Letters to Montgomery Clift

Letters to Montgomery Clift I started my life in America and my search for my parents well only my mother now with Monty as my guide The journey to find my mother would not be complete without him And so begins Letters To Montg

  • Title: Letters to Montgomery Clift
  • Author: Noel Alumit
  • ISBN: 9781931561020
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Hardcover
  • I started my life in America and my search for my parents, well only my mother now with Monty as my guide The journey to find my mother would not be complete without him And so begins Letters To Montgomery Clift, a first novel by Noel Alumit a coming of age story of Bong Bong Luwad, a Filipino boy, who enlists the spirit of 1950s screen idol Montgomery Clift to help him I started my life in America and my search for my parents, well only my mother now with Monty as my guide The journey to find my mother would not be complete without him And so begins Letters To Montgomery Clift, a first novel by Noel Alumit a coming of age story of Bong Bong Luwad, a Filipino boy, who enlists the spirit of 1950s screen idol Montgomery Clift to help him find his mother who is imprisoned in the Philippines under the Marcos regime After being sent to America by his mother, he is taught by his Aunt to write letters to saints and dead relatives to ask them for favors As he watches the movie The Search, where Montgomery Clift helps a young boy find his mother, he starts to believe that Monty can do this for him His letters begin and through time he starts to see visions of Monty himself As he reaches adolescence and his hopes of finding his mother diminish, Bong Bong begins to fall deeper into his fantasy world with Clift When eventually he travels back to his homeland and finds the whereabouts of his mother, he is able to bid a final farewell to Monty and begin his life anew back in the States with his family Letters To Montgomery Clift is a novel of endurance and hope It is a tale of growing up, coming out and going home.

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    1. December 4, 1976dear mr. montgomery clift,i want one thing only. please bring my mama back to me. safe. with no more bruises.i will wait one week. if nothing bad happens then i know it is ok to write you.Signbong bong luwadWith that one child-like letter, author Noel Alumit sets a haunting tone that carries on throughout his remarkable debut novel, Letters to Montgomery Clift. But not only does that letter mark the beginning of the story, it is also the start of a long and sometime intimate rela [...]

    2. Remarkable book, so very powerful and heartwrenching and almost sickening at times but wonderfully wonderfully rewarding.The narrative style really bothered me for a good long while, though. Maybe it was an attempt at the childlike voice? The very abrupt sentence structure that kept repeating and rarely varying, enough that I began to get very irritated and missing the musicality I want from a good writing style. Now I'm giving Alumit the benefit of the artistic doubt and excusing that as not ju [...]

    3. This is a story about how a boy deals with loss as he grows and becomes an adult. And, it is about unfailing hope and optimism. If you are looking for a Gay romance, this book is not for you. Help! I don't know what to say If you like reading literary fiction, working on several levels, I recommend this book.

    4. I read this book as soon as it came out in 2003 and devoured it! I have only read it once, though it is by far one of my favorite books of all time, and now that Im 26 I'd love to read it again and see how it translates to a slightly older, me.

    5. I found myself engrossed in this. It is one of the few times I've found a book that looks at intersections of identities: in this case, Filipino, male, gay, immigrant, orphan. And it takes some really dark turns, but important turns to help one understand why fantasy often wins over reality.

    6. Admittedly the idea behind Alumit's book "Letters to Montgomery Clift" is a good one: the coming of age story of a young Filipino boy separated from his parents because of the Marcos Dictatorship who struggles with his sexuality and mental illness. Unfortunately the format and style of the book leave the reader wanting for more: depth, intricacy, language.While it makes sense that the letters to Monty that introduce each chapter of the book would be written according to the language of a child - [...]

    7. when I worked in the homeless shelter, this old guy would come in every night and, looking at me, would shout out "Montgomery Clift". I reminded him of the actor. Not knowing the actor's work, some friends and I rented "The Misfits", it was pretty clear pretty quickly I don't really look like Clift. Years later, I saw "The Search" with Clift, Ivan Jandl, and Jarmila Novotna. "The Search" is an amazing film. filmed in the ruins of post-war Germany, Clift is a strong male character yet as a nurtur [...]

    8. A little clumsy but forgivably so for a first novel. Bong Bong, sent from the Philippines to the US by his parents during the period of political unrest under the Marcos regime, grows up lonely in America as he's shifted from foster home to foster home, wondering where his parents are and why they haven't come for him. In their place, he writes to Montgomery Clift, whose movies comfort him, and as he tries to deal with a whole onslaught of difficult moments (coming to terms with the role his fos [...]

    9. After reading a book!people would say!oh it not a bad book!course they wouldn't accept that he was wasting one week or one month to read a bad book!well I don't like this book so much!its all about negative things!bang always complain about all the things in his life!the nice people in his life either left him or turned out to be a enemy!there is only one guy he can talk,it's Monty!its about a heartbroken boy who was always complain about his life while he is growing up!i was wondering when wi [...]

    10. A beautiful piece of work, to be perfectly honest. For a novel that's half epistolary and half journeying through the shitstorm that's life, it hurt a lot more than originally expected. A lot of humanization going about, more than I expected in a novel that sets up Life™ as the antagonist instead of an actual person. By no means does it promote Happy Go Lucky Times™, but it does leave an inkling of hope for those who are looking for it. 5/5, definitely worth reading, definitely worth purchas [...]

    11. The deceased actor Montgomery Clift is kept alive in this memoir about a boy from the Philippines who is sent to USA to escape the Marcos' regime. Bong (yes!) writes letters to the deceased iconic Montgomery to help him decompress from a variety of stressful and physically traumatic situations. Throughout his search for answers about his imprisoned parents, he finds love, ends up in a mental institution, and experiences a variety of self-destructive habits. Thank god for the happy ending because [...]

    12. 4.5 This was a great read for me. It was haunting and sad and deep. It sometimes felt disconnected. And it was beautifully written. I have a strange obsessesion with Monty Clift.He haunts me (only while dreaming :). So this was very satisfying for me.

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