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Sugar and Salt

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  6 reviews
An egg binds time in a place where lightning is a playmate of women and girls, but a gift of a mirror presages the destruction of what had been a haven for the female...

This modern fable is of such surprising juxtapositions, reflecting the seemingly trite but assuredly cruel twists of Philippine women's history.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published 2006 by Anvil Publishing, Inc.
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K.D. Absolutely
Jun 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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This is a short fable about Melchora Aquino (1812-1919), who is known here in the Philippines as the "Grand Woman of the Revolution" and "Mother of Balintawak." Aquino was 84 when the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish government started in 1898. She was a single parent with 6 children and was operating a small store in Balintawak. She opened her house to the rebels. She tended the injured ones, fed the hungry, prayed for the souls of the dying. In her honor, there is a district and a who ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a book of so few pages. It is, however, so heavy to carry around. Oh, so heavy.

It is but a simple story, a fable. It is of so few words, but it is of so much thought.

It deals with a history of a people, a people whose identity seems quite vague, but an identity that is carried through a lineage (?) of a chosen few (of the few who chose -- and who seem to dwindle with each generation). It talks about the Filipino.

It also, interestingly enough, deals with sugar and salt, both of which have
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Book #61 for 2012: Women's history. Profound. Mysterious. Head-trip. For a small book, it packed a lot of punch. I was reeling while reading it. ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
A cute little book with a cute fleeting story! :)
I have no idea how to feel about this. On one hand, it’s short and sweet (heh) and easy to digest and tells a good story (an important one). On the other, Rosca has supported and defended J. K. Rowling’s transphobia, which is a giant red flag. IDK. I liked this book but I also don’t like it enough. Eh.
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Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A glimpse of how Filipinas were oppressed during the colonial period. Subtly debunks the myth that Westerners were always advanced in terms of feminism. Lol
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Ninotchka Rosca is an outstanding contemporary writer, human rights activist and feminist. She is the author of six books: her short story collections include Bitter Country and Monsoon Country; her two novels are State of War and Twice Blessed which earned the 1993 American Book Award for excellence in literature; and her books of non-fiction are Endgame: The Fall of Marcos and Jose Maria Sison: ...more

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