From the title of the book itself, Ambeth R. Ocampo’s Rizal Without the Overcoat ( ) uncovers the other side of the nationalistic icon, Dr. Jose. Ambeth Ocampo describes Jose Rizal as a “conscious hero” because Rizal planned his entire life in details based on his letters, diaries, and. Rizal without the Overcoat. with Dr. Ambeth Ocampo. 29 August | PM Ayala Museum Ground Floor Lobby. Rizal without the Overcoat.

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Jul 14, kb rated it really liked it Shelves: However, reading this book made me appreciate Jose Rizal more.

Rizal Without the Overcoat by Ambeth R. Ocampo

How do you review a book on history? You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. That’s when you see that heroes are people who were “just like us”.

Is he too not defined by the knowledge, motivations, social stimuli he encountered wearing that overcoat? The best essay in the book is the one qithout why Rizal deserves to be called one of our national heroes, with excerpts from Rizal’s letter to a Portuguese friend.

I’m finished with the required 3 units of Rizal for college and sad to say that I learned more from this book than from that class.

This is one of the reason why he’s one of the most read historian today. Apr 16, Emily Dy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read saving…. amheth

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Feb 05, Princess tbe it liked it. Rizal did not write for the masses, the two seminal novels were originally written in Spanish, a Lingua Franca known only to the Filipino landed elite, the landlords, and even to them a limited number was capable of reading. After all, nobody has the monopoly of writing about Rizal and earn some bucks in the process. This book is Good resource material for those interested in re-learning Rizal the non-traditional way. Though he left for Europe to be educated, he chose to come back to give back.


Return to Book Page. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It’s a whole bunch of little stories that show you how Rizal was “just like us”. We were forced to read this book for our book review in “Buhay, Gawin at Sinulat ni Rizal” subject during college.

He writes about how his search for Rizal helped uncover little facts about the national hero like what he had for breakfast, his spend thriftiness and his smoking habit. Rizal was a great man, but we can all be great. Rizal worked diligently to become the man he was.

He’s published a collection of these columns in small Looking Back books sold for 99Php. But then I remembered to look at it objectively and contextually.

I read a lot of things about Rizal in this book that I have never encountered before, such as what he usually ate for breakfast, how he cope with his financial constraints during his stay in Europe, why he thought learning English shouldn’t be a priority of his, among others. This review has been cross-posted at imbookedindefinitely Even our venerated national hero was not the product of biological perfection and natural wisdom. It saddens me that PIthis Rizal course is now relegated to be shelved.

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The best essay in the book is the one about why Rizal deserves to be called one of our national heroes, wi This is the second book of Ambeth Ocampo that I have read, and arguably his best. But do understand that there are better sources of information for Rizal’s life and works like those stated in the book’s bibliography. Trust me, it’s more fun this second time around: This, I said to myself is what I wish to become. The book is a must-read for students, that instead of the usual memorization and academic approach in teaching, withokt can read Mr.


This book is a good read! I was just in HS when Ocampo wrote his Inquirer series. This was something that always rankled the Filipinos who lived eizal the capital by besides that, it was that and the way it was taught to me that almost made swore off Rizal forever.

Rizal Without the Overcoat. I’m guilty as charged. Popular history is history writing striving for a very wide audience of non-specialists.

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This is my first book by him so I am still to form my impression of him as a writer or a person. Wells, and a watered down version of Moby Dick. Not when Washington defeated the British and Lincoln abolished slavery. Dec 13, M rated it liked it Shelves: This is a book that will tell you that Rizal was kind of funny looking, with a small frame and a rather large head, that he had a lot of girlfriends, and that he even tried hashish ‘ Between the covers of this book, Jose Rizal suddenly comes alive.

Jul 05, K. Like you and me, he is a human being that achieved what he did, not because he is special or was destined by some great prophecy, but because he worked for it.