Insurrecto

Insurrecto

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Within the spiraling voices and narrative layers of Insurrecto are stories of women--artists, lovers, revolutionaries, daughters--finding their way to their own truths and histories. Using interlocking voices and a kaleidoscopic structure, the novel is startlingly innovative, meditative, and playful.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Press, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781616959449
1616959444
Characteristics: 316 pages ; 22 cm

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krsbozo
May 03, 2019

This was one of the oddest and densest books I've read recently. The language was difficult for me, perhaps because it was translated? Or perhaps it was so far outside of my cultural milieu. At any rate, I had to work to understand what was going on at some points. In the end, I'm glad I stuck with it and read the whole thing. As part of this story, I learned about the American military killing hundreds of people in the Philippines after an insurrection in the 19th century. I had never heard about this tragedy. Why am I not surprised that our military would react with overwhelming force against a native population?

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lukasevansherman
Dec 03, 2018

"It is there country, sergeant. You only hold the keys."
A remarkable novel about war, history, art, memory, and the blur between fact, fiction, and memory. Filipino author Gina Apostol dives deep into her country's tangled history with the United States, which began when we liberated the island from Spain and then stayed on as occupiers (Sound familiar?). Has some similarities with another excellent book about war and memory, Nguyen's "The Sympathizer." A good book on the history of our intervention in the Philippines is "A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902." One of my favorite books of 2018.

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