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<p>Minke is a young Javanese student of great intelligence and ambition. Living equally among the colonists and colonized of 19th-century Java, he battles against the confines of colonial strictures. It is his love for Annelies that enables him to find the strength to embrace his world.</p>

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Minke is a young Javanese student of great intelligence and ambition. Living equally among the colonists and colonized of 19th-century Java, he battles against the confines of colonial strictures. It is his love for Annelies that enables him to find the strength to embrace his world.

This Earth of Mankind - eBook

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Language
en
Series Title
Buru Quartet
Publisher
Penguin Publishing Group
Author
Max Lane, Pramoedya Ananta Toer
ISBN-13
9781101615331
ISBN-10
1101615338

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This is quite possibly...

This is quite possibly the best novel I have ever read. As a person of mixed Indonesian-Australian heritage, it was a particularly potent, and personally relevant read. This book has taught me so much about Indonesia's fascinating past , whilst simultaneously providing an intriguing, emotionally charged story line. I found myself in tears a number of times. I felt an instant connection to Minke's character, a truly brilliant and courageous young man. Pramoedya's writing exhibits enormous talent, and a deep understanding of the World, both past and present. I highly recommend this book to anybody with an interest in Indonesia. I won't forget it for the rest of my life.

From one of the most i...

From one of the most influential authors of Southeast Asia, this book, first in a series, was written by Toer while he was a political prisoner in the island prison of Buru in the 1970s. It started as a verbal narration to his fellow inmates in 1973, and was written down only in 1975 after he was granted permission by the authorities. The book saw publication in 1980 through the efforts of his fellow former detainees, but was immediately banned by the Indonesian government. The book is a compelling tale of love and colonialism. Set in the early 20th century, it is the story of Minke, a brilliant Javanese young man aspiring to be a writer, in the Dutch colony. His family being of local nobility and his talent enables him to become the only native student in the elite Dutch school in Java. He falls in love with Annelies, a mixed-blood daughter of an astute concubine of a prominent Dutch businessman and who now runs the vast enterprise. The strong-willed mother defies the stereotype of a concubine in this highly stratified society, she learns how to read, speak other languages, run a successful business, and shares Minke's progressive ideas. The family is ostracised by the community, and they are surrounded by intrigues. They pay dearly for their being themselves. A thought-provoking novel that underlines the cycle of abuse and repression under Dutch colonial rule, and the struggle of natives against the injustice perpetuated by the distant but powerful government that prevailed in every aspect of theiir lives. The theme is heavy and serious. Events in the novel turn for the worse, like a big drama unfolding. I felt, however, that in many instances, the language is a bit contrived, and the sequence of events which in normal life would happen over a stretch of time, felt shortened, compressed into narrow time periods. Perhaps it's got something to do with the fact that Toer wrote this from memory a few years after he made up the story. I also have a feeling that the translation was not very good, so the language didn't quite flow as I felt it should have. I also felt that the characters, sometimes, didn't seem real, they acted too much out of impulse. At any rate, this book is still a highly recommended read. It's a book I've been wanting to read for years, only managing to get hold of a copy recently in a secondhand bookshop. The theme being what it is, and the development of the story, I think would make for a very interesting group read and discussion.

From one of the most i...

From one of the most influential authors of Southeast Asia, this book, first in a series, was written by Toer while he was a political prisoner in the island prison of Buru in the 1970s. It started as a verbal narration to his fellow inmates in 1973, and was written down only in 1975 after he was granted permission by the authorities. The book saw publication in 1980 through the efforts of his fellow former detainees, but was immediately banned by the Indonesian government. The book is a compelling tale of love and colonialism. Set in the early 20th century, it is the story of Minke, a brilliant Javanese young man aspiring to be a writer, in the Dutch colony. His family being of local nobility and his talent enables him to become the only native student in the elite Dutch school in Java. He falls in love with Annelies, a mixed-blood daughter of an astute concubine of a prominent Dutch businessman and who now runs the vast enterprise. The strong-willed mother defies the stereotype of a concubine in this highly stratified society, she learns how to read, speak other languages, run a successful business, and shares Minke's progressive ideas. The family is ostracised by the community, and they are surrounded by intrigues. They pay dearly for their being themselves. A thought-provoking novel that underlines the cycle of abuse and repression under Dutch colonial rule, and the struggle of natives against the injustice perpetuated by the distant but powerful government that prevailed in every aspect of theiir lives. The theme is heavy and serious. Events in the novel turn for the worse, like a big drama unfolding. I felt, however, that in many instances, the language is a bit contrived, and the sequence of events which in normal life would happen over a stretch of time, felt shortened, compressed into narrow time periods. Perhaps it's got something to do with the fact that Toer wrote this from memory a few years after he made up the story. I also have a feeling that the translation was not very good, so the language didn't quite flow as I felt it should have. I also felt that the characters, sometimes, didn't seem real, they acted too much out of impulse. At any rate, this book is still a highly recommended read. It's a book I've been wanting to read for years, only managing to get hold of a copy recently in a secondhand bookshop. The theme being what it is, and the development of the story, I think would make for a very interesting group read and discussion.

Pramoedya Ananta Toer...

Pramoedya Ananta Toer's "This Earth of Mankind" is the first in a quartet of novels that focus upon an young upper class Javanese man's gradual realization of the depth of corruption in the Dutch colonial society around him. Toer (1925-2006) is considered by many to be the greatest contemporary Indonesian author; and now that he is dead, apparently more of his work is finally becoming available in his own country. For many years Toer was imprisoned or under house arrest, and his works were prohibited in Indonesia. "This Earth of Mankind" was written - actually verbally "composed", like Homer's epics - while Toer was in a high security prison and forbidden access to pen or paper. It's was a remarkable accomplishment. I enjoyed the love story between Toer's hero, Minke, and the beautiful Annelies, the "mixed blood" (or Indo) child of a dissolute Dutch settler and the hard-working and driven native Indonesian woman who is his mistress (but not his wife). On the other hand, the book is somewhat frustratingly uneven - not surprising given its genesis. Not all characters are fully developed, some plotting is rushed, and there are some themes which are well-developed in this volume. I realize that perhaps these matters may be resolved in subsequent volumes, but I really don't feel motivated to pick up the remaining three books in the series. I read "This Earth of Mankind" for my book group, and I'm glad I did, but one of four was enough for me.

This Earth of this Ma...

"This Earth of this Mankind" (1975) is the first of the Buru Quartet of historical novels written by Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer. The other three are "Child of all Nations", "Footsteps", and "House of Glass". The books describe the Dutch colonial era end 19th/beginning 20th Century, from the perspective of various population groups, most notably the young Minke, a Dutch-educated Javanese. The stories were originally told to the fellow prisoners on Buru Island, where Pramoedya was incarcerated during the early years of the Suharto regime, deprived of writing materials. Later, with the help of the same prisoners, the stories were written down, and published, initially only outside Indonesia, where they were banned. This may have helped in turning them into perhaps the most important piece of Indonesian literature, well worth reading.

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