Saturday, June 7, 2008
Hey Joe offers the reader a glimpse of the colorful life in Manila. I have to admit that I find it refreshing that Ted Lerner managed to convey his affection for this montrous capital and its people without hiding its realities. He managed this by his obvious understanding of the Filipino culture and its peculiarities. I particularly enjoyed his chapter on Nipa huts, and his depictions of Manila street scenes.
I like this book and I like Ted Lerner because honestly I am tired of listening to complaints about the Philippines and the Filipinos from foreigners who voluntarily live in the Philippines. Finally, there is a foreigner who seem to understand our idiosyncrasies.