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Book review and technical detail TWICE BLESSED ~ Ninotchka Rosca

Technical detail of TWICE BLESSED ~
author Ninotchka Rosca
ISBN 115481
Language English
Category Fiction & Literature
Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Pages 270
Publishing Date 1st January, 1970

Book Reviews:

 Manila-born Rosca (The Monsoon Collection, 1983; State of War, 1988, and the album Endgame: The Fall of Marcos, 1987) continues her less-than-compelling analysis of power, corruption, political and animal artifice in the Philippines. In a apple that runs on association alliances and gasolina (i.e., whatever keeps things running: car fuel, alcohol, allurement money, offers of sex, etc.), Hector Basbas has aloof won (or bought) the Presidency, but back the bounden refuses to footfall down, it's bright that His Excellency (to be) will accept to appear up with added gasolina, US buried support, and blackmail alignment if he, with his accompanying sister Katerina, are to accomplish their goal: transforming a alleged capitalism into a august dynasty. The twins' maneuvers--along with hints of their incestuous connection--are filtered mostly through the point-of-view of Teresa Tikloptuhod. Teresa, babe of a Provincial Governor, adored herself from terminal apathy and became a Basbas acquaintance by accouterment abetment back Katerina was traveling the country on foot, allegedly as allotment of a bananas pilgrimage. Author Rosca, who was briefly confined beneath aggressive law in 1972, abundantly surprises by giving the absolutist twins some affectionate complexity: Katerina's shoe accumulating can be explained by adolescence humiliations; Hector does absolution for his angry acts of arduous treachery. Still, no appearance actuality emerges as absolute or alike interesting; attempts at surreal amusement and abracadabra accuracy never lift off the ground. A low-energy outing, admitting the atmosphere of excess.

Born to an impoverished warlord clan, twins Hector and Katerina come to dominate the Philippines through their political and social maneuvering. By the author of State of War.

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