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Fish-Hair Woman

Fish Hair Woman Winner of the Most Underrated Book Award How much can the heart accommodate Death and love an enemy and a sweetheart war and an impassioned serenade and Only four chambers but with infinite s

  • Title: Fish-Hair Woman
  • Author: Merlinda Bobis
  • ISBN: 9781876756970
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the Most Underrated Book Award 2013 How much can the heart accommodate Death and love, an enemy and a sweetheart, war and an impassioned serenade, and Only four chambers, but with infinite space like memory, where there is room even for those whom we do not love Fish Hair Woman is a novel of many rooms running between love and war In 1987 the PhilippineWinner of the Most Underrated Book Award 2013 How much can the heart accommodate Death and love, an enemy and a sweetheart, war and an impassioned serenade, and Only four chambers, but with infinite space like memory, where there is room even for those whom we do not love Fish Hair Woman is a novel of many rooms running between love and war In 1987 the Philippine government fights a total war against communist insurgency The village of Iraya is militarised The days are violent and the nights heavy with fireflies in the river where the dead are dumped With her twelve metre hair, Estrella the Fish Hair Woman, trawls the corpses from the water, which now tastes of lemongrass She falls in love with the visiting Australian writer Tony McIntyre who disappears in the conflict Ten years later, his son Luke is reading this story in a mysterious manuscript sent to Australia with love letters Tony left Australia when Luke was six Now at nineteen, he travels to the Philippines because his father is supposedly dying On arrival he is caught in a web of betrayal that spins into the dark, magical tale of the manuscript What is fact, what is fiction Luke meets Stella, who could be Tony s lover or the Fish Hair Woman But where is Tony Whose story is being told Who is telling the story Poetic and eclectic in style, this epic tale threads a multitude of voices and stories from the Philippines to Australia, to Hawai i, and to the reader s world The pool of grief, and of joy, is yours, mine, ours.

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    About "Merlinda Bobis"

    1. Merlinda Bobis

      Merlinda Carullo Bobis is a contemporary Philippine Australian writer and academic Also a dancer and visual artist, Bobis currently teaches at Wollongong University.Born in Legaspi City, in the Philippines province of Albay, Merlinda Bobis attended Bicol University High School then completed her B.A at Aquinas University in Legaspi City She holds post graduate degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and University of Wollongong, and now lives in Australia Written in various genres in both Filipino and English, her work integrates elements of the traditional culture of the Philippines with modern immigrant experience Her play Rita s Lullaby was the winner of the 1998 Awgie for Best Radio Play and the international Prix Italia of the same year in 2000 White Turtle won the Steele Rudd Award for the Best Collection of Australian Short Stories and the 2000 Philippine National Book Award Most recently, in 2006, she has received the Gintong Aklat Award Golden Book Award, Philippines for her latest novel Banana Heart Summer, from the Book Development Association of the Philippines.

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    1. I was blown away by this book. There was magic realism, a study of a family caught within a revolution where the members adopt different sides, bodies dumped in a river at night, murder and mystery, Government cover-ups, corruption and young love. Entrancing.The writing is very different and adopts different styles as it describes the images of Estrella and her 12 metre long hair, to Luke's search for his father, and the memories of the various characters.


    2. Change the rating into 4. I was talking about this to a friend and I realize how much I like the way the tangles unfolds through out the story. I like (but too painful) how Merlinda Bobis depicts the life during martial law specially if you are a civilian caugh inbetween a war (NPA, Gvt Army and Private Army). I can't remember the last time I read a Filipiniana book with magical realism as it's theme (or if I read any). For me, it is hard to connect magical realism with historical fiction (that [...]


    3. If you love happy endings, I can tell you one thing: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.If you love an excellent, well-written piece of fiction which reflects Philippine culture using English as a medium, then read it.


    4. Very confusing, to say the least. It starts off relatively simple, telling the story of a village caught in the midst of bigger political battles. But by the end, you're left questioning everything: who's writing the narrative, and to whom, and what is fiction versus the truth (not that fiction can't tell the truth). The language is lovely and lyrical at times (I felt it a bit heavy handed at some points, but overall very beautiful). I would recommend it if you're interested in interrogating not [...]



    5. We all have our own pools of sadness, and how does one surface from such tragic ordeals? This is just one of the questions that Bobis in this amazing book, which skillfully weaves in and out of the political turmoil in Bobis' hometown tries to answer.


    6. Okay random plot questions (spoilers)****I'm confused: did everyone basically have dual identities? And how did Estrella end up leaving and living in Hawaii? When was Mayor Reyes and Alvarado the same person? HUH?



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