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But for the Lovers by Wilfrido D. Nolledo
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Jun 21, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction-mainstream

Nolledo, Wilfrido D. BUT FOR THE LOVERS. (1970; this ed. 1994). **. This is the first paperback reprint of this novel, and contains a foreward by novelist Robert Coover. To be honest, I just could not get into it and abandoned it after one hundred pages. Here’s the plot summary as given on the book flap: “In the 25 years since its original publication, “But For the Lovers” has acquired an underground reputation as one of the most remarkable novels about World War II, doing for the Pacific war theater what Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22” did for the European one. Set in the Philippines, “But For the Lovers” depicts the survival of a cross-section of Filipinos during the Japanese Occupation, and the American Liberation. The cast is enormous, including an old man who used to wander the countryside entertaining children, a young girl raped by Japanese soldiers, guerrilla messengers bringing word of the coming of the American army, and a Japanese major who views the war as the first step of the liberation of the Asian people from Western civilization...Ranging from hallucinatory lyricism to documentary realism, from black humor sketches to scenes of horror and degradation, “But For the Lovers” is a rich and complex exploration of language, history, and mythology.”
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message 1: by Leonor (new)

Leonor You might want trying to read it as a metaphor for the history of a country with her colonizers, and Alma's search for identity. Savor the language and Nolledo's writing skill. Good luck.

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