↠´ Noli me tángere ✓ Download by ä José Rizal Noli Me Tangere is one of those rare books that can truly be called revolutionary in any sense other than style Jose Rizal s critique of Philippine society under the Spanish crown and Catholicism is blistering This is one free thinker who wrote what he thought And paid for it no doubt this novel was accounted part of the political career that got him shot It reads very much like a twentieth century novel struggling to escape from a nineteenth century one All the much used devices of the nineteenth century Latin American melodrama which live on in the telenovela are in evidence the doomed aristocratic lovers, lives complicated by hidden parentage, noble natives who sacrifice themselves The moments that the novel really comes alive are less those that belong to the doomed lovers Maria Clara and Crisostomo than its often satirical, sometimes affectionate, and always unblinkered scenes and language from Filipino life the cockfight, the cruelty, both social and political, the all too worldly and competitive friars, the quack medicine, the inept governance, the tension between those who speak Spanish, those who speak Tagalog, and those who speak something in between One can enjoy the novel without reading every page long political speech, or perhaps any of them The book s soul is not in the heartbreak of the two lovers It is in the heartbreak of an entire society. The pen is mightier than the sword, they say, and it is not often that one has the opportunity to read a novel that has forged an independence movement Noli Me Tangere Touch Me Not 1887 by Jos Rizal is such a book, for although its author advocated reform not independence, the novel was so instrumental in articulating a Filipino identity that it provoked resistance against the Spanish colonial regime Ostensibly it is a love story, but one set against a backdrop of repression and violence Rizal would be dead within ten years, executed by firing squad in Manila But his novel has lived on The author s satirical intent is evident in the very first paragraph Towards the end of October, Don Santiago de los Santos, who was generally known as Captain Tiago, gave a dinner party that, despite its having been announced only that afternoon, which was not his usual practice, was the topic of every conversation in Bimondo and neighboring areas, and even as far as Intramuros In those days Captain Tiago was considered the most liberal of men, and it was known that the doors of his house, like those of his country, were closed to no one but tradesmen or perhaps a new or daring idea p5 The Spanish authorities who read this book in the 1880s could be in no doubt, then, about this challenge, and Rizal had the church in his sights too On the same page his narrator says of Captain Tiago s house that he doesn t think that the owner would have demolished it because this sort of work is usually reserved for God or nature, which has, it appears, many projects of this type under contract with our government The book is a savage critique of the church, exposing brutality, venality and sexual exploitation of women The clergy are shown to encourage ignorance, superstition and social inequity on a grand scale And above all, the church conspires with the colonial authorities to ensure acquiescence in the status quo. To read the rest of my review please visit big thank you to KD for sending it to me In Than A Century Since Its Appearance, Jos Rizal S Noli Me Tangere Has Become Widely Known As The Great Novel Of The Philippines A Passionate Love Story Set Against The Ugly Political Backdrop Of Repression, Torture, And Murder, The Noli, As It Is Called In The Philippines, Was The First Major Artistic Manifestation Of Asian Resistance To European Colonialism, And Rizal Became A Guiding Conscience And Martyr For The Revolution That Would Subsequently Rise Up In The Spanish Province Dr Jose Rizal wrote two novels in an attempt to stir the Filipino s thoughts and emotions and with great hope that freedom may be obtained in a peaceful way without the violence that had claimed many heroic lives Noli Me Tangere is the first, followed by El Filibusterismo. We ve read this, a long time ago, back in High School Compulsory reading does not usually reap good harvest but once the seed was planted, it stays within We had a very passionate teacher, and she loved Dr Rizal She spoke well in English, Filipino, and Spanish, so translation was never a problem Whenever we hit a brick wall, she would make us drill It was exhausting, sometimes exciting, and often boring but no one would dare sleep in Mrs Abanto s class, neverfor the soil is not ready, it is only sown with discord I believe the Old Sage s words best described Philippines before and now Once, I wanted to ask the national hero of his thoughts on the Philippines today Have we achieved his dreams Is the Philippines any better now than before he had left us Are we enjoying the economy and education he fought and died for To think of the social cancer disabling us was heartbreaking, but inspirations are not lacking if we but look closely The Filipino in us will find them in every child behind us, tagging at our shirt, begging for a peso or a parting We will find it in a street child, along Roxas Blvd. , just starting to learn the Abakada at the age of 10 We will find it in every family we see soaking wet treading the flood or laying on mats at the evacuation centers, hungry and beaten, but always ready to give you their best smiles There is no reason to stop and let go. Now I understand Mrs Abanto s passion Patriotism, resilience, and courage were things we cannot learn in school, it s in the very fabric of our Filipino blood The school s purpose was to plant the seed of hope that someday we will understand better I found treasure in the Lunatics reasoning, a bastion in this ever disputing countryIf such should happen, if the enterprise should fail, you would be consoled by the thought that you had done what was expected of you and thus something would be gained You would have placed the first stone, you would have sown the seed, and after the storm had spent itself perhaps some grain would have survived the catastrophe to grow and save the species from destruction and to serve afterwards as the seed for the sons of the dead sower The example may encourage others who are only afraid to begin If it s lunacy, then so be it. original review posted here. from The Book HooliganI die without seeing the dawn brighten over my native land You, who have it to see, welcome it and forget not those who have fallen during the night EliasI know of two anecdotes regarding Rizal s poem, Mi Ultimo Adios The first anecdote is about how US Congressman Henry A Cooper recited Rizal s final poem to the US Congress as a part of his effort to lobby for the self government of the Philippines This moved the US Congress to such a degree that they passed a bill known as the Cooper Act which granted, among many things, the US Bill of Rights to the Philippines and allowed the Philippines to send two representatives to the US Congress The second anecdote is about how Rosihan Anwar, an Indonesian journalist, translated the poem into Indonesian and subsequently read it over radio for all Indonesians to hear Then, during the Indonesian National Revolution, Indonesian soldiers recited the poem before going into battle to serve as their inspiration Some of them may not have known Rizal, but they recognized that the poem transcended the author and was one of their sources for bravery. Rizal is a very monumental figure in the history of anti colonialism not only in the Philippines but in Asia as well He is the contemporaries of Sun Yat Sen of China and Rabindranath Tagore of India Although he did not advocate open revolution, which he considered a shortcut to independence Why independence, if the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow , he still advocated for independence through reforms and assimilation with Spain He believed that if, little by little, we acquire the dignity of people worthy of independence then we will become worthy of being a free nation. His views regarding this can be found in his novel, Noli Me Tangere Touch Me Not which tells the story of Ibarra, a bright young man, who dreams of a Philippines that is educated and dignified and who has resolved to play a part in changing his country by building a school in his hometown Along the way, we met numerous characters who support Ibarra wholeheartedly support him in the open but oppose him secretly and oppose him directly The narrative is basically about what precipitated Ibarra s downfall. However, there are a lot of other characters in Noli who experienced, in varying degrees, what will happen to Ibarra at the time of the book s end There is Sisa who was robbed of her sanity because of the burden of losing her two sons there is Elias who lost everything before he was even born due to his ancestor s unjust misfortune there is the schoolteacher who is openly mocked even if he is doing what is best for his students there is Don Anastasio perhaps the only enlightened man in the whole town yet he is considered as crazy and many The book, then, is about the injustices suffered by those who have done nothing to merit such misfortune and those who only seek to do good And then there are those who live a comfortable life because either they are ignorant of the injustices in the system or because they are evil. Noli Me Tangere is of a social commentary than a novel The static characters, the sometimes confusing narrative, and the overabundance of words are among its flaws But Rizal does not need to be a master writer in writing Noli Me Tangere because the novel is a work intended for the awakening of the Filipino people against the shadows of tyranny Noli Me Tangere, if it were written today, would not be about the Palanca Award or the Man Asia Literary Prize It would be to affect social change and revive Filipino nationalism, pride, and dignity. And, even if it has flaws, Noli Me Tangere is still an enjoyable read because of how it portrayed Spanish era Philippines From the pretentiousness of Indios who wants to become Spaniards to the love dance of Ibarra and Maria Clara and the politics among the friars, the government, and the people The dynamics between the characters, although most of them are static, are funny, heartbreaking, and lovely sometimes all at the same time. For all the years that have passed since its publication, Noli Me Tangere still remains relevant We are still beset with social injustice and inequality that Rizal must be rolling in his grave right now The social cancer has not yet been eradicated but I know that, just like Rizal, every decent Filipino in the country right now is hoping for the day that our national hero s dream will be fully realized and such a dream will come closer within our grasp if we, even in our own small way, do our part. When I picked up a novel with a stunning title like Noli Me Tangere Touch me Not , I expected to encounter a work dredged in corporeal, visceral experience and language I wanted a novel centered on the function of touch human interaction, physicality, phenomenology, flesh I didn t get this in Jose Rizal s incredible text, but I didn t really feel disappointed in not getting what I wanted because in some ways I received a meaningful gift. Having read Pilipino literature before and not walking away fully satisfied, I struggled to understand fiction from this very underrepresented country Rizal s novel put Pilipino literature on the map for me as a force of exemplary fiction Rizal absolutely ATTACKS well everything in this work In fact, I have rarely seen such blatant and unapologetic interrogation of major social and cultural institutions in a work of fiction In Touch, Rizal problematizes it all medicine, religion and clergy, government, love, education There are some moments that had me holding my breath because what Rizal suggests is so unfathomable, so dark, that I couldn t actually believe I was reading it For example, the clergy s treatment of the two poor brothers was in a word unnamable I gulped down tears and felt truly angered by the possibility that Rizal was writing from what he knew in the Philippines I want to be clear here I nearly vomited There was so much disgusting insinuation in this novel that I couldn t close my eyes to it Rizal paints a picture that you hate seeing but that you cannot pull your eyes from. The novel has a power that I haven t encountered a long time That power doesn t rest with the narrative style which vacillates strangely and ineffectively It also, for me, doesn t originate from its hero, Ibarra Ibarra is a weak hero who struggles to stand for anything much The narrator is actually the hero of Rizal s tale, and perhaps Maria Clara who refuses to participate when she doesn t believe in the institution such as marriage without love The relationship between Ibarra and Maria Clara was the triumph of the novel, and I liked that it never comes to fruition Unlike so many of the issues Rizal brings to the table, the love story is not problematized as a disgusting enterprise It is criticized, instead, as an impossible one. One reason that the love seems so impossible because, despite the title of this novel, TOUCH is missing from the pages of this fiction The institutions seem untouchable yet, so do the characters and not in a theoretical way in a physical way There is no appropriate, loving touching here I craved that With so much violence, I longed for it than anything else in Rizal s piece But he is relentless and unkind he won t allow that kind of touching And by doing so, he touched me. The Bookmark Locsin Translation of Noli Me Tangere aka The Social Cancer is my 200th BookReads book D I ve sorta been adding random picks from my shelves all this time and logging in all the new acquisitions , but I ve made a tradition of marking the hundred multiple marks by picking special books And for 200, it s good ol Pepe. I ve been thinking for a while that I ought to do a four way translation review of Noli, since enjoying it is infamously translator dependent The four key translations being Derbyshire, Guererro, Locsin Bookmark, and the new Penguin International edition I now have copies of the three newer translations, and I m hoping F. Sionil Jose s La Solidaridad bookstore will still have copies of the Derbyshire translations. A note on these translations if you are NOT a Filipino, then I highly recommend you read the Penguin edition instead of any other That translation was specifically written with a modern international audience in mind, and will be the most helpful if you re not familiar with the specifics of the place and era that serve as a setting for the book a familiarity of that setting is something Filipinos will often take for granted, so they may recommend the Locsin or Guerrero translations to you Do yourself a favor go for Penguin. For Filipino readers, however, the Locsin translations are said to be an exceptional translation, notable for being able to capture the humour of the novel Until now, I ve had a greater appreciation of Rizal s sequel, El Filibusterismo Noli seeming too melodramatic I m hopeful Locsin will give me a new appreciation of the novel Rizal considered far superior between the two. I should add one thing before closing this pre reading note I am thankful to Goodreads for the fact that I recognized this edition as the Locsin edition at all I d kept hearing that the Locsin translations were pretty good, and went around bookstores asking for them They are now rare Because of Goodreads Philippines meetings, I finally realized that the Locsin editions of Noli were the ones I thought of as the Bookmark editions I had noticed the publisher, but not the translator As it turned out, they were available in a second hand book shelf I knew about in La Union I promptly marched over and picked up my copy of the Locsin Bookmark Noli and Fili. And now I m about to start reading Rizal See you when I get to the the back cover D RE de LeonBeginning Noli Me Tangere by Jose P Rizal trans Soledad Lacson Locsin Agoo, La Union23. 43 PM January 24, 2011
Noli Me Tangere is described on the back cover as The novel that sparked the Philippine revolution Which sounds a bit hyperbolic, but apparently the publication of the novel in 1887 was an important moment even so, Rizal s subsequent execution for rebellion, sedition and conspiracy. So it s a political novel, an unusually early example of a colonial novel written from the perspective of the colonised In this case, the main representatives of colonial power are from the church rather than the civil authorities That s not unique religion has often been an important tool of empire and post colonial novels are full of priests and nuns and, above all, church schools But the Philippines does seem to have been an extreme case, where the religious institutions were powerful than the civil authorities. Which means that the book is peopled with villainous friars cruel, vindictive, scheming, manipulative, hypocritical, lustful, oleaginous and it reminded me of those early gothic novels which always seemed to have sinister, black hearted monks in them Especially since it s never shy of a bit of melodrama. In fact, it s a rather lumpy mixture of melodrama, satire and long, wordy political discussions, and I can t say all of it held my attention equally I liked it most when it was at its most exaggerated ferociously satirical or floridly gothic and I found it fell a bit flat when it aimed for genuine sentiment. A mixed bag for me, then Bits of it are genuinely brilliant, though There s a scene with gravediggers at work in a badly over crowded cemetery which is wonderfully morbid, for example and a grotesque portrayal of an ageing Filipina who is so determined to marry a Spaniard and be Spanish herself that she marries a useless, feckless man whose only quality is that in the Philippines his nationality gives him an ersatz respectability, then insists on only speaking broken Spanish Noli Me Tangere is my book from the Philippines for the read the World challenge. At age thirty five, Jos Rizal was sentenced to death by a firing squad because of what he wrote Even at death he was a rebel, refusing a blindfold and requesting to face his executors After over three centuries of colonial resentment, the Philippine Revolution had begun The title of this novel is taken from the biblical context, when Jesus says to Mary Magdalene, touch me not, for I have not yet ascended to my Father The dictionary places Noli Me Tangere in this context a person or thing that must not be touched or interfered with This book is a complex layer of stories and characters with overarching subject, although at its core, it is about change After news of his father s death, Ibarra returns home to the Philippines after living and studying in Europe for seven years He yearns for the home and society he left in fact he spends an increasingly annoying span of time being in denial and yet through misfortune he realizes, as Thomas Wolfe has put it, you can t go home again He finds himself an alien at home, in a place with a fractured system The friars, who control the church, also control Filipino politics and individual rights Ibarra soon learns how his father was wrongfully imprisoned and how his death was marred by betrayal When Ibarra chooses to be vocal about his father s death, he is immediately ostracized Once the priest he attacks denunciates him, society dictates that he can no longer marry the love of his life view spoiler ironically, she becomes a nun in order to avoid a forced marriage and ends up living heartbroken hide spoiler My third time to read this most important novel ever in the Philippines The first two, I read in Tagalog in high school as a requirement and two years ago as a group read in a book club This time, I read the English version This particular translation is said to be the best because this was written by Soledad Lacson Locsin who was a native Spanish speaker and she was 86 years old when she agreed to write this book Educated at Assumption Convent, she knew by heart both English and Spanish so she was able to translate this book originally published in Spanish into contemporary English his son Raul L Locsin helped him on this but maintaining the cadence of Spanish language The end product is like a book written for today s readers but with the aftertaste of a classic book by a Latin American author Think Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Eca de Quiros. Two years ago, I gave the Tagalog version of this book a perfect rating of 3 stars I still liked it Now, despite the awesome translation of Locsin, I have lowered my appreciation of this book to 4 Why I attended the Basic Apologetics Class sponsored by Defensores Fidei and realized that this book was Rizal s personal propaganda against the Spanish friars that abused his family Well, maybe he also thought that this would inspire and it did the Filipino people to raise arms against the Mother Spain but first and foremost, in my opinion now, there is vindictiveness to avenge what the Dominican friars did to his family especially to his aging dear mother It so happened that his family was not alone bearing the hardships of being maltreated by some friars so the collective uprising against Spain happened and culminated to what is known as the The Philippine Revolution of 1896. All the friars here Padre Salvi who my friend Po opines to be the cruelest among the villains in the book, Padre Damaso the acid tongue womanizer who is the most hated priest in Philippine Literature and Padre Sibyla are portrayed negatively as if they have nothing good about themselves Even the seminarian who is with Ibarra and Maria Clara in the picnic made sexual innuendo to the ladies I mean, Rizal hated the Spanish friars so much that he chose to show only their negative sides This is a worrisome realization because this book, along with the sequel, El Filibusterismo 2nd reading 5 stars are required readings in all high schools here in the Philippines This is probably one of the reasons why many Catholics in the country are now fond of criticizing the Catholic church despite the fact that 85% of the population are still under the Papal s fold This doesn t mean though that I have lower respect for this book I still like it and still see its importance to Philippine history and our pride as Filipinos However, we have to take into consideration that Spain also brought other things like commerce and industry to the Philippines We also need to take note that definitely not all friars were bad like these villains in Rizal s novels There are some, like in F Sionil s PO ON 5 stars who takes care of the young Istak and plans to send him to the seminary We need to change our perspective and not limit our view to the friar s atrocities and excesses After all, they are human too and priests do commit mistakes just like each of us We also have to remember that we need to respect them for their priestly vocation of following the footsteps of Christ and their human frailties are just but they too are human. I am not saying that this book should be banned to uplift the image of the Catholic church in the country Maybe our teachers should put caution and present a balanced view while discussing the book My teacher back in high school did not So for 40 years my images of Spanish friars were all sex maniacs, corrupt, power crazy and hooligans.
Jos Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda was a Filipino polymath, nationalist and the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era He is considered the Philippines national hero and the anniversary of Rizal s death is commemorated as a Philippine holiday called Rizal Day Rizal s 1896 military trial and execution made him a martyr of the Philippine