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Feb 23, David rated it liked it Shelves: I was on page 19 of the book and I already felt bored. Salvador is a bizarrely prolific producer in a number of genres, from the essay, the poem and the guide book to the disco musical, and extensive extracts are included from his works.

Miguel Syjuco

As narrative it becomes a novel of an odyssey home and the rediscovery of heritage for the young Miguel while at the same time the interwoven fragments of Salvador’s writings form a family saga reaching back to the midth century.

Recommended to Yes I’m That Girl by: But that’s just the beginning. But listen, of all those things we Pinoys try so hard to remember, what are those other things that we’ve tried successfully to forget? The scope and breadth of this novel is so mind-boggling I don’t even know where to start. It required a good amount of persistence. Then your work will transcend calendars and borders Goethe called it World Literature. I would be interested to know what my friends and fellow readers think of it.

It’s a theme-drive one, and for as successful as it is in meeting its aims, it was a real slog to read and, peppered with references that I mostly missed, highly ambitious.

I think that simply reflects bad taste. At best, the work is ambitious. He seeks to find the three black boxes that contained the manuscript that Salvador w The protagonist of Ilustrado is a young man and would-be writer called Miguel Syjuco henceforth, I will refer to the character as Miguel and the author as Syjucooriginally from the Philippines who has lived in Vancouver and now New York, who on the discovery of the apparent suicide of a famous literary writer and fellow-expat, Crispin Salvador, goes back to his home land on a bit of an investigative mission.


This is a satire, and the story was interesti Finally finished it! He worked as paid volunteer for medical experiments. Jose Rizal is one. Jun 23, L rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don’t know why I have to suffer from reading this book, it has a slow beginning, unpredictable ending and added with hifalutin words that can bleed ilustravo nose until the last word Syjuco wrote.

Instead, he slips back into Manila and back into his old life, clubbing with friends, snorting copious amounts of cocaine, and learning some little truths about Crispin Salvador along the way. But if you’re open to exploring the genre and getting out of your reading comfort zone, it’s a rewarding experience.

He drowned in the Pasig River following a typhoon. Living on the margins, a bygone era, loss, exile, poor-me angst, postcolonial identity theft.

By presenting so much, Syjuco suggests some of the possibilities for moving ahead and beyond — but the presentation also has the feel of just throwing a lot out there, in almost hit and miss manner just like the examples of Salvador’s writing show the most varied approaches, from true popular pulp to a Palanca Award-winning story taking off “from the work of Alain Robbe-Grillet” — making for a different kind of uncertainty.

Stop reading this if you don’t to know what it is. It begins with a body. Dec 20, Jenny rated it did not like it. Miguel Syjuco’s surname, after all, is a potent one; his own ilustfado is a incumbent Iloilo congressman. But this syjhco a character-driven novel.

Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco

It practically invites speculation and chismissince the novel’s Miguel also comes from a family of politicians. And it turned out to be such a disappoint. Syjuco’s portrayal of the madness which is the Philippines strikes close to home. Sep 16, Don Jaucian rated it liked i,ustrado. In a more personal sense, this book was an accomplishment of multitude proportions.


And the jokes, most of them are crass. Expose them on the steps of the temple.

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It wasn’t that I found it boring, just that there were so many threads and narrative styles interwoven that I found it easier to take breaks and difficult to get fully immersed. When you shine a spotlight on something that likes to cloud itself in rhetoric, it’s forced to stand still and examine miguell. And not just musicals, but disco opera!! Run-on sentences and facsimiles of Magical Realism, hiding behind the disclaimer that we Miyuel were doing it years before the South Americans.

View all 52 comments. The young search for experience. We all know those, right? But Bellow’s real achievement was the breezy entitlement announced in the opening of Augie Marchand that too is the triumph of Miguel Syjuco’s book. Honestly, I didn’t understand the story very much.

My, my, what a ilushrado, polyphonic cocaine snort of a novel this is Anyway, you real home country will be that common ground iluustrado work plows between you and your reader. Is this a send up of angst diaspora literature by showing us that national lit has no truth, no center?

The ending forces one to question the power granted to storytellers. Reading Michael Syjuco’s Ilustrado is like eating chopsuey. The protagonist shares with the author the name Miguel Syjuco, and the real Syjuco also shares with the fictional character the trait of coming from a traditionally rich and political family his father is a politician allied with Gloria Macapagal Arroyoamong others.