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(Rosales Saga #2)

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Tree belongs to Francisco Sionil Jose's largest body of work known as the Rosales novels. Like much of his fiction, it depicts man's continuing and often futile search for justice and a moral order.

This novel is a story of a boy growing up in a small Ilokano town, surrounded by friends below his social class, by relatives and doting servants who have served his family all
Paperback, 135 pages
Published August 15th 1997 by Solidaridad Publishing House (first published 1978)
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K.D. Absolutely
This is a story of a heartless selfish father whose life is examined through the eyes of his 18-y/o only child, the unnamed narrator. It covers the time when the narrator is still a young boy up to the time that he is a college student and he has to come back to his hometown to bury his father. The homecoming triggers the flurry of memories involving the people in his town, e.g., his father, uncles, aunts, cousins, teachers, servants, tenants and even his first love.

In the center of the town is
"You are going to die," I told him.
"But I will die decently," he said, pausing. "Isn't that what we should live for?"
His question had a quality of coldness, of challenge.

Reading the first book, PO-ON , of the Rosales series last year by prolific Filipino writer and living legend F. Sionil Jose was a gruellingly reflective experience that awoken a dormant passion of the nationalistic sense within me that I never thought I ever had to begin with. I would go as far as to say that this shoul
Ayban Gabriyel
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it

Tree is the 2nd novel of F. Sionil Jose's most epic work commonly known as the Rosales Saga. Five novels that spans 100 years that depicts Philippine History and portraying Filipino lives.

The book tells a story of a young boy who grew up in a Hacienda up north with his father, relatives, servants and other people below his social class. His father was an "encargador" to a wealthy haciendero, Don Vicente. His father's task as an encargador is to manage and overview Don Vicente's land. As

The second part of the Rosales novels is a surprising departure in tone from the previous. In Tree, F. Sionil José allows the voice of a young first person narrator to do the telling. It is a narrative strategy that pays off with its intimate look at the early 20th century rural life in the Philippines under American rule. The narrator, an heir to a powerful landowner, reminisces about his childhood and his relations with the characters (his family's servants, laborers, and farm workers, all bel
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Joaquin Mejia
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-philippines
A novel with great descriptions of Philippine provincial life.
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Book #16 for 2014: This is the second book of the Rosales Saga. This is also my second Jose. In contrast to Po-On, I had a hard time reading this book because I was greatly disturbed by the amount of cruelty inflicted by one of the main characters to his fellow Filipino. I had a hard time reading about a master being cruel to his servants. The idea of having servants also distressed me since in our house, we don’t have household help. In our house, we do our own chores, prepare our own food, was ...more
Maria Ella
In a series of short stories glued together as a novel, para syang baging na nakakabit sa isang malaking troso ng balete tree. Silang mga baging ay mga buhay ng mga tauhan na nilamon ng pagkakaton -- o nilamon ng sistema.
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
The first half of the book is strangely fragmented, more like a collection of short stories that often end very suddenly with a dramatic event. Maybe I just lack the background to really understand this book. I often felt like the stories confuse me more than show me anything new. I found the second half of the book much more interesting and liked the social criticism.
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: filipino-lit, fiction
I haven't read Po-on (#1 of the Rosales Saga) but still managed to appreciate this book. The book is written in English but for the most part retains a Filipino-ness that I can relate to. Except for the odd phrase "Man. There's a man..." (at pages 130, 131 --I wonder if it translates something like the Tagalog greeting "Tao po"), the narrative flows naturally, comfortably and (to my delight) transported me to another place and time. I like how each chapter is a short story yet each contributes a ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Janross Ayson
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is obvious that F. Sionil Jose's "Tree" is all about social injustice through the perspective of the young narrator (the son of a powerful land caretaker) who didn't do anything to remedy such injustices. We can get insights from that book regarding the irreconcilable contradictions between the rich and powerful on one hand, and the poor, the marginalized, and the weak on the other. ...more
Kate (yorick)
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it

A book that will definitely get a re-read from me. I think perhaps the first coming-of-age novel I've read that truly captures the feeling of seeing your privilege for the first time, or realizing how your comforts are taken from others.

Looking forward to reading more of the Rosales Saga!
Helen Mary Labao Barrameda
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I feel like adding words to the book will just spoil the beauty of F Sionil Jose’s fiction. I loved this one better than Po-on, the first Rosales novel in this series. As one review had said, F Sionil Jose’s Rosales saga is a gift to Filipino culture and literary heritage.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am reading Tree completely out of sync with other book in the Rosales novels. However... a great and very emotive read that really made me question my initial thoughts on the book. First read from F. Sionil Jose but it will be the first of many.
Sep 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having just re-read Ngugi’s A Grain Of Wheat, I decided to visit Frankie Sionil José’s novel Tree. Ngugi described a struggle for freedom that succeeded. The perspective he chose was that of poor people caught up in events. Francisco Sionil José, on the other hand, describes the aftermath of a national struggle that failed, and from the point of view of the middle classes who may even have benefited from the USA’s initially opportunist snatch of victory from the nationalists. In the Philippines, ...more
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
bahwa agama dijadikan dalih untuk melakukan kekerasan, itu sudah sering terdengar. tapi yang jarang terdengar adalah bagaimana cara masyarakat asli merespon baik agama maupun kekerasan itu.
sangat menarik membaca pergulatan batin sang tokoh yang awalnya berharap untuk menjadi pemimpin agama, namun takdir berkata lain. takdir yang membawanya untuk melihat agama yang selama ini dianutnya dalam sudut pandang yang berbeda. agama yang dikatakan sebagai pembawa damai, pada akhirnya justru -oknum- agam
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Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
To be honest, I would have liked the story more if it wasn't for that part where every other chapter endings, most, the character had to die for some reasons. I think it really depicts life but it would be better if it hadn't focus too much on that. Other than that, I liked how each setting is narrated. ^_^ ...more
Nina Lenciano
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
This novel was written 40 (?) years ago but why do we still see some of the characters today?

This is an excellent work, every story left me with a heavy heart. *sighs*

Looking forward to read other works of promising Filipino authors.
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Neil Gabion
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-novels
a very timely read. especially what was said on the last 2 pages, 134 and 135.
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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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