Month: August 2011

ReaderCon Filipino Friday: Week 3

Oh my, it’s Wednesday already and I have not written anything yet for the Filipino Friday meme. And this is supposedly every Friday, and that’s two days from now. At least it’s still within the third week. And to all those who do not have any idea on what this meme is about, this is a sort of promotional thing for the Filipino Readers Make It Social: The 1st Filipino Reader Conference. Let’s go to the topic for this week: Being a Reader in the Philippines How hard or easy is it to be a book lover in the Philippines? What are some of your frustrations as a Filipino reader (e.g., availability of books)? And what are the positive aspects of being a reader based in the Philippines? Is it easy or is it hard? It’s easy if you are not a picky reader. There are a lot of books that one can get his hands on in this country, local books or international books. Never mind that this is a third world country, but …

Oscar And Lucinda – Peter Carey

Who bought it: Me. What is it: The blurb says it’s a romance, the way A. S. Byatt’s Possession is a romance. And a glass church being transported in the Australian Outback? When: August 12, 2011 Where: Power Books – Shangri-La Why: I already found a copy of this before at a second-hand book store. I think I didn’t buy it because I didn’t have enough funds then. Besides, the price was a little expensive for a used book. And I now I got it at more or less the same rate. How much: Php 269.50

Last Orders – Graham Swift

Who bought it: Me. What is it: It is about the last orders of someone. Okay, the only last order that I remember from the blurb is that his ashes must be thrown somewhere. I also remember that there are four executors of these last orders. When: August 7, 2011 Where: Book Sale – SM Mall of Asia Why: It’s a Booker winner. I once saw a copy of this before at another second-hand book store, but the price was too high for something that is used. I passed on it that day, and when I decided to buy it anyway, it was already gone. Good thing that I found a cheaper copy. How much: Php 75.00 (Image courtesy of

Ghostwritten – David Mitchell

Who bought it: Princess. I asked her to buy it, which I paid later on. What is it: I am not sure, but it’s an interlocking novel in nine parts. Heck, I am not even sure if it’s nine. When: August 6, 2011 Where: Fully Booked – Marquee Mall Why: This is Mitchell’s first novel, and ironically, it’s the last one that I was able to buy. I am now a happy camper, having all of Mitchell’s novels in my theoretical book shelf. How much: Php 399.00

Ilustrado – Miguel Syjuco

Date Started: August 25, 2011. 10:30 PM Based on the rants and raves that I caught here and there, this is a love it or hate it book. Some thought it was funny and witty, which I gathered from my reading of the prologue, and some thought it was unwieldy and pretentious, which I also got from that. I even learned read a few words for the first time thanks to the prologue. But what struck me is the dead protagonist’s statement about being the first Filipino to be recommended for the Nobel Prize for Literature. If we talk about facts, Amado Yuzon is “the first Filipino, the first Asian and first man to be recommended for the Nobel Prize award for Peace and Literature four times in the history of the Nobel Prizes.” Why do I know this? It’s because Mr. Yuzon is a Kapampangan, and got this information during my Kapampangan fever back in college. I am a Kapampangan, by the way. I am wondering if Syjuco is mocking the dearth of internationally-acclaimed …

White Noise by Don DeLillo

White Noise – Don DeLillo

Intro I remember distinctly when I bought this one at a second-hand book store. The black and white cover was gleaming from where it was laid, right in front of the store’s doors. It did not yell at me; it telepathy communicated its wish to be bought. It was like a magnetic force, or something more superior than that. I read this while on the audition queue of Survivor: Philippines. That has to be the longest queue that I survived in my life. Ever. I didn’t feel displaced though because someone, a guy of my age just a few heads behind me, was reading Jane Austen. I passed the initial interview, where I ranted about my take on the law of universal balance. Then I failed the second part, the VTR part. I think this book might have had a significant effect on my audition had I been able to reach a particular chapter before our batch, which included the Jane Austen reader, who had a lovely British accent, was called on stage. The Rhapsody …