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Dogeaters Welcome To Manila In The Turbulent Period Of The Philippine S Late Dictator 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 Lice In America And Look Back With Longing On The Land Of Her Youth.


10 thoughts on “Dogeaters

  1. says:

    1.5 starsThe rating on this one kept slipping the I read I started with, OK, this might be interesting moved to, This is totally nonsensical, no and culminated in What the fuckety fuck, I mean, WTF WHAT This book in a nutshell BIG HOT MESS Sizzling MESS Like this Also like this 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...


  2. says:

    Remember Ferdinand Marcos, dictator of the Philippines, and his wife Imelda with her storage rooms filled with 3,000 pairs of shoes This novel, published in 1990, came out of that era Of course it has to reflect the clash of classes the ultra rich and the have nots So we have one set of characters who are super wealthy tied to the dictator and his cronies, the businessmen, the generals and the high administrative officials who have mansions, luxury cars, lavish parties, servants and beauty pageants The Mrs loves beauty pageants just about as much as she loves shoes.And then we have the downcast folks, particularly some men whose mothers were usually prostitutes and died young and were brought up by a Fagin character who taught them how to be pickpockets and thieves Now that they are older they are bisexual gigolos, drug addicts and some times DJ s or waiters in fancy clubs All the rich men have mistresses, of course, or boys while the poor folk try to grab whatever trickles down their way Politics and violence interferes political assassinations touch some of the characters and som...


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    My very first time to read a novel by Jessica Hagedorn born 1949 , a Philippine born American novelist, playwright, poet and multimedia performance artist I purchased my copy of this book in 2010 but postponed reading this several times because of what a friend said that it is similar to Miguel Syjuco s Ilustrado 2 stars That this and Syjuco s are both composed of short stories or vignettes with no cohesion because of the absence of unifying theme That both are trying hard to be seen as postmodern writings only failing in the end.I agree and disagree.I agree because like what I mentioned in my review of Ilustrado, Dogeaters is also composed of short stories culled into a book The only difference is here, one recognizable story is contained in at least one chapter so it is easy to follow the plot and it is enough for me to remember the character and the event before another story and characters are introduced 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 Also, as interesting characters came in, I forgot...


  4. says:

    Quite a frenetic and schizophrenic book I can see that Hagedorn was attempting to create an intricate picture of the mostly seedy underbelly of Manila but it felt a bit crowded For example, there is a kind of gasp moment near the end that I just shrugged at because I couldn t remember why that character was important I don t know that it benefited from its large cast of characters I also don t like feeling cheated at the end and I felt a bit of that reading the two conflicting accounts of what occurred Thankfully Hagedorn does spend a little time with Rio and Joey, probably the two saner characters in the book Still, I have to think Hagedorn is trying to say something when 90% of the supporting cast consists of druggies, thugs, colonial elitists, corrupt politicians, loveless neglectful family members, and shallow, vapid women The book reads like interweaving vignettes than a novel, and while that makes for exciting reading I do wish Hagedorn spent time developing Joey and Rio I think this book would improve with a second reading, if only because this time I d be familiar with the characters and be able to remember them better by the book s end ___________________________Must amend the above based on something I...


  5. says:

    My Year End 2012 and Year Start 2013, of course ReadFirst read perplexingSecond read still somehow perplexingThis book is filled with too many perplexing events Too many perplexing people Perplexing Hagedornish writing style I had the difficulty of reading between the lines of trying to understand what the author was trying to say But perhaps that was because, as much as I love Historical Fiction, I don t know much about my country s I m Filipino, by the way history the heyday of The President and his First Lady Madame Iron Butterfly whichever this ma arte woman prefers Or was I just distracted by the Noche Buena the dessert in the fridge yum yum or the noisy Welcome 2013 or the early class come back January 3 and the compliance of requirement that followed BUT I liked it, nevertheless I gave it four stars really liked it I liked Jessica Hagedorn s ability of connecting seemingly disjointed events By the way, when the first sign of this disjointedness commenced with the King of Coconuts, I thought Really So this is what I bought my precious 549 pesos with rubbish But along the way, she drew these people together this people who are a disparate group of characters as what the back part of my paperback says.I also liked Hagedorn s allusions The President and h...


  6. says:

    With very mixed reviews, I wasn t sure I was going to opt in when this book was chosen for Wall St Journal Bookclub, but I read the Kindle sample and was hooked Manila in the not too distant past a cast of thousands ok, dozens poverty and privilege vice, corruption, violence, pop culture, innocence, religion, family and friendships Dogeaters has it all With its huge ensemble cast of characters, each chapter of Dogeaters presents the point of view of a particular character This was a common criticism amongst the negative reviews, but for me it kept the story dynamic and interesting My favourite chapters were those focused on Rio the observant young, wise beyond her years da...


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    I can t give a full evaluation of this book as of yet, but I can say that if you re at all interested in learning about gritty side of Filipino politics, history, and identity, then this book is for you The language is cry...


  8. says:

    This is the second book I ve read that takes place in the Philippines, and like the first book I read about the country Jose Rizal s Noli Me Tangere I enjoyed it very much Such depth in detail of the main characters and locales, the use of real primary...


  9. says:

    Dogeaters is a penetrating analysis of the modern history of the Philippines depicting the harsh realities of a politically corrupt system It reflects the reality of what the current political figures in society are like and how their actions, beliefs, and decisions affect every person in the country on one level or another The connections between the characters are complex and the political dynamic of the Philippines is inundated with deception, controversy, scandal, and intrigue All of the characters have a three dimensional personality that shines through each page It is a cautionary tale illustrating the importance of being a knowledgeable and informed citizen of current political and social issues Instead of being influenced and immersed by popular culture, ordinary people need to be aware of matters of political interest so their voices can be heard in time for positive changes to be made For example, all that Romeo cares about is being a movie star and he is so engrossed in popular culture that he doesn t see reality coming until it ran him over in the street.It is written in non linear experimental prose, a style that attempts to simulate the fragmented information and incomplete understanding that the characters experience so that the readers will also have to view the work through the same narrow lens Although it succeeds in placing the reader in the...


  10. says:

    Often when reading post colonial works there is a feeling that alternate realities are being described, dream states and counter histories which have been suppressed or erased by the official history 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 Hollywood films, American servicemen, and the long shadow of global capitalism and conspicuous consump...


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