Nog pas gisteren

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  • Title: Nog pas gisteren
  • Author: Maria Dermoût
  • ISBN: 9789021490199
  • Page: 189
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    1. How could she look so far ahead? She had to stop and look back first.There was so much: besides the people, the things she loved--her place on earth until then--the big house with the white marble floor and the black star, and the golden birds on the screens, the green walled garden, all the trees, all the flowers, the mountain--the Lawu beyond the garden wall. All the other mountains, the whole list, she had learned them all by heart.Java and its blue mountains, and the blue sea around it. In t [...]

    2. Of Dermout's two novels, this was her first. The main character is a young girl Frederica whose father is in charge of a sugar cane processing plant in Java of the Dutch East Indies. She goes by the nickname Rick or Riek, depending on which translation you read. The story is about their household basically from her point of view: herself, her parents Anna (Mama) and Ab (Papa), uncles and aunt, and many local people for services. At one point there's a potentially dangerous uprising in the backgr [...]

    3. Nothing showily extravagant or sensational here. Rather, a showstopping time and place, Java at the turn of the twentieth century. A million miles from civilization, a world fully unto itself, and the diary--more or less verbatim--of a colonial girl.Describing what happens, for the purposes of the book, or for this review, is really not the issue; instead, we're concerned with the way the hours turn, the custom and culture of the colonists and the native population, the regular patterns of colon [...]

    4. This is a quick read. However, Dermout's take on the big issues of tragedy and colonialism is understated rather than superficially short. Dermout's autobiographical memoir is not all idyllic or uncritical. But there are some evocative happy memories too. I loved her description of playing with her friends Assi and Neng, climbing tamarind trees, and visiting the old gentleman in his garden up in the mountains.

    5. Maria Dermoût (1888-1962) was an Indonesian writer who was born to a colonial family on Java, in the Dutch East Indies, educated in The Netherlands, and lived most of her life in Java. She did not begin writing until her sixties, and she produced two novels, "Yesterday", which was originally published in Dutch in 1951 and translated into English in 1959, and "The Ten Thousand Things", which was published in Dutch in 1955 and is currently available from New York Review Books. "Yesterday", based [...]

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