“I thought I should have read it long ago.”

All Things Books / Review

About Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk,
Written by Sarita Supratman, and was originally published in The Journal,
Sep 29, 2019


Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk (The Dancer) by Ahmad Tohari portrays the tumultuous days of 1960’s Indonesia through a love story between Srintil and Rasus in Paruk, a village that struggles to keep up with the changing world.

The village of Paruk is rather isolated, could only be reached by traversing the network of dikes bordering the wet rice fields. It was because of this isolation that its inhabitants had developed a unique way of life.

“Twenty-three homes made up this tiny community, inhabited by people with a common genealogy. It was believed that all the villagers were descended from a man named Ki Sacamenggala, a shaman and mystic of ages past who, it was said had sought out this very isolated area as a place to retire from his villainous career. To this place, the village of Paruk, Ki Sacamenggala had entrusted his descendants, his flesh and blood.”

Read the full article here.