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 royal 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 pro 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 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 like now or never Life free or die hard You have to be able to read between the printed lines Otherwise you are ust 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 proposal The Early New Order There is uite much time skip from the previous period to the last period After the Roundtable Conference Teto uitted 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 How to Hide Things in Public Places 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 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 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 talk 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 further 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 lot 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 readers Anyway I have not encountered footnotes in fictions for ages until 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 Repotuga kalau 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 hero and the Holland s army is the bad guyWell experimenting with seeing things from other perspectives this story lets us see things fairly There is no exact black and white in any casesI 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 BhismaI also like how the story highlighted 1948 and mentioned about Sjahrir I mean not to disrespect any other heroes that we have but sure Sjahrir had Bekerja dalam angkatan perang BelandaMenjelang akhir novel terdapat kejutan yang menggelitik Teto atau terbangkitkan iwa nasionalismenya dengan menjadi relawan membongkar kecurangan perusahaan tempatnya bekerja yang merugikan Indonesi.
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 oins 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 becomes a young woman who burns with the zeal of a Fix Her Up (Hot Hammered just cause The flame that had been set free by Soekarno s freedom movement burned brightly within herThere are some interesting concepts explored here but unfortunately itust isn t 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 Kasih Tak 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 not the ominous ends of two gun barrels but rather the dark nipples of a mother s breasts And I at that moment was not 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 wutThere s also the weird scene in which Atik defends her doctoral dissertation and one of her examiners goes off on an existential tangent askingWhat 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 than a mindless play of nature completely coincidental and devoid of meaningNow I dropped out of academia after my masters so I can t say for certain that biology thesis defenses don t ever turn into philosophical discussions along the lines of 2 am 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 narrativeThis is a condensed version of a longer review that I published on my blog Around the World in 2000 Books Good novel from Indonesian priest I went into this with zero expectations because postcolonial lit is Grounding Grounded Theory just not really myam 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 35 stars and once again I m uite looking forward to discussing this in the seminar 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 ma vie pour un oscar just don t have the words to describe everything Hands down the best Indonesian novel I have read so far in my life Adapted from my blog pauetdevieblogspotcomSo 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 moneyThis book is well it s not difficult per se Iust had a hard time of getting into it The book had the double sin of a written in 1st person and b contains a lot of sentimental Indonesian esue 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 andor 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 t really read them muchBut 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 RightThe Weaverbirds Indonesian Burung Burung Manyar 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 During the Japanese occupation Teto s father The Four Asian Tigers joined the rebellion and was subseuently 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 andoined 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 uest 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 not 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 colo. Novel Burung burung Manyar dapat dibaca sebagai bentuk proyek pasca kolonial Novel ini berusaha untuk mencari penyimpangan yang terjadi dalam penulisan sejarah Revolusi Indonesia Sejarah dalam novel Burung burung Manyar diceritakan sec.
Nizing Dutch became the protagonistMaybe 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 freuently 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 independenceTeto 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 not 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 lovedI expected Atik to be one dimensional and flatter than a cardboard but she was uite 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 enemyThe 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 Baabwaa and Wooliam 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 itMy problem 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 me 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 individual characters they are well developed but as a pairing they are notI 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 partust kind ofhangs there with no development whatsoever beyond a few short paragraphs I didn t even realize there s a conflict until 34 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 uickly but if that s the case then why does he insert it in the first place It s completely unnecessary and throws the reader offThere 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 efficiently used instead to flesh out the story 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 partIt 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 Good books 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 It s a gift from Lia kecil so special since it shutted me 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 Burung Burung Manyar The Weaverbirds Burung Burung 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 Order 1968 1978 Having written 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 The Late Occupation The story in this period centers around the Keraton 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. Ara mengalir dengan beberapa masukan anekdot Sejarah tidak disampaikan dengan nada otoriterSejarah dicerita melalui kisah cinta seorang yang bekerja mendukung kemerdekaan Indonesia Larasati dan Satadewa alias Teto orang Indonesia yang.
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Yusuf Bilyarta Mangunwijaya was an architect writer Catholic priest and activist Romo Mangun Father Mangun was publicly known by his novel Burung Burung Manyar 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 Religiositas tr Literature a