June 2014 Book Selection: Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not)



This June we read Philippino author Jose Rizal’s novel Noli Me Tangere:

In more than a century since its appearance, José Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere has become widely known as the great novel of the Philippines. A passionate love story set against the ugly political backdrop of repression, torture, and murder, “The Noli,” as it is called in the Philippines, was the first major artistic manifestation of Asian resistance to European colonialism, and Rizal became a guiding conscience—and martyr—for the revolution that would subsequently rise up in the Spanish province.

I am very excited to read this text, following on the heels of our May read Touch.  I am particularly interested in how the sense of touch is so vastly different — and the same — in these texts.  Hope to see you in our discussion forums.  The book club looks to be taking off!




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