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Noli me tangere [Paperback]

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Noli Me Tangere es el texto ms clebre de Jos Rizal. Rizal escribi su novela sobre la sociedad de Filipinas en el siglo XIX en medio de su actividad poltica, y pretendi denunciar los desmanes del gobierno espaol y sus instituciones religiosas a travs de un relato en el que comparecen las clases sociales imperantes, el amor y la reflexin histrica. Noli Me Tangere is the most celebrated work of Jos Rizal. The novel presents Philippine society in the 19th century, and was written while Rizal was engaged in his political activities, working to free the Pacific island nation from the Spanish empire. The book was written to denounce the abuses of the Spanish colonial government and its religious institutions. The story portrays the ruling social classes, through love affairs and reflections on historical realities.

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Pages   175
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 25, 2006
Publisher   Linkgua US
ISBN  8498160162  
ISBN13  9788498160161  

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A Great Book By A Great Man  May 25, 2008
Unfortunately growing up in the American South, I was never informed of this man or the revolution he started. In world history the Philipines were never even mentioned until we began studying WWII. It wasn't until after I joined the Navy and began talking with some of my shipmates that I became aware of him and in an attempt to learn more about filipeno culture I read his book. It is by far one of the best I have ever read and I am indebted to the friend who recommended it to me as it is most certainly the finest novel to emerge from the troubled times that produced it.
a book that had galvanized a nation  Jan 16, 2008
No one captures the trials, tribulations, and sentiments of the colonized and oppressed Filipino people better than the patriot and martyr, Dr. Jose Rizal. In his novel, Noli Me Tangere, written during the Philippine colonial period, he provides a realistic assessment of the prevailing social and political milieu. Noli lent voice to a suppressed people, gave form and substance to their aspirations, and awoke their consciousness towards the creation of a nation state. Although as much a satire of the church and colonial administrators, Rizal did not spare the rod in smiting his own people for their vice and indolence.

The protagonist, Crisostomo Ibarra, rich and quixotic, and awash with fresh ideas, comes back to his native land from Europe after a long absence. Seeing abuses and injustices unfold before his eyes, Ibarra sees education and reforms as remedies rather than outright separation from Spain, the mother country. On the other hand, Elias who saved Ibarra, cultivated a subversive ethos as a means to extricate his people from the clutches of shameless oppression. So we see here a clash of ideas, a clash of personalities- the ever idealist Ibarra scoffing violence, and the realist Elias advocating violence to achieve his end.

The wily friars, having already destroyed Ibarra's father were also bent on destroying the son. Ibarra, incriminated to a seditious crime was excommunicated and sent to prison only to be rescued by the subversive Elias who gave up his life to save Ibarra's. This tragedy echoes that of Sydney Carton who gave up his life to save Charles Darnay in Dicken's Tale of Two Cities. The difference: Ibarra and Elias both love their country while Carton and Darnay both loved the same woman. Ibarra already destroyed and destitute also lost his childhood love, Maria Clara who upon learning of his apparent demise entered the convent rather than marry a Spaniard chosen for her by her real father-Padre Damaso.

This is a moving story of the Filipino people left for long to bathe in church superstitions and ignorance so that its colonial masters can maintain an inextricable grip on its minds- thereby ensure perpetual servility. Here we see unraveled the powerful and enduring results of mind control. With only an attenuated military presence in the colony, it's no small wonder how a small group held sway over a large population scattered over three major islands over three centuries. The Spanish friars, indeed, the de facto rulers, did an excellent job instilling fear, humility, obedience, piety, and respect in the hearts of the natives. Ignorance coupled with superstition produced cringing complaisant slaves Not only were the complaisant natives at the friar's command, but also the local, provincial, and national colonial administrators followed the friars' every beck and call. Who would not fear the friars' imprecations?

Noli Me Tangere is an excellent book and is highly recommended to those interested in colonial studies and nationalism. The novel has a Victorian flair and is quite an easy read but maybe a little frustrating at times because of the countless characters.

Philippine Mind set  Nov 7, 2007
To read Rizal (his books) is to gain a clear insight into the condition of the Philippines prior to American intervention. Rizal was executed by the Spainish prior to the Spanish-American War. He was truly a gifted man and one seeking a peaceful solution to a very tense situation of growing nationalism and colonial control by Spain.
This review is for the Spanish edition ONLY which I recently purchased (ISBN:8498160162, publisher: Linkgua). Note, that this is an ABRIDGED EDITION (edición abreviada) and is not true to the original text, this is evident commencing with the first sentence of the book. The reader will get the general idea of the novel, but will not read the words as written be the author.

I submit here an example of the above-mentioned sentence:

A fines de octubre, don Santiago de los Santos, conocido vulgarmente con el nombre de Capitán Tiago, daba una cena, que era el tema de todas las conversaciones en Binondo, en los demás arrabales y hasta dentro de la ciudad.

A fines de octubre, don Santiago de los Santos, conocido popularmente bajo el nombre de Capitán Tiago, daba una cena, que, sin embargo de haberlo anunciado aquella tarde tan sólo, contra su costumbre, era ya el tema de todas las conversaciones en Binondo, en otros arrabales y hasta en Intramuros.

This editing is consistent throughout every paragraph in the book.

If you just want a good read, then this edition will suffice. It is an excellent novel. However, if you are an admirer of the Spanish language, please get your hands on the original version.

A new translation  Jul 14, 2006
Please note that this is a completely new translation of the Philippines' most important novel. The search inside the book section and the other customer reviews refer to an older translation.

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