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  1. 4 out of 5

    Danél

    Maximo D. Ramos wrote a number of books detailing the history and culture of the Phillipines, all unread by me. Based on this work, which is simply a collection of little essays about village life as a boy, I certainly intend to dive into more of his chronicles. It is not just the content here, which presents a fascinating range of topics from the food to the bird life to even the mythological creatures that kept him and his friends scared of entering into the woods -- what really spoke to me he Maximo D. Ramos wrote a number of books detailing the history and culture of the Phillipines, all unread by me. Based on this work, which is simply a collection of little essays about village life as a boy, I certainly intend to dive into more of his chronicles. It is not just the content here, which presents a fascinating range of topics from the food to the bird life to even the mythological creatures that kept him and his friends scared of entering into the woods -- what really spoke to me here was the lyrical and conversational quality of the writing. Ramos's observations are often hilarious, often poignant, and always stream of consciousness, like a warm grandfather relaying his adventures to his grandchildren who gather around him to take it all in. As a celebration of a time and culture that I admittedly know little about, he is as accessible as he is warm and inviting. And as he explores his own life and times, his invitation is a simple but profound one: now that he has shared his life, he implores the reader to think about and celebrate their own. Reading this therefore feels like an exchange of lives-- a conversation that lets us into his world, as it encourages us to think of the humanity that unites us all. This was a quick, simple read that was an absolute pleasure, because Ramos isn't just asking us to merely listen to his stories, but also to participate.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Welch

    This was an interesting read, and a bit different from some of his others that I've read. While each chapter stood alone from the others, this book still read a little more like a single story rather than a collection of short stories, and it is seemingly told from Ramos's own perspective, which I didn't expect. Definitely some outdated language and a little slow, but intriguing to read a firsthand account of the details of life that we don't often think about. This was an interesting read, and a bit different from some of his others that I've read. While each chapter stood alone from the others, this book still read a little more like a single story rather than a collection of short stories, and it is seemingly told from Ramos's own perspective, which I didn't expect. Definitely some outdated language and a little slow, but intriguing to read a firsthand account of the details of life that we don't often think about.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paul Elessar Caceres

    This book is more of a short autobiography, really. It's a good insight into the Filipino provincial life of the early 20th century. I would have rated this four stars but Maximo Ramos has the tendency to abuse commas. He sometimes tries to fit too many ideas in one sentence. This book is more of a short autobiography, really. It's a good insight into the Filipino provincial life of the early 20th century. I would have rated this four stars but Maximo Ramos has the tendency to abuse commas. He sometimes tries to fit too many ideas in one sentence.

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    Famela Joy

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    Nathalie Santos

  10. 4 out of 5

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Francis Villanueva

  13. 5 out of 5

    Khatie Peralta

  14. 4 out of 5

    Clyde Naig

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ricoy Mangubat

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Arquero

  17. 5 out of 5

    Romel

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rilloraza

  19. 5 out of 5

    Janelle A.

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    Sherry Kinchasan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Che Afdal

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marah Gool

  23. 5 out of 5

    Imaldrin Arceo

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christian Sabado

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kate Heather Faye Buenaventura

  26. 5 out of 5

    agKAPEtayo Agoo

  27. 5 out of 5

    Edgar Molitas

  28. 4 out of 5

    Byatres Mari

  29. 4 out of 5

    John Tobias

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jan Algar

  31. 4 out of 5

    Daryl Redoble

  32. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

  33. 4 out of 5

    Sherlocked Mao

  34. 4 out of 5

    Cyrille Duran

  35. 5 out of 5

    Inah Anunciacion

  36. 4 out of 5

    Yannie Seung

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