Friday 56 & #BookBeginnings: Gagamba


 For Book Beginnings:
On July 15, 1990, a killer earthquake--the strongest recorded in Philippine history--struck and for four minutes of apocalyptic turbulence, Central Luzon including Manila were submerged in a wave of panic.
- p. 1


For Friday 56:
He was anxious to see the girl Mars Floro was going to get, and for a while, he had vivid imaginings of her -- large eyes, slim, brown complexion, and young -- that was most important, for there is something in a young girl that brings a jauntier step, a quickening of the pulse, to a man as rickety as he now was.
- p. 56

Synopsis of GagambaGagamba, the cripple, sells sweepstakes tickets the whole day at the entrance to Camarin, the Ermita restaurant. He sees them all-- the big men, politicians, journalists, generals, landlords, and the handsome call-girls who have made Camarin famous. In mid-July 1990, a killer earthquake struck and entombed all the beautiful people dining at the Camarin. Gagamba could have easily gotten killed -- but he survived the earthquake as do two other lucky people who were buried in the rubble. As told by the Philippines' most widely translated author, this novel raises a fundamental question about life's meaning and suggests at the same time the only rational answer.

You can check out my review for this one! Finally a Filipino author I can recommend!


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6 comments

  1. This sounds really interesting! Before reading the two teasers I was afraid there would be massive spiders in the book, but thankfully now. I like the honesty in the F56! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. No spiders in this one, Juli! If you can get your hands on this, I highly recommend it!

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  2. I haven't heard of this book, which sounds quite interesting based on the description and snippets. Thanks for sharing.

    My Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/04/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings_18.html

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  3. What a cover!! Happy Reading!!

    Here is my Book Beginning post!

    AND

    Here is my Friday 56

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  4. Sounds a bit scary but good. I don't like spiders, but I see there aren't spiders in the book. :)

    Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

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  5. Sounds like a great story!

    Thanks for participating in BBOF. Sorry I haven't been around to visit BBOF participants for a while. I started my own law firm two weeks ago and have been crazy busy getting set up.

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