Minke is a young Javanese student of great intelligence and ambition. Living equally among the colonists and colonized of 19th-century Java, he ...Show synopsisMinke 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.Hide synopsis
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Description:Fine copy. Translated from the Javanese by Max Lane. 8"x 5 1/4"...Fine copy. Translated from the Javanese by Max Lane. 8"x 5 1/4" trade pbk w/ illus cover, $10.00 listed on front; 367 pgs w/ notes, afterword & glossary by Lane; author photo by Mary Fennessy inside back cover; written in prison, not pub until 1980; this is 2nd revised translation (1991). quotes by Edward Hower, Alan Ryan & Barbara Crossette on back cover. cover art by Rick McCollum.
This book, from a Javanese writer, is an average story of natives rallying for independence from European imperialistic rule. While it has somewhat of a convincing story line, the plot moves along too slowly and the subject matter is so mundane that it is difficult to maintain interest throughout the novel. However, as a foreign novel, this one isn't too bad. Ultimately, it provides a perspective from the native side in the battle for independence.
This book is more than a story about a young boy; it is a political story filled with truths that for a long time were banned. Don't be frightened by the idea of a political story, though. It's political in terms of colonization by the Dutch, which I'm pretty sure we're safe from now. This isn't particularly light reading, but it's not a depressing novel, either. There is hope, as there is hope in life, but don't expect a happy cookie-cutter-like book. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat if you're looking for substance and an excellent read. Your emotions will be torn, and if they're not, you might want to check that you have a pulse. This is an excellent story of young love, and imperialism.
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