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May Day Eve and Other Stories is a quintet of unsettling tales of mystery, religious zeal, and passion. It features the title story “May Day Eve” as well as “Three Generations,” “Doña Jeronima,” “The Legend of the Dying Wanton,” and “Guardia de Honor.”Set during the Spanish colonial period, these narratives tap into the qualities of magic realism, romance, and historical fMay Day Eve and Other Stories is a quintet of unsettling tales of mystery, religious zeal, and passion. It features the title story “May Day Eve” as well as “Three Generations,” “Doña Jeronima,” “The Legend of the Dying Wanton,” and “Guardia de Honor.”Set during the Spanish colonial period, these narratives tap into the qualities of magic realism, romance, and historical fiction, as only the master Nick Joaquin can....

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ISBN : 9712725852
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Number of Pages : 282 Pages
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May Day Eve and Other Stories Reviews

  • Airiz C
    2019-05-20 02:40

    “Pareng Nick” is a frequent companion of mine when I was in high school. I remembered burying my nose in a dog-eared copy of Manila, My Manila and staying in the library after classes just to search for his anthologies. It’s been ages since I last sat down and binge on some of his works, so the *roundhouse kick* of nostalgia that greeted me at the bookstore when I saw May Day Eve and Other Stories is only expected. Needless to say, I relented to the sudden irresistible urge to pick it up. I finished reading half the book in the bookstore, but I bought it (and another Joaquin anthology) anyway. I suddenly felt like my shelf would be incomplete without it.May Day Eve is still my favorite story. Despite having read it for perhaps the hundredth time, it still doesn’t fail to make me tremble from the knee-buckling blow of regrets in life (and love) that the characters experienced. Joaquin’s magic mainly lies in the subtle unfolding of events, in a gentle whisper of epiphany that crescendoes into a howl of tragedy by the end. The story revolves around the European-educated Badoy Montiya and the feisty, liberated Agueda as they let one superstitious moment in May Day Eve be the ‘driver’ of their lives, leading into a disintegrating marriage. Agueda is my kind of female protagonist, for the most obvious of reasons: she’s the readers’ little window to Joaquin’s feministic streak that is more pronounced in his other story The Summer Solstice. Great realizations often come when it’s too late; the bitter-sweetness of this lesson lasts in the final moments of the story, wherein the characters took in that they did love each other after all, even if subconsciously.The other stories are just as enchanting. Three Generations can be considered a little portrait of a family in a patriarchal society, focusing on the three men of each step of generation. Doña Jeronima reads like a classic Filipino legend about love, repentance, forgiveness, and piety. The Legend of the Dying Wanton teems with harrowing scenes of death as well as the beautiful images of freeing yourself…from yourself. Guardia de Honor is a mystifying tale about love, destiny, and chances. I just love how in each story, there is one character that represents rebellion in his/her own way.Five stars for an amazing read.

  • Bianca Sy ➰
    2019-05-13 02:14

    1847Mirror, mirror,Show to meHim whose womanI will be.1890Mirror, mirror,Show to meHer whose loverI will be.I thought it was something like Snow White when I saw the chant and haven't started yet.I thought it was something like a Cinderella story when I started reading the very first part.I thought it was something like the story of Bloddy Mary when I read the part of Anastasia's instructions.And I thought it's a horror story but it wasn't, really.It's about love.It's about testing an idea that you shouldn't believe in.And this story is like about removing the challenge of your own future.

  • Pyangee lariosa
    2019-05-08 02:28

    a brilliant author who created this great literary piece told us to never force love, that a love will never work if it has only passion and infatuation. the irony of how aguenda told her story to her daughter about a devil she saw in the mirror wherein deep inside labeled him as her husband and how her husband told his grandson he also saw a witch in the mirror which also portrays his wife. regrets came when he finally realize he forgotten he fell in love with his wife. tragic ending, not because they bitterly hated each other and their marriage but rather the tragic ending of how they never realize they both fell in love in the first place.

  • Krizia Anna
    2019-04-29 22:30

    It was a short and nice story about bitterness, passion and regret.

  • guiltlessreader
    2019-05-13 00:31

    I felt homesick reading this. Nothing compares to reading a book written by an author coming from your own country, from your own realities. Obvious really, but I didn't really realize it until I finished this. Full review on my blog Guiltless Reading.

  • Cielbert
    2019-05-23 22:26

    I had read a Nick Joaquin once during my sixth semester in college, back when I was still taking Philippine Literature class. I first read his work Summer Solstice and, truth be told, I was deeply mesmerized by his skill. My first impression of him was mostly positive because of his unique style of writing, his atmospheric prose and very witty plot twists.But I'm not quite sure about this one.May Day Eve and Other Stories has caught my attention when I visited our local bookstore during a date night with my best friend because of its eerie cover. I decided to buy it because of that specific reason itself and I didn't force myself to expect something 'mind-blowing' from it. I started reading the book with very low expectations so to speak.This 100-page book is divided into five 'historical contemporary fantasy (and even science) fiction' stories and each has its own flavor, a different genre that complements the overall mystical and horrific vibe that, I'm pretty sure, the publisher was trying to go with (in which, I think, they've failed).I don't know but I find this collection too overboard that it resulted to a dull and lacklustre personal experience instead. I only liked Three Generations and the rest of the short stories were so-so. Not to mention I had a very hard time connecting to any of the characters, though some were interesting, and that most of them were one-dimensional, black and white.Don't get me wrong. I see why the author was named as one of our National Literature Artists because just like what I have said, he had skill. It maybe inconsistent but it's still skill. Undeniable. Unconventional. Bizarrely magnetic.You know what, let my numbers speak of what I truly feel about this book.Three Generations: 4/5Doña Jeronima: 1/5The Legend of the Dying Wanton: 2/5May Day Eve: 2.5/5Guardia de Honor: 1.5/5TOTAL: 11/20FINAL RATING: 2.75/5 rounded up to 33 stars! I liked it!

  • Tito Quiling, Jr.
    2019-04-27 22:21

    In this collection, named after his celebrated story of magic realism, May Day Eve tells a story of pain, regret, horror and folklore, which are described in a non-linear fashion, interweaving with time, characters and local color which enhances the tasteful description. The myth of finding out your marriage partner when you look into a mirror at midnight on April 31st. Witches, devils, disobedient children -- these are the main characters in his story of the same name, all of which transcend time.Three Generations is a tale of pursuing failed love, of strained family ties eager to be repaired by the younger family members. All of these are recurring situations which spans three generations.Dona Jeronima speaks of a legend of a cave nymph and her lover by the Pasig River, believed to be Dona Jeronima herself and the Archbishop, as a young buck before he left the city for soldier duties.The Legend of the Dying Wanton tells of a miraculous story of a delinquent Spanish soldier named Currito Lopez who become the sole survivor of a shipwreck. The intercession of the Virgin Mary and the child Jesus became his mark of change, as a devout Intramurense named Dona Ana de Vera blessed him before his voyage to Cavite.Guardia de Honor ia a narrative on a family heirloom, which creates a parallel outcome for the wearer, specifically on the same feast day, when their family serves as the Guardia de Honor for the image of the Virgin Mary. Reviewing a Filipino classic work, especially that of Nick Joaquin can be daunting because of the basic fact that it has been studied, or has become familiar to most readers. On the other hand, there's still a number of his works that are quite obscure to the majority.

  • Maan
    2019-05-25 23:27

    Book #73 for 2012: Because I wanted to feel like a college student again, I borrowed this from the library. Admittedly, I can only remember May Day Ever (a required reading in college). It still is my favorite Nick Joaquin story but I've added Three Generations in the list. Seriously, you can never go wrong with Pareng Nick.

  • booklady
    2019-05-08 19:15

    Enbrethiliel over at Shredded Cheddar threw this into the mix as well. G. K C., Flannery, move over... ;) She says these are some goooood short stories! Thanks a second time!

  • Parth Dhand
    2019-05-11 01:30

    better than dead stars and brother leon

  • Arianna
    2019-04-26 01:35

    I actually thought this was a pretty good story. I mean I liked how it had such a creepy concept yet, it didn't scare me at all, which most scary books tend to do so.

  • Syl Dondoyano
    2019-05-07 18:25

    Didn't enjoy it much as I'd expected. But I still liked it though.

  • Cherry
    2019-04-27 19:14

    educational :)

  • Wandering_eneri
    2019-05-08 01:37

    I miss reading this kind of fiction.

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  • Alyssa Lemon
    2019-05-23 01:13

    mirror, mirror on the wall :))

  • Mr. Potato
    2019-05-25 23:40


  • Ays
    2019-05-11 01:19

    classic filipino literature.

  • J Dela Calzada
    2019-05-02 21:30