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These twelve short stories are memorable to me because they are, in a sense, so much a part of my personal experience. Writers write from their lives—this is axiomatic, not so much because their lives are ignited by adventure and romance. What they do is embroider, enlarge what is fairly trivial and common into something bright—even fanciful—with the magic of words.
Paperback, First Edition, 257 pages
Published 2016 by The University of the Philippines Press
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It's not right that I don't get to read one of the Philippines' best. This collection was based mostly on FSJ's experiences yet it is still apt during today's times. I loved how each short story was open ended, you give the conclusion. I thought my vocabulary was passable, but there are words here I had to look up still! If this is how good the shorties are, imagine a full novel. Now I'm ready! ...more
FSJ. Fellow high-schooler fan of The Necklace and The Gift of the Magi, self-confessed emulator of de Maupassant and O. Henry. I adore FSJ's essays, thoroughly enjoy most of his short stories, and admire the historical research, effort, and soul searching that goes into his novels. A serendipity-driven foraging expedition into Mt. Cloud Bookshop led me to this book, a collection of short historical fiction with bittersweet endings. Spurred on, as the author candidly admits, by snippets of true e ...more
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