Monday, May 09, 2005

From Nick Joaquin's Woman Who Had Two Navels:

--But they were corrupt, Father!
--They were human, my child. And if we were to reject all worldly authority for that reason, we would have to reject everything: marriage and government and society; the family, the state and the church. We would have to abolish the world.

18 comments:

Randy said...

Wow, another line from my favorite book. :)

Here's more:
Some people can rise very high only because they have fallen very low. The bigger the crime, the deeper the need for salvation, and the more heroic the repentance. Without sin there can be no repentance--and, therefore, no upheaval or transfiguration or growth of the spirit.

People can't be good unless they know they're free to be bad if they wanted to.

People are always scared of not being like other people.

But love was shameful, love had to be hidden; love was nerves and tears, insomnia and wild letters, agony and terror.

Ronnel said...

Randy,

You should have joined our book discussion of the novel. We'll be discussing Achebe's Things Fall Apart next. If you want to join the egroup for the book club, send blank e-mail to inmediasres-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

BTW, for the longest time, I was searching for a Filipino fitness blog. I thought there was none, but there you are. Nice to know there's somebody who goes to the gym and reads Nick Joaquin.Mens sana in corpore sano , right?

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aa said...

I wish I were there to join in your discussion. Reading TWWH2N is a different kind of journey. It was a difficult read for someone like me has short attention span. At the end of the novel, however, one ( I do ) finds a different kind of awakening, maybe shocking, but a kind of 'closure, or like what others say : "the ring is closed".

MunSci. said...

I really enjoy reading the TWWH2N!
there are lots of flashbacks in the story but it makes me more concious and beware of the happenings. There is suspense and you are thinking why the woman had two navels but still you have to read it to find out!! check out the story, "the woman who had two navels" by a popular Filipino aithor Nick Joaquin.

Gemma Tiama (MunSci.) said...

The Woman Who had Two Navels, is a really great short story, as my teacher told me!
As I have read it, i realizes that the conflict of the story is in the arguementation and the fight between Love and political problems. The story is all about Connie Vidal who said to be, the woman who had two navels. She was married to Macho Escobar who is the former lover of her mother, Concha Escobar. Concha sacrifices her love to Macho just for the happiness of her daughter who wants to be with Macho. The climactic point of the story is where Father Tony Monson and company, saw Connie in the Tovarich naked. Then they want to see if Connie really had two navels, so that her problems will be solved because she is hiding from the truth or reality. Connie tell that she had two navels because she wants to escape the political issue, that her father (a governor) is stealing money or taxes from the people. 5th chapter of the story: Connie's life was in danger because her car was accidentally fall in the cliff and suddenly burned up with fire. Thanks to God that Connie was safe beacause she escape from the car before it was totally burned. But as I have read in the Novel, her husband Macho Escobar is looking for the body of Connie beacause he knew Connie was dead that's the big issue that he heard from others. But still Macho didn't believe them... the ending is quite good, but I didn't really understand the story well that's why I have to read the story (The Woman Who had Two Navels) again and afain. I hope you'll understand the summary of the Novel TWWH2N.

Anonymous said...

can I have the complete summary of the woman who had two navels coz ihave to pass my project next week and i just have read the 1st chapter of the book. you can just send it to my e-mail dcastillo_1"yahoo.com hoping for your considerationd and fast replies. thank you!

elisse said...

hi! do you have a group for the discussion of the novel (like a forum or something)? i've already read the novel but i didn't understand some parts of it. our final exam pa naman is everything about it.
uhm can you help me with the novel? we are asked to analyze it according to the elements of fiction (setting, plot, symbol, irony, theme, etc)
pleeeaase help naman po
baka may site naman po kau nung discussion bka pwede basahin ko?

thanks

Anonymous said...

hi there..
that's my big problem too..
i have to report on how nick joaquin used wit and humor in the novel...
can somebody help me?!
pls.
pls.
pls.


thanks!

rachel mae said...

hi there..
that's my big problem too..
i have to report on how nick joaquin used wit and humor in the novel...
can somebody help me?!
pls.
pls.
pls.


thanks!

Anonymous said...

that novel makes me feel poetic after reading it XD

toshi said...

i need the whole story of the woman who had two navels....

Anonymous said...

i'm having a hard time looking for the summary of the woman who had two navels...huhuhu...i got a book but i haven't read it yet..the time for submission of the paper has passed...hay what should i do?

umigash said...

help with the setting of this story. please

mavhaitmee said...

i need help, tomorrow is the due date for our project i need the complete summary of this novel,hope you can help to this matter.thank you

amie said...

hi everyone.. can anyone help me in this novel?.. i really need the full summary of the woman who had two navels.. I'm reading the book but i cant understand it.. plssssss!

if you have a kind heart please send the summary to my email cielo_esperanza_14@yahoo.com...



hope you help me..thank you!!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe how lazy these students are. Why don't you read the novel yourselves instead of beg for summaries? No time is no excuse. Nick Joaquin would turn in his grave with these demanding, ignorant comments!

Anonymous said...

May I ask favor if it's okay. We used this novels of Joaquin in Our thesis, but the problem is we didnt found any books.. and if ever you guys had your files of it,, even in the internet..would you share it to us? thanks so much.