Noli Me Tangere (The Social Cancer)


Read by Availle

(5 stars; 16 reviews)

Noli Me Tangere (Latin for Touch Me Not) is a novel by the National Hero of the Philippines, Dr. José Rizal. It was originally written in Spanish, and first published in Germany in 1887. Noli Me Tangere exposed the corruption and abuse of the Spanish government and clergy towards the Philippine people and the ills of the Philippine society. This novel, and its sequel El Filibusterismo were banned in many parts of the Islands. Rizal was later arrested for inciting rebellion, based largely on his writings, and was executed in Manila. Noli Me Tangere, and the execution of Rizal, indirectly influenced the Philippine revolution from Spain. Today, Noli Me Tangere is required reading in all Philippine Schools. (Summary by JoeD) (19 hr 18 min)

Chapters

Translator's Introduction, part 1 45:47 Read by Availle
Translator's Introduction, part 2 38:26 Read by Availle
Translator's Introduction, part 3 25:41 Read by Availle
Translator's Introduction, part 4 9:40 Read by Availle
A Social Gathering 29:28 Read by Availle
Crisostomo Ibarra 7:35 Read by Availle
The Dinner 11:59 Read by Availle
Heretic and Filibuster 16:35 Read by Availle
A Star in a Dark Night 5:45 Read by Availle
Capitan Tiago 28:32 Read by Availle
An Idyl on an Azotea 21:15 Read by Availle
Recollections 12:24 Read by Availle
Local Affairs 11:42 Read by Availle
The Town 8:02 Read by Availle
The Rulers 12:26 Read by Availle
All Saints 10:12 Read by Availle
Signs of Storm 8:48 Read by Availle
Tasio: Lunatic or Sage 21:59 Read by Availle
The Sacristans 10:32 Read by Availle
Sisa 13:24 Read by Availle
Basilio 12:55 Read by Availle
Souls In Torment 15:33 Read by Availle
A Schoolmaster’s Difficulties 23:17 Read by Availle
The Meeting in the Town Hall 26:20 Read by Availle
The Story of a Mother 18:00 Read by Availle
Lights and Shadows 7:59 Read by Availle
Fishing 28:58 Read by Availle
In the Wood 28:23 Read by Availle
In the House of the Sage 27:23 Read by Availle
The Eve of the Fiesta 18:36 Read by Availle
In the Twilight 17:40 Read by Availle
Correspondence 17:15 Read by Availle
The Morning 13:02 Read by Availle
In the Church 9:43 Read by Availle
The Sermon 24:15 Read by Availle
The Derrick 23:28 Read by Availle
Free Thought 8:11 Read by Availle
The Dinner 22:43 Read by Availle
Comments 13:31 Read by Availle
The First Cloud 8:47 Read by Availle
His Excellency 20:33 Read by Availle
The Procession 11:37 Read by Availle
Doña Consolación 24:01 Read by Availle
Right and Might 19:11 Read by Availle
Two Visits 5:06 Read by Availle
The Espadañas 31:11 Read by Availle
Plans 7:10 Read by Availle
An Examination of Conscience 14:01 Read by Availle
The Hunted 14:54 Read by Availle
The Cockpit 23:42 Read by Availle
The Two Señoras 13:14 Read by Availle
The Enigma 6:39 Read by Availle
The Voice of the Hunted 22:06 Read by Availle
Elias’s Story 15:54 Read by Availle
Exchanges 8:27 Read by Availle
The Cards of the Dead and the Shadows 10:45 Read by Availle
Il Buon Dí Si Conosce Da Mattina 13:51 Read by Availle
Revelations 14:22 Read by Availle
The Catastrophe 13:54 Read by Availle
Rumors and Belief 16:08 Read by Availle
Vae Victis! 19:57 Read by Availle
The Accursed 9:46 Read by Availle
Patriotism and Private Interests 23:25 Read by Availle
Maria Clara Weds 27:02 Read by Availle
The Chase on the Lake 15:57 Read by Availle
Padre Damaso Explains 8:49 Read by Availle
Christmas Eve 18:36 Read by Availle
Epilogue 12:25 Read by Availle

Reviews


(5 stars)

Great Reader, quite cute when she tries to speak some of the Filipino words.

Deep and Dark


(5 stars)

This is the story of Crisostomo Ibarra, who returns to the Philippines after being educated in Europe. He loves his native country and wants to help improve it, but it is full of corrupt and prejudiced priests and clergy, governmental officials, and pure-blooded Spaniards. His own father had been falsely accused of so many crimes, instigated by a priest, that he finally died in prison. Against this backdrop is the pure love of Maria Clara, his fiancee. There is mistreatment and downright abuse of children and women, the iron-fisted hold of the clergy on the people... all showing the abuses in colonial Philippines. No wonder this book was banned by the Philippine clergy, and the author was killed by a firing squad. It's a touching, heart-wrenching tale, but well worth the listen. Availle does a wonderful job of narrating. Not all words are pronounced correctly, as she's not a native English speaker, but the mess-ups add to its charm, IMO. She reads clearly and feelingly, but not overly dramatically. I rarely give 5 stars, but this is one of those rare times. And Availle, would you please read the sequel, El Filibusterismo? Gutenberg e-book #10676...

Sequel


(0 stars)

El Filibusterismo, the sequel to Noli Me Tangere, has been completed here by the same reader: https://archive.org/details/el_filibusterismo_2008_librivox