Sunday, January 30, 2011

book review: "Makamisa: The Search for Rizal's Third Novel" by Ambeth R. Ocampo

MAKAMISA: The Search for Rizal's Third Novel
Ambeth R. Ocampo

No Filipino can graduate from school without having read, or at least pretend to read, the novels of the country's national hero, the Noli me tangere & the El Filibusterismo. As such, the study of the life of Jose Rizal & his works have become a burden & a joyless chore. For anyone to enjoy Ambeth Ocampo's book "Makamisa", one first needs to have a sincere appreciation of Rizal and his legacy.

In "Makamisa", Ocampo takes us with him on a journey as he searches for & eventually finds Rizal's unfinished third novel. Yes, Rizal had not just one, but six unfinished stories, which I was happy to learn about & read in this book. All these unfinished stories give us a glimpse of the wealth of Rizal's imagination and his unfulfilled potential, sadly cut short by his execution by the Spanish. Thus we are left to forever wonder what else he could have accomplished.

And on this year that we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of our national hero, I hope we can truly say that our interest in Rizal is still alive, because there is still more to learn for those who know to look.


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