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Rumah Kaca by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
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Jul 18, 2007

really liked it
Read in January, 2005

A tragic and chilling tale of a man who corrupted his own soul and walking on a tight rope of sanity.

After following Minke's journey up to 3 volumes, we are now being presented by an entirely new character: Jacques Pangemanann, a Manado native who abdicate himself to colonial rule as a Police Inspector, repressing down other Indonesian natives insurgents. And yes, he's the one who capture Minke.

Unfortunately, we can no longer see Minke's point of view other than seeing him as a totally defeated pioneer. Nevertheless, Pangemanann's story himself is far from unmoving. His seemingly rising career turned out to be a soul-depraving journey, as he was torn between duty and humanity. Pram's prose chillingly detailed Pangemanann's fall into his abyss and eventually, his sympathy toward Minke cannot save him from a life worthless living.

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