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José Rizal: Life, Works, and Writings of a Genius, Writer, Scientist, and National Hero

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  3,714 ratings  ·  274 reviews

A classic biography of the Philippines' National Hero, this book revises the previous edition written for the Jose Rizal Centennial with fresh insights, new data, and new appendices. One of the best-selling books on Rizal, this volume contains new information about the condition in Rizal's times, the attempt on his life in Dapitan, his prophetic
Paperback, Second Edition, 438 pages
Published 2014 by Anvil Publishing, Inc. (first published June 19th 1983)
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Mur Phy
I want to read this.. Where is a free copy?
Jan 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: academic
Masyadong OA ang pagdedescribe kay Rizal. I know that he's a hero and all that great stuffs but just how Zaide described everything is pretty annoying. Zaide made Rizal overrated
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Dr. Jose Rizal may be our dear national hero and we look up to him but he lived (or at least wants to) a normal life like us Filipinos. He traveled to so many places and keeps record on them (sketches, letters, journals, etc), furthermore, he carved his name in the book of history. He also, like all of us do, fell in love (yeah, he was kinda flirty hin his way =_='). He became a notable person not only in the Philippines but as well as in many
Justin Vestil
Dec 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this one from page 1 to the end.
Rizal is an interesting chap, through the penwork of Dr. Zaide.
I am especially interested with Rizal's womanizing ways...

Rizal is my god!!!
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: pinoy-ako, give-up-on
i only read few of the chapters of this book since it was the textbook we used in our discussion..
Nino Marquez
Jan 22, 2014 marked it as to-read
i want to read this book
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mabuhay Jose Rizal! First ever read biography!
need to read this book cause this is important for my study.
Jef Lamata
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sandra Lannon
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up on a dusty shelf of a local used bookstore and had to read it. Colonial history and biography are of great interest to me. And since I worked with several amazing, beautiful Filipina nurses, I was intrigued to learn about this man. And what a remarkable man he was. The author does put Riza "on a pedestal" but so be it. And yes, the poetry of the late 1800's is florid and I'll delve into it more fully later but loved reading the Spanish and Tagalog. What a disciplined, creative s ...more
Konstantin Bobov
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Quite pathetic and boring, to be honest. Yes, he was a normal man with quite good linguistic skills, who also trained to become a doctor. But it doesn't explain why would he be called a national hero - except that he was obviously a victim of the regime. Too much water in the text and quite poor language... though story about him playing a prank on his wife, on 8th month pregnancy.. is something ridiculously stupid!
Jingjy Jade
Apr 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
I strongly don't believe that Jose Rizal was a Scientist, Engineer, Architect, humorist, etc whatever! wtf are you a Rizal Fan boi? I know he was a Hero but over stating him that he was extremely genius with different profession like, more than 20 of it. wtf is he an 18th century Johnny Sins? oh that dude had a big head with more than 10 chika babes, lol that dude was also a magician, was he like Masters of Mystics arts. he was also master of shadow clone technique and mangekyo sharingan, WOW!
Hanna Isha
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good reading material for Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. In it you'll read about his life, friends, works and even his love life. Overall, it is useful for those taking the subject on Rizal.

For some supplementary reading, grab a copy of Ambeth Ocampo's Rizal Without the Overcoat available at the National Bookstore. :)
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is in chronological order from the birth of Rizal up to his death. This is very informative book if you really want to study Rizal's life. Some historians would recommend to read Rizal without the Overcoat by Ambeth Ocampo but personally, I would recommend this before reading A. Ocampo's book.
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: filipino-ph-lit
Reason: Rizal course .....
Stephen Joseph
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My fave.. :D
Giovanni Bartolo
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good book
Shimar Bactad
Aug 27, 2019 marked it as rizal-work-and-life
I can't open the book.
Joanna  Marie Alamo
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Bible of anything Jose Rizal.
Erwin Villaruel
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ram Robert
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that all Filipinos should read, it’s absolutely spectacular. It shows more about Rizal’s life that some of us never knew.
Ukazuji Ti
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Glen Lubrico
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rizalyn V.
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Chekie Loro
This can help my studies in social science.
Danah Manuel
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good book
Nai Hub
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
OK, they have this on there shelf but I can not even read it, like duh? useless!
I'm reading this for my Rizal subject in school, and even though it's the best Rizal book I've found, it's still horribly written. The entire book is like crudely written fanfiction typed in the wee hours of the morning by a hardcore Rizal fanboy. Most of the passages are patronizing and distracting. It's like the whole book focuses more on the author gushing about Rizal, telling us how much of an awesome, unparalleled genius he is, and oh! that he's the greatest Filipino to have ever lived. Yea ...more
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