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As sharp and fast as a street boy’s razor a rich small feast of a book.”—The New York Times Book Review Welcome to Manila. Complete summary of Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Dogeaters. Criticism. dogeaters-coverx (Hungry Mind Review Number 14 May- June, ). The Predestination of It All. In every society—ruled by tyrants or.

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More subtle, but maybe longer lasting, was the degrading of the self among the dominated. It had been sitting on my shelf beside another Hagedorn book, “Toxicology” for several months now, and just looking at it bugged me because I hagedogn this idea that it would be great, and not being able to read it feels like I’m missing something big.

However, to my disappointment, this didn’t seem to last throughout the entire book; the writing seemingly diminishing a tiny bit on creativity as the novel progressed but then again, this could be just me.

The author uses excerpts from other books, poems and speeches within the novel itself or to signify the start of a new section of the novel. Meanwhile, the collapse of a cultural center during construction for the film festival kills many Filipino workers. A thinly-disguised Benigno Aquino gets assassinated and everyone betrays everyone else.

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Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn. So I began, unfortunately, with so much enthusiasm. Late last week, Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines, leaving rubble for wake and cities in shambles. The narrative is a polyphonic, frenetic movement of place and character. Catholicism figures prominently in this novel, which can be expected because the Philippines is a mostly Catholic country. The year is Catholicism figures prominently in this novel, which can be expected because th I wish I could give this 3.


With her background, a Scots-Irish-French-Filipino mother and a Filipino-Spanish father with one Chinese ancestor, Hagedorn adds a unique perspective to Asian American performance and literature. The expat named Rio Kate Rigg who makes the aforementioned observation serves as a sort of authorial and audience stand-in.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And I was reminded of my fellow citizens, left suddenly eager to take care of each other.

In A Storm’s Wake, Two Books Help Make Sense Of What Remains

Paperbackpages. This is another book I read for my Asian-American lit class that I wouldn’t have read if it hadn’t been assigned, and if I had read it, I likely wouldn’t have finished it because I found the writing style off-putting.

As Filipinos gather what they can from the wreckage and confront the jesscia questions of what jesaica lie ahead, readers in other parts of the globe may face a very different kind of challenge.

I also don’t like feeling cheated at the end and I felt a bit of that reading the two conflicting accounts of Quite a frenetic and schizophrenic book.

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With its huge ensemble cast of characters, each chapter of Dogeaters presents the point of view of a particular character. That this and Syjuco’s are both composed of short stories or vignettes with no cohesion because of the absence of unifying theme.


Or was I just distracted by the Noche Buena – the dessert in the fridge yum yum!

It’s an exaggeration of midcentury politics in the Philippines, but not by much. These events are juxtaposed with an interview with the First Lady who rationalizes the evidence of their corruption and denies that the Filipino government is a dictatorship.


The only story I got to fully comprehend was the story of Joey Sands and Romeo. Feb 28, Kat added it Shelves: Books by Jessica Hagedorn.

She paints it with vigor and magnanimous character that sometimes you get into the whirl. I actually liked it, and I think it presents a very good portrait of a developing country: I had no qualms about its structure, but what moved me to finally make a “disappointments” shelf here in goodreads is, as what most of those who gave it low reviews, its representation of the Philippines.

And yet, I wish the book didn’t take itself so seriously. Nov 12, Nick Klagge rated it liked it Shelves: The ruled felt powerless, they felt their whole I Wanna B U People condemned colonialism as being the exploitation of jessixa country by another.