The Distant Glow


AUTHOR: Terry I. Sarigumba

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PUBLISHER: AuthorHouse

ISBN-10: 1491844531

ISBN-13: 978-1491844533

PAGES: 640

GENRE: Autobiography

Terry Sarigumba tells his story in the most gentle way possible. He is a good narrator, and I could follow through all the events in his life. Terry starts by telling the reader about his roots and the poverty he experienced back in the Philippines. He came from a humble background but his family meant everything to him. At four years old in 1943, Terry witnessed the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Even as a baby, he was horrified by the events. He describes that period as the darkest hour of the Japanese soldiers’ atrocities, as the soldiers were aggressive and even grabbed little kids from their mothers, displaying their guns and other weapons. Terry goes on to talk about his childhood. Some memories made him happy while others made him sympathize with his situation then. Terry vividly talks about his parents’ relationship, his grandmother and the siblings and cousins he grew up with. His family was lovely.

Terry is an amazing writer and he has a way of making the reader feel like they are part of his journey. Reading about him was a beautiful experience. Apart from getting to know how his life was, I loved how he viewed the universe and the plans he had for the future. There is a lot that can be admired form his life. His reasoning and way of thinking made me realize that everything is possible if you have hope.

Terry Sarigumba takes us to a world where not most of us have been to. I imagined how life is in Corella, Bohol, Terry’s birthplace, and what has changed throughout the years. Life was not easy for the author; having to drop out of school at some point to help your parents in the farm is not what children wish to do when growing up. I, however, loved Terry’s resilience and faith in his work. I pictured him climbing the tall coconut trees and doing manual work to support his family, and admired all the work he did. 

The title of the book is referenced in one of the chapters. Terry says that one evening after sunset as he was atop of one coconut tree, he saw a glow and muttered to self that someday he would find out what causes the glow. He likened that glow to his targets in life. That was one of the things that pushed him to achieve his goals. Going to high school at age 20 was one of the most commendable things Terry did.

Terry’s story is not just any other ordinary story. It was not easy for him to beat every obstacle that stood on his way. He was brave, courageous, ambitious and focused. All these qualities are what made him the great individual he is today. There are a lot of lessons one can take from reading Terry’s book. The best lesson I took was to not let poverty hinder you from achieving your dreams. Things may seem tough but you need to keep pushing on. “The Distant Glow” is a great book for readers who need uplifting by reading other peoples’ stories. I rate the book with 5 out of 5 stars because of the author’s easy and excellent writing style.

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