Three Filipino women by F. Sionil Jose

IMG_8060Set in Manila, The Philippines. Reviewed on 2019/02:

#threefilipinowomen seen by other people, perceived by other people and described by other people. I think the title and to some extent the book description need a footnote explaining what #fsioniljose is trying to achieve here. Narita, Malu and Ermi are described solely from the perspective of the different three men. These men are obsessed, infatuated and completely absorbed in their emotions and feelings. You have to keep that in mind all the time while reading this book. The portraits these men come up with are incomplete, flawed and one-sized without a doubt. However I’d still argue that whether we like it or not, we are also influenced by what others think of us regardless of how biased and distorted that perception might be. #joseis also very skillful at translating the social and political forces fighting for power in the #philippines of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Regardless of how skewed and incomplete these women’s portraits are, they still have a voice in confronting the colonial demons, corrupt tendencies and endless aspirations of the entire country. This book makes me think that I should probably go back to read the #rosales saga at some point. #manila#philippineliterature #filipinoliterature#fsioniljosé #randomhouse #portraits#filipinowomen

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