Literary Snobbery Series

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…

TFG’s Year in Posters

2012 is nearly coming to its end. Our book club has even recently finished discussing this year’s last book of the month, which deserves an entirely different post. In the unlikely event that the Mayans got their calculations right, I would like to take this opportunity to sort of honor the lovely event posters that the 12 discussion leaders have prepared in line with the monthly book discussions. Without further…

Noli Me Tángere by José Rizal

1896 Revisited – Noli Me Tángere by José Rizal

Back in junior high school, I borrowed my cousin’s red textbook with Jose Rizal’s portrait on the front cover for my Filipino class. It is not his biography, but yes, there are biographical notes that are part of the book’s introduction. We are to read this book, Noli Me Tangere, for the remaining months of that school year. Prior to that, we tackled various literary works in Filipino. These are…

The Greatest Novel of the Philippines

TFG’s Book of the Month for August: Noli Me Tángere by José Rizal

Our country celebrates Buwan ng Wika (Language Month, literally) every August, so our book club made it a point that we nominate Filipino novels for the said month. Of course, the books nominated are obscure to my international readers (heh!), and what do you know? The book that we, as Filipino high school students, were required to read won the polls. A background: Jose Rizal is our country’s national hero.…

Thirteen Translations

Quarterly Rhapsody: Translated Books

I almost forgot my quarterly feature, which is a post where I ramble about book-related stuff. Previous topics that I discussed in Quarterly Rhapsody, if you are interested, are: why I blog about books, how I rate my books, following book lists, planning the books to be read, and signed books. So for the third quarter of the year, let’s talk about books translated into other languages. This topic has…

Books To Read: August 2012

Books To Read: August 2012

I was only able to read a measly number of books last month: 2, and one of them was a reread. I will no longer make any excuse about failing to meet my July reading plan. Since last month’s plan was not met, I will just have to finish the unread books that I assigned for last month and pull out a few books from my shelf. But this month,…

I haven't touched them yet.

The First and the Recent

My stripey collection is growing. I still need two more to complete my Kazuo Ishiguro striped set. And I wish Never Let Me Go will also have its own striped version. Anyway, here are the new additions in my book shelf and in my new place. Hurray! Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro – the most recent Ishiguro book. It was given by our very generous friend Aldrin last July 28 during…