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The Bread of Salt and Other Stories

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Long considered the dean of modern Philippine literature, N. V. M. Gonzalez has influenced an entire generation of young Philippine writers and has also acquired a devoted international readership. His books, however, are not widely available in this country. The Bread of Salt and Other Stories provides a retrospective selection of sixteen of his short stories (all origina ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 1993 by University of Washington Press (first published January 1st 1993)
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Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book was like going through different snippets of Filipino life. The themes and ideas explored in these short short stories are just as very bit relevant today as they were when Gonalez wrote them originally.
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I was only able to read "The Bread of Salt". It was well-written and I found the protagonist interesting. The emotions described were very strong and the readers would really feel the love of the narrator. I sympathized with him (not only because we are both violinists), because I recognized some of the feelings he described. Also, like me, he also possessed a very wild imagination - especially the way he dreams about Aida and such. I could see myself mirrored in the main character, both in his ...more
Jao Wonders
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Pan de Sal, bread of salt, is one of the very basic comfort foods of the Philippines. There is bakery less than a block from where we live that makes some of the best. They normally come into the house in a brown paper bag and everybody knows if you want one you should not wait. They are soft, have an ever so slightly nutty flavor and are great with a hot cup of coffee and sometimes it is OK to dunk them. Everybody loves Pan de Sal. They give you a feeling of home and your grandmother's kitchen. ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love it
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i've only read the bread of salt which i really enjoyed. it's very meaningful, and relatable since i found it to be a great interpretation of my own spiritual life. ...more
Crina Balares
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Diko mabasaaaaaa why???
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
N.V.M. Gonzalez ranks as one of the two classic writers of Philippine Literature in English, alongside Nick Joaquin. Gonzalez wrote three novels, but his enduring reputation comes from his short stories, and among these "The Bread of Salt" stands out as the very best of the best. I would rank it among the best short stories in English of the 20th Century. It compares favorably with James Joyce's "Dubliners" sories. Many of Gonzalez's stories, particularly the early ones, focus on the poorest pea ...more
Patricia Lucido
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
(Only read Bread of Salt due to Lit11, but adding this book for the sake of consistency, I have yet to find a copy of this book, but still)
The coming-of-age theme in the story was evident, no real conflict though (it had a passive kind of conflict actually), characters had little development in their positive aspects, but it was so-so.
Rosemarie Concepcion
i want to read this book because i think this is interisting
Dexter Fernandez
Oct 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
its nice
Carl C
Apr 12, 2011 marked it as to-read
Read this short stories collection right after college. Do I remember much about it? Not really, but I look forward to reading it again.
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You'll know what it feels when the love of your dreams saw you on your worst & futile moment. ...more
Betsy Lavadia
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Recommended to Betsy by: Professor Laurel
English 11 requirement
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N. V. M. Gonzalez (Nestor Vicenti Madali Gonzalez) b. Romblon, Romblon 8 Sept 1915. Fictionist, poet, essayist. He was the son of Vicente Gonzalez, a school supervisor, and Pastora Madali, a teacher. He was married to Narita Manuel with whom he had four children. When he was four, his family migrated to Mindoro and settled in barrio of Wasig. Gonzalez had his early schooling in Romblon and later a ...more

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