Reviews of Blue Angel, White Shadow

Charlson Ong’s latest novel, Blue Angel, White Shadow, is currently available from Amazon|Flipreads. It was one of Spot.ph’s The 10 Best Pinoy Books of 2010 You Should Read. You can catch a recording of Quadro Kantos’ interview with the author.

Here’s a couple of reviews:

Kristel Autencio: “I have always harbored the belief that the way to make cities real is to write about them. Charlson Ong succeeds in making this true with this novel, vividly sketching the melancholy, grime-filled streets of Chinatown in my head, using mellifluous turns of phrase to conjure up the perfect mood.”

Tinamats: “This isn’t really my genre, but I liked Blue Angel, White Shadow, and I am truly impressed by Charlson Ong’s writing. I feel like I could learn a lot with how he wrote his characters.”

jzhunagev: “Indeed, Charlson Ong’s latest novel, Blue Angel, White Shadow, published the previous year by UST Publishing House, is a heady Chinese concoction with a plot thick with mystery, brewing with intrigue, and simmering with suspense that seems to seep through page after page, sets off with the murder of a twenty-five year old lounge singer, Laurice Saldiaga.”

Karen Frondozo: “Charlson Ong’s latest novel, Blue Angel, White Shadow, is a welcome addition to Philippine literature in this genre. While the story has the usual elements of a crime fiction story—a crime, victim, a list of suspects, clues, and a detective—it does not entirely follow the traditional mold.”

Balikbayan Magazine: “Fortunately for Ong, he finds for us an alternative genre suitable for exploring interconnected lives, the whodunit… It not only works quite well in this case, but also becomes an opportunity for the sociological exploration of the Filipino’s close family ties, and penchant for extensions, cronies, and all kinds of hangers-on.”

Joel Salud: “Notwithstanding the suspense that seems to ooze in every chapter, and the kind of twisting and heaving of plot to highlight literary texture, Charlson never losses sight of the art of telling a tale. His is a manner of storytelling that is tacit to the bone, no unwarranted bursts and rancour—frolicsome at times, yet always kind to its characters—mysterious but in full control, made all the more lifelike and genuine by convincing dialogue.”

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