Dogeaters In Dogeaters Jessica Hagedorn has transformed her best selling novel about the Philippines during the Marcos reign into an equally powerful theatrical piece that is a multilayered operatic tour de f

  • Title: Dogeaters
  • Author: Jessica Hagedorn
  • ISBN: 9780140149043
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Dogeaters, Jessica Hagedorn has transformed her best selling novel about the Philippines during the Marcos reign into an equally powerful theatrical piece that is a multilayered, operatic tour de force As Harold Bloom writes Hagedorn expresses the conflicts experienced by Asian immigrants caught between culturese takes aim at racism in the U.S and develops in heIn Dogeaters, Jessica Hagedorn has transformed her best selling novel about the Philippines during the Marcos reign into an equally powerful theatrical piece that is a multilayered, operatic tour de force As Harold Bloom writes Hagedorn expresses the conflicts experienced by Asian immigrants caught between culturese takes aim at racism in the U.S and develops in her dramas the themes of displacement and the search for belonging As sharp and fast as a street boy s razor The New York Times Book Review , Dogeaters is an intense fictional portrayal of Manila in the heyday of Marcos, the Philippines late dictator In the center of this maelstrom is Rio, a feisty schoolgirl who will grow up to live in America and look back with longing on the land of her youth.

    Dogeaters Dogeaters is a novel written by Jessica Hagedorn and published in Hagedorn also adapted her novel into a play by the same name Dogeaters, set in the late s in Manila the capital of the Philippines , addresses several social, political and cultural Dogeaters Summary eNotes Dogeaters is a political and historical tale of the Philippines, enacted on a world stage, whose characters are both human and symbolic It is a spectacle, a parody, a fantasy, a farce, a roman Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn In Dogeaters, Jessica Hagedorn has transformed her best selling novel about the Philippines during the Marcos reign into an equally powerful theatrical piece that is a multilayered, operatic tour de force. Dogeaters Contemporary American Fiction Dogeaters is an extremely well written work of art It is a fast paced novel and has a diverse cast of characters, which keeps the novel interesting. Dogeaters Summary Study Guide BookRags Jessica Hagedorn s Dogeaters is a play in two acts that deals with the brutal suppression of political opposition to Ferdinand Marcos s government in the Philippines, as framed against the first Manila International Film Festival. Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn, Paperback Barnes Noble Dogeaters is an excellent book, especially for those who like nonlinear narratives It is a book that captures, in a very intriguing way, the taste and temperature of life in the Philippines Many of the chapters took place from the point of view of separate characters, leaving the reader to piece together subtle facts to form a picture of Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn PenguinRandomHouse Books About Jessica Hagedorn Jessica Hagedorn is the author of the novels Dogeaters and The Gangster of Love, Dream Jungle, and a collection of poetry and short fiction, Danger and Beauty. Dogeaters Summary and Analysis like SparkNotes Free Jessica Hagedorn s work Dogeaters is a two act play narrated similarly to a modern day soap opera The play centers on a tragic narrative involving multiple characters and plot lines. Dogeaters Variety Dogeaters was adapted from Hagedorn s well received novel of the same name, and the surreal circus of events it depicts could probably be comfortably contained only in a few hundred pages BOOKS JESSICA HAGEDORN DOGEATERS Welcome to Manila in the turbulent period of the Philippines late dictator It is a world in which American pop culture and local Filipino tradition mix flamboyantly, and gossip, storytelling, and extravagant behavior thrive.

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    1. Jessica Hagedorn

      Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn was born and raised in Manila, Philippines in 1949 With her background, a Scots Irish French Filipino mother and a Filipino Spanish father with one Chinese ancestor, Hagedorn adds a unique perspective to Asian American performance and literature Her mixed media style often incorporates song, poetry, images, and spoken dialogue.Moving to San Francisco in 1963, Hagedorn received her education at the American Conservatory Theater training program To further pursue playwriting and music, she moved to New York in 1978.Joseph Papp produced her first play Mango Tango in 1978 Hagedorn s other productions include Tenement Lover, Holy Food, and Teenytown.In 1985, 1986, and 1988, she 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 She shows the complexities of the love hate relationship many Filipinos in diaspora feel toward their past After its publication in 1990, her novel earned a 1990 National Book Award nomination and an American Book Award In 1998, La Jolla Playhouse produced a stage adaptation.She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters, and continues to be a poet, storyteller, musician, playwright, and multimedia performance artist.

    965 thoughts on “Dogeaters”

    1. 1.5 starsThe rating on this one kept slipping the more I read. I started with, OK, this might be interesting; moved to, This is totally nonsensical, no more; and culminated in: What the fuckety fuck, I mean, WTF??? WHAT? This book in a nutshell: BIG. HOT. MESS. Sizzling MESS!Like this:Also like this: Rather than write a novel, Hagedorn threw together a series of stories. No, scratch that. These aren't stories. They're vignettes, snatches of lives, bits of memories, crumbs of experience. The prob [...]

    2. Remember Ferdinand Marcos, dictator of the Philippines, and his wife Imelda with her storage rooms filled with 3,000 pairs of shoes? This novel, published in 1990, came out of that era. Of course it has to reflect the clash of classes – the ultra-rich and the have-nots. So we have one set of characters who are super-wealthy; tied to the dictator and his cronies, the businessmen, the generals and the high administrative officials who have mansions, luxury cars, lavish parties, servants and beau [...]

    3. My very first time to read a novel by Jessica Hagedorn (born 1949), a Philippine-born American novelist, playwright, poet and multimedia performance artist. I purchased my copy of this book in 2010 but postponed reading this several times because of what a friend said that it is similar to Miguel Syjuco's Ilustrado (2 stars). That this and Syjuco's are both composed of short stories or vignettes with no cohesion because of the absence of unifying theme. That both are trying hard to be seen as po [...]

    4. Quite a frenetic and schizophrenic book. I can see that Hagedorn was attempting to create an intricate picture of the mostly seedy underbelly of Manila but it felt a bit crowded. For example, there is a kind of *gasp* moment near the end that I just shrugged at because I couldn't remember why that character was important. I don't know that it benefited from its large cast of characters. I also don't like feeling cheated at the end and I felt a bit of that reading the two conflicting accounts of [...]

    5. My Year-End (2012) and Year-Start (2013, of course) ReadFirst read: perplexingSecond read: still somehow perplexingThis book is filled with too many perplexing events! Too many perplexing people! Perplexing Hagedornish writing style! I had the difficulty of reading between the lines; of trying to understand what the author was trying to say. But perhaps that was because, as much as I love Historical Fiction, I don't know much about my country's (I'm Filipino, by the way) history - the heyday of [...]

    6. I can't give a full evaluation of this book as of yet, but I can say that if you're at all interested in learning about gritty side of Filipino politics, history, and identity, then this book is for you. The language is cryptic, yet bold, and maybe even brash. The way that Hagedorn is able to tell the individual stories of people from various levels of society is masterful. I'm reading this slowly, as it is very rich in detail and I don't want to miss anything!

    7. This is the second book I've read that takes place in the Philippines, and like the first book I read about the country (Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere) I enjoyed it very much. Such depth in detail of the main characters and locales, the use of real primary sources (such as President McKinley's diary entry) and farce primary sources to add to the feel of truth v. truth (printed v. gossip). Overall, a great piece of literature that I'm proud to have added to my collection.

    8. Dogeaters is a penetrating analysis of the modern history of the Philippines depicting the harsh realities of a politically corrupt system. It reflects the reality of what the current political figures in society are like and how their actions, beliefs, and decisions affect every person in the country on one level or another. The connections between the characters are complex and the political dynamic of the Philippines is inundated with deception, controversy, scandal, and intrigue. All of the [...]

    9. With very mixed reviews, I wasn't sure I was going to opt in when this book was chosen for Wall St Journal Bookclub, but I read the Kindle sample and was hooked. Manila in the not too distant past; a cast of thousands (ok, dozens); poverty and privilege; vice, corruption, violence, pop culture, innocence, religion, family and friendships. Dogeaters has it all!With its huge ensemble cast of characters, each chapter of Dogeaters presents the point of view of a particular character. This was a comm [...]

    10. Often when reading post-colonial works there is a feeling that alternate realities are being described, dream states and counter-histories which have been suppressed or erased by the official history. Hagedorn performs such an archaeological procedure in her ferocious and volcanic work, Dogeaters, a text which systematically dismantles the ruthlessness and heartlessness of the Marcos regime, as well as indicting the American colonial presence which still lingers in the Philippines in the form of [...]

    11. Mostly, I liked this book. Jessica Hagedorn writes a sharp satirical sentence, has a wealth of knowledge of "classic" and "campy" American popular culture, and applies both of these skills naughtily/impactfully. I like that Dogeaters tells the story of an identity- and power-fraught nation (the Philippines) allegorically through the daily struggles of its own identity- and power-fraught inhabitants (cross-dressers, nationalist politicians who buy European fashions, etc.). Some of the characters [...]

    12. I wish I could give this 3.5 stars. I read it as part of the WSJ book club. I actually liked it, and I think it presents a very good portrait of a developing country: the class strata, the dictator, corruption.The book is slow to develop, and yes, the chapters jump between characters, often with no warning. But I was never confused and ultimately looked forward to certain characters' chapters, especially Joey and Rio.Catholicism figures prominently in this novel, which can be expected because th [...]

    13. There are novels you devour and novels that devour you. Hagedorn consumes; her appetite is voracious and her feast is ours. Dogeaters is alive. The narrative is a polyphonic, frenetic movement of place and character. Readers never really get our bearings. The fluidity of the landscape and people slip through our fingers. No one and nothing can be pinned down. Hagedorn hasn't so much captured on the page a country, its people and cultures at a specific moment in history, but she has tapped into t [...]

    14. Hagedorn describes this book as a love letter to her country. While she certainly is a gifted writer, I can't say that I enjoyed this book. She paints the picture of several different characters and it was difficult for me to keep track of them all. Even more, she paints a realistic picture of the Philippines: there is wealth and then there is extreme poverty. And the poverty that she depicts is brutally painful to read. While I appreciated learning more about the reality of the Philippines, thi [...]

    15. Do you know the feeling you get when your drugs run out and you're not in love with that German director john you've been sleeping with and your pimp of an uncle is screwing you over again and your whole country is corrupt and your Lana Turnerish mom is breathing down your neck to start acting like a proper young lady already? Well, you will after you read Dogeaters. It's a crazy fast paced dissection of Manila society circa 1950s/60s, and it rocks.

    16. I Wanna B UPeople condemned colonialism as being the exploitation of one country by another. The dominant power sucked the resources out of the weaker one, paying only a little back in terms of some technology and a semblance of law and order. But I think now we have realized that that economic bloodsucking was only one of the evils of the imperial experience. More subtle, but maybe longer lasting, was the degrading of the self among the dominated. The ruled felt powerless, they felt their whole [...]

    17. Jessica Hagedorn’s portrait of the Philippines in the late 1950s during the Marcos era is kaleidoscopic and fragmented but succeeds in bringing the time and place to life in a way that a more linear narrative might have failed to do. 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. What binds them all together is their attempt to live their lives under a repressive, corrupt an [...]

    18. This is quite hard to rate, to be honest. Our country belongs to women who easily shed tears and men who are ashamed to weep.Dogeaters is my first Jessica Hagedorn book, and it certainly won't be my last. This is the fourth novel that I've read that revolved around the Martial Law period (more suggestions, anyone?). Admittedly, though, this wasn't really the kind of book I was expecting to read when I started my odyssey to scavenge for novels related to the dictatorship. What I was hoping for is [...]

    19. Didn't enjoy it, and I don't want to waste another moment. Life is too short to be miserable with a book. DNF halfway through. It was too scattered, no specific style. Just seemed like journal entries strewn together and out of order. moving right along now.

    20. Probably the most boring book I have ever read in my life. It also doesn't help that the book employs a post-modern feel that feels rather pretentious than literary for me.

    21. I remember gasping with excitement the moment our Modern Asian Literature professor, Ms. Jaymee Siao (Hi Ma'am! hehe), told us to read this novel. I finally have an excuse to open this book in the middle of other assigned readings for other subjects. 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 [...]

    22. This is another book I read for my Asian-American lit class that I wouldn't have read if it hadn't been assigned, and if I had read it, I likely wouldn't have finished it because I found the writing style off-putting. It's very fast, jarring, jolting, MTV generation kind of thing. The perspective shifts from chapter to chapter. One chapter is first person, the next third. You are thrown into the lives of seemingly unrelated people from differing classes, and it's over-stimulating and fast. You d [...]

    23. Dogeaters takes us back to the era of the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines. Jessica Hagedorn gives us a fast-moving, visceral, at times disorienting, and frequently surreal portrait of the Philippines under harsh repression. The novel shows us the brutality of the regime by not showing us the dictatorship directly (for the most part), and I think this made it more powerful. Instead, we follow around the denizens of Manila as they just live their lives. We peek into the upper eche [...]

    24. I really enjoyed this book but I was left confused by the ending. These are one of those books that I will probably reread again to fully understand it. This story was told by different characters and there point of view of life in Manila and as a Filipino. I did enjoy that aspect of the book but I felt that the main point of the story which was how these characters were all connected somehow after the senator was murdered began when the book was almost over. I blame that on the fact that the bo [...]

    25. One part telenovela, one part newspaper serial, one part culture clash and one part comedy of errors, Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn was definitely one of the most interesting books I’ve read this year. Winner of the American Book Award and nominated for the National Book Award in 1991, Dogeaters is definitely a unique introduction to the Philippines.The novel reminded me a lot of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series in it’s breath of coverage and it’s fast paced serialized type ch [...]

    26. This is Manila in the 80's. She paints it with vigor and magnanimous character that sometimes you get into the whirl. Who is Joey again? The guy who is poor and a whore. With so many woman in the book I like Daisy but I remember Lolita. You will read the escapades of the young and the old when the city is filled with dirty money and tricks. It beats up the police/military image and the obscene images of the bar in our streets makes you think twice if you want to invite your foreign friends here. [...]

    27. I read this book as an undergrad and basically remembered NOTHING about it. nothing stuck. rereading it now, I was again underwhelmed, although the last two chapters (2 pp each) were phenomenal. although I think sudden revelations of narrator unreliability should be used advisedly, and this one seemed kind of weird since it wasn't clear how much of the book was supposed to have been narrated by Rio, and I had no real grasp of her as a character until right before the end, when she talks about he [...]

    28. I really, really liked this book. After reading Rizal's Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not), one distinction was at the many similarities these both had. One can even say that it is a contemporary renewal of it.Unlike Noli, this was way easier and certainly more, how ever disturbing it can be, enjoyable to read. From Rio, to Pucha, Baby, Joey, Lolita Luna, the characters are so rich in their stories, its truly compelling.Even though you have to read more in between the lines to fully grasp at what Ha [...]

    29. "Dogeaters" was a good interesting read. The book had some very delusional characters whose delusions served to provide the story its own twisted take on the Americanization of the modern day Philippines. The style and tone of the novel was great, it had dark humor throughout, and, at times through satire, was able to highlight some of the injustices that can occur when a country allows a dictatorship and suppresses free speech. I would have given this book a higher score, but since I read the b [...]

    30. Drawn from different sectors of Manila society in the 1950s, the characters in Dogeater are so vividly drawn, so complexly animated, that they appear primed for the big screen that they love so much. Through their interactions, often indirect, Hagedorn lays bare the obsession with American glamor, the ruthless suppression of political dissent, the awkwardness of coming-of-age, the irrepressible yearning for love. The novel is artfully constructed with alternating points of views, supplemented wi [...]

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