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My Brother, My Executioner (Rosales Saga, #3)

(Rosales Saga #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  574 ratings  ·  30 reviews
The conflict in this novel about the Hukbalahap uprising in the fifties is not just the enmity in the guerrilla war. It is the deeper symbolic conflict between two brothers and their vastly different and estranged worlds. Here, too, is the trauma of traditional society undergoing change, and the old refusing to let go.

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Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 15th 1988 by Philippine American Literary House/Solidaridad Publishing House (first published 1973)
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Whitaker You can buy it. From among other places Kindle or Kobo. It should likely be available under Don Vicente. Or you could check if a library you have acce…moreYou can buy it. From among other places Kindle or Kobo. It should likely be available under Don Vicente. Or you could check if a library you have access to has a copy. (less)

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K.D. Absolutely
This is a lot more than a story of a sibling rivalry. Two half-brothers Luis and Victor have the same mother. Luis, the older of the two, is the son of his mother's master (the mother used to work as a housemaid). Victor is the son of an unnamed farmer who died when he and Luis were still small children.

Since they are poor, Nena, the mother gives Luis to his father when he is about to start his schooling. She wants Luis to have a good future. The father is the richest man in the town, Rosales. S
"I love our country. But what is our country? It is a land exploited by its own leaders, where the citizens are slaves of their own elite."

This is the third installment for F. Sionil Jose's Rosales saga after Po-On and Tree , and being able to finish it last night left me rather cold and unsatisfied. Unlike the first two books, this one has a protagonist I could not form any attachment to, and I truly tried to make some sort of genuine connection with him and it doesn't make sense to
Ayban Gabriyel
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This might have spoilers, shit opinions and what nots on a book review but who cares? Read on your own risk I'm just spilling my thoughts here.

I have always admired F. Sionil Jose's works, from short stories to his novels but this one, I felt like I'm reading his previous works in the Saga. He is repeating himself, preaching. Not that I don't like the book or the story of the book, maybe if I'm a newbie in his styles and point of views and social commentaries from his other books, I would reall
Jul 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: filipiniana, novels
I've never read F. Sionil Jose before because I couldn't get past the first page of any of his books. His style has always struck me as heavy-handed and pretentious, and this novel is no exception. It offers an interesting moral tale about family loyalty, power, and revolution in the post-independence Philippines, but unfortunately it's buried under overwrought descriptions and a thick layer of sexism. ...more
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
F. Sionil Jose is a must for lit class. It is really inspiring. But I think this year 2012, the filipino writing style should be different now. don't you agree? ...more
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Andrew James Jiao
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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The book sent me to post-WWII Manila and Pangasinan. The author writes in English without distancing the reader from the story's setting. The story is rich in thought-provoking dilemmas involving nationalism, family, love, and even the meaning of life. The plot is marked by tragic events from start to end. The book title and cover don't hide much of the conflict though. Overall, I'd say it is a good lens to look through if you want to learn a bit of Philippine history and culture, and also if yo ...more
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Book #21 for 2014: I don't know why, but I found this book a bit dragging. Maybe it was because of all the introspection. Hopefully the next book will be better.

Notable Lines:

Politics is total, son. Total. And even women should be tools in it. (p. 11)

My son--there are no oppressors, there are no oppressed. There are only people who seize opportunities to make their lives better. (p. 15)
Nov 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Filipinos
Recommended to Julie by: My sis
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Dec 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
well i like this author but i read it in english. but it was very good.
Dec 29, 2012 added it
I posted a review (sorta) here: ...more
Aug 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Interesting story that really explains the history of the Filipino people during Spanish rule and the difficult feudal system still in control at that point.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I picked up the book (and two others by him) during a trip to the Philippines. Before then, I had never heard of F. Sionil Jose. I was encouraged to pick up the books upon reading the back cover summaries of the Rosales novels on display as well as learning that the author is a highly recognized Filipino artist.

But after reading the first chapter it was all a big heavy disappointment. The only thing that really helped me finish was my anticipation as to what would ultimately happen based on the
Helen Mary Labao Barrameda
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dramatic and thought provoking. I did not personally enjoy this third novel’s plot as much as I had enjoyed Tree (the second in the Rosales saga). But there’s something about the two half-brothers’ lives and storylines that still resonates as a very vivid reflection of Philippine society and culture today, beyond the original setting of the novel (Hukbalahap uprising). It gave me so much to think about as a Filipino citizen and the backdrop of our current modern setup has been somewhat unveiled ...more
Angelo Lorenzo
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I read this as a class requirement in my graduate studies. This novel captures a fragment of Philippine society which rages in the conflict between the elite and the masses, the local colonizers and the colonized.
Rainier Moreno-Lacalle
This is the kind of book that you'd close your eyes after reading. You'd know that in the author's mind these people are real and they symbolize the cause he is fighting for! ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I can see that it has potential, but not my kind of book!
Aizel Macaldo
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I posted my book review here: One Page at a Time

Mags Soliman
Aug 04, 2019 added it
Recommends it for: myself
Recommended to Mags by: me
its my project you know?
Stephen Elbanbuena
i wanna read
Sep 19, 2008 rated it liked it
F Sionil José’s novel, My Brother, My Executioner, is set in a period of Philippine history whose international significance is worthy of wider knowledge. The author’s Rosales novels describe the life of a Filipino family over several generations. Rosales is a fictitious town, but its location is quite real, as is the history that unfolds around it. Rosales is in Ilocos, in northern Luzon, whose people are seen by many Filipinos as a race apart. The events that form the backdrop to My Brother, M ...more
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John Exos
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is the darkest of the 5 books, most dramatic for me. And it is the best stand-alone of the 5 books.
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
i want to read it fuck
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
how can i read this book in the internet?
Miraflor Pilpil
Sep 02, 2014 marked it as to-read
to me it's like a local version of a gabriel garcia marquez book ...more
Jessica Hagedorn
How do i Fucking download this book?
Joanne Paula
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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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