Finalist for the National Book Award and a 2015 Wall Street Journal Book Club selection: An intense portrait of the Philippines in the late 1950s Dogeaters follows a diverse set of characters through Manila, each exemplifying the country's sharp distinctions between social classes. Celebrated novelist and playwright Jessica Hagedorn effortlessly shifts from the capital's elite to the poorest of the poor. From the country's president and first lady to an idealist reformer, from actors and radio DJs to prostitutes, seemingly unrelated lives become intertwined.
Hagedorn’s Philippines is one where bureaucracy has gone wild, and the entire population are either corrupt or on the make. There is not one sympathetic character amongst the many in the book and I only just managed to read on despite the fact that I did not care about any of them.