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

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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!
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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!

  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!

  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”

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

  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.

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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.

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

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


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