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The Social Cancer

A Complete English Version of Noli Me Tangere

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Author: José Rizal
Published: 1887
Language: English
Wordcount: 176,402 / 517 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 30.7
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 9,369 5942

Translated by Charles Derbyshire, 1912.

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s controlled by her it was coldly received and blindly rejected by the governing powers, and there was left only the slower, subtler, but none the less sure, process of working its way among the people to burst in time in rebellion and the destruction of the conservative forces that would repress it.

In the opening years of the nineteenth century the friar orders in the Philippines had reached the apogee of their power and usefulness. Their influence was everywhere felt and acknowledged, while the country still prospered under the effects of the vigorous and progressive administrations of Anda and Vargas in the preceding century. Native levies had fought loyally under Spanish leadership against Dutch and British invaders, or in suppressing local revolts among their own people, which were always due to some specific grievance, never directed definitely against the Spanish sovereignty. The Philippines were shut off from contact with any country but Spain, and even this communication was restricted and ca

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Great Read! His legacy is just amazing...


A mirror of Philippine past and present and likely of its future. Alarmingly relevant discourse of a country's politics and culture.



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