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Max Havelaar - a Dutch civil servant in Java - burns with an insatiable desire to end the ill treatment and oppression inflicted on the native peoples by the colonial administration. Max is an inspirational figure, but he is also a flawed idealist whose vow to protect the Javanese from cruelty ends in his own downfall. In Max Havelaar, Multatuli (the pseudonym for Eduard D ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 27th 1987 by Penguin Classics (first published May 17th 1860)
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nanto
Ini buku bagus yang terlebih dulu saya nonton filmnya. Termasuk salah satu buku yang kemudian memunculkan kritik pedas terhadap kolonialisme di Hindia Belanda (lihat buku Robert Nieuwenhuys (ed.) “Bianglala Sastra” yang di-Indonesia-kan oleh Dick Hartoko, atau judul Inggrisnya Mirror of the Indies). Pengarangnya menggunakan nama pena Multatuli (He who has suffered much) atau nama aslinya Eduard Douwes Dekker. Masih ada hubungan darah dengan pahlawan nasional D. Setiabudi, bahkan kerap disalahsan ...more
Pvw
Apr 09, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is like an onion. It is based on the collected writings of a certain Max Havelaar, a Dutch assistant-governor of the former colony of Java. His writings, originally in German, are translated by the young student Stern, who resides as a guest in Amsterdam, in the house of the selfish coffe tradesman Droogstoppel. It is this character, Droogstoppel, that supposedly tells the reader the different stories.

I have no idea why Multatuli chose this multi-layered technique. It does however allo
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Czarny Pies
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody. This is a great introduction to the economic problems of the third world.
Colonialism has had a bad press since the sixteenth century. The problem in such unanimity of opinion, few ever bother to explain exactly how it creates such misery. It this remarkable work which is not a true a novel is the expose of a failing colonial system. Using the pen name of Mutlatuli, Eduard Douwes Dekker, a former dutch colonial administrator explained in great deal how the Dutch colonial administration worked and why it was failing.

Dekker identified three very fundamental problems:

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Steve
[This book has been translated into many, many languages, including English.]


In the words of J.J. Oversteegen, found in the Afterword of the Dutch edition I read, Max Havelaar (1860 - the uncensored version appeared in 1875) is "de grootste roman, die ooit in Nederland geschreven is" (the greatest novel ever written in the Netherlands). As the Afterword is dated 1983 and not 1883, such an assertion is bound to get my attention(*) since I have a high opinion of the work of Nescio and Harry Mulisc
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Loranne Davelaar
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uni
Edit: extra ster, want na zeven weken bespreken in college zijn vooral de saaie passages veruit het interessantst gebleken (sorry voor al deze alliteratie)

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Dit was bij vlagen dodelijk saai (wie boeit een te gedetailleerde analyse van het regentensysteem nou), bij vlagen geweldig (Saïdjah en Adinda snik), bij vlagen hilarisch (ik hoop dat Droogstoppel inmiddels inderdaad in zijn koffi is gestikt).
Edward
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Translator's Introduction
Introduction


--Max Havelaar

Notes
Helvry Sinaga


Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
(Lord Acton, Letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, 1887)

Mungkin penyakit yang paling berbahaya tidak akan ditemukan di laboratorium, tetapi dalam semesta kehidupan, dan penyakit itu bernama korupsi. Penyakit tersebut telah lama ada, dan dengan sukses membiakkan dirinya dari generasi ke generasi. Eduard Douwes Dekker yang dikenal dengan nama pena Multatuli, menulis novel ini dengan protagonis Max Havelaar. Max Havelaar adalah seorang
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Marc
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
If you can read just one Dutch novel, please read this one. Although it's from the mid-19th Century, it still is an impressive indictment against colonial injustice. Highlights are the character of Droogstoppel, the speech to the leaders of Lebak, the little story about the Japanese stone-labourer and the longer story on Saïdjah en Adinda. The middle piece is a bit tiresome, with lots of elaborations, but I still love this novel.
Mindy McAdams
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: interested in colonial Dutch East Indies
This was the last novel about Indonesia that I read before going there to live for 10 months. It’s not always easy for a 21st century reader to enjoy a 19th century novel, and this one is certainly not going to captivate everyone who undertakes it. I stuck with it even though at times it was annoying. At the end, I was glad to have read it.

I wanted to read it because I have seen many references to this book in my reading about the colonial past of Indonesia. The subtitle, "Or the Coffee Auctions
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Laura
You may read online here.

Thanks dear Wanda for providing this useful link.
Laurence
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001
Ik heb twee keer nagekeken of ik niet de hertaalde versie aan het lezen was, omdat het taalgebruik zodanig goed meeviel. Maar ik vermoed dat in de recentere uitgaves het Oud-Nederlands wat opgeschoond is, wat de boel direct een stuk leesbaarder maakt. En nu we het toch hebben over die hertaalde versie (die ik dus niet gelezen heb): ik begrijp dat niet zo goed. Naar mijn aanvoelen moet dit boek zijn zoals het is, en niet anders. Ik verklaar me nader.

Hoewel het boek erg humoristisch begint (wat is
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Ward
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alle sterren: alhoewel met vlagen een page-turner, even vaak dodelijk saai. Dit gebrek wordt echter geheel gecompenseerd door (1) de hilarische, de ontroerende, en de enorm interessante hoofdstukken; en (2) de historische waarde en de impact na publicatie. Er valt zoveel over dit boek te schrijven, dat ik er maar op vertrouw dat anderen dat al voor mij gedaan hebben. Nogmaals, een geweldig boek.
Sylvia
This is what you called a must read for very Dutch student studying Dutch literature.
Eduard Douwes Dekker is telling in this novel his life as an assistent-resident (Dutch official in former Dutch Indië).
I have read this book several times as a student. Dekker's work was one of my specialism. His way of writing was new in the 19th century and the book was received with negative and positive critism.
He accused the Dutch Goverment of abuse in their colony, which was used only to get as many pro
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Jeske
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow, i knew the Netherlands has a deeply shameful history when it comes to their colonies in the East Indies.. but to read it in so much detail.. :( I was deeply vexed and wanted to kick something towards the end of the book. I could so empathize with the anger of Max Havelaar. How could such injustice exist for so long?!
Multatuli (Eduard Douwes Dekker) used an interesting way to tell the story, which i liked. From what i've learnt about him in this book, he seemed a person i would have loved to
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Jane
Sep 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Read online: https://en.m.wikisource.org/wiki/Max_...

Scathing indictment of colonialism. This is tempting me to reread.
Calzean
There is a lot of complexity in the structure used to tell this tale. Based on the collected writings of a Max Havelaar, a Dutch assistant-governor of the former colony of Java. His writings, originally in German, are translated by a young student residing in the house of the Droogstoppel.
Droogstoppel is a wealthy coffee trader, a snob but his insights provide a surprising level of humour.
Havelaar is a frustrated administrator who reveals the corruption of the Dutch in it's management of its col
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Alies Vaartjes
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Niet te ontkennen een heel rijk boek! Zowel aan informatie over het Nederlands bestuur in Indië (weliswaar misschien wat saai), als aan persoonsbeschrijvingen en humor (mag ik een avondje wijn drinken met Droogstoppel?). Om het boek te waarderen moet je er wel echt de aandacht voor hebben en een goed inzicht in de context is ook niet overbodig. Maar de gortdroge informatie wordt wel, als je er problemen mee had, goedgemaakt door alle gevatte opmerkingen.
Odette Knappers
If ou don't read some book in high-school, you never read the. My father owns a lovely old leather edition of this book, one he got from his parents when he decided to study Dutch. I loved that I read a beautiful, old edition like that. I remembered I brought this book with me on summer holiday to a lovely house in a little village in France. I always read a lot during summer holidays, and I've already decided to read this book for my last year of high-school. I figured, why not starting the yea ...more
Merel Donia
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Ik vond het erg lastig om door dit boek heen te komen, omdat ik soms moeite had met het taalgebruik. De verschillende verhaallijnen lopen door elkaar heen: om dit boek goed te begrijpen moet je dus echt focussen. Zware stof dus, maar daarvoor krijg je wel een prachtig verhaal terug.
Eva
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not my cup of tea at all.
Walter VDE
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
A difficult one this one.
Multatuli (Eduard Douwes Dekker) wrote this novel about an Administrative Officer, Max Havelaar, in the Dutch Indies during the 19th century. Havelaar tries to fight the extortion of the Javanese by their local chiefs, but gets opposed by his own corrupt superiors and forced to resign.
It's basically the life story of Dekker himself.
It's a strong statement against colonization and extortion of the natives and as such should deserve the full five stars. But how can you
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Sai
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bia-bookclub
This is the first real "Victorian era" literature book I've read. It does a golden job of elucidating what a modern day hero looks like. The world we live in is complex, filled with systems that no one person can ever understand, let alone transform or overthrow. Max Havelaar, the titular character is a spirited navigator of a complex world like ours, wherein the desired outcome is seldom easily reached.

Along those lines, the modern world with its high bureaucratic seeming walls, which act as a
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Laura (bbliophile)
Why do all of the books I read for school suck so much?
Jolien
Jul 05, 2017 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
now that I passed my exam I WILL NEVER FINISH THIS GODDAMN BOOK.
I despised this.
Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
Woooowwww DAHSYAT!!!

Kejutan di paragraf terakhir sekaligus penutup. Kalimat dari sang empunya sendiri; Maltatuli..
“Buku ini isinya aneka ragam, tidak beraturan, pengarangnya mengejar sensasi, gayanya buruk! Tidak tampak keahliannya...tidak ada bakat..tidak ada metode..

Cukuplah Stern yang baik, Aku Maltatuli..yang mengangkat pena. Aku menghidupkan anda.aku datangkan anda dari Hamburg. Aku ajarkan anda bahasa Belanda yang baik, dalam waktu yang singkat sekali..Aku suruh anda mencium Louise Rosemei
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Maria
Het is lang geleden dat een boek me zoveel moeite en inspanning heeft gekost. Als ik lees, wil ik eigenlijk wel alles snappen en bij de Max Havelaar lukte me dit tot mijn frustratie niet altijd. Toch heb ik er wel van genoten en niet alleen van het al veelvuldig gememoreerde hilarische taalgebruik van Droogstoppel. Vond het boeiend om te lezen over deze periode van de Nederlandse geschiedenis, al maakte het me zeker ook beschaamd. Wat is de Javanen aangedaan uit naam van het Nederlandse volk? Sc ...more
Kristel
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Max Havelaar is a social commentary on colonialism as well as a political statement of the abuse of government and the ineffectiveness of Christianity without charity. The story is set in 1853 or there abouts in Indonesia (Java) at that time and is the story of why change is almost impossible in systems that are as large as governments and even a good person is basically unable to make any good change.

This is a 4 star read for me. I hated the poor condition of my kindle edition and
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Devania Annesya
ah, buku ini... sebenarnya bintang 2 untuk gaya penceritaannya yang berbelit-belit dan menggunakan multilayer pov. banyak kisah campur aduk ala gado gado sehingga sebagai fiksi buku ini susah dinikmati. namun saya beri bintang 5 untuk keberanian eduard douwes dekker. keterbelit-belitan gaya penceritaan ini seperti ketakutan dalam menyatakan kebenaran. namun di saat yang sama saya juga merasakan keberanian nurani sang penulis. Mr Dekker seolah ingin menyembunyikan kenyataan dalam kedok fiksi namu ...more
Jacob Boorsma
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
I got one word to describe this book: OUTDATED.

I mean, the book has some nice elements and other things you would like to see in a book, but in this form, the information just doesn't appeal because the book is so outdated.

Also, Multatuli is far too ambitious for a man of his writing skills, with a far too big ego, and it annoys me.
Liliyah
Jun 30, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sejarah
tidak semua org Belanda yang hidup tiga ratus tahun lalu di negeri ini adalah penjajah. Perjuangan Multatuli adalah anomali. Sebagai seorang asisten residen dia justru memperjuangkan kaum pribumi-buruh tani di Lebak Banten.

tetapi hingga kini, masih saja buruh-tani terjajah. Kali ini oleh bangsanya sendiri. Lebih miris.

NB : Bos gw mpe bikin naskah drama-teaternya...hiks, sedih bacanya.
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Eduard Douwes Dekker, better known by his pen name Multatuli (from Latin multa tuli, "I have suffered much"), was a Dutch writer famous for his satirical novel, Max Havelaar (1860) in which he denounced the abuses of colonialism in the colony of the Dutch East Indies (today's Indonesia).
“Yang terburuk dari adegan-adegan di panggung itu adalah orang menjadi begitu terbiasa dengan kebohongan sehingga mereka terbiasa melontarkan kekaguman dan bertepuk tangan.” 11 likes
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