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Ilustrado - Miguel Syjuco Full review here:
http://guiltlessreading.blogspot.com/2011/05/ilustrado-by-miguel-syjuco.html

This feels like a huge inside joke. And being Filipino drives home the punchline just like an arrow to the heart.

The book in one sentence: Young Filipino writer Miguel Syjuco seeks the truth about the death of his mentor Crispin Salvador and his missing last manuscript, and in the process shares with readers elements of the Filipino identity.

My thoughts: I'm a Filipino. Born, raised and lived in the Philippines for most of my 30 + odd years. I migrated to Canada shy of 2 years ago. My appetite for Filipino literature has been limited, though I have read the compulsory Noli and El Fili and have enjoyed F. Sionil Jose, Lualhati Bautista, Gilda Cordero-Fernando -- but mainly because it was hip to do so in university and in the NGO circles. It's ironic that I started book blogging because I wanted to expose myself to more genres of literature and read writers from various cultures, but never really looked in my own back yard. My bad.

Full review here:
http://guiltlessreading.blogspot.com/2011/05/ilustrado-by-miguel-syjuco.html