The Social Cancer
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This novel has been a rich source of insights into the history and culture not only of 19th-century Philippines but, as importantly, of the 20th-century as well. Its generally realistic perspective offers the reader a panoramic view of a conflicted and deeply divided colonial society. The characters in the novel stand out as recognizable types of individuals, both from the ruling class and the oppressed, and the struggles they undergo are indices to the turbulent conflicts in the 19th century.
Great book, courageous man, educated and put his countrymen ahead of himself. He deserves respect and honor for his compassionate fight for his people up until his own execution, to be treated as equal human beings with liberty and the right to pursue a happy life and the belief that God has created us equal. In the face of death, his heart and soul outshines those who were responsible for the heinous mistreatment of a people. His message, to uplift the Filipino soul and awaken our consciousness to not accept the unjust persecution that was done to our people. We would never be accepted as equals unless we fought for it. An eye opening examination of the experiences of the Filipino people under the Spanish friar rule told eloquently and from the different points of view through each character. A timeless and important message.