Child Of All Nations by Pramoedya Ananta ToerChild Of All Nations by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Child Of All Nations

byPramoedya Ananta ToerTranslated byMax LaneIntroduction byMax Lane

Paperback | May 1, 1996

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In Child of All Nations, the reader is immediately swept up by a story that is profoundly feminist, devastatingly anticolonialist—and full of heartbreak, suspense, love, and fury. Pramoedya immerses the reader in a world that is astonishing in its vividness: the cultural whirlpool that was the Dutch East Indies of the 1890s. A story of awakening, it follows Minke, the main character of This Earth of Mankind, as he struggles to overcome the injustice all around him. Pramoedya's full literary genius is evident in the brilliant characters that populate this world: Minke's fragile Mixed-Race wife; a young Chinese revolutionary; an embattled Javanese peasant and his impoverished family; the French painter Jean Marais, to name just a few.
Pramoedya Ananta Toer, born on the island of Java in 1925, was imprisoned first by the Dutch, then by the Indonesian government as a political prisoner. He received the PEN Freedom to Write Award and the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
Title:Child Of All NationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.7 inPublished:May 1, 1996Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140256334

ISBN - 13:9780140256338

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from An informative read in historical fiction Child of All Nations, is the second book in a series of four following the main character Minke's development into adulthood. This work of historical fiction gives valuable insight into how colonization structured power relations in the Dutch East Indies. Through the characters I had a more personal sense of the political, social, and emotional impact of colonization on people's ability to actualize individual and collective identities and the difficulties in questioning hegemonic powers. I enjoyed Child of All Nations more than This Earth because Minke begins to question his identity as a colonial subject. Also, the female characters not only illustrate woman’s specific gendered experiences in colonization but are strong and complex characters who are both tragic victims and fierce resisters of oppression and injustice. I gave the book 3 rather than 4 stars because sometimes the book felt a little long and I wondered if the translation was a barrier for me completely connecting with the characters. But despite this, I'd say this book was a very important and enlightening read.
Date published: 2011-04-17

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The second book in the epic quartet of novels known to some as the Buru Tetralogy. This vivid story of awakening follows the main character from This Earth of Mankind as he struggles to overcome the omnipresent injustices in the Dutch East Indies of the 1890s.