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The Bamboo Dancers (Filipino Literary Classics)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  21 reviews
In the Philippines, the caste of “untouchables” is not the impoverished peasant but the elite leadership, on which society depends so much for patronage, but from which the masses more commonly have received indifference, cruelty, and betrayal of purpose.

In the Bamboo Dancers... Gonzalez’s characters are discovered rather than explained. They present themselves without com
Mass Market Paperback, 358 pages
Published 1993 by Bookmark (first published 1959)
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Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This work is so simple, it's easy to dismiss by a non-careful reader. On an action-level, it's not lively, but if one is knowledgeable of the historical and cultural contexts its stark metaphors allude to and, in some ways, illuminate, a very subtle brilliance can be gleaned. It's a more laid-back book than most, and lives more in the gentle surprise of lovely language and concepts than go-go plot or quirky characters. Probably a book more for the mind and a creative heart (the protagonist is a ...more
Joshua Perez
Aug 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
Ugly cover, boring story.
Sorry, Gonzales.
Sep 03, 2011 marked it as to-read
how can i read this story?
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kian
I think it was good but i have to read it first to sure that book wa good
Jul 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Well, the book is good, with much subtleties, but I have given it three stars for the following reasons:

1. I did not relate the relationship between the prologue and the main story;
2. My interpretation, I think, in the Japan trip, is the horrors of nuclear warfare. Again, it does not have a relation with the main story;
3. I did not get why Ernie was in the US.

The Bamboo Dancers, as the title suggests, is the Tinikling, which many Filipinos overseas can be related into. The Filipino overseas, i
Sea Aloba
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
ang taba ng utak nyo gusto kong basahin ung libro ayaw nyo nmn ipakita mga utak palaka
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i need this one
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love how subtle this is.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading this book I felt constantly that I was missing something. Very little exegesis is given; it reads as if we are dropped into the middle of conversations full of significance and history and we have to try to figure it out (I felt this way reading Hills Like White Elephants when I was in middle school, so maybe I need to wait twenty years or so and read this again). I like it, but I’m not sure I get it. There's this sort of affectless narrator, traveling around the world seemingly at rando ...more
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Rezl  Hernandez
Mar 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: informative
humhumhumhumhumhumhumhumhumhumhumhum... BORING
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really recommended to my study
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N. V. M. Gonzalez (Nestor Vicenti Madali Gonzalez) b. Romblon, Romblon 8 Sept 1915. Fictionist, poet, essayist. He was the son of Vicente Gonzalez, a school supervisor, and Pastora Madali, a teacher. He was married to Narita Manuel with whom he had four children. When he was four, his family migrated to Mindoro and settled in barrio of Wasig. Gonzalez had his early schooling in Romblon and later a ...more

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