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Child of All Nations (Buru Quartet) [Paperback]

Pramoedya Ananta Toer
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27 Feb 1997 Buru Quartet (Book 2)
Pramoedya Ananta Toer has been compared to John Steinbeck (The Washington Post), Nadine Gordimer (The Nation), and Charles Dickens (Publishers Weekly). He shares with Naguib Mahfouz the ability to "achieve what few writers today are able to accomplish: drawing the reader, body and soul, into another world" (Seattle Times). But the Chicago Tribune's comparison to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is particularly apt. Not only is Pramoedya a writer of staggering depth and power, he is also one of his country's most suppressed dissidents. All his work is banned in his native Indonesia; students have been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges stemming from an arrest for selling his books. In Child of All Nations, the reader is immediately swept up by a story that is profoundly feminist, devastatingly anticolonialist - and full of heartbreak, suspense, love, and fury. Pramoedya immerses the reader in a world that is astonishing in its vividness: the cultural whirlpool that was the Dutch East Indies of the 1890s. A story of awakening, it follows Minke, the main character of This Earth of Mankind, as he struggles to overcome the injustice all around him. Pramoedya's full literary genius is evident in the brilliant characters that populate this world: Minke's fragile Mixed-Race wife; a young Chinese revolutionary; an embattled Javanese peasant and his impoverished family; the French painter Jean Marais, to name just a few. Child of all Nations is the second in the series of four novels often called the Buru tetralogy. Many of the characters from This Earth of Mankind (the first volume) return to stunning effect in Child of All Nations. But this is a novel that can also be read entirely on its own.The Buru tetralogy was composed orally on Buru Island during the first half of the author's fourteen-year imprisonment without trial. Writing or reading anything but religious texts was strictly forbidden. Pramoedya would tell each installment to the people with whom he shared h


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (27 Feb 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140256334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140256338
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indonesia, not Malaysia 12 May 1999
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I want to correct a serious error in the last sentence of the first review posted on this page. It says that Toer's books "are banned in his native MALAYSIA." This is not the correct country. Toer is a native of INDONESIA, and the Buru quartet chronicles the emotional, political and social emergence of that nation. I met the author when I had the opportunity to translate for him during his trip to the US in 1999 -- I strongly feel that he would want people to know that his country is Indonesia!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good condition 20 Dec 2013
By Mega N.
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I received the book within the time promised, & in good condition. Enjoy the book so much, always a huge fan of pramoedya.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 28 Aug 2012
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I am on the third book of the Buru quartet. I have a great passion in reading books of countries where I have been on holiday. I really enjoyed it because I learnt a lot about history and colonisation in Indonesia. Pramoedya Ananta Toer is a great writer, he writes in a way and describes characters that reading his books for me it is like to watch a movie. I am very upset because I love collecting the books I read and enjoy, unfortunately I have lost the book Child of Nations, left on the plane last July when I went on holiday to Italy. I asked at the lost and found office at the airport and they asked me to pay 20.00 to get the book back. Thieves! If anybody doesn't want to keep the book after reading it please let me know and I give you the address where to deliver to and pay for the deliver.
Thank you.
Angela
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Pramoedya's ability to illustrate the conflicts among the pure Javanese natives, half-breed Indos, and the Dutch colonialist masters is nothing short of phenomenal. The rights of the natives proved to be meaningless when it came face to face against the greeds of the colonial masters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly this earth of mankind 12 April 2000
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This follow-on tale from This Earth of Mankind has some interesting stories woven throughout -- for instance the tale of the young maiden who willingly contracts smallpox to avoid a life of shame as a concubine. However, the book lacks the momentum (and uniqueness) of his first novel. It also lacks subtlty and tends to be somewhat preachy. In this book the reader gets beaten over the head mercilessly in contrast to the gentle pats from This Earth. It just wasn't as fun. That said, it still has some interesting angles on a life and culture so very foreign to a turn-of-the-21st century American. And it has some poignant fragments, particularly those insights on the life of Minke's strong-willed concubine mother-in-law. It's still worth reading even though it's not of This Earth. I'm looking forward to Footsteps.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indonesia, not Malaysia 12 May 1999
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I want to correct a serious error in the last sentence of the first review posted on this page. It says that Toer's books "are banned in his native MALAYSIA." This is not the correct country. Toer is a native of INDONESIA, and the Buru quartet chronicles the emotional, political and social emergence of that nation. I met the author when I had the opportunity to translate for him during his trip to the US in 1999 -- I strongly feel that he would want people to know that his country is Indonesia!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone interested in colonial history 9 Jun 1999
By Prijono Hardjowirogo - Published on Amazon.com
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Pramoedya's ability to illustrate the conflicts among the pure Javanese natives, half-breed Indos, and the Dutch colonialist masters is nothing short of phenomenal. The rights of the natives proved to be meaningless when it came face to face against the greeds of the colonial masters.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 3 Dec 2008
By Roberto - Published on Amazon.com
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I read "This Earth of Mankind" about a year ago and since then, I was wondering what happened with the characters. I don't like to stick with the same story for a long time, so I needed a few months to pad. In the meantime, I dedicated my time with other books and after I finished "The Pillars of the Earth", somehow I decided that it was time to go back to Minke & co.

I was very disappointed with "Child of All Nations". First of all, you will need to read "This Earth of Mankind" before touching this book. These books are not independent. If you don't read "This Earth of Mankind" first, you won't have any idea of what is going on. Or maybe let me correct myself... You may get an idea of what is going on because basically there is no much going on.

Proer spends pages, pages and more pages preaching on Indonesian cast society and all the craziness that was the Dutch colonization. I got the point!!! He was obviously more interested in that than in the story. All the action on this book could fit 5-10 pages.

I like historical novels, not history books. This is 95% history and 5% novel.

Two stars because at least I read until the end (although I totally forgot if there was a conclusion). This book was mostly waste of my time and I lost my interest on the "Buru Quartet".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wonder 14 April 2007
By Joseph Palen - Published on Amazon.com
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Even more compelling than his first in the series, this book continues the story of Menke, Nyai, Darsam et al. and the Dutch sugar baron occupation of Eastern and Central Java. More detail on the odious treatment of the natives in the name of European corporate greed. As a Dutch descendent married to a Javanese woman I now understand much better than she could tell me about that oppression, and marvel that they don't seem to stll hate us. Human love and concern for one another are seen to shine through though and it is hard to end this book without a tear. In addtion to a good story and interesting history, springled through it are jewels of universal wisdom worth quoting. These books should be required reading and a part of any world citizen's education. On to book number 3 - then I may re-read the 4th, which I read first.
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