Dream Jungle

Dream Jungle Jessica Hagedorn has received wide critical acclaim for her edgy high energy novels chronicling the clash and embrace of American and Filipino cultures With Dream Jungle she achieves a new level of

  • Title: Dream Jungle
  • Author: Jessica Hagedorn
  • ISBN: 9780142001097
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jessica Hagedorn has received wide critical acclaim for her edgy, high energy novels chronicling the clash and embrace of American and Filipino cultures With Dream Jungle, she achieves a new level of narrative daring Set in a Philippines of desperate beauty and rank corruption, Dream Jungle feverishly traces the consequences of two seemingly unrelated events the discoveJessica Hagedorn has received wide critical acclaim for her edgy, high energy novels chronicling the clash and embrace of American and Filipino cultures With Dream Jungle, she achieves a new level of narrative daring Set in a Philippines of desperate beauty and rank corruption, Dream Jungle feverishly traces the consequences of two seemingly unrelated events the discovery of an alleged lost tribe and the arrival of a celebrity studded American film crew filming an epic Vietnam War movie Caught in the turmoil unleashed by these two incidents are four unforgettable characters a wealthy, iconoclastic playboy, a woman ensnared in the sex industry, a Filipino American writer, and a jaded actor who find themselves drawn irrevocably together in this lavish, sensual portrait of a nation in crisis.

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    About "Jessica Hagedorn"

    1. Jessica Hagedorn

      Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn was born and raised in Manila, Philippines in 1949 With her background, a Scots Irish French Filipino mother and a Filipino Spanish father with one Chinese ancestor, Hagedorn adds a unique perspective to Asian American performance and literature Her mixed media style often incorporates song, poetry, images, and spoken dialogue.Moving to San Francisco in 1963, Hagedorn received her education at the American Conservatory Theater training program To further pursue playwriting and music, she moved to New York in 1978.Joseph Papp produced her first play Mango Tango in 1978 Hagedorn s other productions include Tenement Lover, Holy Food, and Teenytown.In 1985, 1986, and 1988, she received Macdowell Colony Fellowships, which helped enable her to write the novel Dogeaters, which illuminates many different aspects of Filipino experience, focusing on the influence of America through radio, television, and movie theaters She shows the complexities of the love hate relationship many Filipinos in diaspora feel toward their past After its publication in 1990, her novel earned a 1990 National Book Award nomination and an American Book Award In 1998, La Jolla Playhouse produced a stage adaptation.She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters, and continues to be a poet, storyteller, musician, playwright, and multimedia performance artist.

    958 thoughts on “Dream Jungle”

    1. I don't understand why every single Filipino/a out there isn't giving this book 5 stars. Whatever your predilections are as far as plot goes, this is a vivid and imaginative book, written by a delightful Filipina writer with a strong voice (Hagedorn). The book DEFINITELY has something to say about race, class, the clash of cultures, the views of outsiders juxtaposed with the views of insiders, and the complicated post-colonial world that is the Philippines. I for one LOVED the ending. I was worr [...]


    2. Gotta love the Friends of the Library bookstore - four bucks, can you believe it? But what the hell, Penguin: a "Non-Classics" category for new publications? Shee-utw - Hagedorn had a band in the mid-eighties. Who knew? They had an album on A Diamond Hidden in the Mouth of a Corpse (1986)called "Tenement Lover."


    3. I finished this a few days ago and still don't quite know what to make of it. The author took two notorious, true incidents in 1970s Filipino history and tied them together into a fictional book. First, she wrote a fictionalized account of the "discovery" of a "Stone Age" tribe in a remote part of the Phillipines in the early 1970s. In real life, this ended up being exposed as a hoax orchestrated by a Harvard-educated, rich Filipino who was tied to Phillipine President Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos u [...]


    4. Jessica Hagedorn uses several characters to emphasize the point that colonialism is not dead and gone. Though it has changed form from the outright domination of the old, the effects of both empires have had long lasting effects on the Philippines. Their tendrils may never completely leave the country. Despite this, the native populace is a resilient one. Ultimately, legacies and history do matter. In Dream Jungle, José Rizal is remembered as a man who would not lie and is a beloved martyr. Zam [...]


    5. Every time I encounter ‘grinding poverty’ and prostitutes in third world-set fiction, I always want the prostitute to be the kind who only does it because he/she is merely curious and has a natural talent for it. I want the prostitute to be street-smart, the type who does it because he/she doesn’t want the conventions of a ‘decent’ job, because he/she finds the idea of a Human Resources Department inconceivable and intrusive in the art of making a living. Most importantly, I want the p [...]


    6. Updated 10/20/12To begin, Dream Jungle is pretty much telling the story of various characters and there encounter with two fictionalized events that really happened: the finding of the Lost Tribe in the Philippines and the filming of the Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now." That's the story in a nutshell, however it is the subtleties of the narrative where the story is written.Now onto what I really think.After finishing this book I was left with only one question, what exactly happened? Sur [...]


    7. I remember Dogeaters and I remember Danger and Beauty. I was fortunate enough to hear her speak at the Cornelia Street Cafe over a decade ago. She gave two responses that really stuck with me. The first was to a question about how having a child had changed her life as a writer. She gave a very practical response. She said she had to be much more disciplined and more automatic about her writing.The next question (from the same person actually) asked if she felt her writing was a "legacy" to her [...]


    8. There is that about this tale which requires one’s utmost concentration -and I rather suspect I was not in the space to appreciate it. Delivered in various distinctive third-person POVs, the story unfolds over a period of twenty years whilst delivering a rather longer and more complex history both personal and political. The narrative shifts like humid mist snaking through a jungle and the prose is beautiful. Having little knowledge of the Philippines, its culture, or its history I was open to [...]


    9. If you likedDogeaters, you'll like this one too. If you haven't readDogeaters, go read that one first. Then wait at least a month before reading this one (so you don't OD on her style :-P).Things I like about both books: - I feel like she represents the Philippines pretty authentically, with a keen eye for class differences. - The narration shifts a lot -- third person to first person, and shifting from character to character -- so it's very dynamic and you get a lot of perspectives and can't ge [...]


    10. A fairly confusing book that switches which character is narrating each chapter with no indication of who the narrator is. I normally don't mind books that switch the voice of the narrator, in fact I often enjoy them more because you get different insight into the plot, but maybe I'm just stupid, I do need to be told who the new narrator is. On top of that, many of the characters are just loosely connected to each other causing each character to have not a whole lot of the plot in connection. Th [...]


    11. Hip, slick, glossy, and everywhere, Hagedorn's lofty plot and live wire characters don't quite reach their potential, and what promises to be a rip-roaring story collapses onto itself. Hagedorn's prose barely scratches the surface of what could otherwise be a gripping and heartfelt tale. She glides through countless characters and flits through the archipelago without settling anywhere. More than anything, the reader yearns to dive deeper, stay longer, and spelunk through vital vertical moments [...]


    12. This was awful. I got through pretty much most of the book then glazed over the last section. It was a very well written story of various people in the Philippines, with no connection or storyline. It's like hearing random stories with no meaning or point. It was difficult to understand what was going on and point of view changed frequently with no point. I read through most of it hoping the stories connected in a meaningful way somehow in the end and just got sick of it. I need a story, not a r [...]


    13. Despite the ambitious scope and some extremely clever plotting, this novel never really connected with me emotionally, got me involved on a more than surface intellectual level. I respect the analogies/allegories that Hagedorn is trying (often successfully) to weave, but the pitfall of this is that the characters never really come alive- each stands as a representation of their class or ethnicity or a specific Filipino experience, and so become more caricatures then believable, individual people [...]


    14. This is my first book by Hagedorn, but it won't be my last. I love how she was able to capture the nature and flavour of the Philippines. This book had several threads to it, and they were all woven together. It combined a lost tribe, a veiled satire of the filming of Apocalypse Now, Heart of Darkness and the Philippines. I'm only giving it three stars because I know that I lost some of the references as I haven't yet seen Apocalypse Now. However, I loved the way she wrote about the Philippines, [...]


    15. The description of the various places in the Philippines; from big city to remote village was beautiful and very accurate. Unfortunately, the development of the stories dragged on, as every chapter told a different story from a different person/point of view. The concept was creative but there were too many characters resulting with too many unfinished stories/endings.


    16. Rizalina is one of my favorite characters of all time. Her story is one of my favorite stories of all time.The way she tells her story is my favorite way of telling one of my favorite stories of all time: in Taglish, simply stated, and through the eyes of an astute and socially vulnerable but incredibly resilient child.


    17. Hagedorn is an amazing author, combining many influences into a piece about her place of birth, looking back from the American mainland towards a place devastated by colonial influences, and in particular, American excess in the filming of a movie about the Vietnam war.


    18. This book started out developing what I thought was the main character and then half way through switched to something entirely different. She shows up again with really no explanation of how and what brought her to this place in time. Too fragmented for me. Not sure what the whole point was.


    19. This is one of those "What the hell just happened?" books. There are more than a few images from the book that have stuck with me through the years for good or ill. An interesting narrative style that, while not new, is used very well to craft the story.


    20. Hagedorn has a lovely, rich and engaging writing style, but this book lacked cohesion and an overall sense of wholeness. There were half-finished characters, half-finished stories and a half-finished connection between the characters and stories.


    21. I enjoyed this because it is a filipina author, and I'm familiar with some of the places and characters in the book. I'm not sure others would enjoy the story, if they didn't have the same background.




    22. I had this book for a long time before I finally dug in. I would recommend it now. And before you read it (or during) look up (Google) the making of "Apocalypse Now".



    23. I liked the premise of this book but there were so many characters and plotlines and they didn't really seem to fit together all that well.


    24. This is a good "Flippa" book. It's about an ancient lost tribe in the Philippines. It has lots of tagalong vocabulary, but the story can drag a bit. Worth reading, though!





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