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Satire in Carlos Bulosan’s The Laughter of My Father

Delfin Tolentino Philippine Studies vol. 34, no. 4(1986) 452–461 Copyright © Ateneo de Manila University Philippine Studies is published by the Ateneo de Manila University. Contents may not be copied or sent via email or other means to multiple sites and posted to a listserv without the copyright holder’s written permission. Users may download and print articles for individual, noncommercial use only. However, unless prior permission has been obtained, you may not download an entire issue of a journal, or download multiple copies of articles. Please contact the publisher for any further use of this work at philstudies@admu.edu.ph.

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Philippine Studies 34 (1986): 452-61

Satire in Carlos Bulosan's The Laughter of my Father
DELFIN L. TOLENTINO, J R .

Carlos Bulosan's The Laughter of my Father was first published by an American publishing house in 1944. The war had not yet come to an end. Writing to Ann Dionisio from Los Angeles on 3 May 1944,' the Filipino expatriate writer happily announced that the first edition of his book had already been sold out, that a second edition of 15,000 copies had just been printed, and that so far all reviews had been favorable. Later, he added that the book was being read and broadcast overseas to soldiers on the front by the Office of War Information in New York. He also l~otedthat the Filipino government seemed to have no interest in the book whatsoever. These last two remarks are indicative of two things. That The Laughter of my Father should have been used as broadcast material during the war points to the fact that the book was initially well received, not because of its serious intent but because of its entertainment value. That it should have been largely ignored in the Philippines, on the other hand,

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