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May 2017: 2004 > Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan - 3 stars

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message 1: by Denizen (new)

Denizen (den13) | 1138 comments Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan, translated by Labodalih Sembiring

I seriously considered giving this book 2 stars instead of 3. A violent scene early in the book was unnecessarily graphic creating a negative reaction that I never got past. Rather than coming away from the book feeling that I had been immersed in Indonesian culture, I felt depressed. Dysfunctional families are similar everywhere.

Why did I give it 3 stars? There were good moments and some insights into Indonesian culture. My dilemma now is whether I want to give Kurniawan another try and read Beauty Is a Wound, his book that originally interested me.

message 2: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 5496 comments Beauty is a Wound is a very different kind of book and I didn't find it an easy read, but I thought it helped me understand the culture and history of Indonesia.

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