I’ve been wanting to read Andres Cristobal Cruz’s Ang Tundo Man May Langit Din (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1958) since high school (when it was assigned as a book report for the other group hahaha my group was assigned to read another book), but only gotten around to reading it this month. And, boy, do I regret not reading it any sooner!! But, as they say, better late than never. So I’m still glad I grabbed this book - every centavo of my P200 was worth it. :P
The book revolves around the lives of Victor and Alma - the former being the Tundo-born, quiet guy, and the latter as the elite, rebel girl. Together with other characters Flor, Dolores, Tonyo, Lukas - to name a few - their lives are tangled, but meet into a common goal: of finding one’s version of heaven.
The novel is heart-warming, poignant, and doesn’t boast but the truth it says about the country and the society that lives in it. Some of the blurbs even compare it to Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. I agree with that for 50%. Hahaha. But as far as comparison is concerned, I may say that what they have in common is the idea of never losing hope for the idea of hope.
If there’s an imaginary boy/girlfriend, there’s an imaginary ex for sure.
This is what Mina Esguerra’s My Imaginary Ex (Summit Media, 2009) is all about - of the twists and turns that imagination and reality could do when intertwined.
Favorite points to ponder:
-The “cute” usage of flashback within a flashback
-Cute, lovable and love-to-hate characters
-Genuinely different plot - not just for the sake of having readers to buy it and in the end disappointing them
-Zack and Jasmine’s never-said feelings for each other, but very much felt
-The minor characters that definitely made the book all the more worth it - they’re just as good as Zack and Jasmine!
I really wasn’t in for chicklit this summer because I’ve read tons of them already and their has been a lot of plot repetition, but I can honestly say that this book made me read and appreciate chicklit again. Hihi. This is the kind of book that I would read again some months or years from now - the kind of book that you never wish to end!
“Naunawaan kaagad ni Victor ang pagsusumamo na siyang kahulugan ng pagkakapisil ni Alma sa kanyang kamay. Tinugon niya ang pisil na iyon. Kung nasaktan man ni Alma ang kanyang damdamin, wala na siyang dapat alalahanin. Hindi na siya nagagalit o ano pa man. Iyon sana lamang ang dapat na maging kahulugan ng kanyang tugon - pisil sa kamay ni Alma. Ngunit nagkatinginan pa sila nang mahabang sandali. Biglang binawi, pagkatapos, ng isa’t isa ang kanilang tingin. Parang may natuklasan sila kapwa sa isa’t isa, isang bagay iyon na kaypala’y ayaw pa nilang bigyan ng pangalan.”—Andres Cristobal Cruz’s Ang Tundo Man May Langit Din
“I’m sorry for losing my temper the night you told me Louis proposed to you, I’m sorry for not waiting longer at the Empire State building, I’m sorry for treating you like property, I’m sorry I didn’t tell you I loved you when I knew I did, Most of all I’m sorry that I gave up on us, When you never did.”—Chuck Bass, Gossip Girl. (via sweeter-thanlife)
That’s the span of time that took me to finally finish this book. A real classic, I must say. Pun intended. Haha!
Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is probably one of the best romance books ever written - no doubt why it is included in BBC’s The Big Read x 100 Books to Read Before You Die. The book isn’t the typical kissing-scene-filled, super stressed we’re-in-love-with-this-sappy-feeling-called-love book. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, there was only one kissing scene in the entire book!
The narrative is also fantastic - the book goes from Jane’s adolescent life till her family life. At times entertaining, at times tragic, Jane’s life is a bucket of hope and of deep faith in her God.
The only “obstacle” one might find in reading this selection is the language, which is very “classic.” But, of course, if you’ve read tons of classics, this might not be much of a problem any more - or even at all.
What if one day you wake up and all your secrets (from teeny tiny up to those horrible, best-kept ones) were suddenly put to public entertainment, care of the man you “thought” you’re in love with?
Take it from Emma Corrigan, the heroine in this yet another fun-filled read by Sophie Kinsella, first published in December 2005.
This book has been on my shelf since October 2011, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it. But, as with any other Kinsella book, I finished this selection for only five days! I say “only” because I have this habit of reading a bunch of books at the same time, meaning my attention is usually from book to book. But with Kinsella books, my attention suddenly just goes loyal to them, for some reason. Hoho.
CYKAS totally rocked because its plot and characters were not cliche’d, if you know what I mean. You’ll giggle, snort, smirk, and feel tears welling up while reading this book, whereas you’ll despise, love, and care for the different characters on the book. Ultimately, you’ll surely get butterflies in your stomach upon the realization of Jack and Emma’s not-so-showy-but-real love for each other!
“See, this is precisely what I totally fucking hate about relationships. Attachment. You don’t belong to yourself any more. You’re sharing with someone else. So when they’re not there, a part of you fades out with them.”—Ali Cronin’s Skins