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535 pages, Paperback
First published August 1, 1980
"Stories about happy things are never interesting. They are not stories about people and their lives, but about heaven, and clearly do not take place on this earth of ours."There are co-existing governments in Indonesia during this time period - Minke's father is a bupati, a regional nobleman post that is given honor and authority until it involves a non-native person, and then all bets are off. Minke could actually have moved up into a similar role (because of his blood) but seems to be positioning himself to have more of an influence in crossing the lines, something that is not a popular approach, but one gaining a lot of attention, referred to as "Association Theory," this idea of equal governance with the Europeans. It looks like Child of All Nations continues Minke's story as he takes on a larger role. Since this volume ends so tragically, I would be interested in knowing what happens next.
"Science was giving birth to more and more miracles. The legends of my ancestors were being put to shame. No longer was it necessary to meditate in the mountains for years in order to be able to speak to somebody across the seas. The Germans had laid a cable reaching from England to India! And these cables were multiplying and spreading all over the face of the earth. The whole world could now observe the behavior of any person. And people could now observe the behavior of the whole world.Also discussed on Episode 044 of the Reading Envy Podcast.
But mankind and its problems remained as they have always been. And no more so than in the matters of love."