[BOOKS] ✬ Before the Rain By Luisita Lopez Torregrosa – Motyourdrive.co.uk

Before the Rain chapter 1 Before the Rain , meaning Before the Rain , genre Before the Rain , book cover Before the Rain , flies Before the Rain , Before the Rain b30dc335835af In A Voice Haunting And Filled With Longing, Before The Rain Tells The Story Of Love Unexpected, Its Fragile Bounds And Subtle Perils As A Newspaper Editor In The S, Luisita Torregrosa Lived Her Career Enter Elizabeth, A Striking, Reserved, And Elusive Writer With Whom Torregrosa Falls Deeply In Love Their Story Irresistible Romance, Overlapping Ambitions, And Fragile Union Unfolds As The Narrative Shifts To The Philippines And The Fall Of Ferdinand Marcos There, On That Beautiful, Troubled Island, The Couple Creates A World Of Their Own, While Covering Political Chaos And Bloody Upheavals What Was Effortless Abroad Becomes Less Idyllic When They Return To The United States, And Their Ending Becomes As Surprising And Revealing As Their Beginning Torregrosa Captures The Way Love Transforms Those Who Experience It For An Unforgettable, But Often Too Brief, Time This Book Is Distinguished Not Only By Its Strong, Unique, And Conflicted Heroines, But Also By Torregrosa S Lyrical Portrait Of The Philippines And The Even Exotic Heart Of Intimacy

10 thoughts on “Before the Rain

  1. says:

    Originally reviewed on A Reader of Fictions.Having completed Before the Rain, I find myself with very little to say, a rather rare occurrence for me Speechlessness, of course, can be the result of many emotions, too fraught by the impact of the tale or too bored to care Unfortunately, my reactions closely resemble the latter.What drew me to this book was both the lgbt element and the historical aspect Coming into it, I knew practically nothing about the history of the Philippines, and learning about that history as a backdrop for a touching romance sounded like perfection Having read the last page of this memoir, though, I do not feel that I know much than I did when I started, other than now knowing a couple of names of political figures.This autobiography should, accurately, be subtitled simply A Memoir of Love, as there is little of revolution The focus lies almost entirely upon the relationship between Luisita and Elizabeth While that s fine, the book s description prepared me for something with a broader scope History receives only the barest treatment, insomuch as it separated the two lovers, as both are reporters and had to travel to cover various events.I would expect, though, that I would have a very strong picture of Luisita and Elizabeth in my head, since they are the focus, that I would have a good sense of their bond Alas, I do not I feel like Torregrosa keeps the audience at a distance from them She clues us in on the big events of their romance, but does not let us in on any of the small details that really make a life For all that she is proudly discussing her lesbian relationship, I found it surprising that we never get any sense of their sexual life at all For all the talk of their intense passion, only a couple of kisses and hugs are mentioned This made for a disconnect between what she claimed and what I was actually sensing through her words.I will say, however, that the writing is incredibly beautiful Torregrosa composes lovely sentences, and she has a unique flair for language She puts her sentences together in ways I might never think to, slightly strangely, and coaxes a new and different beauty out of them.For me, this memoir was vastly disappointing, but lovers of language largely for its own sake might find this interesting than I did I, personally, hoped to learn about the author in reading a memoir, but left it with very little sense of Luisita herself.

  2. says:

    This is a memoir that reads like a novel, and that s both a good and bad thing Torregrosa has a sinuous, vague, slippery style of writing that I love in a good novel I was reminded a bit of early 90s Jeannette Winterson but feels a bit incomplete in a memoir This story of love and revolution had plenty of revolution on an international and interpersonal scale but I felt a real lack of love in Torregrosa s narrative.Which leads me back to my original complaint Were this a novel with some exploration into the motivations of our two heroines I would be all over this But as a memoir, I wanted from Torregrosa I wanted her to go deeper in her recounting and analysis of her relationship and that juxtaposition with the tumultuous world of 1980s Philippines and international journalists.There s an enormous distance between Torregrosa and the reader due to her writing style A little dreamy, very much removed, Torregrosa sums up weeks at a time with a small paragraph She recounts other people s words but never offers her own direct statements The moment when I think she and her married lover consummated their relationship felt obfuscated, as if Torregrosa didn t want to write about it but felt like she had to In many ways, this felt like an homage to a relationship rather than a memoir of a life, as Torregrosa s obvious affection and gratitude toward her lover, Elizabeth, spills out from every page She writes very poetically about Elizabeth but I never got to know the woman which would be fine if I got to know Torregrosa Instead, I felt at arm s length from both women, watching their squabbles uncomfortably, and drinking in the gorgeous landscapes around them Torregrosa can evoke place like a song its wonderful This book reminded me of those gay classics one gobbles up when first coming out, desperate for someone to relate to and, let s be honest, some sex And like those classics like Rubyfruit Jungle and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit they re lovely, moody books that aren t nearly as gay as one wants them to be All this and I still liked the book in many ways I just wanted Shelf Awareness loved this one and found it passionate, so it may be that I focused on the wrong themes with this reading In another moment, I might see it as deeply passionate Still, I enjoyed very real look at international journalism Torregrosa offered this is armchair escape of the first order.

  3. says:

    It s the 1980s Luisita and Elizabeth first meet when they work for the same newspaper Luisita as an editor, and Elizabeth as a reporter Elizabeth is newly married and Luisita is in a relationship of her own Months later, after Luisita goes through a bad break up, she and Elizabeth start talking and flirting a bit Then things get serious When Elizabeth is assigned to the Philippines to cover the revolution that will run Marcos out of the country and put Aquino in power, Luisita decides to take a leave of absence from her job and join Elizabeth So begins their rather whirlwind relationship, which ultimately ends in heartbreak after years of routine ups and downs.Torregrosa is a good writer, and Before the Rain is a great look at what it was like to be a journalist in the 80s It s worth reading for the travel and revolution parts alone Although I may not have felt the love between Torregrosa and Elizabeth as I think Torregrosa intended I should, she did do a good job showing how love and certain types of relationships as well as their endings can transform a person in good and bad ways.Read my full review of Before the Rain on Between the Covers

  4. says:

    If straight people can get their beautifully written but pointless, reeking of privilege love affair memoirs published then I guess there s no reason why lesbians shouldn t be able to as well Doesn t make it a compelling read though.

  5. says:

    Since I was in the Philippines during the period covered in this book I enjoyed experiencing the end of the Marcos regime and Cory Aquino s people power revolution from the perspective of the foreign press core The love story is also very poignant and well drawn.

  6. says:

    I received this book free from Goodreads First Reads This book had me from page 1 Once I started, I couldnt put it down Definitely a must read

  7. says:

    I m beginning to realize that sense of place is one of the most important things to me in a book I love a dreamy vivid writing style that brings to your mind s eye a place and time you ll never actually visit This book feels like an old movie Exotic locations, languid rich people, a restrained love affair Something about it was just very enjoyable to read So, high points for writing style There are uncomfortable elements to the book the way she describes developing countries and the people who live in them just reeks of privilege and unquestioned colonialism at times That was my least favorite aspect of the book Also, many reviewers complain that she holds herself and her relationship at an arm s length through the book, and that s true. It reminds me of the movie Carol, like the passion is SO restrained that they barely have chemistry Yet she lets enough through that by the end I was like, shit no wonder your girlfriend left you Like. their emotional dynamic seems kind of abusive at times, with the author being the fucked up one But, whatever, it s not a how to guide to relationships, it s a dreamy book about lesbian reporters drinking wine and giving each other the silent treatment in fabulous settings So take it for what it is an enjoy it.

  8. says:

    I was swept up with Torregrosa s writing in the beginning I began to lose interest after 100 pages, but I may have been distancing myself from the emotion knowing the demise of the relationship was coming.Memorable quote I believed then that writing came from the night, from someplace secret and glorious, that it came with the moon and the wind, from the simple act of breathing I did not study it, or practice it faithfully like the scales on the piano I was too romantic, always, for that I did not have it sketched out, or in outlines I did not believe it was something one talked about, discourses on style and technique, but something that came or did not come, an inspiration 74 We had a year, or perhaps only weeks, months, or an eternity We did not know how much time we had, how much time we would last together, because nothing about us had come conventionally, arranged, foreseen, with preambles and assurances 86

  9. says:

    Felt like First world problems, where white expats exotcize the chaos of Third world in the 80s The Two stars for this sentence Someday I will be able to write, because I will have to, about the years in which I knew you and the finale.

  10. says:

    Seductively written I could not put this book down, but when I looked for passages to quote, realized most are generally devoid of insight The title is a little misleading Lopez Torregrosa mentions the Philippine revolution and associated crises but with little bearing on her story Nor does she seem to have much understanding of her story, which is basically that she had a tremendously intense relationship and then it ended She shares a few tidbits, probably insights her ex laboriously imparted on the way out the door There s not much depth in the minimal foreshadowing we get, tiny cracks look like bumps on the road, which is probably how the author experienced the fissures that eventually tore the pair apart So this isn t a particularly well constructed story, but the book is a pleasure to read in spite of that.

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