Highly unrecommended book – Luis Francia’s A History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos
Akala ko ok kasi Philippine history written by a poet/creative writer, or simply put, a non-historian. Pero nasayang lang pera ko.
Bland, stale, unimaginative, pedestrian and in some portions, poorly written even, stylistically stilted by some measure.
There is nothing new here other than what has been already presented. No new research or stories. And the stories are presented conventionally, with old rusty predictable lenses, considering that the author is a creative writer.
I grit my teeth for not knowing any better that such a pompously grand attempt to paint such a magnificently wide historical canvas in so few pages should have made the book suspect – A History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos.
(Leon Ma. Guerrero actually devoted an entire book to illustrate the conceptual beginnings of the Filipino identity, first laid down by Jose Rizal.)
Nasayang pera ko kainis. Ang mahal pa naman.