When The Elephants Dance

When The Elephants Dance

Book - 2002
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Publisher: c2002.
Branch Call Number: FIC Holth

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kcv523
Jul 22, 2013

Read this when it first came out, and again just now, 10 years later, and I still love it. It's beautiful and tragic all at the same time.

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telger
Jun 01, 2012

It's a good read- I like how Holthe intentionally included the Filipino culture all over the book.
Although one minor comment if I may are a few misspelled Filipino expressions, terms and names - and should be tolerated as Holthe was not born in the Philippines.
Over all it was a very good Filipiniana book!
Mabuhay & Salamat Ginang Holthe (Long live, thank you Mrs. Holthe)

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kaliko
Jan 15, 2012

A beautiful, sweeping novel that captures various sides of Philippine history and folklore. The story is told through the harrowing experiences of those struggling to survive the Japanese invasion. Holthe places her readers in their desperate situation, clinging to the last bits of family and home while death surrounds them. Despite the hardship, the characters share stories of their pasts that turn into 5 short stories in the novel. The short stories are richly filled with colour and fantastical imagery. Even though one may not want to be distracted from the main story into a side story, Holthe finds creative ways to keep one flowing to the other, leaving the most exciting side stories for last. In the end, the reader knows far more about all of the characters than they would have in a more traditional novel format, and all of the stories together combine at least a century of experience for the Filipino residents of Bulacan. As a Canadian-Filipino who grew up in Canada, this was an exciting and wholly different read -- a magnificent outlet to the culture of my distant people, something I would have not known of so clearly without an author like Holthe. To the everyday reader, this will be another historical drama that will grip you and give you characters to love.

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kaliko
Jan 15, 2012

kaliko thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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kaliko
Jan 15, 2012

"Papa says that the Philippines is far, far behind the other countries. He says that we are like abused children who have never been allowed to grow. How can we stand together when so much division has been created between us?"

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