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“Arok of Java” and “Half of Man is Woman”, both novels were written
during the postcolonial nation-building period. Both the novels based on a
small fictional mixture. From my opinion, both of the novels impress me. “Arok
of Java” was an Indonesian based novel. This novel is a Historical fiction
genre. The most interesting part was the way the author describes the Hindu
culture. From this novel, I learned that Hinduism culture is also been a part
of Indonesia. I learned some of the things I read in Mahabharata. For an
example, Dedes remembered a story she had heard about the marriage between of
the Brahmin caste and a man from the Kshatriya caste, where she understood a
lesson for her not to accept a proposal of marriage from a Kshatriya. The
Kshatriyas are the leaders of a country’s army. Brahmins are the upper castes.
Kshatriyas do some things that the Brahmins cannot do. The pivotal remained
until even now, the castes of the Brahmin in intellectual,  the Kshatriya’s military. For an example,  Arok, one of the great characters in
Indonesian historic legend. His rebellion against the King of Kediri and
defeated. Moreover, Arok is one of the most favorite characters of mine because
he is very intelligent, unique and angry and also consults his problem with
everyone. For example, Dedes stepped down from her coach, a strong breeze blew
open her under the skirt. Arok saw the thighs of Dedes where it created a
dazzling light. Mpu Parwa described the light was a sign that cause descend
kingdom of Java. After that, Ken Arok took Tumapel and married Ken Dedes. This
shown his braveness. In “Half of Man is Woman”, it totally contrasts compare
with “Arok of Java”. This is a Chinese based novel. First of all, a great
appreciation for the author of the novel, because he writes his own experience,
without any hesitation. I think from my perspective it explains the human
situation, in the Chinese setting or system. This book openly talks about the
idea of sexuality. The author wrote the expression and the feelings of a
man.For an example, the main character Zhang, hears a splashing noise, where a
woman completely naked, Bathing. Zhang doesn’t know what to do. The first naked
girl before his eyes. He ran away. Moreover, Zhang didn’t see her for eight
years where she transferred to another labor camp. Zhang never stopped imagine
of her and keeps on recollect her voice . This scene proves how a man is very
impressed with how he expresses his feelings. I personally love history subject
and this novel, they clearly talked about the political events during the
Spanish Revolution. For example, from the beginning of the novel, they clearly
talk about the ideology of freedom fighting which was under the Anti-Rightist
Campaign. This is the first plot where Zhang condemned and sent to the
first labor camps. This novel is a semi-autobiographical of the character so
the scenes about the natural world, the landscape, and the beauty were
described well. For an example, the scene where he planted the rice and the
mosquitoes surrounded attacking which makes him rub his feet and waving his
hands, in sort of shuffling dance before him. Furthermore, in both novels,
women are the first part of the show. The story moves only by the lady’s
character. For example, in “Arok of Java”, the story starts with Dede’s
perspective story where she was laid out on the bed who carried by Tunggal
Ametung. In “Half of Man is Woman”, the plot begins where Zhang met the naked
woman bathing. These are the most common things I liked about these novels.
Compare with Indian and Filipino novels it is quite disappointing in terms of
narration and the story. Only some scenarios can only help to read the story
thoroughly.