when you read and treat it like any other novel, you could see clearly what dr jose rizal wanted his readers to see. it may be just me, but reading this "subversive" novel hits me right to the core. it has the revenge-type of story everyone probably has read. but considering the time, environment and atmosphere rizal wrote el fili, it gives a different feel. i was not a fan of noli me tangere (though written during the sp...more
Mel Vincent
In this sequel to the first novel, Jose Rizal pulled off an Edgar Allan Poe in this novel because it centered in the dark emotions of the main character and how he plotted revenge against those people who wronged him. The mysteries left open from the first novel was finally solved in great fashion through this novel. Classic and superb!
Jerome Baladad
i wish i could read this book in Spanish(I've yet to be THAT good in Spanish, though)! and I think this is the better book between the 2 novels published from Rizal's works; it's polemical and more daring in its narrative; I'm missing that crazy-maternal character of Sisa here as she wasn't mentioned much here.
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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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