‘How My Brother Leon Brought Home a Wife’ is that one must preserve, even through certain sacrifices, in order to reach one’s goal. In particular one may have to surrender a small part of one’s life in order to be happy. In the story, Leon arrived with his wife in the country meeting Leon’s brother for the first time. They took a surprising route home for Leon, but it was meant as a test for the wife to see if she could endure the sacrifices she made and meet her new family.
The entire story serves as a test for the wife. Each test was to show whether the woman could indeed live with strangers all for love. This can be a secondary theme, but more importantly, the main character learns that though there are sacrifices it is worth it in the end.The fact that the country is different from the city can be somewhat daunting the closer they get to the home, but she still manages to overcome and under come any trials. The wife admits to having some fear, but also shows clearly it did not stop her. —For me, it is how one may have to give up some things in order to find happiness in life or at least the best happiness that can be found in that particular life.
The trials just add to the picture being offered by the author, this story is telling us about what kind of lovers we Filipinos are before, and the difference of a provincial guy with the “manila” type of girl, this story also tells us that, all of us changes in some way, and in some time, and also this story is like telling us that no matter who you are, you can possibly do and get whatever you like, as long as you trust yourself. well that is what I felt when I’m reading the story.
This might be my second read of How My Brother Leon Brought Home A Wife but this is definitely the first I’ve tried to digest the beauty of the prose as an experience in itself. However, unlike more fortunate literature buffs who have their own copy of How My Brother Leon Brought Home A Wife (And Other Stories), I had to rely on Baul to give me a similar fantastic ride to Nagrebcan, Bauang, ...