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Noli Me Tangere by José Rizal
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Jan 21, 2012

really liked it
Read from January 14 to 21, 2012

Living in a state with a large Filipino population, I am constantly realizing how little I know about their culture and history. This novel is a mixture of history and romance, with just a bit of politics and religion. The characters are either all good or all bad, but the good ones are very attractive, and the bad ones either evil or ridiculous. Many people die, many injustices go unpunished. With it all there is a beautiful picture of life at the turn of the century, with descriptions of fashions, food, and architecture. I am now motivated to read the author's sequel to the "Noli", the "Fili", which takes up the story 13 years later, with the characters who didn't die in the last volume. Reading these stories, it's good to know that the Philippines did ultimately win her independence, both from Spain and the U.S.
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