Now Reading: Over The Edge of The World by Laurence Bergreen

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I HAVEN’T read a book for a long time, no thanks to Facebook.

But I am reading again, thanks to Ms. Lolita Delgado-Fansler of the Ala-Ala Foundation who personally recommended this book to me.

Over The Edge of The World is a non-fiction written like an adventure novel. And for a history addict like me, this easily falls under the “perfect book” category.

It narrates, in great, research-based details the events before, during, and immediately after the famous expedition to the Spice Islands of Ferdinand Magellan. This was during the great age of exploration, when half of the world was still an unchartered frontier by the leading civilizations of Europe.

I am naturally drawn — and hugely intrigued — by the book’s story primarily because of its central character, Ferdinand Magellan.

Ferdinand Magellan has been deeply embedded in the history of the Philippines and the Filipino psyche. But we’ve always known him as a villain in our history books. The leader of the pillaging Spaniards who was slain by the first Filipino patriot and hero, Lapu-Lapu.

Perhaps Magellan was, is, and should remain a villain in our books. But surely, behind the name was a person who lived a life driven by the realities and aspirations of his time and the vicissitudes of his fate. Magellan is a story wanting to be retold and Laurence Bergreen re-tells his story unlike any of the Magellan stories I’ve heard and read before.

But perhaps I’m getting ahead of my self. Truth is, I’m just in chapter 2 as I am posting this. Needless to say I’m already irreversibly hooked.

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