Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco audiobook

Ilustrado: A Novel

By Miguel Syjuco
Read by William Dufris

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200108046

  • ISBN: 9798200108039

  • ISBN: 9798200108053

Runtime: 12.67 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize Winner

Ilustrado opens with Crispin Salvador, lion of Philippine letters, dead in the Hudson River. His young acolyte, Miguel, sets out to investigate the author's suspicious death and the strange disappearance of an unfinished manuscript—a work that had been planned not just to return the once-great author to fame but to expose the corruption behind the rich families who have ruled the Philippines for generations. To understand the death, Miguel scours the life, charting Salvador's trajectory via his poetry, interviews, novels, polemics, and memoirs. The literary fragments become patterns become stories become epic: a family saga of four generations tracing 150 years of Philippine history forged under the Spanish, the Americans, and the Filipinos themselves. Finally, we are surprised to learn that this story belongs to young Miguel as much as to his lost mentor, and we are treated to an unhindered view of a society caught between reckless decay and hopeful progress. In the shifting terrain of this remarkably ambitious and daring first novel, Miguel Syjuco explores fatherhood, regret, revolution, and the mysteries of lives lived and abandoned.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Spiced with surprises and leavened with uproariously funny moments, it is punctuated with serious philosophical musings.” New York Times
Dizzying and ambitious.... A satisfying, meaningful story. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“Wildly entertaining…[An] extremely enjoyable novel.” Washington Post
“Dizzying and ambitious…A satisfying, meaningful story.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[Ilustrado] dazzles as brightly as Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated…First novels rarely show such reach and depth.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“William Dufris performs a feat of wonder…When speaking lines from Salvador’s books, journals, and letters, Dufris knows just when to lay on an over-dramatic tone that is reminiscent of old-time radio announcers. For Syjuco’s bitter and cynical views, he adopts a jaded tone.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Miguel Syjuco

Author Bio: Miguel Syjuco

Miguel Syjuco received the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize and the Philippines’ highest literary honor, the Palanca Award, for the unpublished manuscript of Ilustrado. Born and raised in Manila, he currently lives in Montreal.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 12.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English