Friday 56 & #BookBeginnings: Cave and Shadows


THE VISION—a crab on a string being walked by a naked girl—occurred in a deep hotel-corridor twilight and moreover when he, Jack Henson, was feeling himself in a swoon.
- p. 1

For Friday 56:  
"... Well, Alfreda had never been mum about being Filipina; but it wasn't that, it was her being a native that made her extraordinary to her daughter—and God knows what the child meant by the term."
- p. 56

About Cave and Shadows by Nick Joaquin: A classic from National Artist for Literature, Nick Joaquin, Cave and Shadows was first published in 1983, and this literary whodunit is still considered a must-read by students of Philippine Literature. The novel is set in motion by a mysterious death, and thrust onwards by the search for truth and the solution of the crime. Joaquin expertly weaves multi-layered meanings by interspersing Philippine historical fact with fiction. In the end, readers discover faith, truth, and human nature.

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11 comments:

  1. I am so glad to read quotes from this classic book in Filipino Lit.

    My Friday Posts by Anne

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    1. Glad to spice up your reading life, Anne :)

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  2. Ooh this sounds absolutely fascinating! In comparison to this my current read is the most boring one ever... I'm going to have to write this one done because I really want to read it! Thanks for introducing me to it and thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. It's the crab that did it? If you end up reading this, let me know as I'd love to hear what you thought of it!

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  3. The excerpts don't really grab me but the premise does. I'll have to find out more about this one. Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoy it!

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  4. The excerpts are intriguing...I am not quite sure what will happen next, but that is what makes it a book to explore. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “WIFE-IN-LAW”

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  5. Sounds interesting. I don't think I've ever read a book set in the Philippines. Happy reading!

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  6. A crab? That sounds funny, and the book hopefully is enjoyable for you.

    I like the book's colors.

    Have a great reading weekend.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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  7. That beginning,I had to read it twice. I've not heard of this one before. I do like the premise.

    My 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/02/13/the-friday-56-52-my-pet-yeti/

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  8. Interesting 56 - this is a book I haven't heard of before.

    My Friday 56

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  9. I'm not sure what to make of it, to be honest. :-)
    Happy weekend! <3

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