Smaller and Smaller Circles (2020)

Smaller and Smaller Circles Payatas a acre dump northeast of Manila s Quezon City is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge there It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforc
  • Title: Smaller and Smaller Circles
  • Author: F.H. Batacan
  • ISBN: 9781616955274
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • Smaller and Smaller Circles
    Payatas, a 50 acre dump northeast of Manila s Quezon City, is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge there It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement is already stretched thin, devoid of forensic resources and rife with corruption So when the eviscerated bodies of pre teen boys begin to appear in the dump heaps, thePayatas, a 50 acre dump northeast of Manila s Quezon City, is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge there It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement is already stretched thin, devoid of forensic resources and rife with corruption So when the eviscerated bodies of pre teen boys begin to appear in the dump heaps, there is no one to seek justice on their behalf In the rainy summer of 1997, two Jesuit priests take the matter of protecting their flock into their hands.Smaller and Smaller Circles, widely regarded as the first Filipino crime novel, is a poetic masterpiece of literary noir, a sensitive depiction of a time and place, and a fascinating story about the Catholic Church and its place in its devotees lives.
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    1. One man s trash is another man s treasure, I m sure we ve all heard of this overused line However in my country, sadly, this is to be taken literally There are people who depend on trash as their main source of income A sad reality where both adults and kids usually go through the dumps and scavenge anything they can from recyclables to broken electronics and even half eaten food Forced by abject poverty, immune to the stench, these people depend on foul, rotting garbage because it is the one th [...]

    2. Kudos to F H Batacan for writing the only contemporary detective Filipino novel in English She, who now resides in Singapore, made a breakthrough with this book as it proved that Filipinos do read and appreciate good books outside our usual genres love, romance, family drama, humor, politics and comics.Well, aside from the fact this book being a required reading in some colleges particularly in Philippine Literature courses, I think there are still some of us who read this for pleasure I think F [...]

    3. The thing about voraciously reading mystery crime suspense is that while you still enjoy the books, you inevitably hit a wall where you re rarely surprised and you can easily guess all the tropes to come So color me happily surprised to start reading Smaller and Smaller Circles to discover two Jesuit priests a forensic anthropologist and psychologist are asked to consult in order to help identify and stop a serial killer definitely one I ve never read before This book was dark, smart, took me to [...]

    4. First Sentence Some days I just can t seem to focus.The body of a young boy is found in Payatas, a massive dump where people, especially young boys, scavenge for their existence The severely mutilated body has been brought to Father Gus Saenz, a Jesuit priest and respected forensic anthropologist However, this isn t a singular case and Father Gus, along with his friend, psychologist Father Jerome Lucero, is asked by the Director of the National Bureau of Investigation to help find the killer.One [...]

    5. 10 9 8A circle is formed in the middle of the ground Those found outside are dead Ravaged by unknown beings in the darkness Those that remain in the circle lives.7 6 5 But the circle grows small More and people fall off the edge and is smothered by the dark flames Makes you want to think, Is this hell But the silence in the darkness just covers your voice You squeak now, and then you realize, all that remains is you, alone The circle continues to shrink below your feet until I does not even fit [...]

    6. 3 stars It was good.A fairly predictable mystery, but I really enjoyed the Filipino cultural inclusions in the novel I had also never read a murder mystery where Jesuit priests are collaborating with the police to solve a case, which made for an intriguing juxtaposition Favorite Quote We are powerless when we wait for other people to act on our behalf.First Sentence Emil is running after his slum kids, panting in the noonday sun, loosening the high collar of his shirt as he goes.

    7. Masterpiece exciting, moving, amusing, and intense in chasing the killer For me this is like the Filipino version of Silence of the Lamb, Hannibal Lecter, and the movie Identity starring John Cusack.The plot is good and descriptive about the events.Recommended for science and medical field topics.

    8. I like Smaller and Smaller Circles So I must have read or watched too many crime stories already, because this was just okay for me But considering that a Filipino author penned Smaller and Smaller Circles, I will admit it was a little impressive.Two Jesuit priests are being consulted over a series of murders in the slums of Manila They do have credentials as consultants, I think the background is anthropology Anyway, the victims are boys within the cusp of puberty As soon as they went missing, [...]

    9. I will write a review but I want to ask Clarisse some questions about life in the Philippines before I do so I don t make any ridiculously untrue comments.

    10. plot and at my online journal s crime page here.Let s face itrial killer novels these days are a dime a dozen, so there has to be something to differentiate the good ones from the ho hum and the same old same old Author F.H Batacan has found the way to do it Her book Smaller and Smaller Circles is not your average hunt for the serial killer story, but rather a look at how politics, corruption, the power of the church, and the desire for power all get in the way of getting to the truth to save i [...]

    11. Maybe it is because I really was in the mood for a mystery thriller or maybe it is because I reached the epic ending of the book the night of a thunderstorm, but man that was a good book Definitely some unevenness and shows the signs of being a debut novel, but still really good Watch my full review youtube watch v wImCI

    12. F H Batacan s Smaller and Smaller Circles, one of seven novels released as part of the U.P Jubilee Students Edition, is a rarity in the Philippine writing scene because it is a crime novel set in the Philippines It is touted by the U.P Press, its publisher, as of a pocketbook than a piece of required reference material with its slick pacing, its engaging story and its late 1990 s sensibility.At the start, a series of murders are discovered in and around the Payatas district in Quezon City, lead [...]

    13. I ll give this book three stars because of the unique locale, interesting characters, and good descriptive writing A crime novel set in the Philippines with two priests acting as detectives is not exactly run of the mill The story is centered on the mutilation murders of young boys the poorest of the poor in Manila.There are three themes to the story the murders, the political corruption, and the irresponsibility of the Catholic Church The social conscience themes definitely come through in the [...]

    14. Stuck between 4 and 5, in the end, I think, I m giving this a 4.5 DI want to be Joanna Bonifacio Ugh, I really want to be like her Hahaha But I d prolly do a better job in producing a fun and youthful show than a crime driven program as I am as soft as Fr Jerome.Oh well, what can I say I enjoyed this book very much.I m not afraid of crime novels any.

    15. A brilliant crime fiction by a Filipino author in a Philippine setting I am impressed I want to read Filipino books like this More thoughts soon.

    16. Smaller and Smaller Circles is one of those rare one of a kind books that you discover by some lucky stroke of fate and treasure for a lifetime.This probably sounds like an exaggeration, but it s certainly true for me because 1 It s written by a Filipino author We don t exactly have a bazillion authors here spewing out books of all kinds for us to read every day Well, I suppose Wattpad stories are all the craze nowadays, but I m not part of the target audience and am not interested in reading an [...]

    17. I remember reading this for our Philippine literature class in college, several years ago, but I don t remember the story I was surprised to see this title last year in bookstores, with a very nice cover change And then I learned that it s also being sold in other parts of the world This really made me happy, that it s getting the attention I think it deserves.Simply put, this follows the investigation of a serial killer case I thought the flow of the story is by the formula , just like many oth [...]

    18. A reread This is a straightforward detective fare, the sort of material you wish you d see in local bookstores, less of the shit romantic taglish stuff It s CSI Philippines with priests Batacan s priority was to tell the story, not to make a guessing game for the readers Virtually no one believes the Philippines has a bunch of serial killers on the loose Batacan makes it plausible using missing statistics that the overworked inept police don t keep track of The characters are fairly lovable, bu [...]

    19. Actual rating 3.5WARNING Rant unrelated to the story proper What I discovered with myself while reading this book is how green I am when it comes to books set in my own country and I m pretty sure I m not the only one It was a struggle to read not because it was badly written but because it felt like I was reading for a school requirement and not for pleasure This is in part to blame due to the fact that the novels I read for pleasure are mostly set in countries foreign to me I have been psychol [...]

    20. 5 stars When a boy s mutilated body was found in the Payatas garbage dump, the NBI enlisted the help of Father Gus Saenz, the country s top forensic anthropologist, and his colleague Father Jerome Lucero, a psychologist They are soon on the trail of a serial killer and they must race to catch him before he kills agan.The mystery plot of this novel is one of the neatest, most linear mysteries that I ve read Plot, clues, evidence, solution all neatly laid out with nary a red herring in sight While [...]

    21. Deserves the award winning title I enjoyed how it attempts to show reality surely, filipino readers will like this book The scenes were easy to imagine and analyze because of its connection to the real happenings in the country I gave this book 4.5 5

    22. Smaller and Smaller Circles is a very pleasant surprise It truly is unique in the Philippine literary scene because, as far as I know, no one has dared to talk about crime and murder and forensics in a novel, and to be able to render it completely intelligent and gripping The protagonist here is a Jesuit priests who also happen to be forensic anthropologist and now his task is to uncover the truth behind the ruthless and gruesome murders taking a toll on the lives of young boys in Payatas.Saying [...]

    23. A very strong crime novel from the Philippines I love reading international crime and this book does exactly what I want it takes me to a place I have never seen before and shows me how it works from one specific point of view The protagonists are two priests whose education and skills have them consulting with national law enforcement The agency and its local counterparts are unskilled and often full of corruption At a murder scene, pictures aren t taken, evidence isn t gathered, the steps we c [...]

    24. one of very few filipino noir novels ever in english, a sort of serial killer procedural but main sleuths are catholic priests topic is child molestation with an interesting side plot conundrum of priest molesters, though main plot is of public school molesters, but anyway, a great debut novel detailing the very poor in manila, the city dump neighborhoods and touches on politics, media, police, church, everyday culture and food, living conditions, even some nice weather involved a super good rea [...]

    25. It was very difficult to read this novel I had no stomach for violence or abuse against children even before I became a father, and I m exponentially sensitive to it now but at the same time I could not put this down Horrific and horrifying but compelling in the investigation and especially in the genial relationship between the two priests trying to track down the serial killer I read the last 50 pages in a rush, muscles clenched the whole time.

    26. Actual rating 3.5 5 starsAwesome storytelling, and a great horrifically accurate depiction of the state of crime and justice in the Philippines, especially in some of its most impoverished areas As a murder mystery novel it was pretty straightforward, and there were parts that I saw coming, but also some that I didn t those that weave the characters together, those parts of it that were actually than just side stories but were symptoms to the big cancer the book was trying to shed a bit of ligh [...]

    27. Originally posted here.Thriller, mystery and suspense are closely related genres that I have always enjoyed Stieg Larsson, John Grisham and James Patterson are just a few of the contemporary authors whose thrillers I ve always appreciated However, I ve yet to come across a local author who has written crime or mystery not that I m any authority on the subject until Smaller and Smaller Circles came along.I first heard about Smaller and Smaller Circles when I attended the second Filipino ReaderCon [...]

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