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
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
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