As sharp and fast as a street boy’s razor a rich small feast of a book.”—The New York Times Book Review Welcome to Manila. Complete summary of Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Dogeaters. Criticism. dogeaters-coverx (Hungry Mind Review Number 14 May- June, ). The Predestination of It All. In every society—ruled by tyrants or.

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What irked me most was the “Pucha Gonzaga” chapter near the end of the book. To ask other readers questions about Dogeatersplease sign up.

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I read it as part of the WSJ book club. I want to say good things about such experimental fiction, its brashness, its descriptive energy, its deft portrait of Filipino life under Hagedotn cultural domination.

Mar 24, Glen rated it liked it. I had no qualms about its structure, but what moved me to finally make a “disappointments” shelf here in goodreads is, as what most of those who gave it low reviews, its representation of the Philippines.

And yet, although I liked the book, I can’t help but feel like hagedron leaves a lot of questions unanswered. I should have fought the whole idea of trying to explain it, which they did on the book jacket.

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However, there are so many of them that it would have been better if I got myself a pen and paper and jotted down the names of the characters before moving on. I blame that on the fact that the bo I really enjoyed this book but I was left confused by the ending. Flood brings us his uncanny ear for all that people say and leave unsaid, his abiding patience with our stubborn race, his prophet’s insight into the coming media circus that will exploit all human disaster for one minute’s spectacular footage.


Oct 20, Jenny Mckeel rated it liked it.

The contrast between the upper-class lives of the Gonzagas and Alacrans hsgedorn the poorer characters portrays the disparity amongst the different classes in Filipino society. But here it seems to be fiction you sit in the presence of, as Virgil Thomson once said about minimalist music. I recommended it for those who are not judgemental.

Retrieved on May 31, This book in a jsesica In, andshe received Macdowell Colony Fellowships, which helped enable her to write the novel Dogeaters, which illuminates many different aspects of Filipino experience, focusing on the influence of America through radio, television, and movie theaters. Her tidy look-back from s America hardly dogeafers things together.

Jessica Hagedorn gives us a fast-moving, visceral, at times disorienting, and frequently surreal portrait of the Philippines under harsh repression. With very mixed reviews, I wasn’t sure I was going to opt in when this doggeaters was chosen for Wall St Journal Bookclub, but I read the Kindle sample and was hooked.

It seems so mobile, so busy. Dec 28, L rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 20, Andie rated it liked it. Jessica did not include the Chinese. Some of the characters are rather superficially developed, but I suppose that’s to hqgedorn expected in a novel of probably a hundred characters. Hagedorn performs such an archaeological procedure in her ferocious and volcanic work, Dogeaters, a text which systematically dismantles the ruthlessness and heartlessness of the Marcos regime, as well as indicting the American colonial presence which still lingers in the Philippines in the form of Dogeaers films, American servicemen, and the long shadow of global capitalism and conspicuous consumption.


Quite a frenetic and schizophrenic book. But the connections can seem artificial. Laying it on real thick, so he’d feel sorry for me. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. We all think it cannot happen here. Man, I don’t even have a mother.

The dominated peoples shucked off their traditions, rejected their pasts, and tried to become Western. Paperbackpages.

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This story was told by different characters and there point of view of dogeaterd in Manila and as a Filipino. The language is cryptic, yet bold, and maybe even brash.

But quite a lot of things ring false in this book. The book, set in the late s in Manila, begins with the story of Rio Gonzaga, the daughter of a wealthy family.

Hagedorn’s shifts neither lace the story together nor provide us with much else but impersonal, redundant sketches of decadence. Noah builds his ark on dry high ground, while locals laugh. A lot of local color of Manila and the Philippines, fast-paced and a good read.