In Dogeaters, Jessica Hagedorn has transformed her best-selling novel about the Philippines during the Marcos reign into an equally powerful theatrical piece. Complete summary of Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Dogeaters. Born and raised in the Philippines, poet and playwright Hagedorn sets her first novel in the volatile political climate of that country’s recent past. Although in.

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Your purchase helps support NPR programming. Late last week, Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines, leaving rubble for wake and cities in shambles.

It was among the strongest storms ever recorded. In the days that have followed, hagedlrn death toll exacted by the storm has reached breathtaking levels — more than 3, fatalities by last count — and the economic devastation must be measured in the billions.

As Filipinos gather what they can from the wreckage and confront the difficult questions of what may lie jesxica, readers in other parts of the globe may face a very different kind of challenge.

If you live half a world away, out of danger and in comparative comfort, how do you try to understand a tragedy that sadly risks becoming just another headline?

In answer, they suggest two books to help readers grasp the news still streaming in from the Philippines. These books approach the subject from two very different angles — one from midcentury Philippines, the other from an American town soon to be consumed by a flood — but both offer glimpses past the headlines to the human costs that often get lost behind them.

In Dogeaters, there is no middle class — only the extremely rich and the extremely poor.


The book, set in the late s in Manila, begins with the story of Rio Gonzaga, the daughter of a wealthy family. Around her swirls political turmoil of various kinds: The real Philippines, the one that was devastated by the typhoon, is still a really unequal place. A hatedorn of the population lives below the poverty line. But the rich people in Manila wear designer clothes and drive expensive cars.


And even though the country’s economy is growing, it’s hard to see how the new money will make it out to the agricultural provinces, the places the storm hit the hardest. In the book, leftist guerrillas rise up against the country’s dictator, and a local nightclub DJ, Joey Sands, gets taken up in the battle.

It’s an exaggeration of midcentury politics in the Philippines, but not by much. Kevin Roose writes for New York magazine. He is the author of Hagdorn Unlikely Disciple, and his new novel, Young Money, is slated to be released in A Filipino man walks inside a mall that has been flooded and reportedly looted after Typhoon Hayian hit Tacloban.

In A Storm’s Wake, Two Books Help Make Sense Of What Remains

Yolanda, seen here spray-painted on an abandoned car, is the name given to the typhoon by Philippine authorities. This week’s Philippine typhoon showed us folks clinging to trees, swimming mothers who’d roped children to their bodies. We again imagine what it means: We all think it cannot happen here. And that’s why kessica has always been our favorite story: Noah builds his ark on dry high ground, while locals laugh.

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Till rains come, till they’re swimming alongside clawing to climb onboard. Typhoon Haiyan survivors walk through the ruins of their neighborhood on the outskirts of Tacloban, central Philippines, on Wednesday.

Robert Penn Warren’s novel, Flood, takes such devastation to new depths. Two movie professionals, one a native son, arrive in the tiny town of Fiddlersburg, just before a dam opens. This hometown boy’s attachment to the Local differs from that of the Hollywood professional bent on snagging excellent disaster footage. Warren, our country’s first poet laureate, put all his wit and heart into this. Flood brings us his uncanny ear for all hayedorn people say and leave unsaid, his abiding patience with our stubborn race, his prophet’s insight into the coming media circus that will exploit all human disaster for one minute’s spectacular footage.


Inmy hometown found itself flooded overnight. Neighbors woke on the second floors to find the first stories of their houses underwater. bg

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All their stories ever after, underwater. So, this week, watching typhoon survivors squat in rain, waiting beneath tin and tarps, hoping for food, staring down mud roads for whatever might come next, I was reminded of Warren’s tiny town crushed like a walnut by chaos incoming.

And I was reminded of my fellow citizens, left suddenly eager to take care of each other. Alone on our roofs, we are stripped of our devices vogeaters our bank cards.

We are revealed as creatures ourselves, stranded in nature once again, hoping for help.

His most recent novel is Local Souls. Accessibility jessicq Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. This Week’s Must Read: Authors Kevin Roose and Allan Gurganus suggest books that might provide readers with a glimpse past the week’s ubiquitous headlines, to the human cost often left hidden. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email.

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