It’s Not An All Night Fair is a short novel–indeed, more of a short novella–by probably the most famous Indonesian novelist, Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Though I haven’t finished the other Toer book I started (All That Is Gone) that’s becaise it’s a collection of short stories, and I often pick my way through those slowly — nothing wrong with the collection, but nothing compels me to read it in one fell swoop. On the other hand, if I couldn’t finish It’s Not An All Night Fair in one go, it’d reflect badly either on the author, or on me.
Happily, I did finish it without difficulty: after picking it up last night, I got about halfway through before I fell asleep, and finished it off in the morning. It basically tells the story of a man who, not long after getting out of prison (having served as a political prisoner, of course), receives news that his father is dying, and returns to his hometown from Jakarta to see his father during the old man’s last days.