DOGEATERS BY JESSICA HAGEDORN PDF

It is a world in which American pop culture and local Filipino tradition mix flamboyantly, and gossip, storytelling, and extravagant behavior thrive. A wildly disparate group of characters—from movie stars to waiters, from a young junkie to the richest man in the Philippines—becomes caught up in a spiral of events culminating in a beauty pageant, a film festival, and an assassination. In the center of this maelstrom is Rio, a feisty schoolgirl who will grow up to live in America and look back with longing on the land of her youth. Combines narrative drive with a lyric sensibility. The hallucinatory vision of this colonial world—the crucible of the innocent, the rapacious, the collaborators, the oblivious, the martyred—feels flawless, irrefutable.

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It is a world in which American pop culture and local Filipino tradition mix flamboyantly, and gossip, storytelling, and extravagant behavior thrive. A wildly disparate group of characters—from movie stars to waiters, from a young junkie to the richest man in the Philippines—becomes caught up in a spiral of events culminating in a beauty pageant, a film festival, and an assassination. In the center of this maelstrom is Rio, a feisty schoolgirl who will grow up to live in America and look back with longing on the land of her youth.

Combines narrative drive with a lyric sensibility. The hallucinatory vision of this colonial world—the crucible of the innocent, the rapacious, the collaborators, the oblivious, the martyred—feels flawless, irrefutable.

Hagedorn writes with exhilarating stylistic dexterity, deep compassion, humor that ranges from gentle and affectionate to fire-breathing, and immense grace. The book is every bit as astonishing as it was when it first appeared thirty years ago, and unfortunately much more pertinent—a piercing warning signal, now that we have installed a deranged and brutal pseudo-populist dictator in our own country.

Its restless prose, its collisions of peoples, cultures, and histories, and its resolute memory-keepers, such as Rio, have much left to say about our troubled times. It is as remarkable now as it was then, an original, raw, and wild novel that has held its power and demands to be read. This is the definitive novel of the encounter between the Philippines and America and their history of mutual illusion, antagonism, and ambiguous affection.

It is a rich and satisfying work and certainly among the best novels I have read this year. Jessica Hagedorn has shaped our ways of understanding modern America and reading American literature. Her Dogeaters is indelible, and indispensable in the American canon. A kaleidoscopic view of Manila society—high and low—in which sad and sordid realities are tempered by humor and immense vitality.

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In every society—ruled by tyrants or popularly elected leaders—there is often a corporate elite whose corruption and mean-spiritedness defy all justification for their influence, including the privilege of wealth. Such despotic rich people seem endemic to the Philippines, whether we recall the Marcos's recent reign or view the upper-class slime that oozes foully within Jessica Hagedorn's novel, Dogeaters. Here, the Filipino mafia is headed by the Gonzaga and Alacran families, who are "related by money," as the cynical Uncle Agustin Gonzaga says. Intercoco, for short. Since this is s Philippines, we are a few years from Ferdinand and Imelda.

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'Dogeaters': Memories of Manila Under the Marcoses

Growing up a martial-law baby in the slums of 's Old Manila, I had become somewhat inured to my grandma's frequent exhortations to watch what we said in public. She warned us of unseen goons who roamed the streets and countryside with concealed guns and a mandate to shoot on the spot any subversive caught criticizing Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos. Admonishing us not in the more common Tagalog dialect but in the Cebuano island tongue she grew up with, my Lola, my grandma, would whisper to us tales of the Nenita death squads, C. Their mission: to strike fear in the hearts of suspected Communists.

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