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Macarthur by Bob Ong
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Oct 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: novel, pinoy-lit

** spoiler alert ** It took me long enough the grab this pocket-sized novel of the highly esteemed funnyman of the local literary scene, Bob Ong. Screaming red with bold, black letters, I first thought, 'oh, he made something serious.', and serious it was.

Opening the first chapter is an action-filled scene of a teenage boy desperately on the run for his life and his stolen treasure, at which a specific scene could get a sensitive reader squirming and making other unpleasant faces. Nonetheless, this is the urban reality penned by Ong.

Frankly, nothing too notable about Ong's novel but he did present somewhat lovable characters and simply because amid the adversities and empty stomachs, they stayed true to themselves--for the good and the bad.


The ending was indeed a surprise. As an avid follower of Bob Ong, I had expected him to reveal more of dark (and funny) side of Filipino urban life, though I wasn't expecting the naturalistic ending.

Good thing I have a thing for naturalism.
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