Soledad's Sister (2020)

Soledad's Sister José Y. Dalisay Jr. Soledad s Sister A casket arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila bearing the body of a woman manifested as Aurora V Cabahug one of over overseas Filipino workers who return as corpses to this
  • Title: Soledad's Sister
  • Author: José Y. Dalisay Jr.
  • ISBN: 9789712720833
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Bookpaper
Soledad's Sister José Y. Dalisay Jr. A casket arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, bearing the body of a woman manifested as Aurora V Cabahug one of over 600 overseas Filipino workers who return as corpses to this airport every year The real Aurora, however, is very much alive, a karaoke bar singer in the distant town of Paez the woman in the box must be her sister Soledad who uA casket arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, bearing the body of a woman manifested as Aurora V Cabahug one of over 600 overseas Filipino workers who return as corpses to this airport every year The real Aurora, however, is very much alive, a karaoke bar singer in the distant town of Paez the woman in the box must be her sister Soledad who used Rory s identity to secure a job in Saudi Arabia No one knows for sure how this woman died the body bears signs of foul play and abuse, and now waits to be claimed at the airport.A Paez policeman, Walter, is assigned to drive out to Manila to pick up the body, accompanied by Rory Both Walter and Rory, who vaguely know each other, find their own lives redefined by the sudden return of the dead Walter has been left by his wife and son for a new life in England Rory feels herself standing on the brink of great prospects, ambitions that her sister never achieved Somewhere on its long way home, the body gets stolen, and things get even confused than ever.
Soledad's Sister José Y. Dalisay Jr.

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  1. Keely

    The truth was never just one person s story, or one version of what happened, never a shining absolute but an often filthy and ragged compromise that took not only godly patience to piece together, but also the devil s sureness of the worst of human nature This was one of the few books that stayed on my shelves for a very long time and I was only able to pick it up now because I knew I had to include it on my Book Diet schedule for this year at long last Now I ve always considered it a great, hu [...]

  2. Kwesi 章英狮

    When I and my family went to Hong Kong last 2007 to enjoy our summer vacation, it only made our summer worst like an acupuncturist pin you with thousand of needles one at a time, slowly but surely It was a nightmare that until now I can t help but to regret everything I spent to that trip but one thing that really struck me most, it was the number of OFWs or Overseas Filipino Workers in Central, Victoria Park.You can t imagine, the whole park was populated by Filipinos who works as a nurse, dome [...]

  3. Rise

    The Woman in the Box , the title of the first chapter of the second novel by Filipino writer Jose Dalisay, recounts the story of Aurora Cabahug s journey as a corpse in a casket from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to her home country Aurora was one of millions of Filipino workers scattered all over the world who left the Philippines in droves in order to bring home the dollar, or riyal or whatever currency can fill empty pockets Lacking sufficient source of income at home, they were swayed into working d [...]

  4. Kristel

    2008 can be considered a high watermark for the Philippine novel as Jose Dalisay, already an established name in Philippine letters as well as columnist, academic, and untiring blogger , came close to bagging Asia s most coveted literary award.His quirky hybrid of a novel, Soledad s Sister has been a literary triumph even before seeing print It is included among the five shortlisted novels for the first ever Man Asian Literary Prize Beating other English language works from much robust literary [...]

  5. Krizia Anna

    I really liked Soledad s Sister I just love the familiarity of the book I find myself at times trying to connect to a book but I can t because it happened in New York, Egypt or Hogwarts, somewhere I ve never been to But this one is just too close to home I find myself saying Been there and done that , like when Walter and Rory ate at Aristocrat near Malate Church How many times have I eaten chicken BBQ at Aristocrat in Malate I also love how Butch Dalisay narrate personal histories Even minor ch [...]

  6. Fantaghiro23

    Review adapted from my original review, published at Coffeespoons fantaghiro23 2011 This is the first Philippine novel to be shortlisted for the distinguished Man Asian Literary Prize in 2007 I remember reading about the Man Asian at that time and finding out about Dalisay s shortlisted novel And I recall thinking, Well, that sounds about right After all, Butch Dalisay is one of the country s premier writers.This much is evident when you read Soledad s Sister.The summary for Soledad s Sister is [...]

  7. Kareen Jean

    A BOOK REPORT ON SOLEDAD S SISTER By Jose DalisayThe novel starts with a woman in the box identified as Aurora Cabahug arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Her death certificate would simply say that she had died because of drowning in Jeddah However, the real Aurora also known as Rory is actually alive, and works as a singer in one of the karaoke bars in the town of Paez Walter, a Paez policemen, has delivered the telegram to Rory and she has known the news about her sister s deat [...]

  8. Rafael Cañete

    A flight from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia arrives at the Ninoy Aquino Airport and unloads its passengers and cargo, among them a casket containing a dead woman.The overseas workers office in Manila then sends a notice to the police in the woman s home town, a certain town by the sea called Paez, to inform her family and fetch the body from the airport.Paez policeman Walter Zamora is surprised to read the notice For the Aurora Cabahug he knows is very much alive Actually, he just saw her last night.Such [...]

  9. Serg

    the plot is all too familiar to any pinoy the characters are like someone we know kamag anak, kaibigan, kakilala, kamag anak kaibigan or kakilala ng kakilala ng kakilala its all too realistic that at times i felt i was not reading a fiction but learning something about persons i know or i thought I knew and that s the way life is in our social and political millieu it is so real even in the slow, and sometimes dragging unfolding of events or facts of life that i begun to yawn towards the middle [...]

  10. Talya

    The novel starts with a dead woman on her way back to the Philippines She died while working as a maid in Saudia Arabia When her body makes it home a police officer recognizes her name as a singer in a club and goes to find the real Aurora M Cabahug and tell her about the body The dead woman is Aurora s sister, Soledad, who took her name so she can go abroad The story is told by many flashbacks of the characters lives The flashbacks, especially the dead sisters bridge together to make the story [...]

  11. Aloysiusi Lionel

    Stream of consciousness at its sophisticated wrench A character would come over, and his life would penetrate your being, like how a jeweled dagger could slit a throat longing for some violence Words came out and they overshadowed the reader whose wild wandering was guided by the authorial pen s command of metaphors and allusions I m glad my hands had the opportunity to have savored a gem of letters.

  12. Marien

    Soledad s Sister was a story full of investigative thoughts that you really have to ride on with, it wasn t really hard to understand though And the story is acceptable enough for me who doesn t really read local books But I should admit that Filipino books novels are good too and it made me proud

  13. Patrick

    I really liked this book as it shows what lengths Filipino Oversees Workers go in order to have a job abroad and by extension Mexican immigrants face the same challenges in the US without the government protection because they are there illegally While the Filipino Oversees Workers are in their hosts legally, they are treated as 2nd class people in which they have no rights to protect themselves in case their employers decide to hurt them Domestic workers are treated badly by the host country, a [...]

  14. Rayji

    Love the first chapter Prose was weird afterwards, since it struggled between a foreign audience and a Filipino audience It uses description to make local terms understandable, sometimes even confusing, resulting in an odd image Tabo as spooned laddle Far from it.

  15. Kat

    This review was written for Dr Ronald Baytan s writing course Review cross posted here Literary thrill seekers beware Soledad s Sister will not be your cup of tea Instead of the potential of a fast paced crime busting novel one would expect from its summary alone, we are given the total opposite of that The novel starts off with a promising premise, as a casket labeled Aurora V Cabahug from Jeddah arrives at the airport, while the real bearer of the name still lives, working as a performer in a [...]

  16. Katie/Doing Dewey

    I read Soledad s Sister on a flight home from the Philippines, having picked it up there on the recommendation of the student hosting me As a nominee for the Man Asian Literary Prize, I had high hopes for it This was the first book I ve read portraying the difficulties and abuses faced by migrant workers This made it a worthwhile read, but not one I enjoyed I did have fun recognizing locations in the story, including the airport I d just flown out of I also liked recognizing words like jeepenee [...]

  17. Morexette

    Not recommended for literary thrill seekers.Soledad s Sister promises a 1990 ish pulp fiction but really, it s just a bunch of flashbacks of each of the story s character Quite disappointing actually.First impression It s not your typical OFW returns a casket story with the twist reeling readers to take it off the shelf and spend a day immersing in the lives of a police officer and a karaoke bar singer living in the same, sleepy town After reading the entire book It s your typical OFW returns in [...]

  18. Paul Ignatius

    A beautifully written novel One of the best in the local scene How often would you exclaim words of amazement after reading a book Not very seldom, I suppose But amazing words may not suffice as to how I liked the book I just finished reading, Soledad s Sister It is, to me, the most well written novel I have ever read Proudly Pinoy made, I might add brag The author Jose Dalisay s words can be considered as a jewel, a priced and incomparable gem.Originally posted on my WP blog paulignatius.wordpr [...]

  19. Edd Valdez

    The way Soledad s Sister was written is cold and unconnected In detailing the downtrodden lives of Soledad and Rory, this fits extremely well, I think Dalisay s work evokes a sense of hopelessness and blindsided misfortune Filipinos are all too familiar with Not to mention a culturally driven crab mentality and guilt bound independence from families Pretty much after finishing the last chapter, you start to realize reality in its full bleakness Another pensive story to shake off.

  20. Eun

    another Butch Dalisay novel Yay I can t believe this is only his second novel I love his first killing time in a warm place I like his characters, so relentlessly Pinoy Filipino Not done reading yet, can t even find it right now.

  21. Alexandra May

    This is very similar to his story, Sarcophagus , in its use of flashbacks and recurring images This is a very Butch Dalisay novel And I can actually hear his velvety voice in my head as I read this Sir, DECL misses you Please come back and teach playwriting.

  22. Bobtimo

    I read only a handful of Pinoy novels including the required Noli Fili , and this one is just great Refreshing to read something so close to home But I d love to read something like this in the vernacular.

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