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Jose Rizal
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1 Sep 2011 Penguin Classics
José Rizal was one of the leading champions of Filipino nationalism and independence. His masterpiece, Noli Me Tangere, is widely considered to be the foundational novel of the Philippines. In this riveting continuation, which picks up the story thirteen years later, Rizal departs from the Noli's themes of innocent love and martyrdom to present a gripping tale of obsession and revenge. Clearly demonstrating Rizal's growth as a writer, and influenced by his exposure to international events, El Filibusterismo is a thrilling and suspenseful account of Filipino resistance to colonial rule that still resonates today.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; 1 edition (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143106392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143106395
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 12.8 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 954,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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José Rizal is known as the hero of the Philippines and the largest champion of Flipino nationalism for independence. Raised by an upper-class family of 11 children, Rizal left the Philippines for Spain in order to finish his education. Through his extensive travels and studies, he mastered 22 languages and practiced various professions, including journalism and medicine. His first novel, Noli Me Tangere, was published in Berlin in 1887, to the ire of the Spanish civil and religious servants in the Philippines whom it satired. Its sequel, El Filibusterismo, further angered the Spanish authorities, and, when the revolution broke out in the Philippines, Rixal was captured and imprisoned for sedition and rebellion. Rizal was executed on December 30th, 1896, at the age of 35.

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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars crappy format, photocopy it yourself 18 May 2011
I ordered this book in order to enjoy Rizal's work in its original language, Spanish. The book turned out to be a compilation of bad quality photocopies of a 1900 edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A darker novel than the 'Noli Me Tangere' 26 Jun 2000
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Historically, it is the second novel that brought about the execution of its writer, Jose Rizal. He is well renowned by his country man as a martyr for speaking against the evils of Spanish Colonialism on the Philippine Archipelago. The Title, 'El Filibusterismo' is itself a daring challenge to the Spanish colonial ruling class of that time, Filibusterismo(Subversive) or those accused of being one is automatically in serious peril.
By itself, it is an independent narrative, but actually it was an intended continuation of the 'Noli Me Tangere'(loosely translated, it means `touch me not`). As well, it is equally contemporary with the treatment of obsession among the ruling class and the question of nationalism, which makes this novel political in nature as well. The difference, however, is that the optimism seen with Crisostomo Ibarra(The protagonist of the Noli Me Tangere) is absent in El Filibusterismo's main character. In the very first scene, on the upper deck of the ferry, we are introduced to a dark character by the name of Simoun. His origin is somewhat questionable at the beginning, but as the story unfolds, those who have read the Noli will soon realize the character's true identity.
It is somewhat Victorian with it's treatment of the characters' emotions, but it shouldn't be surprising. Rizal, who was educated in Europe, actually wrote this novel when he was in England. Somewhat satirical with its portrayal of colonial society, but it is also a romantic tragedy, in which Simoun's intentions regarding the freedom of his country is questioned. Is it out of vengeance? Or is it purely for the betterment of his native land?
It is indeed rhetoric, but as most scholars in the Philippines would say, 'it is superb rhetoric`. The timeline maybe from another world and another age unknown to us. But Rizal's view regarding the issues involved is timeless and universal, especially to those people who experienced oppression. I adore his works and writings. By far, the El Filibusterismo is one of the best stories I've read.
Bravo Rizal! Your words and sentiments will never be forgotten through the accomplishment of this novel. It is now clear why the Filipinos call you their national hero.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Culture from the Culturally Confused 14 Jun 2000
By Daigo Parry - Published on Amazon.com
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Author Jose Rizal was revered, even as a deity in the Philippines, most powerfully by groups known as Rizalistas. El Filibusterismo was recognized as a threat by the Spanish Church; it realizes Rizal's and the Filipino people's inner struggle at the time: to regain freedom and individuality through time or by shedding blood. Ibarra (Rizal's alter-ego) is constantly torn apart by the godlike status bestowed upon him--people look to him for direction--and the knowledge that his people are physically unable to overthrow the Spaniards. He is pushed constantly throughout the book to urge bloodshed. The climactic final chapters are as heart-pounding as the final moment's of the author's life. For Filipinos, it is our Uncle Tom's Cabin, it is Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, a book that urges political change and challenges powerful institutions at great cost to the people it inspires.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rizal 20 Feb 2014
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Great book about the tyranny and corruption of the Spanish people to the Filipinos. If you are a pinoy/pinay, get this one. A little tricky to read but it is worth it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Aug 2014
By Fred M Murrell - Published on Amazon.com
Fast delivery, product as described.
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