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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Book Review: Para Kay B by Ricky Lee


I must admit I don't normally read love stories/romance novels. But for Ricky Lee's first novel, I made an exception.

Like any Pinoy romance novel, Para kay B (O paano dinevastate ng Pag-ibig ang 4 out of 5 sa atin) is immediately accessible to ordinary readers with its use of Taglish and terms found in Pinoy conversations. But unlike the former, Para Kay B challenges readers to think while at the same time entertains. The novel consists of the love stories of five women; one of whom is supposed to have a happy ending as the subtitle suggests.

There are numerous witty (like how the protagonist Lucas named the 5 female characters - Erica, Irene, Sandra, Bessie, Ester - based on the name of the love of his life), laugh-out-loud moments (witness the mini People Power move of the 5 women against Lucas in challenging his thesis that 4 out 5 are devastated by love) in the book. There are also several times when readers proceed with caution, holding their breaths, at what happens next.

Para kay B is also a very visual novel, replete with full fleshing out of the 5 female characters and descriptive passages that lend color, smell, taste to the world these 5 women move in. It would easily translate to film, but I wonder if Pinoy moviegoers can understand certain episodes of it (like the magic realism of Erica's love story).

Para kay B is more than a satisfying read; it is a provocative one making readers wish that it could go on and on. With such a remarkably memorable first novel, readers have time to savor it again and again until Ricky Lee's second one lands in the shelves of bookstores (a political satire/novel about a female impersonator who becomes a manananggal). This upcoming novel can go the way of Neil Gaiman's works: as a novel and a graphic novel. Hmmm...

Now available in National Bookstore branches nationwide.

8 comments:

miaaa. said...

i super love the book!

miaaa. said...

i super love the book!

Anonymous said...

reading it for the nth time and i'm looking at it as Temptation Island of our time!

how i wish he turns this into a stage play! magauaudition tlga ako!

Anonymous said...

interesado ako sa book. pwede po ba ito sa mga bata? =)

Anonymous said...

ganda ng kwento

sana marami ka pa masulat

Anonymous said...

i didn't finish reading this book... but i really really like para kay b.

Anonymous said...

ang sarap basahin ng kwento.para akong nasa mismong pinangyarihan habang binabasa ko yung libro. those prank words help a lot for me to understand the story.

Anonymous said...

We're doing a paper on Para Kay B. Fun. Modernismong modernismo.

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