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Tropic Fever: The Adventures of a Planter in Sumatra
Tropic Fever, first published in English in 1937, is a remarkable semi-autobiographical account of a planter's life in Sumatra during the first two decades of [the twentieth] century. During this period East Sumatra was transformed 'from a jungle into a vast commercial garden', a process which has been described as 'amomg the largest ... of European successes in tropical l ...more
Paperback, Reprinted 1984, 352 pages
Published 1979 by Oxford University Press, Singapore
(first published 1917)
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Sep 21, 2008 Joanna rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anthropologists
I remember reading this book the summer after my sophomore year in college... laying in the tropical summer air on a lounge chair behind the lilac bushes in front of Thorsen Hall/St. Olaf. The mood of the book and writing style stuck in my memory like a beautiful shard of broken glass. I have gone back to this book and continue to enjoy it's peculiar other-worldliness it offers.
A rare book and dificult to find. Not brilliant authorship by any means but it does seem to convey a truct and almost fightening reality of the hardship of a plantation mnaager in Sumatra in the very early years of the 20th century. Worth buying if you can find