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The Songbird and the Rambutan Tree by Lucille Abendanon PDF and ePUB free downloadThe captivating title of The Songbird and the Rambutan Tree by Lucille Abendanon book, particularly the inclusion of the word “rambutan,” immediately caught my attention. As an Indonesian, this word holds special significance, being the name of a tropical fruit native to countries like Indonesia and Malaysia. Intrigued by the title, I delved into the synopsis and was further enthralled to discover that the story unfolded in Batavia, now known as Jakarta, in 1942. The historical context resonated with me, as it hinted at the period leading up to Indonesia’s independence in 1945, a pivotal time in our nation’s history.

For those unfamiliar with the background, Indonesia was formerly known as the Dutch East Indies and had been under Dutch colonial rule for centuries. The narrative begins during World War II when Japan, in 1942, occupied Indonesia, then known as the Dutch East Indies. The promise of liberation from Dutch rule quickly turned into a grim reality as Japan subjected Indonesia to its own form of oppression. Japan eventually surrendered in 1945, marking around three years of occupation.

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Let’s focus on the protagonist, Emmeline Abendanon, or Emmy, an eleven-year-old Dutch girl residing in Batavia with her family and household staff. Emmy’s character is portrayed as intelligent, brave, and passionate, with a hint of stubbornness that adds to her strength. Her idyllic life takes a drastic turn when Japan invades, leading to her separation from her father and her relocation to a refugee camp. Emmy’s determination to escape and reunite with her loved ones sets the stage for an extraordinary tale.

I must confess; that I am so immersed in recounting the details of The Songbird and the Rambutan Tree by Lucille Abendanon book that I haven’t shared my thoughts on it yet. To put it simply, this book deserves an unlimited number of stars. A mere 5 or 10 cannot adequately convey its brilliance. Every aspect of the book resonated with me, and I found myself engrossed in the narrative. The historical insights provided, especially regarding the specific Japanese camps for women and children in Indonesia during that time, were eye-opening. This book not only sheds light on the war’s impact but also offers a unique perspective on the lives of Europeans in Indonesia during the Japanese occupation.

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Furthermore, learning that Emmy’s story is based on a true account of a Dutch girl who lived in Indonesia during that era adds an extra layer of intrigue to the narrative. The writing itself is superb, making every aspect of the book a literary masterpiece.

In conclusion, I wholeheartedly recommend The Songbird and the Rambutan Tree by Lucille Abendanon book to all readers, though I do advise being mindful of potential triggers such as violence, war-related sounds, and descriptions of unpleasant camp conditions.

Lastly, my heartfelt thanks to the author for crafting this exceptional piece and to Netgalley for providing a copy of the book.

The Songbird and the Rambutan Tree by Lucille Abendanon is a must-read Historical Fiction Book. The ebook is available to download in PDF and ePUB format for free.

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