Earth Dance


by Oka Rusmini

Earth Dance

Price:  US$17.33   (SGD22.50*)
Format:  Paper Back, 160 pages
Published:  2011, Indonesia, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789798083822
SB#:  052652 (803)

About This Book

Earth Dance, the story of four generations of Balinese women, centers on conflicts that arise between the demands of caste and personal desires. Narrated by Ida Ayu Telaga, a Balinese woman in her thirties, the novel shows Balinese women—as depicted by her mother, grandmother and female peers—to be motivated by two factors: the yearning to be beautiful, and the desire for a high-caste husband. Headstrong Telaga defies her mother’s wishes and marries the man of her dreams, who is a commoner. Thus, in a reversal of societal expectations, as shown in the novel by images of women who aspire to “liberation” through “marrying up”, Telaga’s emancipation is implicitly characterized as a move downwards, through transformation to the status of a commoner. Earth Dance also reveals that—like high-caste status—beauty, too, has a price.


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