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The Bread of Salt
Transcript of The Bread of Salt
His works became internationally recognized, & have been translated into Chinese, German, Russian & Bahasa Indonesian. ABOUT THE AUTHOR "Literature is an affair of letters." LIFE Nestor Vicente Madali Gonzalez, familiarly known as simply "N.V.M.," was born on September 8, 1915 in Romblon, Romblon.
He is a teacher, an author, a journalist & an essayist.
He studied at National University in Manila, but he never obtained a degree.
Gonzalez wrote of the Filipino life, of the Filipino in the world.
The affair of letters Gonzalez created is not just literature, but the story of a Filipino in the world. It is HIS story. WORK & CAREER Gonzalez wrote for the Philippine Graphic & later edited for the Evening News Magazine & Manila Chronicle. His first published essay appeared in the Philippine Graphic & his first poem in Poetry in 1934.
He taught in the University of Santo Tomas, the Philippine Women’s University, & the University of the Philippines.
Novels: The Winds of April, The Bamboo Dancers & A Season of Grace
Short Story: Children of the Ash-Covered Loam & The Bread of Salt and Other Stories
Essays: Work on the Mountain & The Novel of Justice: Selected Essays
He wrote 14 books & received 35 awards. "For the good of my soul lately I have been reading Jose Rizal and as much as I admire Mr. Rizal's political sentiments, I must say I prefer Gonzalez as a novelist."
-Wallace Stegner, 1950 The Bread of Salt Written in 1958
Published by the University of Washington Press & the University of the Philippines Press both in the same year - 1993. Progreso Street The house of the old Spaniard (Aida's uncle) CHARACTERS: The 14-year old Boy
The Boy's Aunt
The Maid THEME THEME: Love between two people with different social status. SYMBOLS Pan de sal (Bread of Salt) Violin The boy was not able to push through with his plan on telling Aida his true feelings for her.
Because of the embarrassment he felt when Aida caught him wrapping some of the sweet egg yolks, he felt as if all the admiration he has for her vanished.
The story is open-ended.