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Three Filipino Women

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  269 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The American debut of "the foremost Filipino novelist in English" (The New York Review of Books)--three passionate, eye-opening novellas of the Philippines. Advertising in Hungry Mind Review. ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 26th 1992 by Random House (first published 1992)
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Carmen
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, asia, 2019
The obscenities in the country are not girls like Ermi, either. It is the poverty which is obscene, and the criminal irresponsibility of the leaders who made this poverty a deadening reality. The obscenities in the country are the palaces of the rich, the new hotels made at the expense of the people, the hospitals where the poor die when they got sick because they don't have the money either for medicines or services. It is only in this light that the real definition of obscenity should be made.
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Nick
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
F. Sionil Jose is the best-known modern Filipino novelist. Some time ago, I read his "Sins" and did not much like it, but now I think that was a matter of having overdosed on Latin American novels of great amoral politicians -- Carlos Fuentes' "The Death of Artemio Cruz" comes to mind. "Three Filipino Women" is something different -- three male narrators, each of them struggling uneasily with the nexus of eduction and power, reflect on the great loves they have lost. Each of the women who are th ...more
Ayban Gabriyel
Narita. Ermi. Malu

Three stories of three women told each by their lover.

Cadena De Amor -4 Stars

Platinum - 4 Stars

Obsession - 3 Stars
Patrick
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aloysiusi Lionel
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Three Filipino Women (1999), three novellas in one book by National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose, we have seen three particular faces of strength. These “faces” do not refer to skeletal frame or skin enveloping a human being. These faces are geographies that stand as allegories for all Filipino women meant to endure life amidst its disappointments, so in the process and more so in the end, they could overlook, with tenacity and sense of victory, the pivotal role they have played in th ...more
Femi
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
F. Sionil instructed me to skip the second novel of this book- Obsession, and just read his other book Ermita. Of course, as a good reader, I obliged.

Cadena de Amor - 3/5 stars. I hate Narita and her obsession with power.

Platinum - 5/5 stars. Oh, the things you do and ignore doing for love and love of country.
Thomas
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting collection of three novellas which are thematically linked by their strong female protagonists, F.Sionil Jose is a competent and addictive writer who weaves compelling narratives and creates clear, believable characters. That packs a lot of praise into an opening sentence; Three Filipino Women is mostly deserving of that praise. The three women in these stories are connected mainly by the way Sionil's narrators idolize them. That throws a certain problematic perspective into the w ...more
Casandra Lyn Cabuyao
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can really relate to the characters .
Mariel Lopez
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Three short stories about three different women. How content am I to have read books of Filipino women for the first time in my life. Although their lives ended tragically, each novella was still beautiful in its own right
Sheryl
3 stories. 3 women. Narita, Ermi and Malu.

Despite being flawed, each woman stood for what she believed in with fervored conviction. Partly enslaved by their personal ideals and principles and yet very much shaped by the society they live in, these women show a glimpse of the independence we often do or don't associate with the Filipino woman. Political in a sense as we get a taste of the state the Philippines was in during the period going the Martial Law era.

More a 3.5 read on the average.

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Annie
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
At first I was offended. A prostitute, a political prostitute and a revolutionary tease--stories told through the eyes of men who loved them. Was this the only representation of Filipino women the author could come up with? But halfway through Platinum I got over all that and began to appreciate the fabric of the time that wove the stories together as well as the perspective of someone deeply in love with a very strong person who is unable to reciprocate, while dealing with national changes and ...more
Alesa
Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I read this book, because the author is supposed to be the best living Filipino writer. I did learn a bit about Filipino culture. However the three novellas were oddly similar. They were each written by a male journalist who fell in love with a woman who was not his romantic partner. One was a big politician. One was a prostitute. Interesting, but not really memorable for me.
Paula
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pinoy-reading
Phenomenal novella that truly captures the cultural and political spirit of the Philippines during the middle decades of the twentieth century. Many of the themes and lessons of the book are still relevant today, a must read for any Filipino or anyone interested in the intertwinings of politics, religion, and culture.
Heyz Zelle
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
The story of Plat brought me into tears.
The story of Narita awakened me to see the story behind politics.
And of course, the story of Ermita...I'll be biased because the book about her is one of my all-time favorite. She made me reinvent myself in my own tiny way.
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Hannah
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I followed his works in college.
There's a lot to learn from this big daddy of his words!
I'm still searching his library in Manila.
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Ivy Catherine
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Platinum... I was like, "what in the world happened?!" ...more
Tracy
Nov 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-physical
I read this for school. I enjoyed it a little, but not enough to want to read it again.
Shweta Ganesh Kumar
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lovely, memorable and heartbreaking.
Must read for anyone interested in reading about the Philippines.
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Francisco Sionil José was born in 1924 in Pangasinan province and attended the public school in his hometown. He attended the University of Santo Tomas after World War II and in 1949, started his career in writing. Since then, his fiction has been published internationally and translated into several languages including his native Ilokano. He has been involved with the international cultural organ ...more

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