(Sediments in Mud) - 4 STARSMight as well be your Valentine's read this year.
That is if you can get a copy of this story in English.
However, the first two-thirds of the story is nice.
It brought memories of my childhood in the province.
The hunchback character reminded me of Quentin in Rogelio S.
Sikat's story included in Agos.(9) Mga Tining sa Lusak.
One night, with the promise that his friend would not tell anyone, he agrees to go with him. His job is to fetch pails of water from the nearby hand-pumped well.
(Beyond the Slum) - 3 STARSA young boy is being raised by his father alone. However, he is living in an area where there are squatters so his classmates are mostly poor.Rich but the rich father is indifferent to the boy as old as the poor man's dead son.The boy has a physical deformity so he just stays at home playing with his dog.He was, in fact, a friend and a schoolmate to the 4 of the 5 authors. This is about the sad flight of th Ave Perez Jacob was once a part of the 1964 landmark book in Philippine literature, Mga Agos Sa Disyerto (4 stars).He studied with them in the same university and wrote in the same university folio. For an unknown reason, in the latest (fourth) edition of the book published in 2010, he was no longer there.(Love: The Name of a Side-Street) - 3 STARSA bit out of focus especially the ending.Not sure what Perez Jacob wanted to say why he brought the story to the character's place in Manila.Rather, his stories have wider scope - the breath and depth of which are more encompassing than those of Agos.Examples of these are the stories with milieus such as the prison, rebels' headquarters in the mountain, World War II, etc., many of which were not tackled by Agos.He was, in fact, a friend and a schoolmate to the 4 of the 5 authors. This is about the sad flight of the marginalized people in the society.He studied with them in the same university and wrote in the same university folio. However, unlike Agos, this does not dwell too much neither on the rural people particularly the state of agrarian reform nor the urban working people like those who in the local rundown factories or employed by devious and heartless Chinese merchants.