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Raumanen by Marianne Katoppo
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Feb 03, 08

bookshelves: romance, indonesian-language
Read in January, 1987

Whoa!! This book is one of a kind! Strongly recommend this to anyone who loves literature. Very rich book with perceptions, has good 'angles' from every corner and it represents a-fastly-changing culture: Batak. It talks about this ethnic group in Indonesia that experience a change in its cultural foundation, where part of Batak expectation is that their sons to marry their cousins of their parents' choice (arranged marriage). But being in a modern-life where they live in a Metropolitan like Jakarta, Batak men found there are more choices of girls to marry than just 'parents-choice'. They rebelled and this happened mostly by 1960s to 1970s. And this is what Marianne Katoppo captured in this book. Even though the main character was a North-Sulawesi girl named "Raumanen", but the story was involving this "Batak's" cultural change. Raumanen fell in love with a very to-and-fro guy, Monang. He was not strong enough to fight for their love and she was not strong enough to stay alive. Using mixed plots and mixed narration.
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