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White Elephants: Stories

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“Once again, in this new collection, Angelo Lacuesta shows his mastery not only of language but also of the life it examines and conveys. As one writer to another, I appreciate how he takes his time to shape a story, and the varied cadences of his prose are a pleasure to follow. But best of all he writes with a maturity of feeling, a sureness of sensibility that eschews th ...more
Paperback, 138 pages
Published 2005 by Anvil Publishing, Inc.
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I deeply appreciate the author's slow-burning writing style, realistic description of things and mastery of the language but these short stories didn't have an impact in me at all. The stories, if not all, were flat. I didn't find myself captivated by this collection of stories. I wanted a climax for every story or even a connection between stories yet I think I got none. But, maybe, it was me who viewed or treated this book in a wrong way.
Kristoff Karlin
Apr 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
It's too boring. There are no dialogues almost. The dialogues are contrived and the characters speak in the same manner thus readers can't differentiate one character from the other. The writer uses too many be-verbs and it felt like he had no idea about the conventions of good writing.
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Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting collection, first book on Philippine Lit. that I found in English
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Amado Angelo Rodriguez Lacuesta (a.k.a. Sarge Lacuesta) is a Filipino writer, and winner of several awards for his short stories, including the Philippine Graphic Award, the Palanca Memorial Award and the NVM Gonzalez Awards.

Lacuesta was born in 1970 in Cebu City. He was educated at the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines, and graduated from the latter with a Bachelor
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“In dreams there are only half-discoveries. In dreams we expect to be tricked and are constantly jumpy, awaiting the strange twist or the inevitable fall. In the event of the latter, even a peaceful death is denied us, and we are awake, sweaty and eyeballs still moving. As we spend the first waking moments trying desperately to remember our dream lives or wondering if a death in dreams provokes our real deaths, everything is soon forgotten and we move and live in the natural world.” 5 likes
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