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Weight of the Sun, a short story collection by Geronimo Tagatac, sparkles with an appeal that comes from a deep understanding of human nature.

Here are the farm laborers, dancers, kitchen workers, and soldiers who make up a world that is wrought with pain, nostalgia, and stunning grace. From the widowed Filipino father raising a son in a migrant work camp to the young veteran haunted by the ghost of war, The Weight of the Sun shows us not only what it is to be human, but how the human spirit can grow when faced with overwhelming adversity. Tagatac brings these characters home in our hearts with a poise and dignity that marks a new and powerful voice in short fiction.

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Geronimo Tagatac-in an interrelated collection of short stories about the fictional Guerrero family-captures the essence of a people who are broken, without a home, and lost.

The Guerreros are farm workers, soldiers, ski bums, students, and world travelers. They are a family unique to these stories, yet typical in their context. With simple, direct, and beautiful language, Tagatac explores both the essence of what makes a person an individual and the ties that create a family.

About the Author

Son of a Filipino-immigrant father and a Russian-Jewish mother, Tagatac's life has taken an arc from fieldhand to Special Forces demolition sergeant in Vietnam to modern dancer to civil servant and literary writer.

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candice.peaslee, December 8, 2009 (view all comments by candice.peaslee)

This compilation of short stories is a haunting experience through the collective consciousnesses of men in different stages of their own lives. The Weight of the Sun and Other Stories, written by Geronimo Tagatac, incorporates the experiences of both young and older men who confront similar challenges as a result of their culture and personal hardships. He states in the Introduction that most of the stories are about the fictional Guerrero family, as the stories “cover a period of seventy two years, beginning in 1929. Jacinto and his son Mateo appear more than once.” There are twenty-four stories total, and Tagatac presents a variety of themes throughout the narratives he writes in this collection.

Tagatac expertly enters several different perspectives in the many short stories presented. He is able to realistically portray the attitudes of a father with a young son, as well as the life of a war veteran, the challenges of cultural boundaries, and the experience of grief. Most of all, Tagatac illustrates the beauty of language spoken through the voice of people with sometimes little in common, but each with much to offer the reader. Though this is a collection of short stories which spans across a large period of time, there is still a sense of connection and a clear delineation of plot as Tagatac introduces different characters and new story developments.

In one story entitled “Back in the World,” Tagatac uses a stream of consciousness style as he presents a war veteran who is struggling to relate to his past life as a student. The main character consistently drifts in and out of memories of the battles he faced in Vietnam, and it unclear of which reality this character truly belongs in. In “Agency,” Tagatac presents a starting representation of office dynamics and confrontation with ideas about culture and personal beliefs. Another notable story in the text is entitled “Departures,” and the main character comforts the ex-boyfriend of the main character’s previous girlfriend. This story also encompasses themes of the experiences of young adults living in the period of the Vietnam War.

Ultimately, Tagatac weaves a compelling narrative that relies on the voices of the many characters he presents. His main focus on culture, the experience of youth, and relationships of family allow for compelling development of re-occurring characters in this compilation. Tagatac’s language is powerful as he confronts difficult themes of abuse and death, but the shining potential of the young adults in the collection balances his exploration of negative experiences. The Weight of the Sun offers a profound glace into the lives of Tagatac’s characters and leaves the readers with reactions to each story that will continue to resonate strongly even after the collection is complete.
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Samwise, November 4, 2009 (view all comments by Samwise)
A wonderful collection of short stories that deal with the themes of race, culture, coping with war, coming of age, and the value of life. This would be a great resource to use in a highschool or college level class.
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Susan Wiget, October 22, 2009 (view all comments by Susan Wiget)
The Weight of the Sun by Geronimo Tagatac is a collection of interconnected short stories with a predominantly melancholy tone, brilliantly portraying characters who experience trauma from child abuse, loneliness, abandonment, broken dreams, and the senseless violence of war. The author poignantly expresses the universal truth of human emotions and needs. It is appropriate that some of the stories involve ghosts, such as “What Comes After Nineteen,” in which a woman picks up a hitchhiker after noticing that he’s a ghost; even without ghosts the stories are haunting.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781932010114
Publisher:
Ooligan Press
Subject:
General
Author:
Tagatac, Geronimo
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Agricultural laborers
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
FICTION / Asian American
Subject:
Fiction : Family Life
Subject:
short story collection, war stories, foreigners, culture and identity
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20060801
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
175
Dimensions:
8.94x6.08x.45 in. .64 lbs.

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Geronimo Tagatac-in an interrelated collection of short stories about the fictional Guerrero family-captures the essence of a people who are broken, without a home, and lost.

The Guerreros are farm workers, soldiers, ski bums, students, and world travelers. They are a family unique to these stories, yet typical in their context. With simple, direct, and beautiful language, Tagatac explores both the essence of what makes a person an individual and the ties that create a family.

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