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The Subversive

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  4,883 ratings  ·  164 reviews
José Rizal has a good claim to being the first Asian nationalist. An extremely talented Malay born a hundred years ago in a small town near Manila, educated partly in the Philippines and partly in Europe, Rizal inspired the Filipinos by his writing and example to make the first nationalist revolution in Asia in 1896. Today the Philippines revere Rizal as their national ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 17th 1968 by W. W. Norton Company (first published September 18th 1891)
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K.D. Absolutely
El Filibusterismo (The Filibustering) is the sequel of Noli Me Tangere. These were the two published novels by Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero of my country, the Philippines. Noli and Fili, along with his other writings, caused his death by firing squad on December 30, 1898 or around 2 years before Spain sold the country to the United States of America. They are required readings in most high schools in the country: Noli for juniors and Fili for seniors.

A filibuster is someone who engages in
Michael Gerald
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In the meantime, while the Filipino people may not have sufficient energy to proclaim, with head high and chest bared, their rights to social life, and to guarantee it with their sacrifice, with their own blood; while we see our own countrymen in private life feeling shame within themselves, to hear roaring the voice of conscience which rebels and protests, and in public life keep silent, to make a chorus with him who abuses to mock the abused; while we see them enclosed in their own ...more
Jr Bacdayan
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El Filibusterismo, is the second novel written by Philippine national hero José Rizal. It also serves as the sequel to his novel Noli Me Tangere. El Fili as it is popularly called, is a darker and more evolved novel compared to Noli. It's a book about revenge, manipulation, deception and greed to name a few. It's taken a deeper turn and it shows Rizal's growth as a writer. This turned out to be a double-edged sword. In creating a more serious book, Rizal sacrificed something, he lost the pure ...more
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No reading is ever the same. When I first read this book as a requirement for high school, it was nothing to me as a lame, boring story of the past misfortunes by Dr. Rizal's brilliant mind. It was yet another Noli Me Tangere. But when I read it again before the start of last semester, there were far too many details that I had overseen before. And it speaks of old tales that are subtly happening in the present Filipino society. Really, I think this novel transcends time. Or maybe, it was ...more
K.D. Absolutely
My third time to read this book, El Filibusterismo but my first time to read it in English. My edition of this book (translated by Soledad Lacson-Locsin) won the 1996 NBDB National Book Award for Translation. I think the book deserves that award because Lacson-Locsin spoke and wrote in both languages, Spanish (the language the book was originally written) and English (the other language she spoke at home). Her son edited the book making the language more contemporary but retained the cadence of ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not for me to criticize a piece of work that is not just a national treasure, but contributed to the execution of a man. In addition to providing a wonderfully detailed snapshot of those times, El Filibusterismo is a vehicle for a myriad of ideas and solutions for the Filipino people during the Spanish occupation in the 1800s. It's interesting to note that while Rizal's death inspired the Philippine revolution, this book actually advocates non-violence. I might write a more detailed review once ...more
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Apokripos by: The Philippine Educational System
The sequel to Rizal's masterpiece it stands as the most subversive work of them all!!!
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El Fibusterismo (The Subversive) is the sequel to Noli Me Tangere (Touch me not). You have to give it to Rizal, he sure knew how to title his books! For me, book titles are as good as its cover. Aside from book cover, the title of the book is the very first thing that caught readers' attention. I have to admit, sometimes, I buy a book simply because its title is awesome. Not very advisable. But hey! I did have some great finds, you know? And by golly! Who can resist a book with such strong ...more
Dec 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jose Rizal did not fail the readers in making the sequel of Noli Me Tangere worth buying, worth reading and worth the praises and accolades. The venue for freedom was given importance with its dark plot and amusing characters.

The death of Ibarra and the birth of Simon was undeniably a strong ticket why it has been beautifully crafted. Great ideas plummeted and questions of morality, religion, romance and vengeance are boiling. I can never deny the fact that this is better than contemporary
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El Filibusterismo (The Subversive) is the sequel to Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) written by Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. Rizal dedicated this book to the three martyr priests Don Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos, Don Jacinto Zamora who were executed by Spaniards on charges of subversion in 1872.

I first read this book (along with the first one Noli Me Tangere) as a requirement in my high school classes, of course the stories were written in Filipino. Fourteen years later, I was
Despair Speaking
For me, I liked El Filibusterismo way more than Noli Me Tangere. It's more... action-packed. In Noli Me Tangere, the rebellion is more low key. Here, it's more obvious and there are more suffering and death. It's so cool. I hated the ending though. I really hate the character who ruined the carefully laid out plans.

El Fili has Basilio, a minor character in the previous book, as the main character this time around. He's a med student hoping to do some good in his country. In the same boat he was
Sep 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
December 2007 - Picking up where I left off (i.e. failed to finish), and I am in love with Basilio, Isagani, Macaraig, Simoun and the entire El Fili cast all over again.

And of course, JOSE RIZAL. <33 Ugh.
Ma. Soledad L. Locsin is the best. Translator. Ever. This is the richest, most cadent version I know.

[EDIT] As of the 28th of December, 2007, I HAVE FINALLY FINISHED EL FILI, even though it was last schoolyear's required reading. Lol.

And can I just say.

Simoun + Basilio = heartbreak.
Jason Bocabil
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fili is a political novel full of bitterness, sorrow, pain, violence and vengeance to awaken the Filipino people against the abusive masters. It bore an irresistible urge to revolution among the Filipinos to go against the government and the practices of the church which appeared realistic (Zulueta, RIZAL 154).
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A darker novel than it's predecessor. Crisostomo Ibarra is disillusioned with what occurs in his motherland and decides to take matters into his own hands. Rizal rounds out his great novels with the tragedy and hope that remain the cornerstones of his country.
This particular edition (translated by Soledad Lacson-Locsin) won the 1996 NBDB National Book Award for Translation.
This particular edition (translated by Rio Alma) won the 1999 NBDB National Book Award for Translation.
Sep 05, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: studycorner
This book is a lot sadder than i thought... its like there's no happy ending for a single soul in this book...
Nyara (=^_^=)
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
WAAHHH!!!! Simoun and Maria Clara died!!! TT ^ TT

I really missed Juan Crisostomo Ibarra here TT_TT
Mar 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sequel to Noli... much darker and sinister that its predecessor, capturing the frustration and anger of the author and the emotional turmoil of a country wanting freedom.
Raine Jayme
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tragic and has a lot of action. I really felt bad about what happened to Maria Clara.
Gianne Kris
what i like about this book is the changes that happened to Ibara.
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And again I hate.. It's good to learn the history of the Filipinos to the eyes or someone who experienced it first hand. Every Filipino should read this. ...more
Everyone should read this! It is one of a two book set written by Rizal, a hero of the Philippines, who in effect, wrote the script for the revolution for the Philippine people to gain their independence from their oppressive Spanish regime. Rizal describes the tragedy and almost slave-like state of his people in such fine and loving detail, adding humor that makes your heart clench and adventures that entertain, shock, or devastate. The Spanish are equally loving detailed and lampooned, though ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El Filibusterismo is the sequel to Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere. As with the Noli, Ma. Soledad Lacson-Locsin's intent was to translate to English while staying as close as possible to Rizal's style of writing in Spanish.

It's a shorter book. The dreaminess and idealism of the Noli Me Tangere gives way to the darker, grimmer, more cynical tone of the El Filibusterismo. So the language style also changes - instead of the longer, declamative dialogue of the Noli, you have the more direct,
Michael David
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the most flawed novel that I've given a 5. Yet despite everything, it deserves its score.

It is, indeed, propagandist literature. In addition to that, however, it is also a decently-written novel - and is actually the second book from the Philippines that could actually be called a novel. The Noli and the Fili proved to the world, simply, that the indios were not merely monkeys: one was actually able to write a novel that was full of mordant wit that anathematized the
I read this in high school. It was the final requirement for my Filipino class. Unlike my classmates, I couldnt wait to read the book so I read it when my parents bought it. I really enjoyed reading Noli Me Tangere. So it wasnt hard finding an inspiration to read the sequel.

I was really happy that there were new characters and it showed other events that werent mentioned in the first book. I read both books in Filipino. It wasnt easy reading both books in a deep Filipino language but I managed.
Stanley Guevarra
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-reads
El Filibusterismo Review

El Filibusterismo is, apparently, less popular than Noli Me Tangere, but it was so much better.

El Filibusterismo was our only topic for our Filipino class in 10th grade, so we had to go deep. Each class, however, was worth listening to, thanks to my Filipino teacher. Unlike Noli Me Tangere, El Filibusterismo was much more profound; each chapter portrays one or more social issues that, even until now, still prevail.

Although El Filibusterismo is a story that revolves around
Marie Clarisse
As if Noli Me Tangere wasn't already a masterpiece in itself, its sequel El Filibusterismo proved to be all the more poignant. While the first installment of Rizal's duology dealt with political and patriotic themes as well, it was done so in a lighter manner up until its tragic ending. The events were told through the eyes of a younger and more passive Crisostomo Ibarra.

The latter installment on the other hand, delved straight into building its intended message. The turn of events are darker,
Prince lopez
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The translation made by Soledad Lacson Locsin is one of the most accurate translation of Rizal's El Fili (including the Noli)in english. she carefully translate the original novels which is in Spanish to english. if you want to read Rizal's novels I recommend Locsin's english translation. the translation which we use in high school are often faulty and has faded away to the original content of the novel(you can use the older version of the tagalog version but with time gap it would be hard to ...more
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having to read this book in Filipino was hard. The words were too deep, and having to finish just 1 paragraph made me sleepy. Thankfully, I had the best Filipino teacher, Mrs. Are, to help me understand and appreciate this beautiful book.

Let me tell you, it was frustrating as fuck when I found out about how things turned out in the end. It's an ingenious way to make people revolt, and fight against their captors then.
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