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The Umbrella Country by Bino A. Realuyo
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Sep 19, 10

bookshelves: local, drama, gay-lit
Read in May, 2001

I saw a copy of this yesterday in the Manila International Book Fair. I remembered that I read this a many years back prior to joining Goodreads in 2008.

This is about an 11-year old boy who grew up in slums of Manila during the 70s then migrated to the US. It is a poignant coming-of-age novel that reminded me of Kite Runner. The only differences are: that there are no kite flying scenes here, the boy here is a homo and there is no real war in Manila except the opressions of the lower class due to Martial Law.

However, what fascinated me about this novel was that this was the first ever novel I read which was written in English by a Filipino-American writer.
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly i think that was my copy you read.


K.D. Absolutely it was my copy and you have not returned it yet. ha ha


Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly i remember reading it and being bored to death by it. Very badly written.


K.D. Absolutely Yes, but the setting is Manila so for me it was interesting and I was able to finish it.


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