Dream Jungle by Jessica Hagedorn

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Jessica Hagedorn has received enormous critical acclaim for her edgy, high-energy novels chronicling the clash and embrace of American and Filipino cultures. With "Dream Jungle," she breaks through to a new level of narrative daring and has written her most complex and accomplished novel to date. "Dream Jungle" takes off from two seemingly unrelated events-the discovery of a lost Stone Age tribe in a remote mountainous area of the Philippines and the filming of an epic Vietnam War movie in the rain forest. But the "lost tribe" just might be a clever hoax masterminded by a brooding wealthy iconoclast-and the Hollywood movie seems doomed as the cast and crew continue to self-destruct in a cloud of drugs and egos. At once a sensual and razor-sharp indictment of colonialism, "Dream Jungle" evokes the desperate beauty and rank corruption of the Philippines from the height of the Marcos era in the mid-1970s to the end of the twentieth century.

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Jessica Hagedorn is an acclaimed novelist, playwright, poet, multimedia artist, and screen- writer. Born and raised in the Philippines, she moved to the United States in her teens.
Published September 28, 2004 by Penguin Books. 336 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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A besotted Vince brings Lina/Jinx along to the set of the Vietnam War film being shot by an acclaimed American director, whose wife is making her own film of the filming.

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Meanwhile, Paz Marlowe, a Filipino-American journalist with social ties to Zamora's family, returns to Manila to attend her mother's funeral and to unravel the inconsistencies in accounts of Zamora's discovery.

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