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Sang Penyamar

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Ketika pasukan Jepang menduduki Indonesia pada tahun 1942, keluarga Rita la Fontaine tahu bahwa kehidupan mereka akan segera berubah. Seperti orang-orang keturunan Belanda lainnya, mereka pasti akan menjadi tawanan perang. Kecemasan mereka yang terbesar adalah bahwa Rita, satu-satunya anak perempuan dalam keluarga, akan dipaksa menjadi "wanita penghibur" tentara-tentara Je ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 2009 by PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published May 2001)
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Lisa James
This was a fascinating memoir about a part of WW2 that I'd never even HEARD about. To live from the ages of 12-15 disguised as a boy, working with your captors, being entrusted to the things she was privy too, & to still try to provide for her family, that took amazing dedication. I was impressed!
Sabrina Zee
Buku ini adalah autobiografi perempuan keturunan Belanda yang tinggal di Indonesia pada zaman penjajahan Jepang. Ditulis dengan kata-katanya sendiri, Rita la Fontaine berusaha menggambarkan apa yang terjadi padanya dan juga keluarganya sewaktu menjadi tawanan perang.

Setting dimulai pada akhir tahun 1941 setelah Jepang menghancurkan Pearl Harbour dan mencetuskan Perang Dunia II. Ayah Rita adalah seorang pekerja di bagian kepengurusan telegram. Ia sudah bisa menebak apa yang akan terjadi pada kelu
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Katrine Sjovold
Mar 03, 2011 Katrine Sjovold added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katrine by: Mrs. Conner
Disguised: A wartime Memoir
Rita De Clercq Zubli
This book is about the story of Rita, turned to Rick, and the hardships she faces throughout WWII. To save her from becoming a "loose women," under the command of the Japanese, Rita's family make a dramatic decision: Make Rita "Rick," a smart young 12 year old boy. The instinct for survival is strong in this story, as Rita impresses his superior captains with her quick learning ability, and a willingness to test everything. The hardships of war are
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Okta Wiguna
May 12, 2014 Okta Wiguna rated it liked it
Asap hitam yang membubung di pesisir Jambi menandakan kedatangan pasukan Jepang di kota itu. Namun, Pastor Koevoets mendahului kedatangan pasukan itu ke rumah Vic la Fontaine dengan rencana yang akan mengubah kehidupan Rita, putri sulung keluarga tersebut.

Jauh sebelum pasukan Jepang datang, kabar pemaksaan perempuan tanpa pandang bulu menjadi wanita penghibur tentara sampai di telinga Koevoets. Sebagai sahabat keluarga la Fontaine, ia tak rela Rita menjadi korban keganasan pasukan Nippon dan men
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an
May 09, 2013 an rated it liked it
Shelves: memoar, punya
memang mudah bagi kita untuk menyerah, tapi adalah tantangan untuk bisa bertahan dan menang (hlm. 11)

rita la fontaine, anak perempuan berkebangsaan belanda yang karena keadaan dan pekerjaan orang tua tinggal dan besar di nusantara pada masa perjuangan kemerdekaan. lahir dari bangsa penjajah membuat dia mendapatkan pendidikan dan fasilitas yang baik. namun keadaan ini tidaklah lama, sampai dengan mas pendudukan jepang. saat bangsa indonesia berjuang memperoleh kemerdekaan mereka dari penjajah yan
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Halimah Syofarah
Aug 31, 2016 Halimah Syofarah rated it it was amazing
Finishing this book is soo whoaa! Sulit dipercaya bahwa ini adalah kisah nyata. Buku ini bercerita ttg Rita la Fontaine seorang ((anak)) perempuan berdarah Belanda-Indonesia yg menjalani hidup begitu keras saat Indonesia diduduki Jepang. Saat itu Rita berumur 12 tahun, demi "keselamatan" dirinya, ia diharuskan oleh Pendeta dan Ayahnya utk menyamar sbg laki2 dan disepakati namanya mjd "Rick". Ia menjalani hidup di kamp dg Ibunya, Tante Suus, Ronald dan Rene (dua adik laki2nya). Namun beberapa bul ...more
Mara
This isn't a made-up story. It's true, and this book is written by Rita la Fontaine herself. It reads as both a biography and a novel, and the fact that every word of it is true makes it an even more engaging story than if it were a mere wartime novel. From the moment I started reading Disguised: A Wartime Memoir, I was enthralled and deeply interested in what happened to Rita. I was curious to see how she continued to maintain her disguise as she grew from a 12-year-old girl to a 14-year-old. I ...more
Adrianna Ibrahim
3.5 - This memoir tells the story of a young Dutch-Indonesian girl who disguises herself as a boy during the Japanese occupation in WWII. The simple writing was a tad dry for me and made me put the book down for a bit, but one must remember that English is only one of four languages that Rita speaks, so the stilted writing is easily forgiven. Though there are much fiction out there about teen girls in Asia during WWII, this true account provides great balance to those stories.

I was personally c
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Brandi Rae
Disguised follows the life of 12 year old Rita La Fontaine, a prisoner of war in Indonesia during World War II. In January 1942, when the Japanese began to invade the island of Sumatra, Rita’s family decide that it would be best for her safety if she disguised herself as boy, lowering the odds that she would become a “comfort girl” for lonely soldiers.

She agrees, cuts off her long hair, and becomes Rick, an identity that she would keep for over three years as she traveled to different POW camps.
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Navya
Dec 02, 2014 Navya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Rita, a 12 year old girl who disguises herself as “Rick” to escape becoming a “comfort woman” to Japanese soldiers. She and her family experience the harsh life as prisoners of war during the Japanese occupation of Indonesia. Throughout the book, Rita displays strength and intelligence unlike that of a child who didn't know much about the world. Even though her family was separated and is forced to adapt to the lifestyle of POW camps, Rita remains strong.
With her eagerness to
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Marisa
Okay, I give it three stars (not two) because it's a true account of a 13 year old girl's experience in an internment camp when the Japanese army invaded her Indonesian island during WWII. She actually disguised herself as a boy to avoid being forced into sexual slavery, as her family had heard rumors of such things happenings. I gotta say, though, I don't know if there was much danger of this. Based on her memoir, the Japanese treated their civilian prisoners of war pretty darn well.
I'm sure i
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Carol
Aug 18, 2009 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book preparing my mind for Stubborn Twig, a book relating how we held the Japanese in internment during World War II because we were worried about their allegiance to their motherland. The story tells in simple words of her experience living with her Dutch family in a prison camp in Sumatra as a 12-16 year old during World War II. The Japanese had taken the Indonesian islands in their effort to manage anyone who might be loyal to the United States. So I read how the Japanese brutally ...more
Jane
Jan 02, 2008 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High School students
A WWII memoir that tells another personal story of the life of a child during wartime. When the Dutch East Indies are taken over by the Japanese all people with Dutch or English heritage are put in prisoner of war camps. The parents of !2 year old Rita la Fontaine are afraid she will become a sex object of the Japanese guards and decide to disguise her as a young boy. Rita becomes Rick and manages to keep his real identity a secret throughout the entire wartime. Rick is bright and hardworking an ...more
Korynn
Written for teenagers, this book is written in a simpler language but the story still has great impact in this autobiography. This is the story of a entitled girl in Dutch/English Indonesia whose island is invaded by Japanese during World War II. Fantastically, disguised as a boy by her family she manages to teach herself Japanese and make herself invaluable to her captors (and possibly humanizing the consequences of their orders) through her unshakable innocent moral compass and responsibility. ...more
Lorraine
May 12, 2012 Lorraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rita, 12 years old, is disguised as a boy as she and her family are sent to a Japanese prison camp during WWII. Her good sense, sharp wit, and initiative to learn the Japanese language endear her to several Commanders. (Dutch and Indonesian are her native languages along with very basic English) She soon becomes a trusted translator, earns favors, and thus helps represent the prisoners.
To the reader, she presents a frank view of life, as it was during 3 1/2yrs of imprisonment. I am grateful tha
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Suzanne Goldsmith
Jul 30, 2014 Suzanne Goldsmith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleased to discover this book as my mother was a Dutch survivor of a Japanese camp in Indonesia, and I am eager for more information about the camps. The Japanese occupation of Indonesia is a neglected story of history. De Clercq Zubli's account is fascinating and well-told, if a little stiff, and adds to my picture of the period as I knew about great brutality by the Japanese; de Clecq experienced trust and friendship with some of her captors. She was a remarkable child. This is a story w ...more
Weirdaft
Dec 11, 2011 Weirdaft rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tentang penyamaran seorang anak perempuan berusia 13 tahun yang dilakukan oleh keluarganya pada perang dunia II di Indonesia. Seorang anak perempuan keturunan Belanda harus merasakan menderitanya menjadi tawanan perang bagi penjajahan Jepang.

Tetapi bertahan hidup adalah hal yang paling penting pada masa perang. Penyamarannya tidak hanya menyelamatkan hidupnya dan keluarganya, tetapi juga memberinya kesempatan untuk belajar menjadi lebih baik lagi, sehingga akhirnya di kamp tawanan, dia berhasil
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Richard Court
Apr 14, 2012 Richard Court rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Most of the many wartime memoirs I have read speak of the horrors of the Japanese authorities placed in command of the camps where these people were kept. But this story is different. It is a fascinating story of one young girl's life as a boy in the camps, a device of her parents to protect her from the rvages suffered by women in captivity.

Her account of the Japanese camp commanders is thought provoking and hones and sheds an entirely new light on the Japanese.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book an
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A. Moses Levitt
Sebuah kisah nyata yang membuat pikiran saya terbuka, bahwa ada sisi lain dari Orang Belanda yang Menjajah Indonesia itu. Bahwa sebagian dari mereka tidak seberuntung sebagian lainnya lagi. Jepang kini memperbudakan orang-orang belanda yang masih ada di indonesia...situasi yang mencekam sebab prajurit itu doyan "main cewek"...

Itulah salah satu hal yang paling saya benci dari setiap penjajahan (dalam bentuk apapun), wanita akan menjadi korban pelecehan.
Anthony
Apr 28, 2015 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nonfiction fiction books are the best in my opinion.When japan starts to take over,Rita is forced to go in disguise so she doesn't get taken away. When they join the camp,they are separated from their father.Later on their able to leave,but only close to the natives.When Rita starts working for a company she starts to learn all kinds of stuff.Life started to begin once again ,but Rita was wrong.People who like books about war this one would be great for you.
Kelle
Apr 21, 2008 Kelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place in Japanese occupied Indonesia during WWII. The author was 12 when they invaded and spent the next 3 1/2 years posing as a boy in order to protect herself. The story could have been really interesting. However, it was extremely shallow and emotionally flat. Her experiences were unique, but she never really got past the simple telling of the story. I was disappointed.
Raina Lie
Apr 02, 2013 Raina Lie rated it liked it
Shelves: collection
won't roller coaster-ing your emotion but this is a nice book to read. This is like... reading another side of war, one side that... is less common, I guess, like the one you'd heard from you ancestor (grandparents/great-grandparents/parents) when they have unique story about their life during the war :)
Abigail
Really more like 2.5 stars. I think I probably went in with expectations a little too high based on where I heard about this. The girl's life is interesting but I never got totally pulled in by the writing. Perhaps my studies of Japanese history also biased me at times? I'm glad I read it, but I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone unless the topic was especially compelling to them.
Peter
Jan 11, 2012 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku yang berlatar belakang penjajahan Jepang dan di tulis dari sudut pandang sebuah keluarga Belanda.

Cerita mengenai seorang anak perempuan yang harus menyamar menjadi seorang lelaki guna menghindari perlakuan tentara Jepang.

Cerita yang mengalir begitu saja tapi konflik yang hadir masih di rasa kurang
Karena
Feb 10, 2009 Karena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am almost done with this one, and although interesting, its not very climatic, nor all the interesting, which is sad, as its a real account of a real person who experienced something that I can't imaginge going through. I wish it had been written by a writer, rather than the person who experienced it.
Andrea Scott
Jan 05, 2017 Andrea Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an incredible story. Not incredible writing but probably due to the fact that English isn't her first language. I have a hard time believing anyone can be this amazing. So I did find myself googling and searching to find out how much was factual. Other than that a great story.
Ever
I had to read this book for a report, but In the end, it was EPIC :D I mean, I love the action, the adventure, and the fact that an ordinary girl could be so brave :) It's encouraging, and enlightening.
Margaret Chair
This book was a challenge since I don't usually read non-fiction. It was written for a younger audience but I found myself caught up in this young girls life. It is truly an amazing story of courage.
Theophilus (Theo)
Dec 28, 2009 Theophilus (Theo) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned how resourceful women can be in war time. Great book for teens. Avoids getting sidetracked into all the atrocities that could have happened. Stays focused on how a young girl avoided them with the help of her mother and others.
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Rita la Fontaine de Clercq Zubli grew up in Indonesia, where she and her family endured three and a half years in Japanese POW camps. After the war, Rita resumed her life as a young woman and married a Dutch rubber planter. They have four grown children and live in Nashua, New Hampshire.
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