'Arok of Java': A coup d'etat and a snotty heroine
Ati Nurbaiti, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
Arok of Java: A Novel of Early Indonesia By Pramudya Ananta Toer 2007 translation by Max Lane Cover design and text layout: Clement Michael Publisher: Horizon Books, Singapore Pages: 387
Arrow-wielding monks and nuns. Women in the fighting ranks wearing only loincloths -- and a pregnant one, too.
A struggle for power highlighting the competition between those worshiping Syiwa, Wisnu and others, beyond simply followers of Hinduism and Buddhism, way before Christianity and Islam, and colonial rulers, entered Java.