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Book Title: Dogeaters|
The author of the book: Jessica Hagedorn
Edition: Open Road Media
Date of issue: August 6th 2013
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 587 KB
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Reader ratings: 7.3
ISBN 13: 9781480440265
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The rating on this one kept slipping the more I read. I started with, OK, this might be interesting; moved to, This is totally nonsensical, no more; and culminated in: What the fuckety fuck, I mean, WTF??? WHAT?
This book in a nutshell: BIG. HOT. MESS. Sizzling MESS!
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Rather than write a novel, Hagedorn threw together a series of stories. No, scratch that. These aren't stories. They're vignettes, snatches of lives, bits of memories, crumbs of experience. The problem is that none of it amounts to much, and the chapters certainly don't add up to a book.
There are so many characters (lovers Trini and Romeo, Rio who consistently narrates many of the chapters remembering the Philippines of her childhood, bisexual crackhead Joey, the General and his lewd mistress, the rich political couple who seems to be based on Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, etc.) that we get only glimpses of their lives and can't keep track of the various narratives. There is no actual timeline, no plot. The books seems to take place in the Philippines in the 50s through 80s, but the sense of time is vague at best.
While Hagedorn does paint a striking picture of the bureaucracy and madness of her home country, if this is all you'll ever learn about the Philippines, you're bound to think it's home to a bunch of whores, corrupt politicians, and junkies. And considering that my favorite brother-in-law is from the Philippines, I know that's not true!
I don't understand the purpose of this book? In her attempt to be original and postmodern, Hagedorn loses all sense of what it means to tell a story and tell it in a way that connects with the audience.
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Read information about the authorJessica Tarahata Hagedorn was born (and raised) in Manila, Philippines in 1949. With her background, a Scots-Irish-French-Filipino mother and a Filipino-Spanish father with one Chinese ancestor, Hagedorn adds a unique perspective to Asian American performance and literature. Her mixed media style often incorporates song, poetry, images, and spoken dialogue.
Moving to San Francisco in 1963, Hagedorn received her education at the American Conservatory Theater training program. To further pursue playwriting and music, she moved to New York in 1978.
Joseph Papp produced her first play Mango Tango in 1978. Hagedorn's other productions include Tenement Lover, Holy Food, and Teenytown.
In 1985, 1986, and 1988, she 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. She shows the complexities of the love-hate relationship many Filipinos in diaspora feel toward their past. After its publication in 1990, her novel earned a 1990 National Book Award nomination and an American Book Award. In 1998, La Jolla Playhouse produced a stage adaptation.
She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters, and continues to be a poet, storyteller, musician, playwright, and multimedia performance artist.
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