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The Last Time I Saw Mother
by Arlene J. Chai | Literature & Fiction
Registered by bookworm76 of Chermside, Queensland Australia on 1/17/2010
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by wombles): to be read


4 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by bookworm76 from Chermside, Queensland Australia on Sunday, January 17, 2010

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The central story in this interesting but uneven debut novel by Filipina author Chai concerns a woman who discovers the truth about her parentage. Caridad, a Filipino woman living in Sydney, Australia, with her teenage daughter, discovers on a trip home to Manila that her elderly mother, Thelma, is actually her aunt?and that her vivacious aunt Emma is her mother. Using multiple, shifting first-person perspectives, these three women, as well as Caridad's beautiful, bitter cousin, Ligaya, relate the long story of why this secret adoption took place. The voices of the four women are virtually identical, however, and sometimes lapse into cliched musings about life and love. More compelling is the seamlessly interwoven background Chai provides: 50 years of history in the Philippines?from the WWII Japanese invasion and its vividly recounted brutalities through the battle for liberation (in which systematic American bombing caused more damage than three years of Japanese occupation) to the Marcoses' 20-year rule and the subsequent People's Power revolution. Fascinating side lights illuminate the subtleties of race relations among native Filipinos and the other ethnic strands in the island's social fabric: "the Spaniards they feared and envied; the Chinese they hated and envied." Chai's prose is devoid of stylistic flourish and the narrative is often repetitious and digressive. When she tells of life in the evacuation camps or in war-decimated Manila, however, the descriptions are sensual and palpably detailed. Thus the truth about Caridad's past pales against Chai's evocation of her country's travails. (From Publisher's Weekly) 


Journal Entry 2 by bookworm76 at State Library of Queensland - OBCZ on Ground Floor in South Bank (South Brisbane), Queensland Australia on Thursday, June 23, 2016

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Released 1 yr ago (6/25/2016 UTC) at State Library of Queensland - OBCZ on Ground Floor in South Bank (South Brisbane), Queensland Australia

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Taking this to the next Brisbane Bookcrossing meetup.

If nobody takes it I will drop it at the State Library OBCZ 


Journal Entry 3 by tiddley at Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Sunday, December 11, 2016

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Released 10 mos ago (12/11/2016 UTC) at Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane, Queensland Australia

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Bit slow to start but turned into quite a good read 


Journal Entry 4 by Oldgirl58 at Chermside, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, January 03, 2017

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Picked up at Bookcrossing catchup 


Journal Entry 5 by Oldgirl58 at Chermside, Queensland Australia on Saturday, July 22, 2017

8 out of 10

Really enjoyed this book. Interesting tale.  


Journal Entry 6 by Oldgirl58 at Chermside, Queensland Australia on Saturday, July 29, 2017

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Released 2 mos ago (7/30/2017 UTC) at Chermside, Queensland Australia

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Will take to the Bookcrossing catchup and if not picked up will release at the OBCZ at the Brisbane Library 


Journal Entry 7 by wombles at Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Sunday, July 30, 2017

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Picked up at meetup at O'malleys.  


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