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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Read The World - Indonesia - The Earth Of Mankind

Book: The Earth of Mankind
Author: Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Pages: 368
Book takes place in the country: YES
Author is from the country: YES
I have visited: NO

This is my 2nd book of the year

This is the story of Minke.  He is a young, Native Javanese student living in 19th century Indonesia.  While studying at a European school in Indonesia, he meets and falls in love with a girl named Annalise.  We follow Minke who comes from a ancient Javanese aristocracy family.  His parents decided to send him to be educated at the European school, but all it does is alienate him from his family.  

This book got a lot of 5 star ratings on Amazon, but I cannot quite figure that out.  I did not love it.  I found it a challenging read.  It could be a translation problem that I need to overlook.  I found it confusing and the writing not a style I can appreciate.  There are not a lot of books about Indonesia in English, so this will stay my choice for this country for now.  But I may search for something else in the future.

Maybe I didn't give it enough credit.  It is a very involved book and requires a lot of attention, so maybe I need to sit with it again in the future and see how I feel then.

Stars: 3

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