Saturday, September 3, 2011

Lolo Jose: An Intimate Portrait of Rizal

Title: Lolo Jose: An Intimate Portrait of Rizal
Author: Asuncion Lopez Bantug
Synopsis: Different is this Rizal Book, because it was written from inside the family. Mrs. Bantug has long been an invaluable source for Rizal researchers and biographers. Reared as she was on family stories about her greatest relative, “Lolo Jose,” she could not but amass rich fund of Rizal lore not available in archives. How did he look as a grown man? A nephew of his (Mrs. Bantug’s own father, then seven years old) remembered him as being, in 1982, “fair of skin and rosy of cheek, like someone just come from could countries.” Such details have the force that vibrates in a famous line of poetry: “Oh, did you once see Shelley plain?” Again and again, in Mrs. Bantug’s book, we get this excited feeling that we are seeing Rizal plain. The national monument has become flesh and blood.
Year Published: 1982, Manila, Philippines
Format: Softbound, bookpaper
Size: 11 x 9 inches
No. of Pages: 218 pages
Condition: Some minor wear; covers are a bit worn with bumps and creases along the corners; spine has small closed-tears on top and at the bottom; pages are very slightly bumped but are still crisp with some very minor toning; overall GOOD condition
Weight: 700 grams

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HAC Code: 3I0014

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