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Refresh and try again. Most of my GR Filipino friends, prefer Fili over Noli but most local and foreign critics say otherwise. View all 7 comments. El Filibusterismo. I enjoyed the deployment of words better in Noli for example the old-fashioned but kilig dialogues between Ibarra and Maria Clara when they were in the azotea. May 31, Pages Buy. Related Articles.
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Showing Rating details. Sort order. Aug 06, K. These were the two published novels by Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero of my country, the Philippines. Noli and Fili , along with his other writings, caused his death by firing squad on December 30, or around 2 years before Spain sold the country to the United States of America.
They are required readings in most high schools in the country: Noli for juniors and Fili for seniors. A filibuster is someone who engages in an unauthorized military expedition into a foreign country to foment or support a revolution.
In the novel, this is Simoun who is actually the disguised Ibarra, the main protagonist in the previous Noli. Because he was duped by Padre Salvi for the friar to have a chance on Ibarra's girlfriend Maria Clara, the wicked friar implicated Ibarra in inciting rebellion against the government. So, Ibarra became the hunted and was only saved by Elias towards the end of Noli.
After helping Basilio in burying Sisa and burning Elias on Christmas Eve, Ibarra went to Cuba, made himself rich, met and befriended the now Governor General assigned in the Philippines, he is now fully poised to get Maria Clara from the convent and stage his revenge against those who wronged him. Noli was published in Germany in and was immediately banned by Spanish friars in the Philippines and from then on, the Spanish government started to monitor Rizal's activities.
His parents told him not to return to the country and when he did, asked him to return back to Europe. He also lost his true love, Leonor Rivera. His uncle, Rivera's father, thought that his daughter would not have a peaceful married life with somebody as dangerous Rizal. This threat from Spanish government did not stop Rizal from continuing his campaign overseas to expose the injustices being done to his fellowmen. So, he wrote Fili and expressed his thoughts on the possible solution to the country's situation.
Yes, if you really analyze the messages in both novels, Noli's intention was to state the problem while Fili's was to present the possible solutions. I thought Rizal did not write Fili just to fan further the flame caused by Noli but to tell the Filipinos the different alternatives to their problems and what he thought was the best solution: You see, Rizal shared this earth with Mahatma Gandhi But Rizal was first in pushing non-violence in achieving freedom.
It's just that the Filipinos then were too brave, aggressive and impatient to wait for the right time so they fought tooth and nail against the Spanish government. In fairness, they achieved a bit of victory so they were able to declare our independence in and installed a revolutionary government but it was short-lived because Spain hurriedly sold the county to the Americans to the tune of twenty million dollars as agreed in the Treaty of Paris in that same year.
I thought of giving this book a 4-star rating. Not because of any flaw in Rizal's writing but Ongoco's translation is full of typographical errors. The publisher or printer seemed to have hurried everything and they did not do a good job of proofreading and giving time for Ongoco to substantiate the study guide that was one of the reasons why I loved the first book, Noli.
Anyway, I am giving this still a full 5 because this was written by our national hero who bravely gave up his life for us so what the eff, anything less than that is for me, unpatriotic and a total disregard to Rizal's sacrifices and legacy. Most of my GR Filipino friends, prefer Fili over Noli but most local and foreign critics say otherwise. What do I say? Which one do I prefer?
Hmmm, let me see. Using Thomas C. The opening scene in Noli, the grand welcome party in Capitan Tiago's house mirrors the condition of the country right away. As per as the manner of writing, i. Noli is social while Fili is political. Noli still has a heart because it has this passionate love story between Ibarra and Maria Clara. Fili is mostly about revenge and debates which mean it has more brain than heart.
So, this depends in the reader's preference. I thought that I enjoyed Noli more. Noli is confused yet still hopeful. Angst is still underneath.
Fili is altogether hatred from page 1 until the last chapter except in the last scene. There are more scenes in Noli where I was mesmerized by Rizal's use of beautiful prose putting natural color on his settings. There are still some in Fili but they were overshadowed by the strong hatred emotions from the characters. Rizal used his characters to express his thoughts. There are these debates or long conversations that while reading, you will get the feeling that Rizal is discussing his views with you.
In Noli, there are only 2: Ibarra and Pilisopo Tasyo is one and the debate about the town fiesta as the other. Fili on the other hand, has a lot more: Wonderful debates. Point of View. Both employ an omniscient narrator but there is a part in Fili when Rizal used stream-of-consciousness. This is the part when Simoun heard about the death of Maria Clara.
What an effective way of expressing Rizal's sadness and I could not help but wonder if this was how he felt when Leonor Rivera got married to a foreigner. Narrative Presence. The attitude of the omniscient narrator is more accommodating and patient in Fili rather than in Noli. For example, in the Noche Buena scene in Noli , the narrator used the reader's sympathy over the limping Basilio chasing the crazy Sisa and he forgot to describe the setting.
In Fili with Basilio after 13 years, I was in awe reading the beautiful description of the forest while Basilio was remembering the first Noche Buena. Narrative Attitude. Despite those beautiful descriptions of the settings in Fili, it is more direct and straightforward. Although the message is sometimes diluted by the many options presented, Rizal was able to tie the loose ends in the very last chapter during the whole-day conversation between Simoun and Padre Florentino.
Also, the dialogues are more brutal like in the scene with the talking head or sphinx. Time Frame. Noli starts with Ibarra's homecoming after staying in Europe for 7 years.
Fili starts with Simoun's appearance after disappearing as Ibarra after 13 years. Ibarra is hopeful that he will be able to bring change by putting up a school with his love for his country as the reason. He was able to learn this from his trips abroad including his stay in Spain. However, the 13 years in Cuba was, for me, not enough for Simoun to gather all those treasures that he claimed to have even come from Marie Antoinette and the pyramids in Egypt.
It just sounded not too plausible. Time Management. Noli starts at the end of October to December 24 Christmas Eve. Fili on Christmas Eve to after Holy Week or after the school year. Less than 2 months for Rizal to tell the tale of a small town of San Diego but he needed more than that to tell the events in the city.
I thought he used his time frames quite well in both. Still at The Laguna de Bay-Manila-Pasig River-Tiyani-Binondo then finally to a provincial place with a plateau and the plateau is right in front of a deep sea is just a bit of a stretch.
How could the weak and wounded Simoun travel to a far-flung provincial place of Padre Florentino? Some say that the basis of this place was Atimonan, Quezon and it is a 4-hour drive from Manila.
But for a horse-drawn carriage during the Spanish times? And Simoun was still able to confess to the priest for 1 whole day! The letters are the recurring images in Noli and there was not a single letter in Fili. Rather, in Fili the recurring images are the treasures and the lights.
The letters in Noli denotes secrecy or inner ghosts. They signify the hidden emotional turmoil of Rizal and the Filipinos. The treasures in Fili means evil not all the glitters are gold and the lights, e. Rizal was really wonderful in using his motifs.
Overall, Noli is positive: On the other hand, again overall, Fili is negative: Since there is no prevailing emotion in Noli, the use of irony in that novel is more effective.
Who would forget the Christmas Eve when Basilio was chasing Sisa, his lunatic mother? There were also scenes in Fili when this was nicely used like when Simoun went to the house of Kabesang Tales and lured him to commit rebellion by showing him the treasures.
However, we already knew Simoun's intent even at the onset so it was not as effective as those last scene in Noli. The one of Carolino and Tandang Selo was anti-climatic in my opinion. Narrative rhythm is greatly influence by the theme in these two books. I enjoyed the deployment of words better in Noli for example the old-fashioned but kilig dialogues between Ibarra and Maria Clara when they were in the azotea.
The many long debates in Fili were at times so convoluted that they tend to go around in circles not to mention non-sense characters mouthing nonsense statements that there are parts when they were boring and pointless.
I thought that this was won by Fili by a mile. The novel is fast-paced and full of events. Noli is laid back and only peaked up in the last three chapters.
No wonder some of my GR-Filipino friends who don't normally read classics find it too wordy if not boring. Again, Fili by a mile. I first read Fili in school and I knew all along that the lamp would not explode.
However, due to Rizal's buildup of the plot towards that despedida party, I still hoped that my memory was incorrect. I was hoping that the lamp would kill all those shenigans.
As opposed to almost climax-less plot of Noli where there is nothing like that big event. Hands down, Noli rules. There are far more memorable characters there than the new ones introduced in Fili. For one, the young Basilio is more sympathetic than the nervous indecisive young man.
Even if the setting in the first page of Noli is more memorable because of the regalia and the detailed description of the house, I thought that the use of the upper deck-lower deck in Fili is more direct and more intense. Rizal seemed to be surer of what he would like to tell even on the very first page of the book. The transition from Noli to Fili was not even jarring because of the recurring characters even after 13 years have passed.
I thought Rizal's use of his first page was more effective in Fili. Better to read them both. For my non-Filipino friends, both books have English translations released by Penguin, Inc.
Noli Fili Please read them and let me know if you have questions. View all 15 comments. With Spain and without Spain they would always be the same, and perhaps, perhaps worse! Why independence if the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow? And they would be, without doubt, because he loves tyranny who submits to it. Senor Simoun, while our people may not be prepared, while they may go to battle beguiled or forced, without a clear understanding of what they have to do, the wisest attempts will fail and it is better that they fail, because why commit the wife to the husband if he does not sufficiently love her, if he is not ready to die for her?
View all 7 comments. Feb 26, Jr Bacdayan rated it really liked it. It also serves as the sequel to his novel Noli Me Tangere. El Fili as it is popularly called, is a darker and more evolved novel compared to Noli.
It's a book about revenge, manipulation, deception and greed to name a few. It's taken a deeper turn and it shows Rizal's growth as a writer. This turned out to be a double-edged sword. In creating a more serious book, Rizal sacrificed something, he lost the pure Filipino culture that he successfully portrays at Noli. In creating a darker novel, he westernizes the story.
The plot about the bombing, the manipulation of the officials, Simoun wearing shades and all, it all feels to foreign. Don't get me wrong, the book is still a master-piece. I'm just saying that it doesn't encapsulate our culture as strongly as Noli did. The story is still a tribute to our country, it still clearly depicts the oppression that we suffer. For all intents and purposes, this is still one of the greatest works of literature that ever came out of our country. So, why not a five-star?
Aside from westernizing this novel, I have mixed feelings towards the ending. As I understand it, Rizal acknowledges that he thinks that fighting for freedom during his time is not for the greater good but for personal gain. He thinks that the people are not ready yet.
But, he also ends it with hope. Though they might not be ready yet, he thinks that there will come a time when people need to fight for freedom, that it will be achieved someday. It was achieved sooner than he thought, though it would be lost again. I do think that when talking about liberty and fighting against oppression, one cannot afford to wait for the right time.
But hey, it's just me, my opinion. I'm no Rizal. El Filibusterismo might not be a perfect, but it's still a great Filipino novel. No reading is ever the same. When I first read this book as a requirement for high school, it was nothing to me as a lame, boring story of the past misfortunes by Dr. Rizal's brilliant mind. It was yet another Noli Me Tangere. But when I read it again before the start of last semester, there were far too many details that I had overseen before.
And it speaks of old tales that are subtly happening in the present Filipino society. Really, I think this novel transcends time.
Or maybe, it was intend No reading is ever the same. Or maybe, it was intended to do so. Perhaps, Rizal didn't only intend to reveal what was present during the reign of the Spaniards but also to show what colonialism can bring to a society.
And I don't think we are past this stage yet. Maaaring may mga spoiler at kung anu-anu pang mga bagay na walang kinalaman sa libro o sayo. Dati kung tatanungin ako, alin ang mas magandang akda ni Rizal, lagi kong sagot Noli, kahit hindi ko naman majustify ang sagot ko. Pero ngayon, ngayon nabasa ko na uli ang El Fili, El Fili na ako forever.
Ang daming magagandang pakikipagpalitan ng ideya. Sa umpisa palang babanatan ka na ni Simoun Maaaring may mga spoiler at kung anu-anu pang mga bagay na walang kinalaman sa libro o sayo. Sa umpisa palang babanatan ka na ni Simoun at Basilio. Si Miss Trienta at ang El Filibusterismo ni Rizal Ang naaalala ko noon, dalaga pa si Miss Trienta, maganda, maliit at balingkinitang babae, sya noon ang Filipino teacher namin nung f4th year high school, kaya sya rin magtuturo ng El Fili sa amin.
Hindi ko pa nun natutuklasan ang mundo ng mga libro bagamat mahilig na akong magbasa ng komiks noon, hindi ko rin naman maaalala kung naging interesado ako sa librong ito o sa kahit na anung akda o may kinalaman sa ating pambansang bayani. Ang mga naaalala ko lang, laging may mga takdang aralin na kabanata, at kailangan sagutan ang libro, at tuwing lalagyan ang t. Hindi ko maalala kung may mga naging engaging topics ba tungkol sa libro, wala rin akong maalalang kaeskwela na naging seryoso sa pagbabasa nito o naging masaya sa pagbabasa ng isang required book read.
Wala pa akong naiintidihan nun, walang pake. Ngayon, may asawa na si Miss Trienta-- ay Mrs. Napaisip tuloy ako, si Miss-- ay Mrs Trienta kaya, naging masaya sa tinuturo nya? May naging estudyante na kaya sya na gandang-ganda sa libro at hindi naging pasakit ang pagbabasa ng kwento dahil gusto nya yung binabasa nya? Wala naman akong pinagsisisihan kung ngayon ko lang naappriciate si Rizal, ngayon ko lang napagtanto na malaking bagay nga ang iniambag nya sa ating bayan pagiging Pilipino ko.
View 1 comment. Aug 15, K. My third time to read this book, El Filibusterismo but my first time to read it in English. I think the book deserves that award because Lacson-Locsin spoke and wrote in both languages, Spanish the language the book was originally written and English the other language she spoke at home.
Her son edited the book making the language more contemporary but retained the cadence of My third time to read this book, El Filibusterismo but my first time to read it in English. Her son edited the book making the language more contemporary but retained the cadence of Spanish to retain its Spanish flavor. Like Noli me tangere 5 stars, 3 stars , El Fili is a propaganda novel. These two books made the Filipinos revolt against the Spanish oppressors in , two years after our National Hero, Dr.
Jose Rizal was executed by a firing squad on December 20, One of the main reasons for his death were these two books that the Spanish government and he was charged with rebellion, sedition and conspiracy. In short, he died because of this two books and because of these two books, the Philippines got our independence from Spain and we are the first country that got its independence however scrupulous or questionable it was from colonial oppressors in this side of the globe.
So, for that alone, this book must be read by all Filipinos. Unlike the third time I read Noli, I did not get any different insights from reading this book.
I still liked it so much. I still wish of course the lamp blasted all the characters in the final scene. Isagani's folly dumped the heightened feeling that one has towards the end. Only for the love of Paulita that sonofabitch chickened out and let the whole nation continue to suffer in the hands of the Spanish government officials.
Is it plausible? Of course, it is but it weakened the story. It also weakened Rizal's image as a freedom-fighter. In my mind, this was Rizal's justification that he was not for the revolution and the uproar that Noli created and made his parents and his beau Leonor Rivera worry for his return chickened him out to make the ending of this book exactly like this.
Which book I like better between Noli and El Fili? I am still bias towards Noli because I think it is more balanced between being a love story and a propaganda. El Fili has the angst and call for a revolution but in the end these went kaput so what's the point? Aug 30, K. Not for me to criticize a piece of work that is not just a national treasure, but contributed to the execution of a man.
In addition to providing a wonderfully detailed snapshot of those times, El Filibusterismo is a vehicle for a myriad of ideas and solutions for the Filipino people during the Spanish occupation in the s.
It's interesting to note that while Rizal's death inspired the Philippine revolution, this book actually advocates non-violence. I might write a more detailed review once Not for me to criticize a piece of work that is not just a national treasure, but contributed to the execution of a man.
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