Banyaga: A Song Of War
|Dimension||5 x 8, 270g|
Its not only the finest novel of the last ten years, or since Charlson Ongs own Centennial Prize classic Embarrassment of Riches. Its the grandest, richest, most compelling and rewarding novel celebrating the Chinese-Filipino ever written in these isles of migrant marvels
Ongs Sino-pino saga spans nearly a century of Filipino history as it recounts the life, times, and fortunes the lives, loves, struggles, catastrophes, triumphs, achievements of Hilario Ong Ah Puy, Antonio Lim, and Samuel Lee, from the 1920s and the Commonwealth and the War to the Marcos regime and the rise of Cory Aquino to the fall of Erap and the new Millennium
As if such a mine a fabulously inventive mind of tremendous material had demanded only the most penetrating craft, masterful style, and shaft of historical exploration, to do it justice: in John Updikes phrase, to give mundane reality its beautiful due.
Banyaga: A Song of War gives with enormous generosity, and does it all extraordinarily well: a novel of formidable art and prose, heart and passion, power, illumination, beauty, jubilation, humanity.
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