My rating: 5 of 5 stars
WHAT a magnificent book!!
The first book in the Buru Quartet tell the story of Minke, a young Javanese student who is constantly fighting against the Dutch colonial dominance.
His love story with Annelies, a beautiful Indo-European girl and his relation with her mother, show how they have to fight in order to survive in this colonial period.
After his library has been burned during the 1960’s coup attempt and his book have been banned, he was able to present an oral version of his novels.
The first book of this series was published after his release from Buru Island concentration camp in 1979.
The sequel of this book is Child of All Nations.