This Earth of Mankind
Minke is a young Javanese student of great intelligence, sensitivity and ambition. Living equally among the colonists and colonized of late nineteenth-century Java, he battles against the confines of colonial strictures. The son of a noble Javanese, he moves easily among the Dutch and their ideas and language but is prevented from enjoying their rights. He also falls desperately in love with the beautiful Indo-European Annelies, and it is through her and her extraordinary family that Minke finds the strength to embrace his world - the world of Indonesia - and all its beauty and possibility, brutality and anger. This remarkable tale, the first in the Buru Quartet, was originally recited orally by Indonesian political prisoner Pramoedya Ananta Toer to his fellow cellmates in daily instalments.
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THIS EARTH OF MANKINDUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
The first US publication of a somewhat unsatisfactory second novel from Indonesian political dissident Toer (The Fugitive, 1990). Set during the last two years of the 19th century in then- Dutch-ruled ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - islandgirl1990 - LibraryThing
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 ... Read full review