S and pages Couperus is considered one of the great "Dutch authors of the late 19thearly 20th century in the decadent style of Wilde and Huysmans In this book he "authors of the late 19thearly 20th century in the decadent style of Wilde and Huysmans In this book he about colonial Java Indonesia an ngrossing story of a failing marriage and of the greater failure of the Dutch to understand the culture and people they have colonized Remarkably modern in its sentiments Free download available at Project Gutenberg A gripping novel that highlights the tensions and fears of the supernatural that fester between two ETHNIC GROUPS DUTCH AND JAVANESE IN COLONIAL INDONESIA I groups Dutch and Javanese in Colonial Indonesia I could not appreciate this book and I really wanted to The writing was so repetitiveevery characteristic of ach character
was drummed into your head a thousand timesextremely claustrophobic I was hair drummed into your head a thousand timesextremely claustrophobic I was hair because Couperus is perceptive and objective I just don t think he found the pulse he was looking for with this book The insipid racist husks that colonialism made of these charactersCouperus does an xcellent job of describing sexual repression and the lack of sexual restraint Also how destructive it is to ignore the Hidden Force or what I would think is The Obvious in any close and wider relationship with others I m not really a fan but this book is much readable than Eline Vere It has a compact structure but in the A Heart of Stone end the story becomes a bit chaotic The basic theme the mystical hidden force of the Javanese people did not really resonate with me Definitely a worthwhile read for people interested in colonial stuff but maybe less necessary for others I m told the EM Beekmandited version is better than the original Alexander Teixeira De Mattos translation I m not sure which one I read because I nded up just downloading the free version fom s kindle storeThe xtended blog review. Eemde dingen in zijn huis plaats Het merendeel van de personages vlucht Language and Linguistics en Van Oudijck blijft alleen achter Als hij zich zelf zwakker gaat voelenn ziek wordt gaat hij steeds meer in de stille kracht gelov. Free at Project A story about the dutch colonial "gouvernement on Indonesia It describes how one of the slowly is overpowered by a silent force This mystic force "on Indonesia It describes how one of the administrators slowly is overpowered by a silent force This mystic force yet very real to the ones involved takes over their mental and physical healthThe description of the characters and the athmosphere is very convincing and shapes a mystical world thus conrapositioning the world of the rational Dutch and the local Indonesian inhabitants In a world that was never meant to be their home the Dutch become victims of a silent powerThe novel gives in a subtle way criticism on the practice of colonialism It is Divertimento excellently written a little bit outdated but still very powerful I don t read Dutch but I found a good English translation at Project Gutenberg It s a good story and it paints a compelling picture of dangers and isolation in colonial Java The men the administrators work long hours and and are generally satisfied The women for the most part are pampered bored and unhappy and often up to mischief Underneath the veneer of European civilization toil masses of natives with their magical beliefs and their rage against their colonizers These are the hidden forces Another hidden force is thenvironment which is particularly well depicted the almost frighteningly lush vegetation the the soggy heat the insects This is a story of a tragic life led by a Dutch colonial resident in Java Indonesia when the Western rationality and the hidden mysterious Javanese mysticism collide Being a non Javanese Indonesian myself I found this book as a very refreshing account of the culture which has been the context of my life since I was born It also shed light about our colonial history on the personal side than the official one I learned from school In the spirit Alternative cover Love Is a Fairy Tale edition of ISBN 9789025306601In Laboewangi op hetiland Java vindt Promise at Dawn een aantal onverklaarbare gebeurtenissen plaats De inwoners wijzen die toe aan 'de stille kracht'en Indisch mysterie F learning about my country s colonial history from the other source the former colonialist itself I found this book referred to by a nice lady of a charming bookstore in Amsterdam I am looking forward to read similar books ssays memoirs which apparently abundantly available in Dutch Before reading this book I always perceived the Dutch collonialists as invulnerable or at "LEAST IMMUNE TO THOSE SUPERSTITIOUS FORCES THAT GOVERN SOMETIMES "immune to those superstitious forces that govern sometimes the Javanese psyche I always thought that you had to believe it before it could do you any harm Couperus who was born in the collonial family owning a coffee plantation in Java managed to capture those hidden forces and depict a high ranked Dutch official to be heavily affected and giving in to those forces The characters in the book are well written One thing that interests me most is the complicated feelings of a foreigner towards the foreign country he dwells or in this case colonizes Living in a foreign country I myself recognize the feeling of vulnerability over all the new things one must adapt I know
IT IS NORMAL IN NORMAL SITUATIONSis normal in normal situations colonization is not a normal thing Apparently I was wrong Anyone including the superiorly perceived colonialists can be somewhat vulnerable living in a foreign culture The description of the settings places cultural lements tc is fabulous and gives me a pleasant reminiscence Many Indonesian words written in the old way appear all over the pages I wonder what the non Indonesian speaking readers would think about this I read this in an English translation it is called The Hidden Force published by a wonderful independent publisher of forgotten classics called the Pushkin Press I don t know why they aren t on Goodreads Pushkin Press books are small and asy to hold with beautiful paper cover. At de mensen in zijn greep houdt De resident Otto van Oudijck vindt de stille kracht maar onzin Maar als hij The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery een regent ontslaat omdat die zich open feest onbeschoft gedragen heeft vinden r plotseling vr.