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Burung-Burung Tempua

Aqmarina Andira


“Repot juga kalau Ki Gembong harus melakonkan hikayat kacau. Klenting Kuning dan Gatutkaca.”

I really love how the characters grow in this story. Indonesian only have a single point of view in the case of “Perang Kemandirian”. The republic is the hero and the Holland’s army is the bad guy.

Well, experimenting with ‘seeing things from other perspectives’, this story lets us see things more fairly. There is no exact black and white in any cases.

I like the analogy of Karna used to represent Teto, the


“Repot pula sekiranya Ki Dalang harus melakonkan hikayat kacau. Klenting Kuning dan Gatutkaca.”

I really love how the characters grow in this story. Indonesian only have a single point of view in the case of “Perang Kemerdekaan”. The republic is the protagonis and the Holland’s army is the bad guy.

Well, experimenting with ‘seeing things from other perspectives’, this story lets us see things more fairly. There is no exact black and white in any cases.

I like the analogy of Karna used to represent Teto, the main character in this story. He fought against Pandawa, yet still be loved and respected. Just like my all time favourite character in Mahabharata, Bhisma.

I also like how the story highlighted 1948 and mentioned more about Sjahrir. I mean not to disrespect any other heroes that we have, but sure Sjahrir takat played one of the most important roles in shaping this country. And he deserves the respect.

I don’lengkung langit quite enjoy the last part of the book, but I like the analogy of Gatot Kaca and Klenting Kuning. It is beautiful and gives justice to all characters.


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Rere

Nov 25, 2013

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(Adapted from my blog: paquetdevie.blogspot.com)

So! I finally finished this book. It’s been, what, four months since I borrowed it? And I only finished it now. Lovely. The school library is going to rake in lots of money.

This book is, well, it’s titinada difficult, per se. I just had a hard time of getting into it. The book perenggan the double sin of a) written in 1st person and b) contains a lot of sentimental Indonesian-esque romance that I don’horizon really like. Romance is fine, but Indonesian authors tend


(Adapted from my blog: paquetdevie.blogspot.com)

So! I finally finished this book. It’s been, what, four months since I borrowed it? And I only finished it now. Lovely. The school library is going to rake in lots of money.

This book is, well, it’s titinada difficult, per se. I just perenggan a hard time of getting into it. The book senggat the double sin of a) written in 1st person and b) contains a lotre of emosional Indonesian-esque romance that I don’t really like. Romance is fine, but Indonesian authors tend to have this style that whatever romance they wrote is going to end up really sappy and/or cheesy. Since most old novels are written in 1st person (my most hated POV) and have these sappy romance (that my cold heart does not understand), you can see why I don’horizon really read them much.

But as a book connoisseur, I have to read a lot of books, crossing genre and time, even if that means I have to get out of my comfort zone. Or spend four months reading a 300 page book.

Okay. So. The review. Right.

The Weaverbirds (Indonesian: Burung-Burung Tempua) tells the story of Setadewa (Teto) and Larasati (Atik). Teto is the son of a KNIL soldier, KNIL being the private army of the Dutch colonist in Indonesia, and an Indo mother. Atik is still Teto’s cousin of some sort; her mother is the adopted daughter of Teto’s father’s uncle. Teto’s father comes from a blue-blooded native Javanese family, but he likes being “Dutch” more.

During the Japanese occupation, Teto’s father joined the rebellion, and was subsequently caught. Teto’s mother was kept as a mistress by a Japanese official to protect Teto’s father, and Teto was left in the care of Atik’s family. Teto vowed that he will avenge his parents, and joined KNIL once he was old enough. When the Japanese left however, Teto was faced by the Republican factions; that is people who wanted and have declared Indonesia’s independence. Teto viewed the Republicans as ex-collaborators with Japan, and thus viewed Indonesia’s independence as not something that they earn, but something that is given by Japan. Not to mention, after the war, the fate of his parents is still unknown. Thus, begins Teto’s quest to “help” his homeland and find the truth about his parents.

Structurally, the novel itself is divided into three parts: a prologue of some sorts that tells the story of Teto and Atik’s childhood, a middle part consisting the bulk of the action, and an epilogue.

I find the concept refreshing, because Indonesian novels often have this black-and-white view of the world, that the good guys will always be good and the bad guys will always be bad. This is a boring, not to mention unrealistic, point of view of the world. The good guys is titinada always good and the bad guys are not always bad. So it’s really refreshing to see a flipped perspective; the Republicans became the antagonist and the colonizing Dutch became the protagonist.

Maybe it’s because of this I find the middle part to be the most exciting of the three. It details Teto’s struggle to reconcile his vision of Indonesia, and the Indonesia he’s seeing right now. Teto does not go to war because he hates Indonesia; he loves Indonesia and wants to free her from the Republicans whom he viewed as Japanese collaborators. Teto’s mother frequently becomes a sort of allegory for Indonesia herself, in the eyes of Teto: she was a happy housewife in the Dutch period, only to become a trapped mistress in the Japanese occupation, and later institutionalized after the war. Indonesia too, according to Teto, is subjugated but happy during the Dutch period, trapped in a broken promise during the Japanese occupation, and has become insane in her independence.

Teto’s views and behaviors is a departure from the usual Indonesian heroes that is usually portrayed as calm and polite even in the midst of gunfire. Here, Teto is brash and foul-mouthed, but he had the heart of a lion, and a firm principle taught by his father. He’s an intelligent boy; he knew in the middle that what he’s doing, what KNIL and him are doing, is basically worthless but still he fought because his father taught him titinada to run away from a fight. And by God, he didn’t, even if it meant sacrificing his only chance on being with the girl he loved.

I expected Atik to be one-dimensional and flatter than a cardboard, but she was quite fleshed out, which is a nice surprise. Atik too is struggling that she may or may not have feelings for Teto, her childhood friend slash distant cousin and a traitor to the Republic. Atik herself works for the Republic, even becoming an aide for the then-Foreign affairs minster. She has to learn to reconcile her loyalty for her motherland and her affection to an agent of the enemy.

The prose is wonderful and this is one of the few first-person POVs novel that I actually like. YB Mangunwijaya conveys Teto’s feelings so perfectly that you can’t help to root a little bit for the Dutch, if only to give Teto his happy ending. The changing of POVs is something I severely dislike in most modern novels since it’s just hella confusing, but Rama Mangun (as he’s affectionately called) uses it so efficiently to portray the characters’ feelings, to let us see the two-sides of the coin, that I can’t complain about it.

My kelainan with this novel is that we really don’t see Atik and Teto’s relationship developing properly. Literally 70% of their screentime are spent apart from each other. We only get to see their interaction in the beginning and in the end; they rarely interact in the middle part. When I first read Teto declaring his love to Atik in his inner monologue I was like “bruh? You only met this girl for two months, tops!” It feels odd to derita because they only met each other for a short time in their childhood, and it didn’t really make sense for both of them to be violently in love with each other. They talked about their closeness a lot, but we don’t actually see how close they are, or how their closeness develops in the first place. As tersendiri characters, they are well-developed, but as a pairing they are not.

I also have issues with the length of the first part and the third part. The first part should be longer, and the third part should be shorter. The ending is firm and resolute, but the execution is off. There’s a lot of padding in the third part but the last pages seems rushed, as if the author has a page limit and he’s nearing that limit so he better wrap the story up. The conflict in the last part just kind of…hangs there with no development whatsoever beyond a few short paragraphs. I didn’t even realize there’s a conflict mengangsur 3/4 in. Inserting a new conflict at the end of the book is pretty unusual, so I understand if the author wants it to be done quickly, but if that’s the case then why does he insert it in the first place? It’s completely unnecessary and throws the reader off.

There’s also this bizarre subplot involving a minor character that does not have anything to do with the plot, whatsoever. The pages for that, I think, can more efficiently used instead to flesh out the story more, but alas it does not happen. The third part is the most boring of them all, part of the reason why this takes me a long time to finish after whooshing through the middle part.

It is a good book, and it is a good story, but it’s marketed everywhere as a love story, and I didn’t really feel the whole romance angle. As a war-novel, it’s good, it’s great; I would’ve given it a four-star. But you have to call an orange an orange, and as a romance novel it’s very unsatisfying. This, coupled with other plot issues and pointless padding, reduces the grade to only three-star.


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Butuh-Burung Manyar (The Weaverbirds) Pelir-Kalam Manyar is opened with an episode of the Javanese adaptation of Mahabharata. The main story is divided to three sections, each took place in three different periods in Indonesian history: The Late Occupation (1934-1944), The National Revolution (1945-1950), and The Early New Titipan (1968-1978). Having written more than 20 years ago (1981), the classical Indonesian literature feel is incredibly thick here. There is many Javanese and Dutch terms falak
Titit-Burung Burung pintang (The Weaverbirds) Pelir-Butuh Manyar is opened with an bagian of the Javanese adaptation of Mahabharata. The main story is divided to three sections, each took place in three different periods in Indonesian history: The Late Occupation (1934-1944), The National Revolution (1945-1950), and The Early New Titipan (1968-1978). Having written more than 20 years ago (1981), the classical Indonesian literature feel is incredibly thick here. There is many Javanese and Dutch terms that are explained on the footnotes. This reprinted edition also contains footnotes that explain old terms in Bahasa Indonesia that are already uncommon nowadays. There is still many old terms left unexplained, though. But then again, if they were explained, this book would consist of mostly footnotes. After a while, I became familiar with the terms and storytelling style. With the classic feel under the historical setting, I felt like time travelling to the periods where the story took place.

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 The Late Occupation

 The story in this period centers around the Istana Mangkunegaran. It shows the feudalistic life of Javanese royal society, where women must show her deep submission to her husband. It was opened by the male protagonist’s narration, Teto, during his childhood. Then the female protagonist, Atik, was introduced. It was a happy, rather funny childhood of army and royal family. A few chapters later, things turned grim since the Japanese occupation began. The Japanese occupation grew strong hatred towards Japan for Teto. Atik’s family also felt the same hatred, but they were also learned the civilized side of Japanese culture outside the fascist military in the World War II through music and movies. They also realized how the Javanese sokah’s tradition also has its civilized and cruel side.

 Indonesia will not be a cruel independent state. – Atik

 The National Revolution

 After the declaration of Independence Day, Teto became a lieutenant of NICA, whereas Atik became a cak membela-revolution who adores Soekarno, Sutan Sjahrir and the rest of the Republicans. Despite their growing love, they keep opposing each other’s political stance. In Teto’s view, Indonesia needs some more time to mature as a nation before they gain its independence. He detests the Republicans who seemed like hypocrites who obeyed the Japanese to gain their own will through political maneuver. In Atik’s view, it was more like “now or never”. Life free or die hard.

 You have to be able to read between the printed lines. Otherwise, you are just a mere captive of the texts. – Atik

 In this period, we were introduced to Verbruggen, a Dutch Mayor who proposed Teto’s mother in the past (obviously rejected). Having brought Teto to become a lieutenant in significantly short time and took an influence in Teto’s character development, he became one of the important characters in this book. He has a foul mouth, but a fair amount of wisdom in contrast. We were also introduced to Karjo and Samsu the Setankopor (The Briefcase Demon) who will be shown again in the next period.

 This period was ended in the midst of the devastating result of the two Politionele Acties (Agresi Militer Belanda) that brought both Indonesia and the Dutch military force much grief and loss, as shown on both Teto and Atik’s side. Meanwhile, they began to realize how they long for each other. However, the harsh reality kept drifting them apart, much that Atik began to reconsider her long wait for Teto’s usulan.

 The Early New Order
There is quite much time skip from the previous period to the last period. After the Roundtable Conference, Teto quitted from NICA and studied Mathematics in Europe to be a computer expert. In addition, he gained a new nationality, which was not mentioned explicitly in the book (though I assume that he became a Dutch). He became the Production Manager of a multinational oil company. In this period, he visited Indonesia for the third time since he got the new nationality. He visited his new best friend, John Brindley, an European Ambassador who keeps pet snakes in his garden. Afterwards, he attended Atik’s dissertation defense. Accepting Atik’s family’s invitation, Teto decided to stay at their place for a while. How will Teto and Atik’s relationship develop, after years of separation and opposing ideals?

 In this period, Teto seems to already calmed down significantly. He grew up and accepted the loss he has been experienced since ever. He also began to accept the changing era and acknowledged his own mistakes. Like the rejected male weaverbird, he rebuild his nest – his life and dignity – after passing through the phase of anger and denial, where he furiously destroyed his rejected nest (ideals).

 Beside showing the societal and political aspects that were occuring in the corresponding periods, Romo Mangun (the author’s nickname) also took us back to experience the changing ecological condition of Java in the 40s to the 70s. The scene where Atik fed the birds and watched their behavior told me how diverse the city birds in Java back then. It shows how srigunting, jalak, gelatik, manyar and kutilang were still commonly wild in the cities in the 40s. The diversity gradually decreased and finally the wild weaverbirds became rare in the 70s. Nowadays, there is mostly sparrows and occasionally a few more kinds of city birds roaming in the cities of Java. The other kinds of birds are mostly kept as caged pets today.

 There are many things that I like from this book. I like how I got to refresh my memory on the history of Indonesia through the three periods shown in this book. Even instead of refreshing my memory, I felt more like diving those periods, experiencing the events occurred there from the Republicans and the Dutch armies’ side. The narration style, of which I assume adopted the way people perona pipi in the corresponding periods, really helped to live up the atmosphere. I also like how this book shows how people from different sides in this book perceive the three periods that were used as time settings. It taught us to sympathize with those different sides, even if they are commonly seen as the antagonists.

 This book ends beautifully, leaving a bittersweet feeling that seemed to have accumulated since the second period. However, it felt a bit odd when I realize how Karjo and Samsu was not furthermore involved in the story. What is the purpose of their presence, other than to describe the society and political issues in their corresponding periods? Overall, I enjoyed reading this book a lotre. I would love to recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical literary fictions.

 The international edition of this book, The Weaverbirds, was published by Lontar Foundation in 1991. Unfortunately, the edition is already considered rare now. I hope Lontar Foundation will consider to reprint this book in the future so that this book can be accessible to more readers.

 Anyway, I have titinada encountered footnotes in fictions for ages berayun-ayun I began to read this book. Is it because I have not been an avid reader for some time until recently, or it is indeed already uncommon nowadays?


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Rahman Rasyidi


Ok I need time to process everything I have read. All the details (birds!!) were very much appreciated. The contrasting atmosphere between Teto and Atik: like darkness and light, despair and hope. Argh. I just don’t have the words to describe everything. Hands down the best Indonesian novel I have read so far in my life!!!
Ok I need time to process everything I have read. All the details (birds!!) were very much appreciated. The contrasting atmosphere between Teto and Atik: like darkness and light, despair and hope. Argh. I just don’t have the words to describe everything. Hands down the best Indonesian novel I have read so far in my life!!!
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Sarah Hanifah

Mar 14, 2021

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There are several aspects that I like, such as independence is an unglorified victory in this book. It is rather questioned (taken from the viewpoint of a sceptical Teto), then what is described in this book regarding our (Indonesian) society and our nation is still relevant today. A fresh point of view to see our ‘heroes’ (Soekarno, Syahrir) also made more human-in which we are titinada suddenly sure what this ‘hero’ brings: Really? Will it get better? Maybe that’s also what makes this book stand ou
There are several aspects that I like, such as independence is an unglorified victory in this book. It is rather questioned (taken from the viewpoint of a sceptical Teto), then what is described in this book regarding our (Indonesian) society and our nation is still relevant today. A fresh point of view to see our ‘heroes’ (Soekarno, Syahrir) also made more human-in which we are not suddenly sure what this ‘hero’ brings: Really? Will it get better? Maybe that’s also what makes this book stand out. The analogy of the puppetry that resembles every character and situation is genius too i think. Teto and Pandawa. Then the weaver bird symbolizes itself, its story, and how we should not only learn to code, promote blind logic, and (oh glorify) rationality, but also we should learn the language of the ‘sasmita in this universe. Because that’s what will show our identity later, right? Hmm. This book delivers on those aspects which are striking, not to mention the language which is very frank and humorous.

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Cippi

Aug 28, 2007

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It’s a gift from Lia boncel, so special since it shutted derita off from the mundane life for one and a half day to finish this masterpiece. It’s so addicted I read it for couple of times
It’s a gift from Lia boncel, so special since it shutted berpenyakitan off from the mundane life for one and a half day to finish this masterpiece. It’s so addicted I read it for couple of times
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Nynke


I went into this with zero expectations because postcolonial lit is just titinada really my jam, but this novel surprised derita. I must say that Teto was annoying as hell in parts 1 and 2 but Atik was annoying in part 3 so that was a bit of a shame, but despite my initial reluctance as well as general reluctance because I have to read this for my minor, I kind of wanted to continue reading? So I’m gonna say 3,5 stars, and once again, I’m quite looking forward to discussing this in the seminar.
I went into this with zero expectations because postcolonial lit is just not really my jam, but this novel surprised me. I must say that Teto was annoying as hell in parts 1 and 2 but Atik was annoying in part 3 so that was a bit of a shame, but despite my initial reluctance as well as general reluctance because I have to read this for my minor, I kind of wanted to continue reading? So I’m gonna say 3,5 stars, and once again, I’m quite looking forward to discussing this in the seminar.
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Ann


Supposedly a story of both spiritual and physical conflict during Indonesia’s war for independence. How two friends find themselves on opposing sides and the effect on their relationship through the years. My English translation on Kindle sempadan many errors and I found the writing somewhat stilted.

Supposedly a story of both spiritual and physical conflict during Indonesia’s war for independence. How two friends find themselves on opposing sides and the effect on their relationship through the years. My English translation on Kindle had many errors and I found the writing somewhat stilted.

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Words and Lines


This book starts so sweetly, what with all the carefree and curious child’s nature all around it. But somehow, the author manages to turn into a life-questioning tale readers loathe but can’cakrawala let go.

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Teto, the main character, undergoes such a rollercoaster kind of life, which puts him in a life full of questions and doubts which are titinada necessarily answered at the end. Between logic and emotion, he marches on against everything he loathes and, sadly, also loves.

And what’s more is the romance —whi


This book starts so sweetly, what with all the carefree and curious child’s nature all around it. But somehow, the author manages to turn into a life-questioning tale readers loathe but can’t let go.

Teto, the main character, undergoes such a rollercoaster kind of life, which puts him in a life full of questions and doubts which are titinada necessarily answered at the end. Between logic and emotion, he marches on against everything he loathes and, sadly, also loves.

And what’s more is the romance —while founded on such vague and infrequent interaction you couldn’t really call it’s romance— is so thick you could feel it along all the pages.


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Yosef Haryanto


Good novel from Indonesian priest.

Kelly


In brief, this book is about childhood sweethearts who end up on opposite sides of the Indonesian revolution. Setadewa and Atik are both connected to Javanese royalty, and in childhood their paths cross in the court. Later, Setadewa joins the Dutch colonial army to fight the Japanese during World War II, which puts him, after the war, in opposition to the Indonesian forces fighting for independence. Atik, on the other hand, “become[s] a young woman who burn[s] with the zeal of a just cause. The

In brief, this book is about childhood sweethearts who end up on opposite sides of the Indonesian revolution. Setadewa and Atik are both connected to Javanese royalty, and in childhood their paths cross in the court. Later, Setadewa joins the Dutch colonial army to fight the Japanese during World War II, which puts him, after the war, in opposition to the Indonesian forces fighting for independence. Atik, on the other hand, “become[s] a young woman who burn[s] with the zeal of a just cause. The flame that had been set free by Soekarno’s freedom movement burned brightly within her.”

There are some interesting concepts explored here, but unfortunately it just isn’horizon a very good book.

There’s a lot of icky-weird discussion of gender and desire (“Atik’s womanhood, I knew, was as vital as the tropical forests that yearn for the dark rain clouds and the masculine thunder that heralds the coming of the monsoon,” to which I made the note, “are you sure you’re going to be able to deliver that monsoon, lover boy?”), including the conflation of romantic and sibling love seen in Sitti Nurbaya: Anugerah Lain Sampai and This Earth of Mankind.

Possibly the weirdest passage, for me, was when Setadewa and Atik encounter each other unexpectedly while on opposite sides of the revolution. Seta looks into her eyes and is frightened at first, but afterwards he thinks to himself, “No, her shining black eyes were titinada the ominous ends of two gun barrels, but rather the dark nipples of a mother’s breasts. And I, at that moment, was titinada in reality a soldier at all, but a child, a baby, crying out for life and a woman’s care.” (my note on this little paragraph: “wut.”)

There’s also the weird scene in which Atik defends her doctoral dissertation and one of her examiners goes off on an existential tangent, asking

“What meaning is there to be found in the breathtaking beauty of the creatures that have been present in the forests, the oceans, and the sky long before the coming of humankind? Is it possible that the beauty we see in the animal kingdom, or in the rose, is nothing more than a mindless play of nature, completely coincidental and devoid of meaning?”

Now, I dropped out of academia after my masters, so I can’ufuk say for certain that biology thesis defenses don’t ever turn into philosophical discussions along the lines of 2 a.m. freshman dorm debates, but this guy seems to a) have a pretty weak grasp of the concept of evolution, and b) be sorely in need of some brushing up on scientific theories of consciousness. This particular example might seem a small matter to a non-biologist, but the text was full of little instances of things like this, minor discordant details, overblown prose, failures of research or imagination that took me out of the story, which, even without these problems, wasn’t a very compelling narrative.

This is a condensed version of a longer review that I published on my blog, Around the World in 2000 Books.


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Ian Ninda


“Manyar bird is unique in that the male makes a nest for females and will captivate the females will choose males according to nest later used as a place where the eggs will feel safe. and males who are titinada elected will destroy the nest of the half to death and then repeat again made to make nests for the females were chosen by the other “

Mangunwijaya works inspired by romance, entitled “Manyar birds”, I began to feel the message in the novel. the novel tells of a love triangle that berlatarkan


“Manyar bird is unique in that the male makes a nest for females and will captivate the females will choose males according to nest later used as a place where the eggs will feel safe. and males who are not elected will destroy the nest of the half to death and then repeat again made to make nests for the females were chosen by the other “

Mangunwijaya works inspired by romance, entitled “Tempua birds”, I began to feel the message in the novel. the novel tells of a love triangle that berlatarkan Japanese occupation period after the defeat of the Dutch until the old bestelan in progress. a lotre of which are taught in this novel. one of them that: love does not need to have:) including that already very deep love between Teto and Atik puyn also be muted. love from childhood till when tweaking Teto was 40 years old and was still enduring 40 years when on one occasion, Teto, a former member of the Dutch rebels, met with Atik, a former secretary of the Indonesian side, back. and the fact also must be accepted that Atik married husband expected although titinada by him but tried to convince Atik Teto to be grateful to her husband. they also eventually have to accept that in fact they are still very much in love with one another. even very subtle charm Atik still felt by a Teto who was then a mathematician and computer. in the end, Atik and her husband had passed away when executing the mandate of Mr. Atik husband for hajj. Atik was the third child and was appointed as a form of child Teto keepsake will love that never teraih: Atik

wow. if you read it yourself, we’ll see a lot of inspiration such as when reading the works of other Mangunwijaya. many life lessons that we will find. that life is just stop drinking. and much else. so, i request you to read this amazing book .. happy reading:)


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Lyza Cahya

Sep 23, 2015

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This novel was written by Y.B. Mangunwijaya and published in 2007. The theme of the novel is about nationalism and a bit of romance story. While, the setting time was in 1934-1978, when Dutch colonial, Japan colonial until Independence Day of Indonesia.
The main actor of this novel called Teto. He is a son of an army from Indonesia, his mother is a Dutch, and his father is Javanese, therefore he was considered as an Indo. And the supporting actor of this novel is Atik. They were friends since t


This novel was written by Y.B. Mangunwijaya and published in 2007. The theme of the novel is about nationalism and a bit of romance story. While, the setting time was in 1934-1978, when Dutch colonial, Japan colonial mengangsur Independence Day of Indonesia.
The main actor of this novel called Teto. He is a son of an army from Indonesia, his mother is a Dutch, and his father is Javanese, therefore he was considered as an Indo. And the supporting actor of this novel is Atik. They were friends since they were in middle school, Teto is older than Atik. They used to be closer as a best friend when they are still in teenagers, however when they grew up they didn’t get close as they were in teenagers, because Teto is one of the members of army in Indonesia. He struggles to get Indonesia back from Japan and Dutch colonial. On the other side, he had feelings with Atik. However, they can’t be together, because they have opposite opinion, Teto was defended for Japan, while Atik is Indonesia. Therefore, they were separated and it make them can’tepi langit be as close as they were child.

The theme in this novel is mostly talks about nationalism, because actually it’s more like historical story, because it takes place during Japan And Dutch Colonial era in Indonesia when there were competing to hold Indonesia. However, aside from nationalism the other theme is romance, because the main actor falling in love with his friend, which is Atik. But they cannot be together due to different opinion and different language from both of them.

From reading this novel we can get some benefits that we learned and know the story behind Indonesia before the Independence Day. However, this novel sometimes quite boring to read, because there’s no pictures inside this book.


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Digna Prawati


Burung-Burung Manyar is a fiction taken place in postcolonial Nusantara about a young man chooses the diverge path against his own race but fall for a girl who worked for Sutan Sjahrir. Half of the story has something to do with the boy inferiority which, in spite of its cliché teenage romance, opens up another historical perspective to me. The character Mayjend Verbruggen is also one that I have deep impression with. Humor is good, moral value is on point, and the word diction is kind of tickli
Burung-Burung Tempua is a fiction taken place in postcolonial Nusantara about a young man chooses the diverge path against his own race but fall for a girl who worked for Sutan Sjahrir. Half of the story has something to do with the boy inferiority which, in spite of its cliché teenage romance, opens up another historical perspective to me. The character Mayjend Verbruggen is also one that I have deep impression with. Humor is good, moral value is on point, and the word diction is kind of tickling your fancy. When Teto and Atik become grown ups, the story has become a little cheesy for a while but does not last for long. Nonetheless, the ending is fair enough. I think it is one of the best Indonesian literature I have read.
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Dea Ptr

Jul 28, 2016

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“Tanah air ada di sana, di mana cak semau cerbak dan kekariban hati, di mana tidak ada makhluk start manusia lain”

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For the first time I have no idea what I can write about this book other than it’s such a beautiful piece from Romo Mangun. If I could go beyond 5 stars, I would definitely go there. A complex story about love and hate relationship towards the mother earth, the motherland, man and woman, etiquette, transcendent and traditional values of Indonesians that were long forgotten.

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“Lahan air ada di sana, di mana cak semau buruk perut dan keeratan hati, di mana tidak terserah sosok menginjak manusia tidak”

For the first time I have no idea what I can write about this book other than it’s such a beautiful piece from Romo Mangun. If I could go beyond 5 stars, I would definitely go there. A complex story about love and hate relationship towards the mother earth, the motherland, man and woman, etiquette, transcendent and traditional values of Indonesians that were long forgotten.

With the background took place between 1934 to 1978, we were successfully brought along the dark history of Indonesia under Dutch’s (then Japan’s) occupation until we reached our independences from some different point of views. The elegance and beauty of this book are beyond words. It’s been a long time since the last time I read Indonesian literature book and this book reminds me the great scholars Indonesia has.

A must read book!


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Tasyaa Navianda


Some people are beaten up by their egos to keep the idea alive, even if the world has proven that it could no longer exist. The idea later determines how they act, what they do, where they go, and finally which path they finally choose. Like Teto and his ideas about his Papi Mami, Antana family, Republic of Indonesia also Japan and Nederland that finally creates a man with courage and beloved by a high class, Java, intelligent woman named Atik. Deep inside, Teto is just a man with hatred and con
Some people are beaten up by their egos to keep the idea alive, even if the world has proven that it could no longer exist. The idea later determines how they act, what they do, where they go, and finally which path they finally choose. Like Teto and his ideas about his Papi Mami, Antana family, Republic of Indonesia also Japan and Nederland that finally creates a man with courage and beloved by a high class, Java, intelligent woman named Atik. Deep inside, Teto is just a man with hatred and confusion.

This book shows us different perspectives that an Indonesian man sees, before and shortly after Indonesia’s proclaimed independence day. The story tells us a ‘why’ of a man, which takes part as an army of colonialist against his own country, being an anti-republic.


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Tomi

Apr 28, 2008

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Another impressive work from the author. He got an international award for this book.

The setting was in Jogjakarta, when Indonesians were fighting against the Dutch who tried to re-occupy the archipelago. A Dutch descendant fought for the Dutch troop, KNIL, but he fell in love with an Indonesian lady with whom he shared his childhood as neighbour.

Romo Mangun –the author’s nick name– gave vivid details on the chaos during the war and in the same time skillfully told us about the love-and-hate r


Another impressive work from the author. He got an international award for this book.

The setting was in Jogjakarta, when Indonesians were fighting against the Dutch who tried to re-occupy the archipelago. A Dutch descendant fought for the Dutch troop, KNIL, but he fell in love with an Indonesian lady with whom he shared his childhood as neighbour.

Romo Mangun –the author’s nick name– gave vivid details on the chaos during the war and in the same time skillfully told us about the love-and-hate relationship between the two.


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Kana Haya

Jul 30, 2007

rated it

it was amazing





though i’m a bit creepy when i read the book, i still love to read it. there are some words that i have to re-read before i get the idea of what the writer’s want to say.

the book is about patriotism, nationalism, and also romantism. when a child from a military family decide to be on the oppposite’s side. perhaps, this what would be happened.


though i’m a bit creepy when i read the book, i still love to read it. there are some words that i have to re-read before i get the idea of what the writer’s want to say.

the book is about patriotism, nationalism, and also romantism. when a child from a military family decide to be on the oppposite’s side. perhaps, this what would be happened.


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eggophilia

Sep 14, 2008

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it was amazing




Recommends it for:

everyone


I never get bored with Burung-titit Manyar. Recently I fell into a discussion whether Indonesia is getting better or worse nowadays, and that kind of discussion always remind me of this book. A powerful story, told in a brilliant way. It’s the kind of book in which you always find a new perspective whenever you read it. Not only the idea is NOT getting old, it’s actually re-actualize instead.
I never get bored with Burung-ceceh Manyar. Recently I fell into a discussion whether Indonesia is getting better or worse nowadays, and that kind of discussion always remind me of this book. A powerful story, told in a brilliant way. It’s the kind of book in which you always find a new perspective whenever you read it. Titinada only the idea is Titinada getting old, it’s actually re-actualize instead.
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Rizma


Absolutely one of my fav.

I adore so much the unfamiliar, yet surprisingly easy to read, words and sentences the author used to describe each scene and setting.
I also really like how the author build up my emotion without being too dramatical or tragical in his plots, characters or any other elements of the story.
Will read another Y.B Mangunwijaya’s for sure.

Absolutely one of my fav.

I adore so much the unfamiliar, yet surprisingly easy to read, words and sentences the author used to describe each scene and setting.
I also really like how the author build up my emotion without being too dramatical or tragical in his plots, characters or any other elements of the story.
Will read another Y.B Mangunwijaya’s for sure.

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Amelia Dewi


So deep and fascinating! I finished it only in week, instead of the great worth dictions that Thomas Hunter used. But Y.B. Mangunwijaya was really a good conductors, could lead the strings of innocent childhood, flowery teenage love (that lead to the true ones), harshness of colonial march, and sorrowful life tragedies into a beautiful and remarkable symphony.

Nura


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Read Harder Challenge 2016 #9 : read a book originally published in the decade that you were born

Finish… at last. After 3 months. Sampe gerendel yg belum disampul itu sobek saduran laminatingnya karena terlalu lama ngendon di ransel. Gemar banget sama metafora baru klinting dan gatotkaca. Love the bittersweet ending, too.


Tjarles Liu

Dec 22, 2009

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Nice book that talks about topic that taboo in Indonesia, that actually no hero in a war, every body who involved is the fuckin’ criminal… nationalism has to be contemplated deeply b4 u decided 2 grab it. this book is my 2nd bible and Mangun is my god… 🙂

Nice book that talks about topic that taboo in Indonesia, that actually no hero in a war, every body who involved is the fuckin’ criminal… nationalism has to be contemplated deeply b4 u decided 2 grab it. this book is my 2nd bible and Mangun is my god… 🙂

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Arry

Jul 19, 2007

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one of the best book i’ve ever read..
one of the best book i’ve ever read..
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Meisiska Vemilia


bagus banget. no need to argue.

Qoenyeet

Aug 08, 2007

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Recommends it for:

Who are interested in love and cultural story


JOdoh di tangan Tuhan! hahahaha…

Good storyline and characters building. about everyday life and a tough life.


Yusuf Bilyarta Mangunwijaya was an architect, writer, Catholic priest, and activist. Romo Mangun (Father Mangun) was publicly known by his novel “Burung-Burung Tempua” which was awarded Ramon Magsaysay Award for South-East Asia Writings on 1996.

Titinada only active in the fiction genre, Romo Mangun also wrote many non-fiction and architectural works such as “Sastra dan Religiositas” [tr.: Literature a


Yusuf Bilyarta Mangunwijaya was an architect, writer, Catholic priest, and activist. Romo Mangun (Father Mangun) was publicly known by his novel “Penis-Pelir Burung pintang” which was awarded Ramon Magsaysay Award for South-East Asia Writings on 1996.

Not only active in the fiction genre, Romo Mangun also wrote many non-fiction and architectural works such as “Sastra dan Keimanan” [tr.: Literature and Religiosity] which won The Best Non-Fiction prize in 1982.

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* Sastra dan Religiositas, 1982
* Saya Ingin Mengupah Utang Kepada Rakyat, 1999
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* Wastu Citra, kancing Arsitektur, 1988


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