Gency Joyce G.

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Book Review: Viajero by Francisco Sionil Jose

Viajero is one of the novel that I loved even I don’t

have interest in books with history. And if you love history

or don’t like me, then I will assure you that you will enjoy

this book because it can gave us a more deeper understanding

about the world beyond that which only revolves around

yourself, it can tells us a stories of various Filipinos who

struggling to reach the kind of country and this book can help

us to understand the suffering of many Filipinos. Viajero gave

me an opportunity to wander the history of the Philippines

through the man named Salvador Dela Raza and made me realize

that what grade school and high school textbooks were just an

impression and the contents aren’t just what they are. I

recommend this book to anyone who would love to know about the

Philippines through imagination.

The author of this book, Francisco Sionil Jose really

impressed me when he put the prose of Gat Jose Rizal and

translated by Nick Joaquin in the beginning of the novel, it

is like Dr. Jose Rizal reminded him first to remember the love

for his country and what our motherland inherited to him must

be shown in the book.

The Foreword is the part that I hated the most because its gets me to boredom. As James ad Buddy talking about . Some things written in the foreword gave me some hints of what is going to happen next like Badong/Buddy went to the Philippines. The best parts that I can say that the chapters written in italics that gave a story telling of the pre-colonial period of the Philippines. The younger days of Badong from the plateau to America gave me non- dialogue scenes just a motion picture of what was happening. It made the book a page turner.biologically and psychologically brought me into a cinematic scene. The words from each pages were so vivid playing my imagination and appeared those scenes that I usually seen in movies. lived like an NPA and died eventually. I regret reading it for it gave me a little spoiler about what the novel is all about. The characters were introduced clearly. The first chapters where there’s a tragedy. It was little closer to the ending itself but I really hated that the author mentioned the lead character already and some information about him. The diversity of the characters is what I loved the most. oppression and the development of the lead character.

The people who are white-skinned. it became clear after reading the italicized passages and its content. having towering height and a great accent are my impressions. A journey to Badong’s searching for his identity as a Filipino and his hunger for it made me ashamed of myself that once I never appreciated this kind of culture. The middle up to the last chapters focused alone to Salvador Dela Raza and the part wherein he was already in Asia made me turned the pages again as I’m waiting for the chapter that he finally back to the Philippines. It was lately when I discovered that women in pre-colonial period were respected that time. the same experience as what Badong had. It makes me fascinated to love the places more through the way of book describing the beautiful culture of Japan and the busy streets of the old Manila. When I read the chapter where Buddy traveled around the world it was like he took me with him.past and how is it associated with one’s identity. It made my impressions to the English people renewed as I view them before as a real fairytale characters. In the middle chapter where can read Buddy’s exploration in Japan and Philippines is what I loved the most. It . When buddy was in London and he described it as wet and dreary and the English and their horsey faces were homogenous was my favorite part.

I loved how he explored the Geisha’s as it reminded me the novel. Japan and Philippines are the countries that always comparable in terms of modernization and preservation in culture. it was like that both are beautiful on their own. His words were full of wisdom as I read the last passages. I had only one part that I really disliked and this is the foreword but I have so many chapters gave me good points those made me rereading this book again soon and share this online. I’m impressed to Francisco Sionil Jose because he never compared this two in the book. how my imagination showed the . As he described his interaction with Filipinos around his place made me think that he’s finally home unlike in San Francisco that he was like a lost child living with strangers but treated him as a family member for so many years. The chapters near the ending part where Salvador is already in his old age waiting himself to die but seeing the satisfaction in his life made him in integrity.was very detailed especially the part when he was wandering old Manila and also the beauty of Kyoto. Reading Filipino novels give me the same feeling when I dance Philippine Folk dances. He could still recall the time he woke up when he’s looking for his Itay and spent boyhood with Apo Tale and Mayang.

splendor of my country as I interpret a particular scene in the Philippines where the culture is showed through hand gestures and footsteps. Beyond my parents and teachers told me before. . The book Viajero gave me other things that I never knew.

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