peepmybookshelf's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark informative tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

loolzerz's review against another edition

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4.0

this is the type of book that makes you feel so uneducated but also like you’re learning so much at the same time. i also love books that keep me on edge the entire time and this book definitely does the job spectacularly.

oceanelle's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional informative mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Absolutely fucking brilliant. 

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funkeylock's review against another edition

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dark emotional inspiring reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

morgannelefaye's review against another edition

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challenging informative mysterious sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

congressbaby143's review against another edition

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5.0

This was a recommendation from my professor in a class I took last semester called“Decolonizing Philippine Literature”. It was so intimidating at first but I’m glad I picked it up. It felt good when they eventually quoted Fanon because I was holding my breath for it…. I only understood then that they were doing the quotations in some chronology. The message is quite clear, is it not? Violence is necessary in decolonization.

I also like how we were shown the different kinds of allies there are. That while decolonization is the goal, there is no singular way of processing it? I definitely appreciate that it talked about not having the perfect victim… that the colonized will not always act in the way we think victims should act… or react. By doing so, it exposes the very conditional nature of some supporters of decolonization. We see it now happening in the treatment of the Palestinians. When a journalist was expressing his frustrations and anger at how pointless it all is feeling while Israel continues their genocide day-by-day, many supporters suddenly showed aversion to him and his cause because he wasn’t playing the perfect victim. But resistance requires precisely this: righteous anger.

It’s a lot to process but I felt like it was good at portraying the colonial mindset in characters like Professor Lovell, Letty… the people at Oxford. How colonization is a blessing that took the colonized out of the dark ages. How language plays a role in it.

It’s brilliant because it was able to compile ideologies from necessary readings into something interesting and plot-driven… I gave it a five because for all of its breadth it didn’t give me the catharsis I was seeking at the very end…

As such, it echoed one of my key takeaways from my class and from this book… there are no utopias…. only the struggle.

unboundbibliophile's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional informative inspiring reflective sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

neele11thd's review against another edition

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dark mysterious sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

karabeara_21's review against another edition

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dark slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

paigegodvin's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional informative mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.25