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Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
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Feb 23, 2011

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bookshelves: world-literature
Read in February, 2011

A competent piece of work but not really more than this.

The book had a few problems

~ Stylistically flat. In literary fiction there is an expectation of eloquence...this book approaches this but does not quite make it.
~ Characters are not compelling and/or believable.
~ The variety of source materials should sound like they're from different personalities and they don't really do this. All seems to be the same flat character.
~ Too many pop culture references. The problem with this is that it gives your writing a shelf life of 12 minutes. Lacks depth
~ Psychological observations were trite

I liked the fact that the Philippines are making a showing in the world of literary fiction...not just regionally.

Some may enjoy this work but I was left feeling neither hot nor cold by it...indifferent. Perhaps, the worst condemnation of literary fiction there is.
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