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A Blade of Fern: A Novel About the Philippines

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Set in the exotic background of the little mining village of Nibucal in the southern Philippines, A Blade of Fern sketches a panoramic vista of rural life and problems of survival among miners prospecting for gold.

The novel is in the tradition of the Romantic hero who runs away from a society he rejects to seek regeneration in a deeply natural environment.

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Paperback, 192 pages
Published 1998 by Giraffe Books (first published 1978)
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Juan
Jan 14, 2014 rated it liked it
This novel is not all about gold mining or business venture,
this is not about romance or sense of belonging,
but this novel tells about and characterizes the Philippines,
its people and its social problems that up to now are still unsettled and unresolved. This is so relevant on our present situation and that made this novel a classic.
Bryan
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
It's my first time to read a novel by Edith Tiempo so I'm really unfamiliar with her writing style. I tried my best not to compare her with her romantic husband. Edilberto uses words to relive his narration while Edith uses words to describe an experience. If there's any difference with that, I'm not sure. What I know is that the couple's descriptive narration is royal!

At first I can't figure out where this book will lead. It says on the title that it's a novel about the Philippines. I was expec
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PATRICK
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, despite the wonderful descriptions of rural life which I am actually interested in, this is just too outdated for me. And to quote myself whenever I'm in a family reunion, "I'm too young for this." I don't why but Filipino English is so recognizable. The prose during her time are similar.

I also had trouble with the depiction of women here especially with how Bernardo gazes Angela like a pervert. I'm not sure if Tiempo was only depicting how the women were in the 1930s or this was
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Edith L. Tiempo, poet, fiction writer, teacher and literary critic is one of the finest Filipino Writers in English whose works are characterized by a remarkable fusion of style and substance, of craftsmanship and insight. Her poems are intricate verbal transfigurations of significant experiences as revealed, in two of her much anthologized pieces, "Lament for the Littlest Fellow" and "Bonsai." As ...more

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