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The Pretenders

(Rosales Saga #4)

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The story of Antonio Samson is the story of many Filipinos who find themselves lost and betrayed with nowhere to run to. It is fate that is often their own compulsive making. But Antonio Samson is not just an Ilocano looking for his roots; he is also the modern Filipino who fails to act in a society bereft of decency and justice. This novel, written more than thrity years ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published June 15th 1997 by Solidaridad Publishing House (first published 1962)
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K.D. Absolutely
The 4th book in the Rosales saga. This saga is the only one in Philippine literature written in English. Written by National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose, this saga encompasses the most tumultuous 100 years in the nation's history that start in the late 19th century with the end of the Spanish occupation. This book, The Pretenders is set during either the 50's or 60's when there was an influx of professionals, including teacher-scholars for doctorate degrees, to the US.

Tony Samson is a
I've noticed a pattern in the Rosales Saga since reading the previous third installment of the series, My Brother, My Executioner. Simply put, the issues concerning national freedom and independence as well as the struggles, prejudices and prevalent corruption that have defined the relationship of Filipinos with themselves and their own countrymen ARE STILL THE SAME THINGS that are being discussed and argued to this day in my country. Now it was under a different social context but the fight is ...more
Joaquin Mejia
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-philippines
Chronologically,.this is the fourth book of National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose's series "The Rosales Saga". I think the book takes place in the 1950's. It is actually very easy to picture the Philippines during that decade because there is actually very little difference between the Philippines of today and the Philippines of the 1950's and 1960's. Like before, we still have problems like corruption,poverty, and a democracy that only serves the rich.

The book's main character is Anto
Janross Ayson
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would reiterate that F. Sionil Jose's 'The Pretenders' is a timely book that has a modest significance on the role of social realism in flourishing Philippine literature for it catches our attention on the Filipino nation's chronic social crisis and the dilemmas of a social revolution. Antonio Samson, the main character of the novel, is symbolically torn between his rhetorical talk on genuine social change and his pathetic life in the status quo as the disgraced son-in-law of Don Manuel Villa ...more
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
I chanced upon this while I was in college. I was required to present a book review in one of my classes. As I searched through the library's filipiniana section, I learned about Jose. I did not really intend teh whole book since the book review requires us to translate some section of the book from english to filipino. But I read it anyways.

I was surprised to learn how one principled man can change had he been exposed to a corrupt environment. And that environment, as sionil jose had shown, ma
Ayban Gabriyel
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wohoo! Rosales Saga done! :)
Francis Quadrean
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The pretenders
by Francis Sionil Jose

The story is about master-and-servant relation in the “industrial world” of Manila, Philippines. Tony got lucky because he married a wealthy woman named Carmen. Despite that he didn’t get the blessing for marriage from Carmen’s mother they still continued the wedding secretly. Although Tony is poor - he is a hard working man and good with business that is why Carmen’s father likes him. I think society should not discriminate people who came from poor family.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
There were some chapters where the narration was a bit too long, but in these long narrations were woven the experience of being a Filipino that the author was imparting. What I don't like is that the Filipino communities presented here were only extremes-- either you were very rich, or very poor-- and it presents a very bad image for the Philippines. Yes, those extremes exist, but those extremes are not all that the country has.

But then there are the other chapters, which were so well-done. I l
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Rainier Moreno-Lacalle
It felt like I am Antonio Samson (the main actor in this book). Great writer this Sionil Jose is!
Rhica Joy
Jun 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Jan 19, 2020 added it
i don't think so ...more
Caelyn Go
Feb 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Incredible writing and tone which I have yet to find in other Filipino texts. Interesting historical context and could not put it down!
Chris Denver
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An eye opener. A must read!

"Equality could be won on paper. But once it is won, that is the end of it. Freedom and the fight for it must be constant. It must never cease. And do not forget that men can be enslaved by their own people, by their own prejudices, by their own rulers... What I am saying is that the 'Ilustrados' were not the real patriots. They wanted nothing more than equality. They didn't want freedom. It was enough that they could dine with their rulers, could argue with them. But
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The people around Tony Samson couldn't believe his luck. His life would be veered away from the trappings of lower middle class drudgery into dreams of high society. Little did Tony expect that the people responsible for kicking away the ladder of progress for his kind would be the same people who would destroy the very ideal he held on fastidiously. In the end, his body is as broken as the lives of those he identified with.

How could one read this novel and not be indignant against the forces in
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
head empty. 0 thoughts. good book. real review tomorrow.
Benedict Santos
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bianca Trish
finally finished reading this book for HUMALIT :)
Ronald Liwanag
Sep 25, 2013 is currently reading it
i wouldn't finish yet read this book
John Exos
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very powerful.
Rachel So
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Whose fault is it that people who are in power are corrupt?
Did they have a choice to begin with?
magbigay n kayo ng novel project
iwant to rea this story
Neil Gabion
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-novels
nice story. simple and yet has a heavy and realistic view.
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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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