Han Ong: The Disinherited A Novel



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Thank God it s over That is all A great book I loved the writing the twisty contorted sentences that often arrive at a startling end I didn t see coming at the beginning and I found his take on ostcolonialism and its toll on human lives hard hitting and absorbing This book comes close to being a masterpiece I m so glad I stumbled upon it The Philippines was his home for the first 16 years of his life born to Chinese Sister for Sale parents Then he and his family immigrated to the United States He went to high school there but dropped out only after a year Almost immediately thereafter this high school dropout began writinglays creating nearly 3 dozen works for the stage and he himself acted in several stage The Blue Door (Threshold performances In 1997 at age 29 he became one of the youngest MacArthur Fellows Some call him a genius comparing him to William Shakespeare his lack of formal education notreventing him from writing topnotch Two Views on the Doctrine of the Trinity plays and novels You look at hisicture in this book and if without knowing who he is and you re made to guess if he s a The Art of Standing Still pla. Manila 2000 Forty four year old Roger Caracera returns to his birthplace after nearly three decades in the United States He has come to bury the corrupt charismatic head of the family sugar dynasty his estranged father Jesus To Caracera's chagrin andleasure he is now viewed by his countrymen as the representative American; a local tabloid even refers to hi.

Ywrightnovelist or the next opponent of Manny Pacuiao you would most likely A Ladys Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, pick the latter He looks like a boxer or a cargador at theier or a tough Mongolian warrior under Genghis Khan That s the author Han Ong Now how is his workMany say his first novel Fixer Chao which I haven t read yet ublished in 2001 is much better than this The New York Times hailed it as a new immigrant classic and it was named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year and was also nominated for a Stephen Crane First Fiction Award But this one his second novel is no slouch eitherThe Disinherited reminds me of Jose Rizal s great Spanish era novels the Noli Me Tangere and the El Filibusterismo except that it is in a contemporary modern setting The oppressors here are no longer the Spaniards and the friars but overty and corruption Han Ong nevertheless takes occasional snipe like Rizal at some of the religious The War to End All Wars practices and beliefs of the Filipinos who areredominantly Roman Catholic Set in Manila in the 1990 s his cast of characters include both M as a General Douglas MacArthur look alike And when his father's will is read Caracera is stunned to discover that he has been left half a million dollars Unable to live with this burdensome inheritance he decides to give his money away But who among the millions of needy Filipinos is he to focus on Traversing high and low life societies rank and respectabl.

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He super rich and the dirt Death Comes for the Archbishop poor of the Philippine society with a crazy woman too like Rizal s Sisa allowing Han Ong a delightful romp technically flawless and occasionally shocking the reader through the highs and lows of modern Filipino culture taking his readers to a tour of diverselaces in Manila from the exclusive clubs for the rich to that cheap makeshift brothel where a teenage Filipino boy is made to dance naked before foreigners showing his ass for his finale with his male audience masturbating into small Mostly Mama plastic containers the warm contents of which will beoured one by one to the still immobile ass the cheeks stretched apart taut for maximum exposureA world class made in the Philippines writer It excites me to imagine what else he ll write if he comes back to the Philippines gets older and wears eyeglasses to get away from the curse of his cargador lookPareng Han tagay I didn t find this enthralling Sometimes a novel is all the engrossing because of a lack of sympathetic characters Here however it wasn t the cas. E and with a cast of characters that includes a slum dwelling boy hustler a middle aged American The Naked Man pederast a rising Filipino tennislayer a calculating society matron and a Peace Corps worker turned trophy wife The Disinherited is an incisive and illuminating exploration of the impulse to do good in the world and the aradoxical harm brought on by generosity.