My friend JL lent this book to me because he wanted me to read one story, The Art of Understatement. But when I saw thOriginal post from One More Page
My friend JL lent this book to me because he wanted me to read one story, The Art of Understatement. But when I saw that this is a Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo collection, I decided to read it, anyway, since I really liked the author's other collection, Catch a Falling Star.
It's been a while since I finished reading this collection, and I am honestly struggling a little to remember what I liked about this. I liked what my friend recommended to me - The Art of Understatement left me feeling wistful, and wondering about my own writing. There were some familiar stories from Patriciang Payatot, which is the content of Catch a Falling Star. Several favorites, though, other than The Art of Understatement:The Warrior, which tells the story of two estranged friends who see each other one last time before one of them dies; The Tale of the Spinster and Peter Pan, a woman whose routine is disrupted by a young man in a rock band; The Ghost of La Casa Grande, an interesting take on a family history and how a mother tries to help her daughter get her happiness; and The Painting, a kind of story that seemed fit to be told around the campfire.
I am still quite partial towards Patriciang Payatot stories in Catch a Falling Star, but Sky Blue After the Rain is a good short story collection from Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, and is worth the read. It's the kind you'd want to go back to every now and then to get your fix of a well-written short story with lots of Filipino flavor. :)...more
I thought of writing a review for this short story that we discussed last weekend, but I was honestly a tad lazy to do it just yet. However, I was digging through some college files for some notes to do some work, and I found my work sheet from my English Literature class about Paz Marquez Benitez's short story. I thought I'd just post that one here, because it's sort of a review of the story from when I first read (and liked) it. :) Oh, please note that I wrote these answers about 7 years ago, so these thoughts come from a 19-year-old Tina. :D
Oh, and if you've never read the story, you can read it online here.
Discuss briefly one internal and one external factor or force that might have contributed to Alfredo’s decision to marry Esperanza despite the apparent mutual attraction between him and Julia.
(view spoiler)[Alfredo is supposed to marry Esperanza, but then he meets Julia and falls for her, so he starts to question if Esperanza was actually right for her. But in the end, he ended up marrying Esperanza. One factor that might have influenced this decision is because everyone around him knows about the upcoming marriage. Esperanza’s parents know it, his parents know it, and they have already set a date (or at least, a month) for them to be married. I’m pretty sure invitations are then being made, as well as the program and such. So if he decides to cancel the wedding, it would be a big outrage to everyone, especially to Esperanza’s party. Another factor, which comes from him, is that because even if there is a mutual attraction between him and Julia, he still feels the responsibility of his set wedding to Esperanza. Even if there was apparent mutual attraction between him and Julia, he knew he had this promise to marry the other girl, and being a man, he couldn’t back out from it. (hide spoiler)]
Choose one passage in the story that you particularly like and explain why you like it.
So all these years—since when?—he had been seeing the light of dead stars, long extinguished, yet seemingly still in their appointed places in the heavens. (par. 223)
I like this passage because it sounds so sad, yet it is full of meaning. Besides the fact that the title of the short story appears in this passage, which I think is really lovely (the title), I think I can relate to this somehow. I think this passage talks about someone seeing something that is long gone, but knowing that it was there – gone, but was there before. It’s when you end up expecting something from someone for a long time. When you finally get to talk to the person about it, it turns out that what you have been expecting before is gone, and yet you can still see that they were there before.
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Hmmm, I realized I was a tad too repetitive in the second question. Heh.
In a nutshell: I liked the story then, and I still like the story now. While the language may be a bit deep and possibly dated, I thought it had just the right amount of angst and bitterness of a "love" that is lost. It's the kind of story that makes me sigh, shake my fist at Alfredo, and wish that things could be different, even if I'm not sure who needs that different ending the most. True, the characters could have been fleshed out more, but I think the story gives us just enough of the overall conflict that it left me melancholic and wistful at the end.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
It's the summer before Clara and Angela goes to Stanford, and they spend it in Italy. What a summer vacation, right? BOriginal post from One More Page
It's the summer before Clara and Angela goes to Stanford, and they spend it in Italy. What a summer vacation, right? But Clara was desperate to get away from everything that has happened to her and her family just recently, and Angela just wanted to discover more of their angel stuff...or so Clara thought.
I thought I didn't have to read Radiantbefore I get to read Boundless, but I'm glad I had some sense to get this because I wouldn't have understood the final book in the Unearthly series if I didn't. Radiant alternates from Angela to Clara, and for the first time since Unearthly, we get to see Angela's side in things. Is she evil? Is there something about her that will harm Clara and make us hate her? This novella sort of answers that, and we see Angela's side -- the little of it anyway. It makes you wonder if this book will mean something in the end, if the events here would lead to something.
So is Angela evil? I will leave it up to you to find out. Radiantis enjoyable, but it left me a bit wary of Angela and the repercussions of her actions here. I think one can still understand the next book without really reading this, but if you're a fan of the series, you'll want to read this one, anyway. :)...more
I wouldn't have heard of this short story if it wasn't for my Goodreads friends who started reviewing it on their profilOriginal post at One More Page
I wouldn't have heard of this short story if it wasn't for my Goodreads friends who started reviewing it on their profiles.The Paper Menagerie is a short story about a boy whose mom was a mail-order bride from China who can barely speak English and can make magical paper origami. The boy had a collection of moving paper animals from his mother as a kid, and it was their odd but sweet means of communication. However, as the boy grew up, he had to deal with his friends who don't understand their family set-up and eventually, he started drifting apart from his mother.
This short story reminded me of all those stories that I used to read as a kid, the ones that make me feel guilty and inspired at the same time -- guilty because I know that I can be like the kid who push away her parents because I am starting to have my own life, but also inspired because it makes me not want to have the same fate as the kids in the story. The fantasy elements in The Paper Menagerie were indeed gentle, and at first I wasn't sure if I read it right. It made me wonder for a moment if origami paper animals were really supposed to move and I've been doing the things I used to do wrong.
This is short and sweet, and it would take little time to read it. It left me with a feeling that...well, I don't want to end up being like the boy in the end. It's not the kind of regret that anyone wants to have, for sure. You can read The Paper Menagerie here, or listen to the story here....more