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(Rosales Saga #5)

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Mass, also known as Mass: A Novel, is a 1973 historical and political novel written by Filipino National Artist F. Sionil José. Together with The Pretenders, Mass is the completion of José’s The Rosales Saga, which is also known as the Rosales Novels. The literary message of Mass was "a society intent only on calculating a man's price is one that ultimately devalues all me ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 31st 1984 by George Allen & Unwin (first published 1973)
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K.D. Absolutely
Mass is the fifth and final book in "The Rosales Saga," that is considered as the masterpiece of F. Sionil José, a 90-y/o old highly respected, multi-awarded and illustrious writer here in the Philippines. He has been our long bet for the Nobel Prize for Literature. We hope that the Nobel committee will finally award the honor to a Southeast Asian.

After the first book in the saga, Dusk (5 stars), this is the second best. It almost got the same stars for me except that I will forever remember the
Janice Acosta
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There are no words to describe my love for the Rosales saga. I have read all five of them and this is my favorite among the saga.

The story was set in the time of the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines. There were times when I felt like I was reading about the lives of real people who fought against the tyranny.

It was so easy to fall in-love with the hero/anti-hero and I cried for him during some of the parts in the story when he could not do so.

I also learned so much about the Philippine mo
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you want to know somebody's thoughts on his own country, this is the book you need. ...more
Ayban Gabriyel
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I expected so much from this book, I'm disappointed or maybe I was disappointed the way the story turned out to be or maybe I was boxed on the idea of other novels set in the same dark era;A nationalistic protagonist challenging a rotten system, being so idealistic as a youth.

Mass tells about a story of Pepe Samson, a native from Cabugawan, a young lad who has a laid back attitude, loves to eats and hates going to school but loves literature. He finds himself in a cluttered and densely populated
Nicole Zapanta
Mar 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Mass for me was kind of written out of a lot of hate. It's a dark novel but at the same time very enlightening. It revealed the masses' situation - where they're really at,their needs, their hurts, their problems, and the very root cause why they are poor. I like the book for that. However, how I wish there was not a lot of raunchy scenes in it. The story ended tragically and to me, it was like sure I've seen the real masses but in the end, it was just awful. I think what the novel lacks is hope ...more
Ma. Lalaine
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
It is made of lyrical writing. F. Sionil Jose brings us to Manila. How it is living there from a provinciano perspective. How we Filipinos fail and how we can revolutionize on our own.
Janross Ayson
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
F. Sionil Jose's 'Mass' is a book about the continuing introspection of thousands of Filipinos about their lives as persons and as Filipinos. about why we are poor and miserable, why do we fail as a nation, why do the Filipino masses endure misery and hopelessness, and lastly, how would you contribute in the Filipino people's continuing quest for mass nationalist awakening and social justice. A timely book for those who are undergoing a soul-searching about their important role in shaping this n ...more
Joaquin Mejia
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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In terms of chronology, "Mass" is the last book of F. Sionil Jose's "The Rosales Saga". "Mass" takes place in 1970's Philippines. That was an especially dark time in Philippine history. During the 1970's and the 1980's Ferdinand Marcos's dictatorship killed, tortured, and imprisoned thousands of good and innocent people.

The novel is about Pepe Samson, a youth from the barrio Cabugawan who goes to Tondo, Manila. He learns that Tondo is almost no different from Cabugawan because both places are
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great read for anyone interesting in Filipino culture and history. It's fictional, but paints a very accurate picture of historical events (and imaginary, historical people?). The story focuses on several people from very diverse backgrounds who are working within and around the reform movement that brought about the Philippines as it is known today. ...more
Marina Lim
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read.
Perhaps one of the best authors of my lifetime.
Words, nor tears, could not express how wonderful this book is.
Aug 17, 2011 marked it as to-read
very it!! :)
Michael Forester
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I visited the Philippines for three weeks in February-March 2017, I asked to see some examples of Filipino literature. I was directed first to Jose Rizal, which resulted in a profound and unforgettable personal encounter with this national hero-poet, of which I have written elsewhere. However, I was later given, as a leaving gift, the Rosales Saga by F Sionil Jose which I have been reading since my return home five months ago.

Jose is a difficult author to review literarily, particularly loo
Janet Hope
natapos ko basahin bago mag als dose
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want to read Mass by Sionil Jose
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book!!! I learned so much about my Philippine history and how history truly repeats itself. When I read this book, it was still so relevant to the life that the Filipinos are living today. Nothing much has evolved aside from the clothes we wear and the progressing technology. But in terms of attitude and the way we do things, is still somehow similar. People always think that it's better abroad, the same way it was shown in the book. Very interesting read! I really thought I would be bored ...more
Neil Gabion
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-novels
"The Filipino elite us flawed because the individuals who comprise it, even though they come from diverse backgrounds, do not really see themselves as leaders of a nation. They see themselves as leaders of factions, of families, of cozy coteries. Their rhetoric will deny-even attack this assumption-but their deeds will bear their parochial, factional, and, therefore, anti-nationalistic loyalties."

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Fiamma Aletta
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A required Lit reading turned into a lifetime love affair with F.Sionil Jose. Read the entire Rosales saga very soon after devouring this final chapter in the Samson travails. A glimpse at the dark chapter in the history of the Filipino nation, the Martial Law, richly embroidered with the humanity of the lead protagonist, Pepe Samson. Definitely, my first love in Fil Lit.
Miss Juul
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
2011 - Great read, great understanding of filipino life of the poor.
John Exos
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
The last and longest of the 5 books. F. Sionil's way of describing the scenes bring your senses to as if you were there. ...more
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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

Other books in the series

Rosales Saga (5 books)
  • Dusk (Rosales Saga, #1)
  • Tree (Rosales Saga, #2)
  • My Brother, My Executioner (Rosales Saga, #3)
  • The Pretenders (Rosales Saga, #4)

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