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Mens Rea and Other Stories

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  6 reviews
“As a short-story writer I can only accord her my admiration and respect for stories that are … perhaps difficult but certainly a worthwhile and remarkable read.”—Jose Dalisay Jr., in the foreword
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Published 1998 by Anvil Publishing, Inc.
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Christian
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
Nearly abandoned this book halfway through but I pushed on hoping for redemption while trying to suppress any inclination of reading another book.

For context: I concede that Sitoy writes well; there are lovely passages in this book that took my breath away. My problem is that I found myself detached and unconnected in her stories of gender wars and emotional upheavals. Had to rush reading some stories because they were not communicating with me at all. Maybe I read this in the wrong time and at
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Ivan Labayne
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was ok

As a way of ending, I would like to illustrate how the characters in each story can be argued to reside in a singular world. Ina in A Dream of Women felt that “she must hurry, hurry, before the next jeepney sweeps her up and drops her by the roadside like a tiny white kitten” (21); quite resembled in I See my Shadow on the Pavement, where the female character “must finish the mad dash across the asphalt, past the baking metal hoods of jeeps and buses that could burst into life any moment and mow
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Kay
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book has a flavor I would describe—inexplicably—as heady and heavy. Depressing. It was difficult to stay interested in the characters since their woes were mostly of their own foolish doing and most of the stories ended bleakly. I felt the characters were written to be droll and relatable (in their frustration, indecision, weakness), but I just didn't care for them that much. ...more
Mhadz
May 15, 2011 added it
bullshit!
Job Nacpil
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
honestly did not finish the book. while the stories have quite interesting plots, it builds up momentum that gets you hooked towards the middle but only to end with disappointment
Annabelle
May 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own-it
Having read this a lifetime ago, I cannot no longer rate it in complete honesty. A rereading is definitely in order.
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Lakambini Sitoy is the author of two collections of short stories, Mens Rea (1998) and Jungle Planet (2005), published in Manila. Sweet Haven is published in French by Albin Michel. Sitoy was the recipient of the David TK Wong Fellowship at the University of East Anglia, UK in 2003. Her handling of difficult themes such as sexuality, identity and race relations through fiction and journalism has w ...more

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