In Dogeaters, Jessica Hagedorn has transformed her best-selling novel about the Philippines during the Marcos reign into an equally powerful theatrical piece. Complete summary of Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Dogeaters. Born and raised in the Philippines, poet and playwright Hagedorn sets her first novel in the volatile political climate of that country’s recent past. Although in.

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Quite a frenetic and schizophrenic book. It had been sitting on my shelf beside another Hagedorn book, “Toxicology” for several months now, and just looking at it bugged me because I have this idea that it would be great, and not being able to read it feels like I’m missing something big.

It’s very fast, jarring, jolting, MTV generation kind of thing. She shows the complexities of the love-hate relationship many Filipinos in diaspora feel toward their past. Nor is the sense of a purposely disjointed narrative rendered coherently.

The country which is very perplexing. The reading experience is almost maddening and exhausting, because the reader has to try very hard to keep up with the constant rhythm and activity happening.

Jan 23, Elissa rated it liked it. That this and Syjuco’s are both composed of short stories or vignettes with no cohesion because of the absence of unifying theme. It comprises a series of vignettes or short stories rather than a sustained storyline, with a large cast of characters from the richest to the poorest and most humble. I am not at all Filipino, though I have visited that country.

Rio was a funny girl but I didn’t really get in the end when her cousin Pucha denies some of the things Rio said has false, I don’t know if Rio was narrating the story truthfully or was Pucha right?

The perspective shifts from chapter to chapter. She can’t keep up the momentum created through her intense, accurate description of certain classes of Filipino society. Just seemed like journal entries strewn together and out of order. While Hagedorn does paint a striking picture of the bureaucracy and madness of her home country, if this is all you’ll ever learn about the Philippines, you’re bound to think it’s home to a bunch of whores, corrupt politicians, and junkies.


Jun 15, Steve rated it liked it. I was also looking for the denouement that will tie up the loose ends in the last chapters just like what F. Despite the beliefs of many Filipinos, the lives of actresses such as Lolita Luna are not glamorous, but are instead a spiraling trap of drugs and sexual exploitation.

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With its huge ensemble cast of characters, each chapter of Dogeaters presents the point of view of a particular character. I’m not so sure this makes me happy. I liked Jessica Hagedorn’s ability of connecting seemingly disjointed events.

So we have one set of characters who are super-wealthy; tied to the dictator and his cronies, the businessmen, the jessiac and the high administrative officials who have mansions, luxury cars, lavish parties, servants and beauty pageants. Severo and Isabel’s daughter. We Pinoys suffer collectively from a cultural inferiority complex. Nagedorn dominated peoples shucked off their traditions, rejected their pasts, and tried to become Western.

All of the characters have a three-dimensional personality that shines through each page.

It seizes details and hyperbolizes their importance; it defies the notion of information of property” Still, glad I read it. I mean if you are a foreigner and if these hhagedorn are the only ones you read about the Philippines, you would get the idea that our country is full of crooks, prostitutes, corrupt politicians, underground syndicates, showbiz-crazy dimwits and religious fanatics.

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This novel, published incame out of that era. For example, the First Lady’s “cultural center” [2] has similarities to the Cultural Center of the Philippines commissioned by Marcos. They speak the national language, Tagalog now officially called Filipinowhich is blended in with pidgin Spanish, English and Portuguese.


Want to Read saving…. Hwgedorn said, I did feel like the novel threw me into “post-colonial” Manila, Phillipines — it takes place in different periods but I guess a lot of it takes place in the ’70s during the dictatorship of that time.

Why does she choose to drive her own car, when she can obviously afford a chauffeur? Even more, she paints a realistic picture of the Philippines: Religion Religion seems to be an underlying theme as a few key characters are described as extremely religious. I purchased my copy of this book in but postponed reading this several times because of what a friend said that it is similar to Miguel Syjuco’s Ilustrado 2 stars.

I myself view this “Proud to be I blame that on the fact that the book is pages.

Here, the Filipino mafia is headed by the Gonzaga and Alacran hagfdorn, who are “related by money,” as the cynical Uncle Agustin Gonzaga says. One chapter is first person, the next third.

In, andshe received Macdowell Colony Fellowships, which helped enable her to write the novel Dogeaters, which illuminates many different aspects of Filipino experience, focusing on the influence of America through radio, television, and movie theaters.

Nov 08, Greg rated it it was amazing Shelves: I actually liked it, and I think it presents a very good portrait of a developing country: I’m reading this slowly, as it is very rich in detail and I don’t want to miss anything!

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