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Footsteps (Buru Quartet) Paperback – May 1, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
A vibrant portrait of a people coalescing into nationhood, this third volume of a projected tetralogy (the Buru quartet) by Indonesian novelist Pramoedya continues the story begun in Child of All Nations and This Earth of Mankind. The protagonist is again expelled Javanese medical student Minke, who now becomes a journalist, then a grass-roots political organizer and eventually a crusading publisher of the archipelago's first Native-owned daily newspaper. Set in the period 1901 to 1912, this novel measures Minke's dream of a unified, multiethnic Indonesia free of Dutch rule, against the harsh realities of colonial occupation. The picture is bleak: oppression, exploitation, slavery and brutal subjugation of the Netherlands Indies' indigenous people by the Dutch military, working in concert with a local ruling elite. Inspired by the life of Indonesian journalist Tirto Adi Suryo, the story is rich in human drama and history. Minke corresponds with Ter Haar, a roving liberal Dutch journalist; battles his old nemesis, racist terrorist Robert Suurho; and matures emotionally through two dramatic marriages. Lane's introduction will help readers new to these books to plunge into the engrossing narrative.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
In the third volume of the "Buro Tetralogy" (e.g., This Earth of Mankind, LJ 9/1/91), Toer continues the story of Minke, an activist in the struggle for native rights in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). He travels to Betawi (now Jakarta) to study medicine but soon realizes that he must fight for an end to the political system of apartheid kept in place by the Dutch government during the early 20th century. The uneven writing style varies between stilted (but heartfelt) expressions of ideology and very moving accounts of Minke's experiences. Toer's books are all banned in Indonesia, and he is under house arrest in Jakarta. Minke's story is a courageous record of colonial repression and unrest. As a novel, however, Footsteps will be most appreciated by those who have read and enjoyed the first two volumes, so libraries should purchase accordingly.
Nancy Pearl, Washington Ctr. for the Book, Seattle
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The hero and narrator of the first three volumes is a young Javanese called Minke. His story continues here with his start as a student at the medical school for 'natives' in Jakarta, then called Betawi. He finds out soon that this isn't for him. He is a writer of short stories, and a journalist. His interest is in history and politics. As an outstanding 'native' he gets to meet colonial elites early on. They treat him like a zoo creature. Imagine, a 'native' who can write, in Dutch!
The more the novel progresses, the more it assumes the character of semi fiction. Minke himself is based on a Javanese press pioneer, Tirto Adhi Suryo, who started the first native newspaper, successfully. After the first volume, This Earth of Mankind, which was a fictional master piece, the quartet thus changed in character and became a little less fascinating, but also a little more informative.
Minke is not just critical of Dutch colonialism, but also of the feudal attitudes of the Javanese aristocracy, his own class. A national movement for liberation from foreign rule obviously must overcome its own local limitations if it wants to join the 20th century. Getting organized is hard. The first steps are wrong... an association of government employees, then one of Javanese, then one of Muslim merchants... How to reach unity of all people of the Indies?
But there is not just politics, there is also a complicated relationship with a Chinese woman. Quite an impossible thing to do at the time, for a Javanese aristocrat. It serves as a light on social conditions. And there are more women. Minke has an eye and a knack for them. He assembles quite a multicultural track record.
The novel ends on a dramatic note. Now forward to volume 4!
You will hardly find a better introduction into the basics of the country that is now called Indonesia.
This one had more "political and social" ideologies. I can't blame the author, I mean one could look at this book that way since he had a purpose to fulfill in his writing (he was locked up in jail at the time of the creation of the Buru Quartet).
I would give it 5 stars if I was looking for a book that was critiquing modernism,etc.
I hope the following novel "House of Glass" is less ideological and political.
Edit: I want to edit my review and add that it is very veryx10 still worth reading to get to the end. The end actually surprised me and I want to give this book a rating of 4.5. It still somehow retained some of its storytelling. At the time of my first original review, I was someone towards the middle end.
But yes, the book is a nice read and I look forward to reading House of Glass
Claire Brassard, Qld Australia