It was a very fascinating read which kept me up all night until dawn of Sunday. (Keep reading, no story or plot spoilers ahead!) The book must have impressed me so much that to this day I still remember having read it. It was not literature (I don't remember it being in the required reading list in any of my English lit classes), but it was written a la Sidney Sheldon's novels (you know, the ones that keep you turning pages because you want to know what happens next). It was probably the first chicklit book published in the Philippines (even before books like it was called chicklit).
And so while reading the first two chapters of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind about a boy's search for other books by an author, I suddenly recalled Libertine's Destiny and bolted out of bed, booted my laptop, googled it and now I'm here writing this blogpost.
And just like The Shadow of Wind's boy, Daniel Sempere, I am now hunting down information about Libertine's Destiny.
The Google search results turned up inquiries about where to buy copies of it, a blog named after it, and finally gave me information from this site (obviously) a library catalogue entry in a university in Cavite.
|TITLE:||Libertine's Destiny / P. Anciers.|
|PUBLISHED:||Manila : Zenith Books, 1967|
|DESCRIPTION:||vi, 450 p. ; 23 cm.|
|NOTES:||Originally serialized by the Weekly Women's Magazine|
|SUBJECT:||Women in literature.|
|SUBJECT:||Philippine fiction (English).|
Further Google searches on P. Anciers and Zenith Books (Manila) turned up nada.
No entries on Amazon.com or any other book sellers online! No wikipedia bio-entry on P. Anciers!
Is this the dead end of my search for what seemed to me is a book which first caught the interest of readers when it was serialized in Weekly Women's Magazine, and later when published, gained a cult following among readers (mostly young women when they first read it, I guess) up to today?
Abangan . . .