Sunday, September 11, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
How hard or easy is it to be a book lover in the Philippines? What are some of your frustrations as a Filipino reader? And what are the positive aspects of being a reader in the Philippines?
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
- to read 80 books in total, averaging 250 pages per book - That's to prevent me from cheating all the time with picture books;
- to read 26 authors I have not read before, with surnames from Z to A in that order;
- to read at least 4 classics;
- to read all assigned books for our book club discussions.
Le Guin, Ursula
- read a total of 70 books this year
- complete the A to Z challenge
- read at least 6 classics, guided by Italo Calvino's Why Read the Classics
- read all FFP book discussion assignments
- read at least 2 books on writing (Margaret Atwood's, Stephen King's, etc.)
- read at least 5 travel/ travel writing books
- finally read 100 Years of Solitude
- read at least 3 biographies
- blog at least 50 posts here, and
- read the bible slowly, more deeply studying it book by book
- read a total of 70 books this year - check
- completed the A to Z challenge - check
- did not read at least 6 classics, guided by Italo Calvino's Why Read the Classics - fail
- read all FFP book discussion assignments - check, except for Carrie, which was our inspiration for our Bloody Prom Christmas party, but we didn't have to read that.
- did not read at least 2 books on writing (Margaret Atwood's, Stephen King's, etc.) - fail; got to read Stephen King's On Writing January 2011.
- read at least 5 travel/ travel writing books - check, but this was unintentional, it turns out I got to read travel related books as listed below, and Peter Mayle's Chasing Cezanne, though it was fiction, had me chasing Chezanne all over France and England, so that qualifies. So check!
- did not finally read 100 Years of Solitude - epic fail; i did not even come near the book.
- read at least 3 biographies - check
- did not blog at least 50 posts here - fail; I eked out 36.
- read the bible slowly (too slowly), BUT NOT deeply studying it book by book and not frequently. - fail
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
February is poetry month for the Flippers.
Monday, January 31, 2011
I was born in the late 60s, which means that I was too young to have truly lived the psychedelia that was the 70s. Sideburns, combos (live bands), and all those mind altering drugs. This book gives me a sneak peek at those groovy years I missed out on.
What I found most amusing was what was then considered “society.” Now, we say posh or “sosyal.” Back then, it was society for parents to name their male kids Willie, Boy, or Rene and their girls Susie, Margie, or Tess as opposed to picking saintly names from calendars.
Bobby, the name of the book's main character, was also considered a society name. Bobby Heredia is a teenager. The adults in this book seem to think that the whole teenage concept is a fairly newfangled thing. And Bobby's generation of teenagers is a generation more troubled, more complicated, more jaded.
The teenagers of the 70s were as concerned about being cool as today’s teens. To be graded uncool back then would be called “overacting” or “OA.” Like “scooters were fun, but motorcycles were overacting, especially if you dressed up for it in goggles and helmet and black leather jacket.” “Pants should be tight, but skintight pants were overacting.” Back then, it was cool to use street corner language like “diahe” and “tepok,” and it was overacting to use American idioms like “get lost” or “dig.” Also considered overacting were wearing red, drinking scotch on the rocks, dancing the twist, going to Baguio in summer, and drag-racing on Dewey. And Pompoy Morel, Bobby's enemy, exemplified all that was overacting.
Bobby hates everything that is overacting. He scorns hypocrisy, and as he starts looking for what is true and honest among all the fake people around him, he develops the ability to see beyond people’s layers, beneath their pretenses. First, he starts seeing people stripped off of their clothes, revealing all the ugly, filthy things they hide. Maybe I'm being obtuse because I don't want to spoil it for you. But what I'm saying is that he starts seeing naked people. And not in a fun way. Then, he starts seeing even deeper inside to their bare bones.
This magical ability, all that he sees, trouble him and cause him to run away from home and to act strangely and violently, especially towards Pompoy Morel. Eventually, he realizes how judgmental and self righteous he has been. He learns the lessons that help him to be more forgiving, more accepting. But I'm revealing too much now.
I found the ending and its explanation of the message a bit too spoon-fed. Though it, at least, confirms that I got the story and its message, I wish it had left more space for the readers to interpret the story differently.
Nick Joaquin is obviously a great, a gifted writer. But I'm not yet in love with him, even though I feel the pressure to be reverent of a National Artist. From what I've read so far (Woman with Two Navels, read ages ago, and this) I am intrigued to discover more.
Candido’s Apocalypse was first published in 1972 as part of Tropical Gothic, a copy of which is yellowing in my shelf. This book has convinced me to include Tropical Gothic in my 2011 TBR.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
- The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
- The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
- Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
- Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman
- My Life in France by Julia Child
- Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
- Falling Off the Map by Pico Iyer
- The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
- Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
- Blu's Hanging by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
- The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I read this book for last year's A to Z Challenge. There were a number of S authors on my TBR, but I chose this because I've read some pretty good things about it. Plus there's a movie that I could watch right after reading the book. Now, I think I'll wait a while before I watch that film, to give me time to forget the book and the unpleasant memory it left behind.