A B N K K B S N P L A
While trying to take the place of a virtual time machine, this
suprisingly amusing literary-album takes the form of a
centrifugal narrative piece and gives its readers the refreshing
feeling of reminiscing the times of yore --- way back when
jeepney fare was P1.00, and when Nutri Bun was the talk of the
entire elementary school community. A B N K K B S N P L A Ko?!
is a hilarious chronological journey to our past lives as darn
kids-students who saw life as a playground and not a battle
arena, and who lived their lives day by day, one at a time. It
is a fragile force that captivates the "child" within
us, snowballing our own distant memories into a similar,
candidly crafted biographical unfolding.
The book is a straightforward intra-narration of an ordinary kid as he
spills out his detailed adventures from the grade school days up to his
adolescent era. From tinderang teachers, trumpo, sipa, Game & Watch,
recognition day and theater day bloopers to department store mischief, A
B N K K B S N P L A Ko?! will surely give you a heartfelt laugh, or a
tearful "back to the future" smile. It is perhaps the
truthfulness and the simplicity in Bob Ong's narration that brought out
the extraordinary from what is seen to be as ordinary. His ability to
elicit the "oh-gosh-it-happened-to-me-too!" feeling from his
book tells us not only of his remarkable craft as a writer, but as your
ordinary, everyday guy as well.
The innocence in Bob Ong's literature speaks well of his rich childhood
recollection, with detailed expressions of childish sincerity and
naughtiness. The different uproarious misadventures in his narrations
represent the relentless struggles of a child, in his state of
gullibility, as he discovers life's irony. His down-to-earth, naive and
candid language will surely tickle hearts and refresh memories. Needless
to say, A B N K K B S N P L A Ko?! is seen as an appealing collection of
childhood anecdotes and reflective-retrospective issues.
The book is especially for those who want to go in an inexpensive,
exciting, "beside the window" field-trip back to the past.
Luggage is extremely prohibited, and snacks are, of course, not