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3 stars for the first 100 pages "1 star for most everything after thatThere are basically two different stories going on in this book "star for most everything after thatThere are basically two different stories going on in this book first story is centered around Saman a after thatThere are basically two different stories going on in this book The first story is centered around Saman a priest turned plantation worker ights activist I The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog's Life Quality and Longevity really enjoyed his storyline and wish Utami had developed it even further In this portion of the book Utami highlights conditions in transmigration communities and the heavy hand of oilubber and palm oil industries in Indonesia We also see Saman explore his sexuality and No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History rethink his vow of celibacy All goodThen there is a secondary and in my opinion unnecessary plot about four women who ve been friends since their youth This portion of the book basically serves as a chance to have female characters talk openly about their sexuality and voice their opinions on other societal issues I didn t find anything particularly intriguing about these women and the exploration of sexuality hereeally came off astasteless While their story sort of ties into Saman s it didn t do so cleanlyI was totally engaged in this book for the first 100 pages or so and then it just lost me It began to feel like Utami simply wanted to provide commentary on every taboo subject in Indonesia to the detriment of meaningful plot development Having said that she certainly brings up important points about environmental and human exploitation colonialism orientalism discrimination against Chinese in Indonesia Close to the Land: The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1820-1870 religion and sexuality I doecognize how important this book was when it was published in Indonesia in light of those taboos but it eally just didn t work for me Saman I have aloerotism I have sex with my husband but it s you I am imagining He s been asking why I so often want the lights out It s because I m imagining your face your bodyYasmin I am jealous You are having sex I m not you e husband is surely a not You L. Munatius Plancus re husband is surely a lover than I am I come too fast But I suppose if I were to get you pregnant it would mean I am efficient capable of getting. Saman is a story filtered through the lives of its feisty female protagonists and the enigmatic “hero” Saman It is at o­nce an exposé of the oppression of plantation workers in South Sumatra a lyrical uest to understand the place ofeligion and spirituality in contemporary lives a playful exploration of female sexuality and a story about love in all its guises while touching o­n all of Indon. ,
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is something personal I ead an article about the author Ayu Utami a few years back I have wanted to ead one of her books for "a long time already She struck me as a very brave and forward "long time already She struck me as a very brave and forward female author in a country dominated by patriarchy Earlier this year I finally managed to buy a copy of Saman even in its original language Yay Further it was the perfect length for me just over 200 pages Well what can I say now I think I understand why this book mostly got average The Pink Pearl ratings It started offeally good We meet Laila a photographer who is assigned to take promotional marketing photos for an oil drilling company On site she falls in love with Sihar Situmorang a Batak engineer with a strong personality and penchant for justice They witness a cruel accident and grow close to each other during the legal process However he is married and Laila much younger than him During the legal process we meet Saman and then suddenly the next 34 of the book focuses on him We get a ghost story and we get another social justice issue ubber farmers who are harassed by a palm oil company that wants to take away their land Saman who has taken his vows in a parish is completely obsessed by their troubles Things get worse and Saman s path crosses again with the four women whom the get worse and Saman s path crosses again with the four women whom the supposedly focused on Laila Cok Yasmin and Shakuntala We never get a proper ending for Laila which bothers me a lot I wanted to know what happened to her and Sihar Her story didn t fit at all wit. Esia’s taboos extramarital sex political epression and the elationship between Christians and MuslimsSaman has taken the Indonesian literary world by storm and sold over 100000 copies in the Indonesian language and is now available for the first time in EnglishABOUT THE AUTHORAyu Utami was born in Bogor grew up in Jakarta and obtained her bachelor degree in Literature Studies from University of. Fairy Tales are True: Silent Reach from the Dunes to the Khumba Mela recall hearing Cok s voice There are chapters narrated by Shakuntala but I thought they wereedundant It was just her Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction ranting about Laila s devotion to Sihar and how the friendship formed between the four women Yasmin suddenly emerges towards the end of the book and took on an importantole but I didn t manage to warm up to her because the story was about something else before she even entered So all in all the story is all over the place Maybe I should Dying to Be Ill: True Stories of Medical Deception read the next book so I can get some answers to my uestions Or will I just get confused What also annoyed me a lot are the many typos and errors in spelling This book is like a mishmash of an Indonesian Sex in the City with a ghost story and several serious social justice issues oil mining palm oil company freedom of press thrown in Saman is the story of how a Catholic priest in the world s most populous Muslim country Indonesia becomes a humanights activist called Saman Author journalist Ayu Utami turns the familiar tale of the crusader for justice on its head by folding Saman s story into that of a group of young women who knew him when they were school girls and he a newly ordained priestLaila is the good girl who always falls for men she cannot have Shakuntala the dancer who breaks her name in two for an American grant Cok the bad girl exiled by her family Yasmin the serious attorney trapped in a dull marriage As these girls grow up and explore their sexual identities the priest comes into his own and with their help is Octavio's Journey rebornThe story unfolds in layers spanning the globe from one former Dutch colony Indonesia to another New York in only 180 pages Weead the story through several points of view and through narrative letters and emails Watch for small details casually dropped along the way and through narrative letters and emails Watch for small details casually dropped along the way they add up to a powerful tale that is as much about the diversity of modern Indonesia as it is about any one person s search for justice and freedo. Indonesia She worked as a journalist for Matra Forum Keadilan and DR Not long after the New Order Philosophy in Social Work regime closed Tempo Editor and Detik she participated in the founding of Indonesia’s Alliance of Independent Journalists to protest the closure of those three weeklys Currently she is working for the cultural journal Kalam and at Teater Utan Kayu Saman was awarded the Prince Claus Award in the year 20.