Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bakit Baliktad Magbasa ng Libro ang mga Pilipino by Bob Ong

        
Bakit Baliktad Magbasa ng 
Libro ang mga Pilipino
by Bob Ong
Summary from Goodreads:

"Ano ang lasa ng Toning Water? Bakit sa ilalim ng overpass tumatawid ang mga Pilipino? Na-dagitab ka na ba? Saan makakabili ng aritificial fresh flowers? Sino sila Ciriaco, Procopio, Espiridiona, Troadio at Maxima? Paano makipagkaibigan sa bangaw? Ano ang nagpapaalat sa itlog na maalat? Kay Jesus ba talaga napupunta ang mga lumipad na lobo? Ano ang alam ni Claire Danes na hindi mo alam? Talaga bang "best buy" ang mga Pinay? Pagod ka na bang maging Pilipino? At bakit ka nga pala baliktad mabgasa ng libro? 

Ngayong N K K B S K N T L G, eto na ang sequel...dahil may El Filibusterismo ang Noli Me Tangere, may New Testament ang Old Testament, at may Toy Story 2 ang Toy Story"

Rating:

In English: Why Do Filipinos Read Books Wrong-side Up (you'll get the idea when you see the book because the book cover is purposely printed wrong-side up)

An in-depth book that talks about the typical Juan dela Cruz and the inevitable matter of racism. 

I very much understood the topics of this book but unfortunately, this has been my least favorite among Ong’s books. It has nothing to do with the issue at hand, I fully accept the flaws and discriminations or whatever else there is to lash on about us Filipinos. I had no problem with comprehending with what was discussed. It’s just that this was too repetitive. 

Of all Bob Ong’s books, this was the easiest to grasp but apparently the least to enjoy. It had a lot to offer but I sometimes see it as a scrapbook, or worse, someone’s notebook where they cut-out and pasted or wrote down a collective list of articles they’ve found over the net and quotations they received via text messages. 

I would’ve enjoyed this if it wasn’t too bland and monotonous. There are several articles that I liked but when I flip through some of the pages another article pops up with just about the same idea so it’s a bit stifling to read about again. But I won’t deny that it’s a very evocative book.  

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