This Earth of Mankind

This Earth of Mankind

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by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
     
 

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Minke is a young Javanese student of great intelligence and ambition. Living equally among the colonists and colonized of 19th-century Java, he battles against the confines of colonial strictures. It is his love for Annelies that enables him to find the strength to embrace his world.  See more details below

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Minke is a young Javanese student of great intelligence and ambition. Living equally among the colonists and colonized of 19th-century Java, he battles against the confines of colonial strictures. It is his love for Annelies that enables him to find the strength to embrace his world.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Toer ( The Fugitive ), an Indonesian novelist and political dissident, began this novel as a series of stories told to fellow political prisoners held on Buru Island. The tale is narrated mostly by a brilliant young student, Minke, a native among Dutch colonialists and mixed-bloods in turn-of-the-century Java. He becomes involved, romantically and otherwise, with a wealthy family headed by a tough, self-educated concubine. Minke's love for her beautiful daughter draws him into conflict with colonial legal authorities, his own highly placed father and the girl's sinister brother. The richly textured depictions of the East Indies mercantile life and social ills as well as family tensions suggest Conrad and Dickens, but the novel's striking echoes of an oral culture and folklore are Toer's own. The result is simultaneously a compelling romantic tragedy and a moving dramatization of the pressures of race and class that inform the colonial situation. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Protagonist Minke is due all the honors of a Dutch high school graduate in his native Java. Though the 20th century is just dawning, he is a champion of science, technology, and openness amongst the many ethnic levels of Java's colonial society. Himself a Native, Minke marries Annelies, a Mixed-Blood daughter of an astute concubine, one whose owner has left her alone to develop and manage a vast business. When Minke moves in with Annelies and her mother, they form a family at once perfect within yet challenged from without by racial and legal threats that eventually destroy them all. Toer's novel is a beautiful archetype of the evils inherent in colonial and racially stratified societies. The novel was written during Toer's 14 years as a political prisoner, and his continuing city arrest in Jakarta is testimony to its power. Such extraordinary struggle has produced a novel worthy of its author's sacrifice.-- Paul E. Hutchison, Pequea, Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101615331
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Series:
Buru Quartet , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
511,672
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Pramoedya Ananta Toer, born on the island of Java in 1925, was imprisoned first by the Dutch, then by the Indonesian government as a political prisoner. He received the PEN Freedom to Write Award and the Ramon Magsaysay Award.

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This Earth of Mankind (The Buru Quartet, Book 1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿This Earth of Mankind¿ tells a tragically engrossing story of the struggles a young man and his people are forced to cope with. In a caste system that dictates everything from life achievement to daily language depending on where one falls in the strata, Minke, the main character, strives to become everything and anything he desires and desperately avoids becoming what he does not. Throughout the story, the human spirit is often shown overcoming the greatest obstacles, and at other times, frequently crumbling beneath the smallest stones. A book that displays all angles of mankind, from its most philanthropic gestures to its most despicable prejudices, it is sure to boil one¿s emotions. For those who revel in tales of humanity at its best and at its worst, ¿This Earth of Mankind¿ is a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Toer addresses the Indonesian social consciousness in incredibly sensitive, human terms. His writing speaks powerfully for the values of justice and inalienable human rights the Indonesian Government imprisoned him for. I not only enjoyed the characters and plot Toer illustrates beautifully, but was also engrossed by the allegorical and symbolic implications which Toer weaves seamlessly into the text. I can't wait to read the rest of the Buru quartet. This book deserves to be read!
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