Monday, March 02, 2009

Another satisfied customer

Norman Wilwayco’s first novel and winner of the Palanca Award, Kung Paano Ko Inayos ang Buhok Ko Matapos ang Mahaba-haba Ring Paglalakbay, began as a short fiction of the same title, which was included in the Aklat Likhaan ng Tula at Maikling Kuwento 1998 and also awarded the Palanca for the short story. In the novel, place was used to establish time—or man’s remoteness to memory. Tony De Guzman went to Baguio in the beginning of the narrative in order to establish perspective in his narration. After all, it is the sense of story that sets order in the most complicated lives. In the end, Tony would also leave Baguio to live in Quezon and then go to Banahaw so that he could find other views, both literally and figuratively. Similar to what Rilke asks of us in one of his poems, Tony understood that he must change his life; and it was a total change, for, as readers, we no longer had access to that life. more >>

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