- Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: BiblioLife (9 Oct. 2008)
- Language: Spanish
- ISBN-10: 0559183259
- ISBN-13: 978-0559183256
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.4 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,056,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Noli Me Tangere (Bibliobazaar Reproduction) (Spanish) Hardcover – 9 Oct 2008
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"A beautiful new translation... Rizal''s rich, moving novel...[is] perhaps the most important novel in Philippine literature." --Jessica Hagedorn
"A beautiful new translation... Rizal's rich, moving novel...[is] perhaps the most important novel in Philippine literature." Jessica Hagedorn" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Noli Me Tangere is Latin for "touch me not", an allusion to the Gospel of St. John where Jesus says to Mary Magdelene: "Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father". In this modern classic of Filipino literature, Jose P. Rizal exposes "matters...so delicate that they cannot be touched by anybody", unfolding an epic history of the Philippines that has made it the most influential political novel in that country in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The popularity of this novel is grounded in its reflection of the turbulent times in which it was written. Its influence on Filipino political thinking, as well as on contemporary fiction, drama, opera, dance, and film, has been and continues to be enormous. The vivid characters and the harsh situations depicted still ring true today. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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From the national hero of the small country The Philippines. Written in Spanish, while he was under detention by the Spanish during their three-hundred-plus years of occupation. Metaphor for the oppression suffered by his people. One of his two masterpieces.
A must-read for anyone at least minimally competent in the Spanish language. Also widely available in English.
( I personally found the original more moving.
( By the way, he was eventually executed by firing squad, the Spanish rejecting his last request to die facing the line. He turned at the last moment anyway. Immovable in his determination to never be seen as a coward. Until the very end, a thorn on Spain's side. )
OK, that's the background. I wasn't sure what to expect from Philippino literature, but it's written very much in the mode of European Victorian classics (although obviously one takes in the Asian background: a fete champetre for the well to do young people ends in a crocodile being caught; there's cockfighting, big Catholic parades ...).
The story hinges on Ibarra, a middle-class young man, just returned from Spain, to find his beloved father has been jailed and is now dead. He intends to marry his lovely fiancee Maria-Clara, and build a school for the locals.
But we soon become aware of the cruel local friars, whether it's pallid Father Salvi casting lecherous looks at Maria, or the evil Father Damaso.
Although the good characters are a little one-dimensional, Rizal also conjures up some great comic personalities: Sister Rufa boasting about the hundreds of 'plenary indulgences' she has accumulated and keeps note of in an account book; Dona Victorina who affects a lisp to sound 'Andalusian' (and hence better class.)
I have to say this wasn't the greatest book I've ever read. More than once I kind of lost the thread (and admit to having to resort to the Wikipedia summary of the novel to check if two characters had died or not.) I also found a couple of sermons/ harangues on the state of the nation, went on a bit. But it's well written and carried a vital political message at the time.
*3.5 out of 5
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It was as written by our national hero Jose Rizal which is in Spanish and we studied the English version in the university. Now, I know a bit of Spanish and I am truly enjoying it.Published 7 months ago by Melita Bruce