Month: November 2014

Dwellers by Eliza Victoria

TFG’s Book of the Month for November: Dwellers by Eliza Victoria

Dwellers Face to Face Book Discussion Details: Date: November 15, 2014 Place: Bayanihan Center, Mandaluyong City Time: 4 PM to 5 PM Discussion Leader: Tina Attendees: Me, Aaron, Alexa, Billy, Cary, Doni, Ella, Gay, Gwaxa, Ingrid, Louize, Marie, Meliza, Monique, Pre (newbie), Po, Ranee, Tricia, two girls whose names I didn’t get (sorry) Food I Ate: None. There was no food at the venue. Activities: If you could inhabit the body of another person, dead or alive, for one day, who would it be and why? After the Book Discussion: Dinner at a Japanese restaurant and coffee at a nearby café. Other Nominated Books: None. Next Month: TFG’s Shakespeare Christmas Party. If you wish to join us, please visit the discussion thread and the event thread for more details. Photo courtesy of Gay.

The LSS Book List, Part 7

Visit the The LSS Book List page for more information about this post. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (1895, L) – This is a short novel about war that is written by a person who has never been to the thick of a war. It ponders on the nature of fear, cowardice, courage and heroism with realistic impressions of battles. If you want to know what goes on inside the head of a soldier in action, pick this up. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (1989, L) – I’m collecting the striped Vintage editions of Ishiguro’s back list but I haven’t really bothered to go through them. But by all means, let’s put this title, the first book that I ever discussed with our book club, on this list. It’s a meditative book on greatness and dignity through the silverware, I mean lens, of a butler. Remembering Babylon by David Malouf (1993, H) – The first ever winner of the IMPAC Literary Prize, one of the richest awards in the bookish …

The LSS Book List, Part 6

Visit the The LSS Book List page for more information about this post. No One Writes to the Colonel (El coronel no tiene quien le escriba) and Other Stories by Gabriel García Márquez (1961, M) – GGM is famous for magical realism, but that doesn’t mean that he’s only as good as One Hundred Years of Solitude. Try this collection of realist short stories (no insomniac towns, traveling blood, or women rising up to the heavens above) and you’ll realize that the man is indeed a master of the written word. The last story can’t help Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) by José Rizal (1887, H) – I had a little trouble with this entry because this is required reading in Philippine high schools. But this isn’t internationally popular like those European or Latin American or Japanese novels. And how about reading this for pleasure and in a translation other than Filipino (in my case, English)? Or better yet, how about in Spanish? Number9Dream by David Mitchell (2001, M) – Eiji Miyake has never …

The LSS Book List, Part 5

Visit the The LSS Book List page for more information about this post. The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro (1998, H) – In this collection by a contemporary short story master, ordinary lives are transformed into something that matters to the universe. The stories have underlying themes of secrets and revelation. Of love and, of course, love. The vast oeuvre of Munro makes it hard to select a starting point. This is a good start. The Master by Colm Tóibín (2004, H) – A beautiful homage to The Master, Henry James. It begins with his unsuccessful beginnings until he secluded himself to write his masterpieces. There’s a thrill in the way it’s written while altogether keeping lyricism intact. It’s something that should be read to further understand the inner workings of writing with no less than a literary master as the subject. A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr (1980, H) – This novel is one of the three novels recommended to me during our novel writing workshop. It tells …

F2F34: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

TFG’s Book of the Month for October: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Face to Face Book Discussion Details: Date: October 25, 2014 Place: Wood Neighborhood Deli, Salcedo Village, Makati City Time: 3 PM to 6 PM Discussion Leader: Kristel Attendees: Me, Aaron, Gwaxa, Louize, Meliza, Monique, Ranee, Tina Food I Ate: A chicken salad sandwich, brewed coffee. Activities: A hat contest. I borrowed this horned hat from a friend and I won second place. After the Book Discussion: Some of us had dinner at Robinson’s Galleria, which is two cities away. I suppose we are all allergic to Makati. Other Nominated Books: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach Next Month: Dwellers by Eliza Victoria. It is one of the book club discussions that will take place during the Filipino ReaderCon 2014. If you wish to join us, please visit the discussion thread for more details. Photos courtesy of Monique.

Filipino Friday

Filipino ReaderCon 2014 – Filipino Friday 4: Let’s talk about Diverse Books

One of the topics that will be discussed at the Filipino ReaderCon 2014 is what makes a diverse Filipino Reader. Since the event is just a week away, let’s treat Filipino Friday 4 as a prologue to it. Do you think we have enough diversity in the books that we read? Are our choices enough to satisfy our different tastes? Are our writers able to present the variety of people, culture, lifestyle, interests and so on? How diverse are your reading interests, and are you able to find enough books to satisfy your reading needs? Do you think we need more diverse books? di·ver·si·ty noun \də-ˈvər-sə-tē, dī-\ : the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, etc. I don’t think our books are diverse enough. I look at my book shelf and there is a glaring absence of local books. Why is that? Is it because my taste leans too much on Western titles? Or is it because we, particularly picky readers, do not have much to choose from? Our writers are great but they are …

The LSS Book List, Part 4

Visit the The LSS Book List page for more information about this post. Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner (1984, M) – Edith is told by her friends to take some time off, find herself, realize her mistakes, and become a mature woman. She checks in at Hotel du Lac, trying to convince herself that there is no need to do what her friends told her to do. The guests of Hotel du Lac force her to look at things in retrospect, particularly Mr. Neville. Although some furor arose when it won the Booker in 1984, this is nevertheless a contemplative novel on exiles and the exiled. The Hours by Michael Cunningham (1998, L) – Three women from three different decades are affected by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. First is Virginia Woolf herself, who is writing the novel. Second is Laura Brown, a suburban mom who is reading the novel. Third is Clarissa Vaughn, fondly called Mrs. Dalloway by her friends and rightly so, for she mirrors the life of Clarissa Dalloway in many so many ways. …