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Bumi Manusia (Tetralogi Buru #1)

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Roman Tetralogi Buru mengambil latar belakang dan cikal bakal nation Indonesia di awal abad ke-20. Dengan membacanya waktu kita dibalikkan sedemikian rupa dan hidup di era membibitnya pergerakan nasional mula-mula, juga pertautan rasa, kegamangan jiwa, percintaan, dan pertarungan kekuatan anonim para srikandi yang mengawal penyemaian bangunan nasional yang kemudian kelak m ...more
Paperback, 535 pages
Published 2005 by Lentera Dipantara (first published 1975)
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erry
Sep 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
“ Cerita..selamanya tentang manusia, kehidupannya, bukan kematiannya. Ya biarpun yang ditampilkannya itu hewan, raksasa atau dewa ataupun hantu. Dan tak ada yang lebih sulit dipahami daripada sang manusia.. jangan anggap remeh si manusia, yang kelihatannya begitu sederhana; biarpun penglihatanmu setajam mata elang; pikiranmu setajam pisau cukur, perabaanmu lebih peka daripada dewa, pendengaranmu dapat menangkap musik dan ratap tangis kehidupan; pengetahuanmu tentang manusia takkan bakal bisa kem ...more
Scott
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If this is a great work of literature, Its greatness eluded me. But I enjoyed the book, learning a bit of Indonesian history and imagining what life would've been like for Natives under Dutch colonial rule.
Daniel Simmons
Pretty awful as a work of literary fiction (or else a truly terrible translation of a masterpiece?), but interesting as an anthropological document of colonial-era Java.
Diane
Jan 31, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Malays
Recommended to Diane by: Literature Professor

In all honesty, I didn’t like the novel as much as I liked the other two required reading novels for Oriental Literature class, “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion” and “The Rope of Ash”, nor do I think it is as
impressive as the other Asian Literary works that we have read in class, like the short stories of Lu Xun. The first few parts actually didn’t get my attention. There are points in the story that I asked myself where the book was getting at or what it is trying to say. I know it is a pos
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Harry Rutherford
This Earth of Mankind is the first novel of the Buru Quartet, so called because it was composed when Pramoedya Ananta Toer was a political prisoner on Buru Island in the 60s. I say ‘composed’ rather than ‘written’ because the first version of it was told orally to his fellow prisoners. He had apparently just about finished the research and planning when he was arrested and all his notes and books were destroyed.

Which is an immediately intriguing back-story, although the relationship between the
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Michael
Oct 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book (English title: The Earth of Mankind) was recommended by an academic friend who learned Indonesian to read it in the author's native language - impressive! The subject is serious: a love affair between a pure-blood Javanese and a mixed-race Indo set against the backdrop of the emergence of Indonesian anti-colonial sentiment near the start of the 20th century. Unfortunately, I found the almost soap-opera-ish style hard to get accustomed to.
Jackie
Jul 30, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jackie by: Frank Brodhead
Three stars because it introduced me to a slice of Javanese-Indonesian history and Dutch colonialism there, but was a difficult read at times. Though Toer takes a pretty clear side against the Dutch and its imperialism, he gives a more complex telling and analysis of Javanese life. However, the language felt a bit old (which it is), and so got got a little repetitive and dry. Still, it's worth reading and admiring the clarity that Toer had at the time in looking at his country.
Andres Eguiguren
This is a long-delayed review, partly because I must admit I never finished reading it and partly because I so wanted to like this Indonesian author having read about his time as a political prisoner in the 1960s. As a history teacher, I did appreciate how Ananta Toer captures 19th Century colonial life and the caste-like system that was instituted by the Dutch. The romantic story between the native Javanese boy and the mixed race girl at the centre of the novel, however, did not feel realistic ...more
Heidi
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got this book to read while I was on Java. I didn't dislike it, but it definitely dragged. I was also hoping for something that would give me more of a feel for the island than this did, more akin to "The Gift of Rain" or "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" in terms of being really steeped in the setting.
Harun Harahap
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Tokoh yang menarik perhatian saya dalam novel ini adalah Nyai Ontosoroh. PerEMPUan pribumi yang istimewa. Nyai Ontosoroh merupakan gundik dari Seorang Belanda lemah dan tidak bertanggung jawab. Nyai Ontosoroh menjalankan dan membesarkan berbagai perusahaan yang telah ditinggal suaminya. Nyai Ontosoroh tak pernah bersekolah tapi ia bias menulis dan membaca, bertutur kata dan berperilaku secara Jawa, Melayu ataupun Belanda.

Gundik memang bukan ‘sebutan’ yang enak didengar. Tapi Nyai Ontosoroh tidak
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Pramoedya Ananta Toer was an Indonesian author of novels, short stories, essays, polemics, and histories of his homeland and its people. A well-regarded writer in the West, Pramoedya's outspoken and often politically charged writings faced censorship in his native land during the pre-reformation era. For opposing the policies of both founding president Sukarno, as well as those of its successor, t ...more
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