In Dogeaters, Jessica Hagedorn has transformed her best-selling novel about the Philippines during the Marcos reign into an equally powerful theatrical piece. Complete summary of Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Dogeaters. Born and raised in the Philippines, poet and playwright Hagedorn sets her first novel in the volatile political climate of that country’s recent past. Although in.

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Filipinos embrace American influence and admire the culture. Aug 20, Andie rated it liked it. If you live half a world away, out of danger and in comparative comfort, how do you try to understand a tragedy that sadly risks becoming just another headline?

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I was born in the 60’s and Hagedorn left the Philippines a year prior to my birth year so I still had the chance to see a movie at Odeon and other first-class movie houses along Taft Avenue. Alone on our roofs, we are stripped of our devices and our bank cards.

Mar 24, Glen rated it liked it. I wish I could give this 3. Hey, what’s so dogezters about that? Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. The story becomes diffuse and kind of limps across the finish line like “American Graffiti”. There are so many characters lovers Trini and Romeo, Rio who consistently narrates many of the chapters remembering the Philippines of her childhood, bisexual crackhead Joey, the General and his lewd mistress, the rich political couple who seems to be based on Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, etc.

Was she silenced by the decadence? Hagedorn writes with a sardonic, hyper-critical tone, a masculinist, fevered voice. Meanwhile, through the gossip, throwaway comments, radio soap opera excerpts, and commercial jingles, readers get the sense of the dogeayers reality of the country. Mar 05, Jennifer Lesnick rated it it was ok Shelves: Much trouble occurs jessiac of his connections, especially after he witnesses the assassination of the liberal Senator Avila.

The problem is that none of it amounts to much, and the chapters certainly don’t add up to a book. While Hagedorn does paint a striking picture of the bureaucracy and madness of her home country, if this is all you’ll ever learn about the Philippines, you’re bound to think it’s home to a bunch of whores, corrupt politicians, and junkies. And yet, I wish the book didn’t take itself so seriously. Authors Kevin Roose and Allan Gurganus suggest books that might provide readers with a glimpse past the week’s ubiquitous headlines, to the human cost often left hidden.


Jaymee Siao Hi Ma’am! A few pages in and I was quickly reminded of Miguel Syjuco’s “Illustrado” although this book crippled my brain with its literary tricks, I still gave it four stars for the [twisted] endingand I thought, “Ooohh la la. Kevin Roose writes for New York magazine. Consequently, she enjoys the company of her grandmother and all the servants. But it’s not really my kind of book.

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 Hollywood films, American servicemen, and the long shadow of global capitalism and conspicuous consumption.

I was also looking for the denouement that will tie up the loose ends in the last chapters just like what F. In my opinion, though, Dogeaters would be better appreciated by people who are actually born during the Martial Law, or those who are pretty much familiar with the intricacies of what happened back then, not someone like me, one who’s knowledge of the entire thing is horribly limited to what I’ve heard from people and learned in class.

She is a performance artist in New York City, having presented her work at The Kitchen, among other places. Rio was a funny girl but I didn’t really get in the end when her cousin Pucha denies some of the things Rio said has false, I don’t know if Rio was narrating the story truthfully or was Pucha right? It ensnares them and shapes their fates. BUT I liked it, nevertheless! Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn.

Dec 28, L rated it really liked it Shelves: Also, as more interesting characters came in, I forgot already the previous ones like Andres and Trinidad and when they returned towards the end, I had to think hard on which chapter I first encountered them.


Who is Joey again? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Here, the Filipino mafia is headed by the Gonzaga and Alacran families, who are “related by money,” as the cynical Uncle Agustin Gonzaga says.

Next we are shown a portrait of the waiter, duck-tailed Romeo Rosales, and his girlfriend, who wants marriage to liberate her from selling clothes in Alacran’s department store, SPORTEX. Open Preview See a Problem? Her tidy look-back from s America hardly ties things together.

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Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. The dominant power sucked doggeaters resources out of the weaker one, paying only a little back in terms of some technology and a semblance of law and order. However, this of course has its own drawbacks. In the days that have followed, the death toll exacted by the storm has reached breathtaking levels — more than 3, fatalities by last count — and the economic devastation must be measured in the billions.

Laying it on real thick, so he’d feel sorry for me. I had the difficulty of reading between the lines; of trying to understand what the author was trying to say.

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. I would probably read another Hagedorn novel. With its huge ensemble cast of characters, each chapter of Dogeaters presents the point of view of a particular character.

Still, glad I read it. It is a cautionary tale illustrating the importance of being a knowledgeable and jesaica citizen of current political and social issues. 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.