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"The foremost Filipino novelist in English, his novels deserve a much wider readership than the Philippines can offer."--Ian Buruma, New York Review of Books
"Tolstoy himself, not to mention Italo Svevo, would envy the author of this story."--Chicago Tribune
Posted October 7, 2008
A great novel deserving more exposure. This author is a genius of lyrical simplicity. His words are both accessible yet never boring - a must read for anyone interested in an interesting perspective of a time when American Imperialism first broke through.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2008
Taken with all the other novels comprising the Rosales Saga, 'DUSK' is, by all standards of greatness, the most grounded and socially relevant piece of literature that the Philippines has produced. It is a story of the Filipino's virtues and his foibles --- how he is poor, but never in spirit and an allegory of his journey for truth and redemption in the beautiful yet blighted land that is the Philippines. Full of truth, humanity, and yes --- compassion, --- this book is a feast of the printed word. This is the Great Filipino Novel written by a great novelist who is an even greater Filipino.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 29, 2001
Posted September 21, 2001
a very vivid representation of earlier filipino society filled with social conflicts and struggles. as one extended family moved from a province to another, they discovered that amidst the turmoil of social class distinctions, there are still those who would risk their life to help others. istak, the main character, was an educated acolyte, and the novel shows the painful and lethal consequences he paid for being one. jose also related the title 'dusk' to LIFE itself, that we begin life from darkness, and sooner or later that's where we're headed to. but after you read the novel, you will be the one to judge if such thought is justified. i have finished the rest of the rosales saga. it was great!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 2, 2001
Mr. Jose is one man who could write with great intricacy about the lives of the filipinos during the turbulent days. His prose is subtle and marks a great sovereignty, which clearly marks that he uses the english language with great intricacy and use it with fine distinction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.