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Po On Author F. Sionil José Summary ô 2 ð With Dusk originally published in the Philippines as Po on F Sionil Jose begins his five novel Rosales Saga which the poet and critic Ricaredo Demetillo called the first great Filipino novels written in English Set in the 1880s Dusk records the exile of a tenant family from its village and the new F a tenant family from its village and the new life it attempts to make in the small town of Rosales Here commences the epic tale of a family unwillingly thrown into the turmoil of history But this is than a historical novel; it is also the eternal sto. This is a beautiful piece of Philippine literatureBefore reading Po on I haven’t really heard who F Sionil Jose was This was his first work that I’ve read and based in this book I could say that he truly deserve the Philippines’ National Artist for Literature in 2001 award Written in English language the prose was executed fluidly and articulately The settings were carefully described painting a vivid picture in the imagination of the readers; while each scene stirred a lot of emotions from meThe novel encompasses the story of Eustauio “Istak” Salvador and the injustices that had befallen to his family However their miseries also mirrored the experiences of the early Filipinos whom they called “Indios” in the hands of foreign colonizers The Spaniards were the ones who introduced Catholicism to the country and yet these so called “men of God” handled power ruthlessly They treated men indifferently because Spaniards deemed them as stupid and incapable to learn; while they treated women like rags who could sate their carnal desires Spaniards believed that early Filipinos were “inferior” to them because of the natives’ brown skin flat nose and short stature Admittedly there were those like Padre Jose who treated the Indios appropriately and believed in the capabilities; but most were ethnocentric people who used their “God given power” as a tool to oppress the rights of minority Po on tackled several social issues that not only happened in the colonial era but also manifested in the present time Injustice still prevails today and there is still this social hierarchy which discriminates individuals because of their status Education is still a privilege of a few and because of that illiterate persons are easily manipulated by the oppressive system Most of all we as a people still struggle in our national unity More than a century had passed since the declaration of our independence; and yet are we truly freeThe characters were beautifully developed and I really liked Istak However my favorite in the novel was Dalin I greatly admire this woman of resilience and strength who had braved the storms that passed in her life Her unwavering dedication had served as Istak’s source of strength in times of perils and she was like his beacon of lightPo on demonstrates different faces of love—love for country love for family love for friends and comrades and romantic love for a special person During the entirety of the time I read the novel I have gone through a roller coaster of emotions and reflections It was a poignant story that touches the heart while enlivening a Filipino’s nationalistic feelings I believe this is an excellent novel to discuss inside the classroom for such piece of literature could shape the young minds of the students to love the Philippines

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Ry of man's tortured search for true faith and the larger meaning of existence Jose has achieved a fiction of extraordinary scope and passion a book as meaningful to Philippine literature as One Hundred Years of Solitude is to Latin American literature. Reminiscent of The Red Badge of Courage with the young man finding his courage in battle except that in the case of Dusk the protagonist Istak is already the head of a family a skilled healer and carrying a letter from one of the key intellectuals of the Filipino rebellion to its President Oh and in this case the blue coats are the enemy for those rusty on their Filipino history the American military entered the colony to overthrow its Spanish masters and then replaced them Jose is not a psychological novelist; here loyalty to family and nation and the duty to defend them even to the point of sacrificing one's life are paramount Istak is complex in that for someone from an impoverished he has obtained an education in the service of the local priest learning to read and speak Latin in Spanish in addition to his native Ilocano His family is displaced and he is thrust into leadership by that learning and the death of his mother and his impulsive father He does not uestion what is the right thing to do only his ability to achieve it Jose's portrait of the Philippines of the time reveals the patchwork of languages ethnicities and cultures some of which defend their territory violently The occupiers Spaniards and Americans are violent meting out execution and rape reflexively to steal and overpower The most compelling character of the novel is Jose's fictionalization of the real Apolinario Mabini the intellectual of the movement who has been ousted from the Filipino government fleeing from the American army Istak and his wife whom he characteristically rescues after a Spaniard attack and who Jose makes with clear intention a woman from another group are less complicated people; they think in terms of what is most important and express the values that inform their decisions with clarity Somehow perhaps because of what they face violence persecution war disease that simplicity of purpose and action does not make the novel itself simple

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Po On Author F. Sionil JosWith Dusk originally published in the Philippines as Po on F Sionil Jose begins his five novel Rosales Saga which the poet and critic Ricaredo Demetillo called the first great Filipino novels written in English Set in the 1880s Dusk records the exile o. Francisco Sionil Jose born 1942 is the Philippines' bet for Nobel Prize for Literature He is one of the widely known Filipino novelists using English His contemporaries are now either dead or have stopped writing so their books are no longer sold at the mainstream bookstores in the country However the books of F Sionil Jose still sell like hotcakes occupying the eye level shelves and competing for space with those books of the much younger novelistsDusk or Po on whenever published in the Philippines is the first book of F Sionil Jose's The Rosales Saga There are 5 books in the series but F Sionil Jose says that each of the book can be read independently They are all set mainly in Rosales a town in Pangasinan where F Sionil was born and where he also grew up The series is said to be an allegory for the Filipinos in search of their true identity Dusk tells the life of Eustauio Istak Salvador or simply Istak Samson he changes his surname when he and his family go to hiding who works in the parish run by a Spanish friar during the late nineteenth century in Northern Philippines The friar is good to young Istak and takes care of him like his own son he teaches him how to pray heal sickness write and speak Spanish and Latin and how to assist during the Holy Mass The friar goes old and so he thinks that Istak should be sent to Laoag seminary to become a priest However this is during the Spanish occupation and indios that's how Spaniards call Filipinos during that time are not allowed to become priests so Istak now 21 yo has to go back to his family and help in his family's farm Istak's father begs the new priest to send his son to the seminary and while they are arguing Istak's father kills the priest The story continues with the whole family escaping like fugitives and afraid of encountering mga tulisan local terrorists Spanish armies or even American soldiers since at the later part of the story Spain ceded Philippines to American by the virtue of 1989 Treaty of ParisThe exodus of the family reminded me of John Steinbeck's Joad family in his opus The Grapes of Wrath because of the death sickness and danger that lurked during the whole journey The local setting with the people believing in spirits superstitions mixed with Catholic practices reminds me of Gabriel Garcia Maruez's One Hundred Days of Solitude Book 1 itself covers 20 30 years They say that the series has its epic grandeur that one will feel after finishing all the 5 books that can remind one of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace At least for the first book the prose is lucid and tells the story straight from his heart he is a Filipino who comes from that part of the country J Sionil Jose's effort in researching the details covered in this book is astounding The opening letter seems authentic and the language used throughout the novel is consistent and amusingMy favorite part are the appearances of the two well known and beloved figures in Philippine history I will not tell you who are they as I have a feeling that F Sionil Jose used them as a come on for this first book btw my brother has told me that this is the only book worth reading in the series Imagine those two characters talking and moving in your imagination while reading the book At least for one of them I have not seen a movie about his life and even a footage of his pictures on TV I used to see him only on a peso bill I forgot on what denominationFantastic book