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Arok Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Arok

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Published 2001
ISBN : 9789052269375
Paperback
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 About the Book 

Arok is not portrayed completely in this novel. Pram avoids intimacy with Aroks character writing, as opposed to Dedes. We get a complete picture of Dedes a human being with feelings, lust, even her desire and satisfaction of power, and her fear and sadness of losing it to Arok. On the other hand, Aroks depiction is only of how he tried to obtain control and power, never with clear internal motive, not completely without.The novel is written in a way that readers will be absorbed in history. In the end I just wanted to know what happened next. But this is as far as Pram would ever tell the story. The book is funny and contemplative, and what I like is that some things are described quite explicitly, like how Kebo Ijo became the one person that everyone used for their own purpose (because hes stupid, easily lured by promises of power and weak in character).Theres repeated message of how people of different religion should respect each other, that everyone has their own right to worship whomever they want (in this case, they are Buddhist, and either Shiva or Wishnu worshipper), and that common people, the lowest in caste has the right to be a leader in the government.Its refreshing to see how lust for power is depicted so explicitly in this book. It is todays reality reflected in a novel set in the 13th century Java.-RN