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Book Title: Catch A Falling Star|
The author of the book: Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo
Edition: Anvil Publishing
The size of the: 590 KB
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Date of issue: 1999
ISBN 13: 9789712708770
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They say that childhood memories are really meant to guide us during our adulthood. That they can help predict our behaviors as adult. If these are true, then I am not surprised that the author of this book is one of the most respected writers and literature professors in the country. She is Dr. Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo.
I first met Dr. Hidalgo during the interview of Miguel Syjuco, author of "Ilustrado" in the University of Santo Tomas a couple of years ago. She is currently the Director of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies and the Professor Emeritus of English & Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her works have been translated in many other languages particularly in Asia and the pioneering writers in English creative non-fiction in the country.
Upon finishing the book, a question that would linger in one's mind as a reader: how much of the main character's life is the author's? How much of Patriciang Payatot is Dr. Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo? When you know that Dr. Hidalgo is still skinny up to now? When you know that like the pupil Patricia, the 72-year old professor is also brainy and smart yet gentle and even frail-looking?
This book is a collection of 12 unforgettable short stories in English. The stories revolve around a young girl, Patriciang Payatot. Childhood memoirs that got etched in the girl's mind as the narrator is supposed to be an adult now. The memoirs are life changing ones: from the time that she is trying to fit in school, witnessing her first car accident, being exposed to the household fights of a classmate's parents, domestic and drug-related violence or the horses copulating that signaled her sexual awakening. The narration is simple. light yet poignant and sweet. The book reminded me of Melissa Bobis's "Banana Heart Summer" although the stories in this book will last longer in your mind before you finally forget them.
I liked all the 12 short stories but the one that stood out was "Patriciang Payatot" especially these lines: "When we want something badly enough, do we not convince ourselves that it is meant for us? When we fall in love, do we not think it inevitable that the other person must return the feeling?" Yes, we do right? It's just that many of young people convince themselves more than enough that when the object of their affection does not return the favor, they become depressed as if it is the end of the world.
That's crazy but we all went through that phase. However, we overcome them and as soon as we learn the realities of dating as adults, we look back and say to ourselves how foolish we were when we were at that age.
Our book club "Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books" will be interviewing Dr. Hidalgo for this book on August 12, 2017 at 2:00-5:00 pm at the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies office. Everyone is invited to join us.
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Read information about the authorCristina has been writing for Philippine newspapers at the young age of fifteen and is now an award-winning author.
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