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When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe
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Dec 13, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: wwll, philipines, historical-fiction
Read on October 17, 2010 , read count: 1

The author's parents are Filipino and were children in the Philippines during WW11 when the Japanese occupied their land and many were killed. Although the book is fictional some of the scenes are created from the memories of her father and from accounts and personal interviews from her research. I found the war parts of the story very difficult to read because they were so sad and frightening. But what softens this book and gives it breadth and depth are the stories the characters tell about their past as they hide or run or stand up to the enemy, as the case may be. These stories are so descriptive and beautiful. So the author alternates the death that is everywhere and a constant threat, with these stories of other times in the history of Philippines, stories that engage the reader with the life of Filipino people. It is a very good book, painful but very, very perceptive and relevant to all that the world is suffering from today.
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