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Little Flower of Luzon

Little Flower of Luzon [Kindle Edition]

Richard J. O'Brien
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In Little Flower of Luzon, Felix Hart always maintained troublesome relationships with women. So when he meets Malaya "Memeng" Cortazar, a beautiful Filipina teen, he thinks his relationship problems are solved. Felix becomes consumed by Memeng who is half his age.

As he courts the young Filipina, Felix encounters several obstacles, including his overbearing mother, his pop-psychology-spouting older brother, and his meddlesome ex-girlfriend.

Memeng and Felix are sure of the connection they share, but their bond is threatened when they discover her late mother's family secret.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 409 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615690246
  • Publisher: Green Merryl Press (5 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096T6ZVY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #521,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Do you know what love is?" 23 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Don't be mislead by the jocular tone of the opening chapters; 'Little flower of Luzon' takes the reader into some dark places. It is that rare thing, romantic fiction from a male perspective, and if Felix is shallow and emotionally immature, he is also a believable and likeable narrator. He may also seem like something of a fantasy wish fulfillment - he loves a woman half his age and finishes Proust - but this only makes his troubles more disturbing. Like Hardy, O'Brien relies on improbable coincidences and is not afraid to make his characters suffer.

There are sub-plots involving the narrator's job - too many fictional lovers seem to live on air - and family, both of which carry interest unrelated to the main story, though Felix's obnoxious family made me dread his visits to them as much as he did. The choice of narrator also limits the book to a simple, chatty prose style which never quite takes off, but it does involve the reader more directly, like an actor breaking the fourth wall. We are led along a false trail, expecting no more than some romantic dalliance, but the story that unfolds has a genuine emotional force that overturns our expectations. It's harrowing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite an enjoyable read 27 Oct 2013
By Agatha Verdadero - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoyed O'Brien's e-book for its humour, quirky characters, and plot. As one who has read "Lolita" countless times over the years, I found the constant reference here a very useful grounding for all the incidents that unfold.

But this is not Nabokov's classic because it stands on its own two legs and carries its own unique narrative to a very painful and tragic conclusion. Quite unexpected, which makes O'Brien a skilful storyteller.

My only suggestion for a new edition of this e-book and O'Brien's next project: edit. Otherwise, this is well worth the time spent reading it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tender, Tantalizing, & Tittilating 28 Aug 2013
By Penny Postel - Published on
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From the first line to it's conclusion, I was captured by this tale which focuses on fatal attraction, love, judgment, and a punishment, which does or does not fit the crime. Is a forbidden act morally wrong if ...?
Since spoiler alerts can not be given on this site, I must not write any more. Suffice to say, this novel is a beautifully written treasure that will make you ponder the outcome. I loved reading it and so will you!
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