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In this collection of stories, Haasse, one of Holland's most popular contemporary writers, deals with themes of alienation and estrangement. Born in the Dutch East Indies, Haasse calls up the images, people, and memories of her childhood. These are the first English translations of Haasse's work.
127 pages
Published 1996 by Oxford University Press (first published January 1st 1993)
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Jamie
Faced with finally returning this book to the library, and realizing that due to its rarity I’ll likely never have it in my hands again - it’s review time! Albeit several months delayed. Here goes.

The narrator of this short novel is a Dutch boy who is best friends with Oeroeg, son of Indonesian workers employed by his father. But what seems a simple friendship to maintain as children soon becomes more complicated - the lives of these two boys are fundamentally different, and as they grow older t
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Deanne
A short read but Haase makes you feel the loneliness of the main characters, their sense of isolation.
Forever a Stranger as told from the view of a young dutch boy born and raised in the dutch east indies in the 1930's. A mother who seems to be neurotic and a father who is distant. The description of the country is very evocative.
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Read the 1001 book Oeroeg, which is the original Dutch of 'Forever a Stranger'. This is a translation of my review in Dutch.

It's amazing how attached you can get to a few fictional personae in a book as short as this one. On the surface it's about a boyhood friendship between the son of the administrator of a tea plantation and the son of one of the indigenous families who work there. Growing up together almost like brothers, learning together, discovering together, the European narrator does no
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Patrick
Unsettling on several levels. Not what I expected in terms of setting and voice. Decent writing. A change of pace to be sure.
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Hella S. Haasse (1918 - 2011) was born in Batavia, modern-day Jakarta. She moved to the Netherlands after secondary school. In 1945 she debuted with a collection of poems, entitled Stroomversnelling (Momentum). She made her name three years later with the novella given out to mark the Dutch Book Week, Oeroeg (The Black Lake, 1948). As with much of her work, this tale of the friendship between a Du ...more
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