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Friday, October 30, 2020

Read The World - Phillippines - State Of War

 Book: State Of War

Author: Ninotchka Rosca

Pages: 367

Book takes place in the country: YES

Author is from the country: YES

I have visited: NO

This is my 79th read for the year

This book opens during a festival in the Phillippines with three young people - Eliza, Anna, and Adrian.  Adrian is rich and the son of a prominent family.  Anna is a widow who was recently detained and tortured by the military.  And Eliza is the daughter of a courtesan.   As the festival is going on - so is a war.  Anna gets in contact with the rebels who are planning to bomb the festival and Adrian is captured. 

The book jumps to the past of these three families to trace the history of Adrian's family money, and that Eliza is a relative of Anna's.  weaving together their stories, the final part of the book brings us back to the present and lead up to what happens with the war and the rebels.

This is an okay book.  Quite confusing.  I think the middle part - the history - was my favorite.  It took me awhile to get into this one and it actually required a lot of attention to keep me reading.  It had some redeeming qualities.  Like I said - the history in the middle of this book is the longest section and the most interesting in my opinion.

Stars: 3 1/2

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