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  1. says:

    The story of an Indonesian activist told by a young female Javanese expat living in NYC and working for a human rights NGO The writing is evocative even sensual at times and despite some rough edges it manages to paint a very convincing and fairly tragic picture of poor rural Indonesian communities being exploited and killed under the nose of a numb corrupt state Against this setting Saman a former priest stands up for a small community being violently pressured to sign over their lands to a new palm oil plantation He is then captured imprisioned and tortured and manages to escpae Saman's moral political and philosophical digressions make for engaging reading as does his sexual awakening later on Sex actually playes a larger role in this novel than I would have suspected putting in pretty stark relief the intense sexual repression in Indonesian society particularly the smaller and rural ones


  2. says:

    Saman is the story of how a Catholic priest in the world’s most populous Muslim country Indonesia becomes a human rights 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 rebornThe story unfolds in layers spanning the globe from one former Dutch colony Indonesia to another New York in only 180 pages We read the story through several points of view and through narrative letters and emails Watch for small details casually dropped along the way as 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 freedom


  3. says:

    25 stars rounded up Episodes told from alternating and interconnected narratives beginning with four girls who've remained friends from girlhood to portray the politicization and radicalization of the eponymous Catholic priestI'd been convinced I would give Saman a 4 star rating until I reached the last section with Jasmin ans Samn That's the point where my rating dropped to 25 stars The first 80% of the novel however was fascinating


  4. says:

    Since I read an article about the author Ayu Utami a few years back I have wanted to read one of her books for a long time already She struck me as a very brave and forward thinking 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 ratings It started off really 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 rubber 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 author 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 with the second half of the book and Saman I don't recall hearing Cok's voice There are chapters narrated by Shakuntala but I thought they were redundant It was just her 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 important role 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 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


  5. says:

    The first book by an indonesian writer I have ever readI have to admit that I'm still a bit puzzled about the meaning and the symbols in it but as I kept thinking about it and read about the reactions this book provoced I realized that it's a very brave book Sexuality religious conflicts the effects the Transmigrasi policy in the 70s friendship love everything is brought up here It is both the story of the main characters of the book and their moving fates and a reflection about Indonesia I'll definately read it again later in my life because it still captivates me somehow even though I can't exactly say why One thing is for sure It is an interesting story and the discussions this book unleashed make it worth reading


  6. says:

    Feminism RocksPolitics SucksLove is something personal


  7. says:

    Read this as part of my book club assignment Did not like the book enough to write a serious review


  8. says:

    ❝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’re husband is surely a better 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 a task done in a short timeYasmin Climax That’s what makes it different Be frank with me you didn’t have orgasm with me did you?Saman orgasm through penile penetration is not the be all and end all I always have an orgasm when I think about you I come because of everything you are Yasmin maybe our sexual intercourse should remain in our imagination Virtual sex I don’t even know how to satisfy youSaman you remember that night that very night when all I wanted was to caress your body and watch your face as you ejaculated I want to come to you I’ll teach you I’ll rape youYasmin teach me Rape me❞DISCLAIMER I reread this novel so many times so it is such a sweet nostalgia for me Everything I write here is based on my opinion The theoretical frameworks I wrote were based on books I readTRIGGER Opinions related to sexuality from several prominent figures like Irigaray and Adrienne Rich are provided as they crossed my mind when I reread this novelThank you for writing this book mbak Ayu Utami I keep reading and rereading and rereading it for the reason that I do not know Ah I guess I will be forever in your debt Full review #ayuutami #booklover #literature #literarian  #literatureteacher #literatureisliving #igreads #igbook #instaread #instabooks #bookish #bibliophile #ilovereading #shelf #shelves #bookreview #booknerd #bookofinstagram  #descaslibrary #descalibrary #bookland#bookaholic #bookworm #bookdragon#letsread #bookstagram #bookstagramindonesia


  9. says:

    Some translations can feel blocky and stagnant The translation of Saman retains a flowing poetic feel to it throughout the book The novel is an intriguing narrative with complex characters and deep backgrounds The Indonesian culture and history that is covered within the pages is captivating It is not a book with a definitive beginning middle and end That did not bother me though I enjoyed digging into the lives choices and motivations of the characters presented


  10. says:

    3 stars for the first 100 pages; 1 star for most everything after thatThere are basically two different stories going on in this book The first story is centered around Saman a Catholic priest turned plantation worker rights activist I 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 oil rubber and palm oil industries in Indonesia We also see Saman explore his sexuality and 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 here really 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 religion and sexuality I do recognize how important this book was when it was published in Indonesia in light of those taboos but it really just didn’t work for me


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Esia’s taboos extramarital sex political repression and the relationship 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 Feminism RocksPolitics SucksLove is something personal Sam the Plumber repression and the Naughty Bedtime Stories (Naughty Bedtime Series Book 2) relationship 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 Feminism RocksPolitics SucksLove is something personal

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Indonesia She worked as a journalist for Matra Forum Keadilan and DR Not long after the New Order 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 Some translations can feel blocky and stagnant The translation of Saman retains a flowing poetic feel to it throughout the book The novel is an intriguing narrative with complex characters and deep backgrounds The Indonesian culture and history that is covered within the pages is captivating It is not a book with a definitive beginning middle and end That did not bother me though I enjoyed digging into the lives choices and motivations of the characters presented