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A Makeshift Sun: Stories & Poems (Philippine Writers Series)

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Drawing from Abad's introduction, one could regard the stories as a quest of memory, and the poems a probe of feeling, which both seek to define our humanity as Filipino. Whether the subject in story or poem is love or family, a natural function or even an idea, what is crucial for the definition is the integrity of the fictional persona's response. But the form that integ ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published 2001 by University of the Philippines Press
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"Andaya, andaya."

Sadly, I've lost my copy of this book. But even now, years after I last read this, the story of Rene and Cita and the bougainvilleas still haunt my mind. Those ending lines paint so painfully well the feeling of having to accept the things that happen for no good reason.

The other stories are also masterful. I remember a vivid slice-of-life during the Japanese occupation, a setting so alive it's almost like I grew up in that barrio.

Finally, there is a poem that particularly inter
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The poet and literary critic Gémino H. Abad was born on February 5, 1939 in Sta. Ana, Manila.

At present, he is a University Professor Emeritus at the University of the Philippines. His current writing and research include “Upon Our Own Ground”, a two- volume historical anthology of short stories in English, 1956- 1972, with critical introduction; “Our Scene So Fair”, a book of critical essays on
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