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Great Philippine Jungle Energy Café (Philippine Writers Series)

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"If Great Philippine Jungle Energy Café is not the great Filipino novel that we've been waiting for," National Artist Francisco Arcellana writes, "it is surely the great comic Filipino novel. In any case, its material is the stuff out of which the great Filipino novel will be written. This novel is comic in a sad disconsolate way, it has a kin of grandeur, a grandeur all i ...more
Paperback, Revised Edition , 248 pages
Published April 1998 by the University of Philippines Press
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Ivan Labayne
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
postmodern refusal to commit oneselves in Tanya and Tuadla's exchange ending this way: "let's disappear like Robert Aguinaldo."

Regionalism was imputed upon Leon Kilat and the liberation movement he led: "...shouting at the top of thier voices for every Filipino, er, Cebuano, to join in, only the venerable Fort San Pedro lay between the Filipino, er, Cebuano and final liberation." Parallelism was drawn between the 1896 Revolution and the 1986 People Power with the implication: despite both being
Bob Newman
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: southeast-asia
Alliteration's Allure Adds Attraction to Amusing Account

Leon Kilat's trajectory from small town Negros in the central Philippines to revolutionary hero and superman is spiced with many an adventure. He winds up dead but in the future at the great Philippine jungle energy cafe. You might imagine Leon enjoying many a great Filipino dish, wielding his pearl to great effect on a selection of luscious local ladies, or fighting the oppressive Spaniards in the war that led up to America's invasion of 1
Julian dela Cerna
Jun 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
My copy, mislabeled as a third edition, although I am quite certain the publisher meant third print-run, is a poorly scanned version with letters bending at the inner margin, an indication that the publisher did not even bother to unstitch the original copy from its spine before printing. As for the content, let me put it this way: Leon Kilat, a Bisaya hero, is a caricature who frequently screams, "Arraguuuuuy!" Really? ...more
Abdallah Moh
Sep 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
عندما تشتري أدب لاتيني من الانستغرام

الرواية هي ايحائات وإيجازات لتاريخ الثورة في الفلبين في اواخر القرن التاسع عشر

رواية في غاية الارباك واتشويش من ناحية السرد والراوي والشخصيات والاحداث والحبكة

يحاول فيها الكاتب وبطريقة مخيبة وفاشلة محاكاة السحلرية الواقعية

السرد محير .. فالرواية بدات بشكل جميل وممتع وساحر ومن ثم فجأة يبدأ العك والاستعجال والهذر

- لا اثق في رواية يقوم الروائي بكتابة هوامش فيها لايضاح ايحائاته ورمزياته
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caught up in its own sense of cleverness (and using the word cleverness generously) that ultimately doesn't say anything; very insider-y of writer workshop and manila artsy society so if you don't know these references, then you're lost or you won't care--the latter most likely; there's skill here, but to what end was it used? in one of the intro james joyce is evoked, oh please! ...more
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Also known as Krip Yuson.

Alfred Yuson has authored 23 books, including novels, poetry collections, short fiction, essays, and children's stories, apart from having edited various other titles. Yuson was conferred the Southeast Asia Write Award (SEA Write) in 1992 in Bangkok, and has been elevated to the Hall of Fame of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippines ‘ most prest

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