I was aware of the fact that Isagani R. Cruz is a writer and columnist of The Philippine Star , one of the leading newspapers publication in the Philippines. Most of his articles are on educational system. I even tried to read his articles ; thereafter, I had the idea that the writer is so well-educated and respected that I might find him such a book bore ( just the like of me) and cannot stand finishing his pieces. I guess I have the conception that well-educated people are too serious as if when you talk to them, you might just be given a dead pan face. But wait, as I always put, there must be a method to someone’s madness like Isagani R. Cruz ‘s .
Father Solo and other Short Stories by Isagani R. Cruz is a big revelation to me. But first of all, take note its front cover says that this is For Adults only while its back cover, instead of a synopsis, reiterates that This book is meant to be read BY ADULTS ONLY, and The Content is inappropriate for anyone under the age of 18. Its publisher may have been aware of the ridiculous fact that the author himself might be excommunicated by the holier-than-thou Church , or some moralistic NGO’s might take a pot shot at him for its malicious contents. Well, I cannot blame the publisher and the author themselves. I wish young readers knew how to keep at bay from this.
The book turns out to be couched in satirical insinuation despite that the book covers suggest that this must be pregnant with obscene and vulgar language. For instance, In Father Solo, the center of the theme is about masturbation, but do not focus on that because after all, the story reflects in the hypocrisy of priests on their pain-in-the-asshole preach that masturbators go to the eternal fire and brimstone. However, in reality as the story puts it, they practice it likewise. Furthermore, the story illustrates the clandestine sequence of what happens to priest involved in sex scandals. They are not far different from the “trapong” politicians.
In Once Upon a Time Some Years From Now , on the other hand, infers what a real president should be. Without direct allusion, the character Cory Fernandez as the first female president of the Philippines could be the persona of the late Mother of Democracy, Corazon Aquino. Isagani R. Cruz must like her. Of course, it does not do away with the highlight of fetish obscenity: the respected President uses Portable Orgasm Machine or POM. I do not have the faintest idea of what this fetish stands for in the story.
Among the other short stories , Picked is not quite raunchy , but it satirically limns politicians in high government seats who are living in their own reality that they can use the taxes paid by Filipinos in their hedonistic hobbies , bribery, and other under-the-table activities to maintain their positions. A corrupt politician can for sure cringe at it.
Although it’s my first book of I. R. Cruz , I admire his writing style . His style is conventionally professional, but flexible with modern ideas. With his style, he can put the pigment of his imagination into a classical masterpiece just the like of this book. And this is what I have always wanted to imitate, but mine for sure will be a pale imitation. (laughs)
Truly, had I not read it, I would not have known that I CAN write after all.
Rating: 5/ 5 stars ( It’s amazing.)