My May reading list:

Life Before Man by Margaret Atwood

The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea

Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Craggy Hole In My Heart and The Cat Who Fixed It by Geneen Roth

Actually I’m done with the one at the bottom – Alex Gilvarry’s From The Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant. Fashion + A Half Pinoy author? I was having Miguel Syjuco-driven hopes so I read it. And it’s pretty nice. It’s seriously funny and all that. But I feel like it lost its conviction towards the end.

I think it should have been longer – Gilvarry had a nice witty tone going on (this is a satirical novel after all), and I think, with a more creative plot twist, and more anger towards whoever is his “enemy” in this book (I’m not so sure if his sympathy is for his protagonist or the American intelligence), it would have had formed the very important answer to “so what is your statement about the world” and it would’ve had more enduring power, instead of appearing like a half-hearted commentary. Or maybe I just think it’s half-hearted because I’m used to Filipinos writing with much emotion and disdain for the first world, you know? Haha!

But still – achievement, literary wise. Viking! I’d be seriously starstruck if I meet Mr. Gilvarry in person. 🙂


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