|About the Book|
This second Penzette is a lot better than the first one. Meatier. There is more to it: angst, information, shock value and even literary content.This second Penzette is a lot better than the first one. Meatier. There is more to it: angst, information, shock value and even literary content.I particularly enjoyed the 3-4 untitled stories in the middle. I thought that there would be a unifying theme for those but that would have made them predictable. The fact that those stories were untitled made me interested. They are the usual stories of poverty but the way they were told was fresh and unpretentious. They neither sensationalize the fact that some people who dwell in slums commit gruesome acts nor provide cheap thrills for people (like me) who are not aware that those things happen. They are just possibilities or maybe some of the writers here actually experienced them or heard about them and I am just too naive not to know.The Cantoners: The Revenge of the Hungry comics that seem to have just been inserted in the center of the journal were hilarious. This is a takeoff from the usual greeting: O, birthday mo pala, pa-canton ka naman! So, the writers of this journal thought of creating a story in comics that is about the history of pancit canton and the last group of people who is aware of its whereabouts now that people no longer remember the existence of pancit canton. What an imaginative group of people, these Penzette guys!There are some poems that I enjoyed reading. Example of this is Celeste Buhawis Hulagpos sa Dilim. Even if it is dark and hopeless, in the end there is some kind of hope in the offing. I mean the whole journal feels like this: penned by new writers who are trying to be noticed and they dont have the money to publish a glossy presentable book that you see on the shelves of your favorite bookstores. So what they do is still they write and have those mimeographed or photocopied, stapled them and wait for events like BLTX to sell them to adventurous readers (like me) who want to try some new writings.So, reading Penzette journals is like that - an adventure. And it is worth the try - there is some kind of freshness in the writing.