Despite the request of his grandfather to pass on to him his share of the famous rice terraces, Philip still chose to live in the city, away from his immediate family.
Nancy from A Simple Clockwork and I have been posting on these stories, mostly focusing on older stories, for some time now. We have provided lots of links where these stories can be read online.
Taken together, they make up a great inadequately explored resource for students of post-colonial Asian literature. Most importantly, they are wonderful stories by real people writing about their heritage in honest heartfelt works.
Sionil Jose is one of the most highly regarded of all authors from the Philippines. Jose was born in Pangasinan Provence on the island of Luzon, as was my wife.
He attended, though he did not graduate, St. Thomas University as does my middle daughter. He is a national artist of the Philippines. I will include a link where it can be read online at the end of my post. It deals directly with issues vital to the heritage of the country.
There are two main characters in the story, an American, Sam Cristie and a man of Ifugao heritage who have become close friends though working at the same agency for a number of years. For those not familiar with their culture, the Ifugao culture is one of the oldest intact cultures in Asia.
They are internationally famous for constructing over years ago the famous rice terraces which many consider one of the wonders of the world.
The terraces are now in real danger of being lost to the world. Philip gets word his grandfather is very sick and he and Sam make the long bus trip to his home village. Jose does a great job of making us feel like we are along for the ride. I wonder what the roads from there to Manila were like fifty years ago!
Philip is received coldly by his family, they regard him as a deserter to his heritage. It shows a deep understanding of very real problems felt in ancient cultures all over the world. How do you keep the young people rooted in the culture when they can make a lot more money, and have seemingly a more exciting life, in a mega-city?
This drama is being played out all over Asia. You can read "The God Stealer" here. If you have never read a short story by an author from the Philippines this is a good place to start.
If you have been reading them for decades, then lend is your expertise, please.THE GOD STEALER, F.
Sionil Jose's most widely anthologized fiction, is a moving story of friendship. An American and a Filipino go to the Cordilleras to look at the rice terraces which were built by . The main characters in "The God Stealer" are Philip Latak and Sam Cristie. Philip, also known as Ip-pig, is an Ifugao who became a Christian and lived in Manila.
By becoming a city dweller, Philip became less sentimental with his cultural identity, beliefs, and customs. The God Stealer CHARACTERS SETTING PLOT THEME: Sam Christie Philip Latak Grandfather Old man Sadek Reverend Doone After War World II Manila Baguio Rice terraces. The God Stealer by Francisco Sionil Jose Character description.
The main characters in “The God Stealer” are Philip Latak and Sam Cristie. Philip, also known as Ip-pig, is an Ifugao who became a Christian and lived in Manila. Character description. The main characters in "The God Stealer" are Philip Latak and Sam Cristie.
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