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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  11 reviews
"Thank God for exceptions like myself", says filthy rich Don Carlos Cobello, for the rest of his country 'is silly'. The country in question is the Philippines, where corruption is strictly the rule. From his deathbed, Don Carlos looks back on the life he has led, from his initiation at the family's private bordello to his reign as head of a worldwide family business empir ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published 1994 by Solidaridad Pub. House
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Joaquin Mejia
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-philippines
This book is about a wealthy Filipino called Carlos Cobello. He is a womanizer and he is conceited. He has very little respect for women and non-meztizo Filipinos. To top it all up, he is a friend of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos(called "The Leader" in the book) and has no sympathy for the oppressed.

F. Sionil Jose did a good job on writing a character that anyone would love to hate. He also gave me an insight on a very alien experience: the lives of those extremely rich Filipinos. The people
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought this book was well written, I'm glad that it was a quick read. The characters in this were pretty awful. Not a book I would reread. ...more
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
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John Ray Catingub
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Don Carlos is a pitiable, almost sympathetic, protagonist around whom F. Sionil Jose weaves the life of a powerful Spanish mestizo for most of the 20th century. A departure from most of his work I've read, FSJ gives a face to the antagonistic landlords and systems that oppress his characters, especially in the Rosales Saga. The prose is much tighter than his 21st century work and evocative of his '70s novels. Although the middle of the novel seems to meander, and the ending is not as satisfying, ...more
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Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 but not rounding up to 4.
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Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read this for Lit class. Three chapters deep, I began to question the writer's reputation as one of, if not THE BEST Filipino writer/s. I then asked my literature classmates who were familiar with his works and they said that F. Sionil Jose is F. Sionil Jose because his writing style is straightforward; no BS, no unnecessary details. They also mentioned that in all of his novels -- or at least the ones they've read -- parts of our history are evident, you'd never doubt that he's a Filipino wri ...more
May 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
f. sionil jose's play with prose makes the protagonist's actions bearable and easy to digest for the conscience. it's thought-provoking literature hidden in fluid narrative.

looking forward for my next f. sionil encounter.
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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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