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Forever a Stranger and Other Stories

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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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Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1001-books
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
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: asia, europe, 1001
Wyatt joked that he thought this book would be longer, considering all the effort to get ahold of it. My copy came all the way from Oklahoma, through the wonder that is ILL. I found out just after placing that hold that it’s been more recently translated under another title and is available on kindle, though it’s quite pricey.

It was worth the effort. The story of the title is really moving. A Dutch boy and his Indonesian playmate, who grow up together and then very much apart as one goes to stu
Feb 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1001-book-list
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
Jul 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Autobiografische verhalen van een van mijn favoriete schrijvers. Een tikkeltje archaïsch zo her en der maar van haar prachtig taalgebruik geniet ik altijd.
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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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