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Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco | Book review | Books | The Guardian

T he “Ilustrados” from whom Miguel Syjuco derives his title — the enlightened ones — were Europeanised Filipinos who came home, from onwards, to prepare for revolution. My deluded lit teacher. Miguel is also quite critical of religion, Christianity in particular.

All seems to be the syhuco flat character.

Syjuco crams in a distressing number of conceits here, everything from the complicity of the moneyed elite in the sorry state of Philippines, the inherent vacuousness of “intellectual” conversations during book launches, the increasingly grotesque bread and circuses orchestrated for the consumption of the masses.

The third, which concerns the writer alone, truly is neither of these. For in fact, Filipinos do laugh at their own idiocy, whether we are quoted as Erning Isip or Boy Bastos for that matter.

Syjuco places his hope in modern day Ilustrados, those who long for the warmth of their country while embellished in winter and cold dinners just to save sujuco families from the suffocating air of poverty. The pork barrel trad-pols. By presenting so much, Syjuco suggests ilustraso of the possibilities for moving ahead and beyond — but the presentation also has the feel of just throwing a lot out there, in almost hit and miss manner just like the examples of Salvador’s writing show the most varied approaches, from true popular pulp to a Palanca Award-winning story taking off “from the work of Alain Robbe-Grillet” — making for a different kind of uncertainty.


The noir conventions soon run out of steam in the Philippines. Ilustrado is, of course, a work meant to free Filipino writing from these limitations — to batter down the self-set walls, or mkguel least try.

There was definitely an overreaching quality to the way Syjuco wrote this story. Klustrado us Filipinos to know who we are? Refresh and try again. Even engaged in the present, we lean slightly backward as time forces us forward. And it’s impressive in that Syjuco had to create the author voice of Crispin Salvador and sustain it throughout the book as well as that of the narrator Miguel.

Miguel Syjuco

Salvador’s story was a shotgun pattern and difficult to follow. We find out in the epilogue that, actually, Crispin didn’t die, but Miguel!

Granted I’ve lead an ignorant life of what’s it is really like back in the Philippines now. Liberal use of Post-Modern techniques Prior to Ilustrado I only approached post-modern literature with a meter-long poking stick. The narration is carried forward through the ilustrafo of the young and old writer, excerpts from the fictional writing of the dead mentor, contemprory blogs and media reports and the “supposed” biography being written by the young writer.

Figure that out and write about that. Its delivery may falter, but the punchline ilustrxdo certainly a doozie, which leads to another certainty: But maybe I just misread him.

Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco

I forgot the name of the dictionary, but it was one of the worst thing that I heard from my teacher’s mouth. Because part of it takes on the voice of a jiguel and inexperienced writer, there are parts of this book that are ridiculously though in my op This book can be probably best described as an encyclopedic narrative encompassing most of what that genre entails – which would mean not only the ‘fun’ stuff like the different voices and media, but also the sometimes frustrating stuff – like digressions, obsessive inclusive of details, etc.


But do you really want to drag yourself through all those pages of broken episodes before you understand the novel? To ask other readers questions about Ilustradoplease sign up. The sequence is filtered through several narrative ecosystems: Our industriousness, our inexpensiveness, two sides of our great national image.

Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco

We have in our country a mixture of different identities that converge to create our own. Like most of the Ilustrados from the 19th century, Miguel and Crispin were both intellectuals seeking reform, a new beginning; another chance at life.

Salvador’s chief usefulness is as a mouthpiece for oblique manifestos along these lines, descriptions of what Syjuco wants to avoid: Too close to home at times, I think. Sep 16, Monique rated it it was ok Shelves: See 1 question about Ilustrado…. Aside from a children’s fantasy trilogy, a series of noir detective books set in Manila, essays, his monstrous autobiography, a novel called The Enlightened which was very hard to follow, Salvador also wrote plays, we learn towards the end of the book.

Animism, Catholicism and fundamentalisms both Christian and Islamic overlap, and between the president, the senator, the sexpot dancer and the reverend it’s a toss-up as to who will be in jail and who will be giving a press conference to unveil a surprising alliance.