Orosa-Nakpil, Malate by Louie Mar Gangcuangco

Orosa-Nakpil, Malate (A Filipino Novel)Orosa-Nakpil, Malate by Louie Mar A. Gangcuangco

Format: Paperback, 226 pages
Published 2006 by Louie Mar’s Publications
Read in November, 2010
Rating: ★★★★

Because I read the Tagalog version, I shall make my review in the Filipino language.

Taong 2010 nang nabasa ko ito. Isa sa malapit na kamag-aral ko sa kolehiyo ang bumili ng libro, at ang kopya nya ay umikot na sa buong klase. Noong mga panahon yon, unti unti akong namulat sa mga bagay-bagay sa realidad, at maraming beses namin napag-uusapan ang iba’t ibang paksa: relihiyon, karapatang pagkakabaihan, kahirapan, akademikong aralin, at homosekswalidad–kasama ng iba pang paksa tungkol sa buhay.

Ito ang unang aklat na nabasa ko tungkol sa homosekwalidad, partikular na sa mga tinatawag sa ating lipunan na mga “bakla”. Marami akong mga kakilala na ganoon ang oryentasyon, at ang iba pa ay naging mga kaibigan ko. Samakatuwid, ang nagpahiram sa akin ng aklat na ito ay isa ring lalake na tipo ang kapwa lalake. Wala naman akong panghuhusga sa mga ganoon; at interesado din ako sa mga gantong tema.

Ang Orosa-Napkil, Malate ay isang nobela na tinatalakay ang mga kontemporaryong isyu: homosekwalidad, pakikipagtalik, buhay ng mag-aaral, STD, HIV/AIDS, at pag-ibig. Oo, tama–pag-ibig. Marahil marami sa atin ang nagtataas ng kilay tuwing naririnig ang mga kwento ng “pagmamahalan” ng mga tao na pareho ang kasarian; mapalalaki man sa lalake o babae sa babae. Ngunit totoo na umuusbong ang pag-ibig sa mga gantong tipo ng indibidwal, at ang Orosa-Napkil, Malate ang namulat sa akin sa realidad na ito.

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Loser by Jerry Spenelli

LoserLoser by Jerry Spinelli

Format: Mass Market Paperback, 218 pages
ISBN13: 9780060540746 | Published 2002 by HarperCollins
Read from August 24 to September 03, 2013
owned
My rating: ★★★☆☆

This was my third book by Jerry Spenelli, the first ones were Stargirl and Love Stargirl. I had immediately liked the writer in the first two books; his writing style was simple, yet astonishly magical. Jerry Spenelli writes for children and juveniles, actually–his target audience are those in middle grade–yet teenagers, young adults, and adults could totally enjoy reading his books.

So Loser is basically about Donald Zinkoff, which is an exceptional and special kid. Since he was young, Zinkoff has already been showing signs that he is unique. He is unlike any other kid. He enjoys going to school, with the kind of excitement to compel him to go early to school. He enjoys learning and discovering things. He likes involving himself in wide array of activities. Zinkoff is like a ball of energy, and there is no way that he could be stopped in his conquest to explore the world.

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Erick Slumbook: Paglalakbay Kasama Ang Anak Kong Autistic

Erick Slumbook: Paglalakbay Kasama ang Anak Kong AutisticErick Slumbook: Paglalakbay Kasama ang Anak Kong Autistic by Fanny A. Garcia

Format: Bookpaper, 304 pages
ISBN: 971271439X (ISBN13: 9712714403) | Published 2004 by Anvil Publishing, Inc.
Read from January 25 to February 10, 2014
owned, pinoy book
My rating: ★★★★

Ang librong ito ang isa sa mga librong nabili ko noong warehouse sale ng National Bookstore noong Nobyembre 2012. Mayroong din akong Introduction to Special Education class ngayong semestre, at ang report ko pa nga ay tungkol sa Autism Spectrum Disorder kaya binasa ko agad ang librong ito bilang additional reference material. Ang librong ito ang nagsisilbing biography ni Erick, isang batang autistic; at autobiography na rin ng kanyang ina na si Fanny A. Garcia.

Si Fanny A. Garcia ay isang manunulat na nagkamit ng mga gantimpala sa Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature sa mga kategoryang maikling kwento, sanaysay, teleplay, at kwentong pambata. Bago ang Erick Slumbook, nakapaglimbag na rin sya ng apat na libro. Sya din ang scriptwriter ng pelikulang “Saan Darating ang Umaga?” ng Viva Films noong 1983, na nanomina bilang Best Story at Best Screenplay. Bukod dito, nagkaroon na rin sya ng iba pang parangal. Isa rin syang guro, editor, mananaliksik, at tagapagsalin.

Ngunit sa kabila ng kanyang mga tagumpay, hindi akalain ni Fanny na magkakaron sya ng matinding pagsubok sa buhay na siyang magpapatatag rin sya kanya at magsisibling inspirasyon nya. Nasa 30s na sya nang magkaanak–lima ang pinagbuntis nya ngunit ang apat ay nalaglag–at hindi nya akalain na ang kaisa-isa nyang anak ay magiging isang autistic. Si Erick ay isang nonverbal autistic, ibig sabihin ay hindi nya mapahayag ang sarili nya sa verbal na paraan.

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Starters by Lissa Price

Starters (Starters and Enders, #1)Starters by Lissa Price
Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
ISBN13: 9780307978103 | Published 2012 by Delacorte Press Read from February 7 to 11, 2013
owned, given to me
My rating: ★★★★★

I have seen Starters in the front shelves of National Bookstore early last year, freshly published. Immediately, I fell in love with the cover art. It was so entrancing! I wanted to buy it, but it was worth more than 500 pesos, and I don’t usually buy books in that price bracket. So when our company Christmas Party drew near, I wrote Starters in my wishlist. And imagine my delight when the one who got my name—dressed as Bane of Batman in our masquerade-themed Christmas party—handed me a book. A book! And it was Starters by Lissa Price, along with its lovely cover art—the whitish picture of a girl with intriguing expression, her other eye colored blue in contrast with the immaculate whiteness.

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Mingaw by Frida Mujer

MingawMingaw by Frida Mujer

Format: Mass Market Paperback
Read on January 7, 2014
borrowed
My rating: ★★★☆☆

Binili ito ng kaibigan ko sa nakaraang book drive ng book club ko dito sa Goodreads, ang Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books. Nakuha namin itong libro nung Readercon, at sakto, nandun din ang awtor ng libro na si Bebang Siy (para sa Mingaw, “Frida Mujer” ang ginamit nyang sagisag-panulat), na myembro din ng aming book club. Nung nakita nya kaming hawak ang libro, tinanong nya kung saan namin nakuha yon. Nanlalaki ang mata nya at pabiro nyang sinabi na bata pa daw kami para sa libro (kahit na magbebente na ko kinabukasan nang araw na ‘yon).

Nasa pabalat ng aklat na ang Mingaw ay isang R-18 na erotika. Nang Ginoogle ko ang kahulugan neto, ang “mingaw” ay isang salitang Bisaya para sa deserted (adj.) o lonely (adj.). Kwento ito ng mag-asawang si Gelli at Scott, na nakikipagbuno sa hirap ng buhay-OFW. Napilitan si Scott na mangibang bansa sa pag-asang magkaroon sila ng mas magandang buhay, ngunit ito pala ang simula ng kanilang pangungulila at iba pang problema sa kanila relasyon.

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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Kafka on the ShoreKafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 0307275264 (ISBN13: 9780307275264)
Read from December 30, 2013 to January 4, 2014
owned book, second hand
My rating: ★★★★★

This is the third Haruki Murakami book that I’ve read. The first novel was Norwegian Wood, and the second one was After Dark, both rated with four stars. I really looked for a copy of this book because I need to read this for my Afro-Asian Literature class. I was surprised to find Haruki Murakami’s name in the list; and because I am a fan of his works, I immediately picked his book to write a term paper on as a requirement for our Afro-Asian Lit.

Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.

Kafka on the Shore comprises of two distinct yet interrelated plots. The odd chapters tells the story of Kafka Tamura, a fifteen-year-old boy who runs away from home to escape the oedipal prophecy made by his father, and to search for his mother and sister. On his journey, he met Sakura , and later finds himself in Komura Memorial Library run by Oshima and Miss Saeki. The even chapters, on the other hand, tells the story of Satoru Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction but could talk to cats, along with other extraordinary abilities. Continue reading

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays With MorrieTuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN13: 9780751529814
Read from January 10, 2014 to February 3, 2014
borrowed
My rating: ★★★★

This is the first Mitch Albom book that I have read. The book revolves around the last days of Morrie Schwartz, a real-life professor of the author, who suffered from ALS. Mitch Albom is a former student of Morrie in Brandeis University, and Mitch really respected the man and even had the chance to become close to him. However, Mitch Albom failed to correspond with his favorite teacher after graduation (even he promised to keep in touch) because he became so busy with his life and career. Fast forward several years later when Mitch Albom learned that his professor is dying, and he decided to seize the opportunity to be with his favorite teacher in his last days in the world.

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