Ermita by F Sionel Jose


Ermita is a novel that tells the story of an enclave of privilege and affluence, and the putrefaction of a society.

The story takes place in Manila before 1941, during the tumultuous years of the Japanese Occupation, and the corrupt Marcos regime. The main themes of the book are power, revenge, prostitution, immorality, money, dehumanization, affection, and the search for true faith and the larger meaning of existence.

What I Liked

I grew up in The Philippines and am fascinated by the history and culture of the country. This was one of the best novels I’ve ever read – and the fact that it was set in The Philippines was a bonus.

The setting of World War II is amazing too. It’s so easy to think that you would never do [name horrible thing]…but it’s also hard to imagine situations of true desperation and how that changes people. The Philippines during World War II was a desperate place and this book brilliantly explores tough issues of what happens during those times.

What I Did Not Like

Nothing – great read, especially if you’re interested in The Philippines.

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