Dream Jungle

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Viking, 2003 - Fiction - 325 pages
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Jessica Hagedorn has received enormous critical acclaim for her edgy, high-energy novels chronicling the clash and embrace of American and Filipino cultures. With Dream Jungle, she breaks through to a new level of narrative daring and has written her most complex and accomplished novel to date.

Dream Jungletakes off from two seemingly unrelated events-the discovery of a lost Stone Age tribe in a remote mountainous area of the Philippines and the filming of an epic Vietnam War movie in the rain forest. But the "lost tribe" just might be a clever hoax masterminded by a brooding wealthy iconoclast-and the Hollywood movie seems doomed as the cast and crew continue to self-destruct in a cloud of drugs and egos.

At once a sensual and razor-sharp indictment of colonialism, Dream Jungleevokes the desperate beauty and rank corruption of the Philippines from the height of the Marcos era in the mid-1970s to the end of the twentieth century.

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Paz Marlowe is a young Filipino American woman who returns to her homeland to research two seemingly unrelated events: the discovery of a "lost tribe" in a remote rainforest and the making of an ... Read full review

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This is one of those "What the hell just happened?" books. There are more than a few images from the book that have stuck with me through the years for good or ill. An interesting narrative style that, while not new, is used very well to craft the story. Read full review

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Jessica Hagedorn is an acclaimed novelist, playwright, poet, multimedia artist, and screen- writer. Born and raised in the Philippines, she moved to the United States in her teens.

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