"Am I a stranger to the land of my birth forever, off the ground I never want to move?"Oeroeg
— The main character
is a 1948 novel by Dutch author Hella Haasse, set during the era in which Indonesia was colonised by the Netherlands. The book studies the friendship between the son of Dutch colonists, named "Johan" in the film adaptation but remaining nameless in the book, and an Indonesian boy, Oeroeg.
It is the most standard work used for School Study Media
in the Netherlands. Virtually every
student in higher education is forced to read it at some point. It has also had a theatrical film adaptation in 1993, titled Going Home
. The entire film is up for watching here
This novel contains examples of:
The film adaptation contains examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: Johan's in the military in the film and spends a good deal of the film being in an actual war instead of just fondly remembering his childhood and teenage years.
- Death by Adaptation: Johan's father is killed by Indonesian rebels.
- Killed Off for Real: Unlike in the book, both the boys' fathers.