A taste of the Filipino life (A Mango Bride review)

For a few years now, I have been looking at this book at the bookstore and I couldn’t grab a hold of the original (English) copy of Mango Bride by Marivi Soliven.  All I see lately is the translated version of the said book, so when I had the opportunity to avail this at the Big Bad Wolf Sale last month I was ecstatic and instantly raved about purchasing it.

Mango Bride is a novel that follows two girls with two different lives in the Philippines who were brought together by a twist of fate in the United States of America.

Two Characters

Amparo, a young lady who was born in a well off family in Manila was forced to go to USA and start over with her life. While Beverly, a young woman who simply wants to have a better life by marrying an American twice her age met by accident in the suburbs of California.  Their lives interlaced with each other in a very interesting way which was both predictable as you read along the pages of the book but it was also exciting to follow.

Reading an 80’s Filipino film

While reading this book I imagined it as if the two main characters were the rising stars of the late 80’s. The vibe of the book was like reading a story similar to most story line in romance films that starred either Nora Aunor or Vilma Santos or both actresses. I admit, I am a fan of that era in Filipino film. It was both sophisticated and simple. Sophisticated in the way that the characters were developed and simple in a way the characters revolve in the story.

Read this book if you like….

Liwayway Arceo’s Canal de la Reina. For some odd reason I compare Mango Bride to one of my favorite Filipinia books. Both cover issues about Filipino families and how they deal with problems in their families. They both show us the culture that we possibly forgot in our modern times. Even the way the characters communicate in both books’ settings were delivered in a way that was appropriate in their time frame.

 

Mango Bride is a one of a kind book by a Filipino author, a perfectly written book that shows our culture to other nationalities by giving a sneak peak into the lives of two people in the two ends of the triangle of society.

 

♥L

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