Vigan and Other Stories

Vigan and Other Stories

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by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

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In this, her third collection of short stories, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard shows an uncanny talent for speaking in varied voices that bridge time and place: she is at home in Vigan, the mythical Ubec (Cebu), Sagada, Manila, Cusco, Peru, Calcutta, Chartres, California, bringing each location alive with loving detail. She speaks as a school girl, an older woman, a love-struck boy, a stolen child, an underground revolutionary. She writes of her own family and childhood with love and sadness and a deep sense of humanity. Most charming? 'Remembering Che Guevara', which starts out with ' I was nineteen when I met Che Guevara.'" -- Susan Evangelista Professor, Palawan State University "This is a rich and generous collection of stories that spring from various sources--autobiographical, anecdotal and experimental. It entertains the casual reader, instructs inspiring and practicing writers alike, and enriches the country's culture." -- Paulino Lim, Jr. Professor Emeritus, California State University "Cecilia's style is even more spare or sparing, letting the words do the barest possible work of depicting action, description, or sequencing the events in the collected narratives...I'd call this style, which seems fairly unique to her (even when compared to that of old masters like Bulosan and Gonzalez), as scenography, to borrow a term from cinema." -- Oscar V. Campomanes Professor, Ateneo De Manila University

Paperback: 167 pages
Publisher: Anvil Publishing House, Inc. (2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 971272443-3
ISBN-13: 978-97-1-272443-5

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