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It's Not an All Night Fair
by Pramoedya Ananta Toer | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingAnnimanniwing of Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 2/12/2009
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by olagorie): reserved


5 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingAnnimanniwing from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, February 12, 2009

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From the back:

"With more than thirty works of fiction translated into more than thirty languages, the award-winning Pramoedya Ananta Toer was Indonesia's most celebrated writer. It's Not an All Night Fair tells the deeply affecting story of a son returning home to central Java to confront the dying and eventual death of his father. Struggling to understand his reticent father, the son embarks on a personal quest to find value and meaning, not only in his father's life but in his own." 


Journal Entry 2 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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From flipkart.com:

"Now available for the first time in English, a classic from "a novelist who should get in line for the Nobel Prize" ("Los Angeles Times")

Pramoedya Ananta Toer is Indonesia's most celebrated writer, with over thirty works of fiction translated into over thirty languages, and the recipient of many major international awards, including the grand prize in the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize competition, Japan's highest literary honor. Narrated in the first person in Pramoedya's signature style, "It's Not an All Night Fair" tells the deeply affecting story of a son returning home to central Java to confront the fact of his father's death. Struggling to understand his reticent father, the son embarks on a personal quest to find value and meaning not only in his father's life but also in his own."

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I had high expectations of this book, but I must say I was disappointed. I found the author's style too straight-forward and simple, almost clumsy. If it is, as the above review states, his signature style, I don't think I'll want to read any of his other works, never mind how celebrated he is. To me, the style detracts from the reading experience. It was too matter-of-fact to make me identify with the characters and to feel for them. Too bad - but at least I now get to cross Indonesia off my Geographical Challenge list :)

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This book will now travel on to mathgirl40 in Canada as her selection from the South-East Asian VBB. 


Journal Entry 3 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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It's Not an All Night Fair arrived today. This was one I had chosen from ApoloniaX's South-East Asian VBB. Thank you very much, Annimanni! 


Journal Entry 4 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Sunday, November 13, 2011

6 out of 10

I was interested in this book because I'd read very little that is set in Indonesia and I'd heard good things about this author. This very short novel follows a young man as he returns home to his dying father. The writing is sad and thought-provoking, but the story, which seemed stagnant, left me wanting. Still, I'm glad I read the book and would like to seek out more from this author. 


Journal Entry 5 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Friday, October 19, 2012

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Released 4 yrs ago (10/19/2012 UTC) at Waterloo, Ontario Canada

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I tagged Nakipa in a wishlist-tag game and thought she might enjoy this book as well, so it's travelling in the same package.  


Journal Entry 6 by wingNakipawing at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Friday, November 30, 2012

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It arrived today! Thank you so much for the extra surprise :D 


Journal Entry 7 by wingNakipawing at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Wednesday, January 02, 2013

7 out of 10

The thing I love the most about foreign authors is the sense of traveling to different places in my sofa. I was never physically in Indonesia, only very near at sea, and now I can say that I was there in my imagination, thanks to Mr. Toer. 


Journal Entry 8 by wingNakipawing at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Wednesday, January 02, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (1/3/2013 UTC) at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal

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Going out to the UK as a Birthday present for MissMarkey. I hope it gets there on time! :D 


Journal Entry 9 by wingMissMarkeywing at Harwell, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, January 19, 2013

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Thank you for this book. Going on Mount TBR. I like it's BC history. Thanks again :) 


Journal Entry 10 by olagorie at Oberursel, Hessen Germany on Sunday, March 16, 2014

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Great!! A Book for the Lifetime Reading challenge counting for Indonesia.  


Journal Entry 11 by olagorie at Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Monday, April 14, 2014

8 out of 10


I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Especially since I was able to compare it with my own experience with the sudden death of my mother...

Very well written, I liked the style. I learned something about Indonesia (from zero to a tiny bit).

It's a pity that this book is so very short!

Counts for Indonesia.
 


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