4.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent exposure to colonial Indonesia, 25 Feb 2013
I have never even thought much about the colonial period in Indonesia, but this book gave me a unique insight into a period in time and a place in the world that I have had little exposure to. Though originally written in Dutch (I read the English translation, which seemed excellent to me), this book was eminently readable- it felt like a cross between a diary, historical fiction, and actually being in the head of the main character, Rudolf. Although I felt annoyed by Rudolf at times, he was a very empathetic character- you could really feel for him at times.
I never would have picked this book off the shelf, if not for my multi-cultural book club, but I am so glad I read it!