88 Books Shaped America; How About the Philippines?


So I was browsing my Facebook feed and here’s what I found: 88 Books That Shaped America! Cool. The article, released by the Huffington Post was based on a list made by the Library of Congress last Friday.

The books, according to Librarian of Congress James Billington as interviewed by the Associated Press, aren’ meant to “best” in the field. Rather, they were considered as the more influential literary pieces. The list was created to ignite conversation among the public, allowing them to debate whether such books have really influenced them in a way or not.

Most of the books included touched on themes that explore America’s path towards achieving democracy and freedom, their racial struggles, and several social commentaries induced on fiction. The list includes literary classics like Little Women, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Moby Dick. There’s also Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird and Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. And then Noli Me Tangere’s English counterpart, Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Beecher- Stowe’s also made it to the list. The journals and compilation of social critiques written by American statesmen like Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison were also on the extensive list. If you want to view the whole list and do your own checklist there (as if we’re Americans, hahaha), click this link: 88 Books That Shaped America.

As much as I was fascinated and intrigued by the books that made it to the American list, I was also wondering what books would make it if the Philippines also had one. What could be those books that shaped our country? Hmmm. Of course Jose Rizal’s Noli and Fili would top the list. I’m thinking the works of Lualhati Bautista, Ricky Lee and other contemporary writers would also make it. And then older writers like Rogelio Sicat, Nick Joaquin and Alejandro Roces would also have their works there. Popular authors like Eros Atalia and Bob Ong could also be there, who knows. Well, I’m just gonna ask my friends for their opinion on this and then post it later on. Hehehe. Or you could drop in your suggestions on the comments section below. :D

Meanwhile, if you’ve got nothing to do right now, I’ve got here some ebooks free to download. Just click this link: Free Ebook Downloads

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

88 Books Shaped America; How About the Philippines?


So I was browsing my Facebook feed and here’s what I found: 88 Books That Shaped America! Cool. The article, released by the Huffington Post was based on a list made by the Library of Congress last Friday.

The books, according to Librarian of Congress James Billington as interviewed by the Associated Press, aren’ meant to “best” in the field. Rather, they were considered as the more influential literary pieces. The list was created to ignite conversation among the public, allowing them to debate whether such books have really influenced them in a way or not.

Most of the books included touched on themes that explore America’s path towards achieving democracy and freedom, their racial struggles, and several social commentaries induced on fiction. The list includes literary classics like Little Women, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Moby Dick. There’s also Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird and Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. And then Noli Me Tangere’s English counterpart, Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Beecher- Stowe’s also made it to the list. The journals and compilation of social critiques written by American statesmen like Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison were also on the extensive list. If you want to view the whole list and do your own checklist there (as if we’re Americans, hahaha), click this link: 88 Books That Shaped America.

As much as I was fascinated and intrigued by the books that made it to the American list, I was also wondering what books would make it if the Philippines also had one. What could be those books that shaped our country? Hmmm. Of course Jose Rizal’s Noli and Fili would top the list. I’m thinking the works of Lualhati Bautista, Ricky Lee and other contemporary writers would also make it. And then older writers like Rogelio Sicat, Nick Joaquin and Alejandro Roces would also have their works there. Popular authors like Eros Atalia and Bob Ong could also be there, who knows. Well, I’m just gonna ask my friends for their opinion on this and then post it later on. Hehehe. Or you could drop in your suggestions on the comments section below. :D

Meanwhile, if you’ve got nothing to do right now, I’ve got here some ebooks free to download. Just click this link: Free Ebook Downloads

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