Recommended read of the month: “the man who invented fidel”

Siguro sobrang hilig ko lang talagang magbasa ng mga librong tungkol sa historical personalities kaya natuwa ako sa partikular na librong ito… pero kakaiba talaga ang pagkaka-sulat sa kanya — point of view ng isang writer tungkol sa isa pang writer na nagsulat tungkol sa scoop-interview niya kay Fidel Castro.

At andaming chismis involved ha! Para bang si Ambeth Ocampo kapag nagsusulat tungkol kay Jose Rizal! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mapapa-isip ka talaga. Ang if you’re a Fidel fan like me, aabot ka sa punto na ku-kwestiyunin mo yung mga (tingin mo ay) “alam mo” tungkol sa kanya, pati na rin yung mga sinabi (at patuloy na sinasabi) ng iba about him.

Was Fidel a real hero? Maybe.

Was he the only “hero” during those revolutionary times in Batista’s Cuba? Apparently not, if one is to believe the author.

Was he really a communist when he started out? Probably not.

Is he worth celebrating today? It’s up to you to decide.

Ako? Sa tingin ko… there are some things about him that are worth emulating. There were some things he did that are worth celebrating. And there are also some things that he did that need condemning.

But taken as a whole, Fidel Castro is definitely someone worth learning from.

So, if you’re into this kind of thing… BUY THE BOOK! (meron naman siguro sa mga 2nd-hand bookstores d’yan sa tabi-tabi).

In all honesty, this is the first book that I read from cover to cover! Literally! As in pati yung indexes at footnotes niya ay puno ng interesting tidbits. Maging yung blurbs sa outer back cover ay intriguing talaga.

And the best part is… hindi akin itong libro. Nakita ko lang siyang pakalat-kalat sa opisina namin ๐Ÿ™‚


Recommended read of the month: “the man who invented fidel”

“The Street of the Fishing Cat” — another 2nd-hand gem! :-)

Browsing through “2nd hand” bookshops, for me, brings an entirely different level of contentment and relaxation — akin to being harassed and soothed at the same time.

The anticipation of finally finding THE book — although, at best, a one-in-a-hundred thing — never ever gets old. And for good reason!

‘Coz once in a while — if the alignment of stars is just right and if (apparently) my karmic reservoir has just been topped-up — I actually do find the book (that I didn’t know) I was looking for!

Take this latest find of mine, for example… Jolan FoldesThe Street of the Fishing Cat.

Hardcover… cloth-bound… 1937 copyright… the Hungarian original being an International Prize Winner of the All Nations Novel Competition… and most importantly — 45 Pesos lang siya! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Street of the Fishing Cat is a heart-warming chronicle of an Hungarian family’s life of exile in Paris and the different people that they interact with (or not) as they live in the Rue du Chat-qui-Peche, Paris’ narrowest street (which isย actually a real street) and gathering-place of expats young and old, decent and scheming, regal and radical.

In the course of reading the book and sharing in the characters’ daily foibles, they became less like “characters” in a book and more like people I’ve actually met in real life. Which isn’t surprising at all, when one thinks about it — post-World War I Paris may be worlds away from today’s Manila, but peoples’ mundane problems and dreams for a better tomorrow remain true whatever nationality they may belong to, or whichever era they may to live in.

A wonderful read, honestly written, and definitely “unputdownable“!

Go look for a copy at your nearest 2nd hand bookstore… and happy fishing! ๐Ÿ™‚

“The Street of the Fishing Cat” — another 2nd-hand gem! :-)