Bitter Bonds: A Colonial Divorce Drama of the Seventeenth Century / Edition 1

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The story of a rich, half-Japanese beauty in Batavia and her tempestuous divorce from a cold, tough colonial official. Leonard Blusse's new book is...for the light it casts on love and life on a colonial frontier, the most illuminating since 'The Cheese and the Worms'.
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Fernandez-Armesto, Felipeo
Bitter Bonds is the most intriguing work of micro-history since The Return of Martin Guerre.
Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year
It was in a 90-page study, that the story was first told of a woman in 18th-century Dutch East Indies who fought for 15 years to free herself from an oppressive marriage. It became popular throughout Asia. Bluss<'e> (history of European-Asian relations, U. of Leiden) retold it in (Mr. Bitter's Bride), published by Uitgeverij Balans, Amsterdam, in 1998. It is now being translated into many languages. Some readers mistake it for fiction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558762534
  • Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 1,545,016

Table of Contents

Preface to the American Edition vii
Chapter 1 Otemba 1
Chapter 2 Period Piece 23
Chapter 3 Portrait of a Marriage 39
Chapter 4 Setting the Scene 57
Chapter 5 Give and Take 75
Chapter 6 The Parrot's Account 95
Chapter 7 The Lost Sheep 111
Chapter 8 The So-Called Reconciliation 121
Chapter 9 The Last Round 143
Chapter 10 The Bitter End 159
Afterword 173
Notes 179
Suggested Reading 193
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