Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.

This week’s book:

Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn

Blurb from Goodreads

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.

A wildly disparate group of characters–from movie stars to waiters, from a young junkie to the richest man in the Philippines–becomes caught up in a spiral of events culminating in a beauty pageant, a film festival, and an assassination. 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.

Why I Want To Read It

Happy first day of the week everyone! A new workweek has again commenced. If only the weekends were longer. HAHA. As we start a new week, I hope you are all doing great despite the challenging and uncertain times we are living in. It has certainly been tough existing in this time of pandemic, with all the lockdowns and restrictions imposed. I, for one, have been itching to go out of the house but knowing the virus is still present makes me think thrice. I do hope we all find peace of mind amidst this tumult. I hope that everyone is taking of themselves, both in body and in mind. I am fervently praying for this pandemic to end so that we can resume our normal lives.

With the start of the workweek comes another Goodreads Monday update. For this week’s update, I am featuring the work of a local writer, Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters. I have been coming across the book in the local bookstore but I was reluctant about buying it. The book’s title conjures ugly memories from a different period. I have later learned that what the book explores was a far cry from the image I had in mind. My impression of the book started to change after it was previously recommended to me by a fellow Filipino (currently residing in the United States). She mentioned that it was an evocative story about the Philippines during the Martial Law.

It was the book’s main subject that made me interested in it. Earlier this year, I bought a copy of Ninotchka Rosca’s State of War which also explores the same subject. Come to think of it, I have never read a literary work about the Martial Law despite my renewed interest in Philippine Literature. With the Philippine national elections looming, discourses on the evils of this dark phase in Philippine history has become ubiquitous. However, it feels like my fellow Filipinos have forgotten about their history, shunning anything that proves its cruelties and the greed of the family behind it. History and fact has been tagged as propaganda. With memory and history being challenged, it has become more imperative to combat this growing misinformation; reading literary works that provide glimpses into this era is a starting point.

And that’s it for my Goodreads Monday update. How about you fellow reader? What is the latest addition to your reading list? I hope you could share your answers in the comment box. For now, have a happy Monday and a great week ahead!