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The Editor’s Notes: Chapter 1

In Batavus Droogstoppel, The Editor on 29/03/2009 at 15:20

I should have known Droogstoppel would start by stating his profession and address. There was really no chance for a more enticing first line. As he says himself, Droogstoppel has never written anything that resembled a novel, and he doesn’t even like reading such things! If the manuscripts he had shown me were not as interesting as they were, I would have never agreed to take this project on. However, no pain, no gain, right? Enduring his pompous drivel from time to time would be worth it in the end. This story is too important to let go.

The first chapter is interesting though, I must give Droogstoppel that. I even laughed aloud at his musings on verses and theatre. Although as a man much involved with literature I must confess his views are rather contrasting with mine – it is certainly not all ‘nonsense and lies’! Romantic poems and rhymes may not be all ‘truth and common sense’ but they are beautiful – something Droogstoppel probably could never understand – being a businessman and all that.

Moving on, although I disagree with him much, I must admit his writing is not bad. His vocabulary is varied, though sometimes his grammar is flawed – he often mentions how Frits corrects his errors, though he never apologizes for them. He does come off as irritating on most pages, consequently, and this worries me slightly. His use of italics and emphasis gives way to a tone which is a little too condescending and self-righteous. Hopefully in the next chapter he eases off on the ‘I am virtuous’ lines.

It’s quite an interesting beginning, though not much involved with the core of the story. So I told him to copy a scene from an unpublished play I thought was appropriate and slip it in before the first chapter. It touches on the themes of injustice and abuse of power, something which will tie in to the rest of the novel.

Hopefully Droogstoppel picks up the pace and gets further into his story in the second chapter.

– The Editor, 44 Prinzengracht, Amsterdam.


Who’s who?

In Who's Who? on 25/03/2009 at 11:10

Oh my, guess who we saw entering his house today (No.37 Lauriergracht) – Droogstoopel! Looking very dapper in a smart suit, but not too flashy, he would NOT want to attract too much attention. Curiously, he seemed to have a manuscript tucked under his arm…wonder what THAT could be about? Droogstoopel writing a book? What could that be about? The Coffee Exchange maybe? Or a torrid love affair?

Our on scene reporter, Jacobus Van Janssen was able to procure (we cannot mention how) an excerpt from the manuscript and it seems that it is an autobiography!

“I am forty-three years old, I’ve been on the ‘Change for twenty years, so I can come forward if anyone’s called for who has experience”.

Who knew Droogstoopel was forty-three, looking great for forty-three, what do you think his secret is, readers?

Sources close to the star say that Droogstoopel is feeling a little frustrated at not being name on his company, Last & Co. Coffee Brokers. It seems even though the Meyers are gone now no one has thought to add his name to the title of the company. Wonder if he’ll kick up a fuss?


Multatuli Man

“Coffee with Max Havelaar” – introduction (episode 1)

In Coffee with Max Havelaar on 25/03/2009 at 10:56

Host: Good evening ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to our brand-new web-show, “Coffee with Max Havelaar”! *applause* Yes, yes, the book was so fantastic that we decided to take it to the next level. So before we get started let’s get just a little insight for those who have no inkling of who Max Havelaar is exactly *laughter from audience*. In the novel, this man did great things to battle against a corrupt government system in Java, which as we know was a Dutch colony during the 1860’s – the time the book was written. Today, the character holds a strong reputation in the Max Havelaar Foundation – the Dutch member of FLO International, which unites 23 Fairtrade producer and labelling initiatives across Europe, Asia, Latin America, North America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. But before we go on any further into what the novel is about, let’s give a warm welcome to first and most important guest on the show – the author himself, Multatuli! *Crowd cheers, Multatuli does a victory dance as he enters the room, and the band starts playing jazz music.* 

Host: So, Mr. Eduard Douwes Dekker (can I just call you Multatuli?) 

Multatuli: *laughs*, yes of course.

Host: So tell us about how you were inspired to write Max Havelaar.

Multatuli: Yes, well it all began during 1857, when I was transferred to Lebak, in the Bantam residency of Java (now Banten province).

Host: And I assume that by that time, all the secrets of Dutch administration were known to you, yes?

Multatuli: Yes, quite, and that was when I began to protest about the abuses of the colonial system. Consequently I was threatened with dismissal from my office for my “openness of speech”. However, I resigned my appointment and returned to the Netherlands. In 1860, in an act of further protestation, I wrote Max Havelaar, and I was pleased to see that it was successful; been read all through Europe.

Host: And I agree that it is still one of the most influential reads.Well, that’s it for today ladies and gentlemen, please give another round of applause to Multatuli, who will also be joining us next episode to discuss the elements of the novel. Thank you for joining us!


Who’s who?

In Who's Who? on 25/03/2009 at 10:56

Celebrities, stars, A-List and B-List, here at Who’s who? you will be able to keep up with your favorite characters, what they’re getting up to, who they’re talking to, what sneaky business they are doing. Catch them doing every day normal things like walking their dogs, exercising, snacking, etc. Invasion of privacy? I think not !

These people are made to be scrutinized, analyzed and explored!


Multatuli Man

Idea: “The Editor’s Notes” – Tash

In Ideas for this blog on 25/03/2009 at 10:49

So my first idea is to write in the perspective of Max Havelaar’s editor. I think it would be fun as Max mentions him several times; usually because of a disagreement over wording or what to put into the chapter. I would be very free in creating this character of the ‘editor’ but it would obviously correspond with what Max says of him in the novel. It would be interesting to see the thoughts of someone who is both profiting from this book but may also not agree with Max on many things…

I don’t know. I’m kind of excited about it… but is it a good idea? Comments please!

Ideas – Kepsibel

In Character Development, Gossip, Ideas for this blog on 25/03/2009 at 10:48

1. The weather

2. The Environmental commentator : Talk bout the environments that are involved with Max Havelaar, Java vs. Amsterdam

3. The update on the coffee exchange, kind of like the stock market but the coffee exchange, showing the ups and downs of the coffee business according to the book, adding in reasons for the ups and downs that relates back to the book

4. Character profiles as they are introduced to us, update them as their stories unfold. This is my favorite idea so far and I think I can go the furthest with it, it would include quotes from them, who they are, what they look like what they do, what they wear, relationships with the other characters.. kind of like following your favorite celebrities!

another idea from nakita..

In Cultural Context, From the plantations, Ideas for this blog on 23/03/2009 at 09:45

I could write from the perspective of an indonesian coffee plantation worker.

i would look at what they think of the events of the novel as well as what they think of the dutch occupation.

I will discuss how this effects the local communities.

Zach’s first post

In Espionage, For the British East India Company (Undercover Agent), Historical Context, Ideas for this blog on 23/03/2009 at 09:32

The Dutch East Indian company had been set up in the early seventeenth century to maximize trade interests in the Malay Archipelago. By 1700, a colonial pattern was well established; the VOC had grown to become a state-within-a-state and the dominant power in the archipelago. Its territorial possessions became the property of the Dutch government. This is what my job description is. I am the spy above all spies, quietly following the trade by the Dutch. In 1800, the Powerful British Empire took over what was gaining from the Dutch, including Java. It was not until 1824, that we ceded to a treaty with the Dutch, in which Malacca, the Malay Peninsula, and possessions in India were given to us in exchange for a new capitol for the Dutch trading company in Batavia. This treaty marked the day I was assigned a job of watching over Dutch trades. My main target is a person I know little about; Max Havelaar. A born Dutch (Amsterdam to be exact), i have been monitoring his everyday life, in search for the secret of the success of how the OVC came to be. To achieve my goal I shall stay unapproachable, and set traps everywhere. Someday soon we will unlock the furtive. Until next time, I must make camp; someone might find me in the night.

Hot & Not List #1

In Character Development, Cultural Context, Gossip on 23/03/2009 at 09:14

Welcome readers to my ‘What’s Hot & What’s Not’ column! Keep your eye on this space as I will be giving you news on everything hot (and not!) happening in Amsterdam and Lebak, Java. Here you will find comments on everything from important events, scandalous affairs, and the little things…all the way down to what a person is wearing. If you enjoy snide comments, a bit of sarcasm, and some sweetness mixed in…keep your eyes pealed 🙂

What’s Hot:

  1. Scarfman- Our poor little writer makes it to the top of the ‘Hot’ list. Points to him for letting his creative juices flow…poems, stories, articles…keep them coming!
  2. The ‘pretty Greek Girl’- She makes it on the list solely for her hotness…anyone who becomes the fantasy of a group of drooling, adolescent boys can be on this list any day!
  3. Frits- Okay, so perhaps it wasn’t the best idea to open up a package addressed to someone else…but he gets points for memorizing 5 pages of verse.
  4. Scarfman’s son- for ignoring all rules of propriety and entertaining us by offending Batavus Droogstoppel in such an amusing way. Keep it up little one!

What’s Not:

  1. Droogstoppel- STEALING Scarfman’s work to write about your coffee trade? Tsk tsk tsk. This hypocritical, self-righteous coffee broker makes it to the top of the ‘Not’ list, how long before he gets what he deserves?
  2. Droogstoppel- Though he has already made it to the top of my ‘Not’ list, he comes in 2nd to himself for running away and letting Scarfman fight his battles for him. Tell us, Droogstoppel, was the pretty Greek girl worth having someone get beaten up?
  3. Scarfman’s jacket- buttoned up to the chin? All the creativity in the world can’t save this man from the fashion police. Sounds like dear Scarfman needs a few lessons on how to dress!

Nakita’s ideas

In Ideas for this blog on 23/03/2009 at 09:04

One idea that i had was that i could explore the towns and cities that the novel discusses and mentions. I could look into where they were located, what sorts of industry took place there and the history behind the town, for example colonization. I could then explore how these towns and cities relate to the novel and discuss their importance to the story.