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Noli Me Tángere (Touch Me Not)

(Noli Me Tángere #1)

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In more than a century since its appearance, José Rizal's Noli Me Tangere has become widely known as the great novel of the Philippines. A passionate love story set against the ugly political backdrop of repression, torture, and murder, "The Noli," as it is called in the Philippines, was the first major artistic manifestation of Asian resistance to European colonialism, an ...more
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Published June 27th 2006 by Penguin Classics (first published 1887)
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K.D. Absolutely
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: TFG 100
This book is the most important literary work in the Philippines. One hundred twenty-six (126) after it was written, its message is still relevant to us Filipinos. I have also read a lot of other books written by local authors and, for me, the quality of Rizal’s writing is still unsurpassed.

"Noli Me Tangere" (Touch Me Not) is a novel of the National Hero of the Philippines, Dr. Jose Rizal. The Latin title came from the Holy Bible, John 20:17 “Touch me not, for I have not yet ascended to my fath
At age thirty-five, José Rizal was sentenced to death by a firing squad because of what he wrote. Even at death he was a rebel, refusing a blindfold and requesting to face his executors. After over three centuries of colonial resentment, the Philippine Revolution had begun. The title of this novel is taken from the biblical context, when Jesus says to Mary Magdalene, touch me not, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. The dictionary places Noli Me Tangere in this context: "a person or thing ...more
Jenn McCollum Avery
When I picked up a novel with a stunning title like Noli Me Tangere (Touch me Not), I expected to encounter a work dredged in corporeal, visceral experience and language. I wanted a novel centered on the function of touch: human interaction, physicality, phenomenology, flesh. I didn’t get this in Jose Rizal’s incredible text, but I didn’t really feel disappointed in not getting what I wanted — because in some ways I received a more meaningful gift.

Having read Pilipino literature before and not w
K.D. Absolutely
Feb 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books Group Read
My third time to read this most important novel ever in the Philippines. The first two, I read in Tagalog (in high school as a requirement and two years ago as a group read in a book club). This time, I read the English version. This particular translation is said to be the best because this was written by Soledad Lacson-Locsin who was a native Spanish speaker and she was 86 years old when she agreed to write this book. Educated at Assumption Convent, she knew by heart both English and Spanish s ...more
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: KD
Shelves: c19th, gift, philippines
The pen is mightier than the sword, they say, and it is not often that one has the opportunity to read a novel that has forged an independence movement. Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) (1887) by José Rizal is such a book, for although its author advocated reform not independence, the novel was so instrumental in articulating a Filipino identity that it provoked resistance against the Spanish colonial regime. Ostensibly it is a love story, but one set against a backdrop of repression and violence. ...more
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tfg-f2f

Dr. Jose Rizal wrote two novels in an attempt to stir the Filipino’s thoughts and emotions; and with great hope that freedom may be obtained in a peaceful way – without the violence that had claimed many heroic lives. Noli Me Tangere is the first, followed by El Filibusterismo.

We’ve read this, a long time ago, back in High School. Compulsory reading does not usually reap good harvest; but once the seed was planted, it stays within. We had a very passionate teacher, and she loved Dr. Rizal. She s
RE de Leon
Jan 24, 2011 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Filipinos who want to appreciate Rizal in a translation that captures his satiric humor
Recommended to RE by: Ilia Uy, Tina Matanguihan
The Bookmark/Locsin Translation of Noli Me Tangere (aka "The Social Cancer") is my 200th BookReads book! :D

I've sorta been adding random picks from my shelves all this time (and logging in all the new acquisitions), but I've made a tradition of marking the hundred-multiple marks by picking special books. And for 200, it's good ol' Pepe.

I've been thinking for a while that I ought to do a four-way translation review of Noli, since enjoying it is infamously translator-dependent. The four key trans
Harry Rutherford
Noli Me Tangere is described on the back cover as ‘The novel that sparked the Philippine revolution’. Which sounds a bit hyperbolic, but apparently the publication of the novel in 1887 was an important moment; even more so, Rizal’s subsequent execution for rebellion, sedition and conspiracy.

So it’s a political novel, an unusually early example of a colonial novel written from the perspective of the colonised. In this case, the main representatives of colonial power are from the church rather tha
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
"Noli Me Tangere" is one of those rare books that can truly be called revolutionary in any sense other than style. Jose Rizal's critique of Philippine society under the Spanish crown and Catholicism is blistering. This is one free thinker who wrote what he thought. And paid for it--no doubt this novel was accounted part of the political career that got him shot. It reads very much like a twentieth century novel struggling to escape from a nineteenth century one. All the much-used devices of the ...more
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
from The Book Hooligan

"I die without seeing the dawn brighten over my native land! You, who have it to see, welcome it — and forget not those who have fallen during the night!" - Elias

I know of two anecdotes regarding Rizal's poem, Mi Ultimo Adios. The first anecdote is about how US Congressman Henry A. Cooper recited Rizal's final poem to the US Congress as a part of his effort to lobby for the self-government of the Philippines. This moved the US Congress to such a degree that they passed a bi
Jr Bacdayan
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Noli Me Tangere, Rizal's first and most famous novel is a book that exposes the inequities of the Spanish Catholic priests and the ruling government. He successfully captures the essence of our country's culture and practices during the time. Rizal also depicted nationality, he did this by emphasizing the qualities of Filipinos: the devotion of a Filipina and her influence on a man's life, the deep sense of gratitude, and the solid common sense of the Filipinos under the Spanish regime. The work ...more
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Apokripos by: The Philippine Educational System
The definitive masterpiece of The Philippines National Hero.
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Noli Me Tangere is a revolutionary book by our national hero, Jose Rizal, and is said to spark the revolution against the Spanish rule in our country. This was areal required reading book for Filipino high school students so I was able to read this book for our Filipino class. Or at least, I was able to read a condensed version of this book, since our textbook back then contained summarized chapters with discussion questions (which we have to summarize yet again an
Sep 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: filipinos, classic lovers
Shelves: pinoy, classics
I have to admit, the only reason why I read this book is because we were required to take it up in high school. If it wasn't pushed by the Department of Education I wouldn't even think of reading this novel because it's quite long (the Noli Me Tangere copy I have is the thick, hardbound book published in Manila). Good thing my sister has the annotated copy with questions after every chapter to help me understand the symbolisms, etc.

I am not sure if I am being biased here (I am Filipino) but I re
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angélica by: Required reading for HS Filipino, PI 100 class
Recently read this for my PI 100 class. The classic Tagalog makes for a challenging read because of the vocabulary (my Filipino vocab is sadly lacking), but I promised to myself to read at least Noli, Fili, and Sucesos. The essential Rizal, as my PI 100 prof puts it. I now understand (or at least I have a teensy bit clearer idea) why Claro M. Recto wanted to pass the Rizal Law. I would've wanted students to read about his ideas too, especially with the way the Philippines is going...
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Description: A passionate love story set against the ugly political backdrop of repression, torture, and murder, "The Noli," as it is called in the Philippines, was the first major artistic manifestation of Asian resistance to European colonialism, and Rizal became a guiding conscience—and martyr—for the revolution that would subsequently rise up in the Spanish province.

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Title taken from John 20:17

Opening: A Social Gathering: On the last
Apr 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Asian History Buffs, Filipino-Americans, revolutionaries-in-training
I first attempted to read "Noli Me Tangere" almost three years ago, but I couldn't get into it. The first chapter had me stuck, and I got tired of constantly flipping back to the footnotes. (Maybe I've been out of academia too long!) Parts drag, the language can be overwrought and flowery, and some of the political, religious and philosophical references can be obscure and challenging.

But I'm glad I stuck with it! Certain chapters are incredibly compelling, and it really picks up towards the mi
Gianne Kris
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
after reading this book, the events one will remember will be the little events that took place. the events that reflects the events, condition, and treatments received by the Filipinos during the prior to/and during his time.
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this novel a lot. It's a real page turner.

And this is surprising for me. We were required to read this in high school (I think it's still required reading in all Philippine schools, public and private, but I may be wrong). Jose Rizal is one of our national heroes, and perhaps the greatest. But back then I thought it was dry and boring. During Filipino class, my mind wandered elsewhere. As a result, I failed to appreciate it.

What is the story about? (Spoilers ahead!)

Basically, Noli Me T
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo are Filipino classics and reading them, it is easy to see why. They tell the story of Juan Crisotomo Ibarra, a young mixed-race Filipino from an affluent family.

Noli Me Tangere, the first volume of the novel, begins with the return of young Ibarra to the Philippines after seven years in Europe. On his return, he discovers that his father has died in a prison cell, falsely accused of a crime. Rather than give in to bitterness and revenge, he chooses instead
Thierry Lao
Dec 23, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noli Me Tangere..."Touch me not"...Oh yeah, there's a lot of meaning into that. One of the best ways to know the true meaning behind this peculiar and odd title is to read the whole enervating book. But another way is to read the appendix at the back. Probably when you get the book, the first thing you do to keep you going on is to read the appendix first. I don't know with other versions but my version's got an appendix at the back, which includes Chapter "X". Going into the book, certainly, th ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Our hero is an idealist, when he wakes up his world has changed dramatically.

How Rizal tells this story made it an enjoyable read. It has a large cast of characters that vary in temperament, and many light touches against the heavy drama. At the centre there is a poignant message – I won’t give it away and let you read this.

It’s a book I wouldn't mind reading again :)
Kobe Bryant
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book helped start a revolution and other than getting you laid thats the coolest thing a book can do
Jeri Massi
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I picked up my Filipino friend's copy of this book one summer 20 years ago and was hooked on it almost at once. Bear in mind, I was born in Pennsylvania, and to my discredit, am aware only of a smattering of the history of the Philippines since WWII. I came into this book about the Philippines in the 1800's as a newcomer.

The novel is a bit operatic in its drama and caricature, but from what I understand, Rizal was trying to appeal to his countrymen. He definitely excoriates the Roman Catholic pr
Michael Gerald
The last time I read the Noli Me Tangere was in high school, for the prosaic reason that it was required. While that in itself was already a learning experience, reading it after more than 10 years gives one fresh thought to reflect on it again. And read slowly I did, forced by circumstance of battling an illness.

More than 100 years since Rizal wrote this novel, the Philippines had been through years of upheaval, years of progress, and the growing pains of a still young independent nation. So mu
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This is a very acceptable novel in the familiar 19th Century style, a tangled tale in which secrets are slowly exposed, characters lack crucial information until far too late, idealism and cynical reality clash brutally and tragically. The story-telling is excellent and the novel is interspersed – not randomly; they are stepping stones on the story’s path - with many beautifully constructed set pieces (as I think of them anyway: when the writer dips his pen deeply and takes time out across a num ...more
I had forgotten how.......extra.......Rizal is as a writer. Lmfao.

I really enjoyed the experience of rereading this as an adult. It slaps different when you're not being required by a teacher to read a certain number of chapters per week or memorizing facts to write on your final exams. (I've always believed that formal schooling can sometimes take the joy out of learning, lol.) I really encourage everyone to reread this book as adults when they've formed more concrete, fact-based opinions of Fi
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jose Rizal will not be the Jose Rizal we know today if it wasn't of this book: Noli Me Tangere or Touch me not in English.

Everyone in the Philippines knows about this book as it is a required reading on our 3rd year in High School. So even those who will rather eat their brains than read books, know Maria Clara, Crisostomo Ibarra and the ever popular, Padre Damaso.

To say that this book is a phenomenom is an understatement. This book alone fueled the desire of the Filipinos for Freedom during the
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-philippines, ebook
I give 2* to this edition, not the original and complete book.
I downloaded this ebook a couple of years ago from Goodreads and I really don't know why seen that I never read abridged editions. Well, seen that I had it on my kindle, I finally decided to read it.
The book talks about the colonization of the Philippines by the Spaniards and how life was in those centuries. Above all it talks about how everything was under the control and rule of Catholic religious orders.
Sadly this edition is an ab
Could this be the first postcolonial novel? Maybe there are other works that lay stake to that claim, but this is certainly the earliest I've read. Now, like most first anythings, it's far from perfect. Rizal, having been well-trained in the art of the 19th Century novel (shades of Tolstoy, Stendhal, Flaubert), writes a melodramatic story designed to illustrate all the flaws of a hypocritical society. Lots of intrigue and martyrdom. The heroic Ibarra! The saintly Maria Clara! The wicked machinat ...more
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José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda was a Filipino polymath, nationalist and the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. He is considered the Philippines' national hero and the anniversary of Rizal's death is commemorated as a Philippine holiday called Rizal Day. Rizal's 1896 military trial and execution made him a martyr of the Philippine ...more

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