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December 24 , 2010

Landscape Of A Challenged Life


Landscape of a Challenged Life is the fifth book authored by Dr. Enriqueta c. Mayuga. She started writing at the age of 60. With her fourth book, "Splintered Dreams, Blades of Truth, Shafts of Sunlight," and her fifth book, "Landscape of a Challenge Life" garnering Honorable Mention in the Southwest Festival of Authors competition in 2012. The book defines the author as a woman who left her homeland to find a country and later settles the argument between love of homeland and loyalty to one's country: "In the end- a country is my country when it opens its vistas; a home is my home where I am nurtured and welcomed- and as for me, I chose America.'' She paints her narratives as a Philippine lass' who arrives in an uncertain world where she reflects her medical career and shares a woman's soul painted on a canvas of everyday life. Landscape of a Challenged Life begins with exultation and exhilaration, humiliation and degradation with experiences as a newly arrived immigrant before civil rights was in place. It is both poetry and prose an anthology. It ends up with an epitaph to an authentic life, sublime in its simplicity. It tells the realities of life and accepts them as the realities of her life. It illustrates the sensitivity of a woman who cares and who loves whether she is praised or belittled. It is a word of truth about the reality of life lived to the fullest in the world as it is, not as it should be. The anthology is with sketches and prints Included for visual enhancement to vivify her message and as she mentions, "Our lives are both rain-drenched and sun-drenched and each of us is capable of dipping into the forbidden prisms and tunnels of this cluttered universe."
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