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Written in a Madiun prison as a response to Indonesians following President Sukarno 's leadership without question, it tells the story of seven dammar collectors who are attacked by a tiger on their way back to their village and are unable to be saved by their charismatic leader.
The book was critically acclaimed, receiving the Best Book award from the Indonesian Department of Education and Culture. It has been translated into English , Dutch and Mandarin. When he was an adolescent, Mochtar Lubis often trekked into the jungles of Sumatra. Lubis later wrote that two events during this period, seeing a well-built yet abandoned hut and having a close call with a tiger, served partly as his inspiration for Harimau!
After comforting her and giving her the kancil , they have sex two times. It is Buyung's first time. The following day, the dammar collectors go hunting and shoot a deer. After shooting it, they hear the roar of a tiger.
Hurriedly they carve up the deer, then bring it to their next camp. Although Wak Katok manages to frighten the tiger by firing his rifle, Pak Balam is seriously injured. He tells the others of prophetic dreams he had, and concludes that God is punishing them for their sins.
Pak Balam then admits his sins, as well as some of Wak Katok's. The next morning, they abandon some of their dammar and continue on their way back to Air Jernih, carrying Pak Balam.
Although they are able to frighten the tiger away, the dammar collectors are unable to stop Talib from succumbing to his wounds; he dies soon after admitting that he has sinned. Frightened by Talib's fate, Sanip confesses both his sins and Talib's. They establish camp and spend the night uneasily, worried that the tiger will attack. Due to Pak Balam's worsening condition, the next day the dammar collectors are unable to continue their journey.
Meanwhile, at camp, Sutan snaps due to Pak Balam's continuous admonition to repent his sins and attempts to strangle him. After being stopped by Pak Haji, Sutan runs away into the forest, where he is attacked by the tiger and killed.
The following morning the remaining dammar collectors leave to hunt the tiger, taking a path through a thicket. They walk for hours, and eventually Pak Haji realizes that they are lost.
After Buyung saves his life from a tree viper , Pak Haji confides in him and they decide to watch Wak Katok more closely. Wak Katok snaps, and threatens to shoot Buyung unless he confesses his sins. Buyung is unwilling, and Wak Katok prepares to shoot him.
However, they are interrupted by the approach of the tiger. Wak Katok tries to shoot him, but his rifle misfires because the gunpowder had become wet. Using fire, Buyung and the others manage to frighten the tiger away.
Sanip tells the others that he saw Wak Katok rape Siti Rubiyah; Wak Katok counters that he paid her, and she would have sex with anyone willing to give her something. Although they succeed in stopping him and tying him up, Wak Katok shoots Pak Haji in the process. Although Wak Katok threatens them, they refuse to release him and discard the talismans he gave them. They tie Wak Katok to a tree and use him as bait, then lie in wait. When the tiger approaches, Buyung is tempted to let it kill Wak Katok before shooting it.
However, after remembering Pak Haji's dying words, Buyung shoots the tiger and kills it. He and Sanip then untie the unconscious Wak Katok and prepare for the trip home. The main character. He is a year-old  and student of Wak Katok. He is known as the best shot in Air Jernih village. Although he wishes to marry a local girl, Zaitun,  he is sexually attracted to Siti Rubiyah.
He decides to propose to Zaitun upon returning to Air Jernih. Fifty-year-old Wak Katok is the leader of the dammar collectors and a much-respected and feared dukun and pencak expert. He is the teacher of Buyung, Sutan, Sanip, and Talib.
Sixty-year-old Pak Haji Rakhmad, often called Pak Haji, is a respected village elder who travelled abroad for many years, including to Mecca for the hajj. Sutan is a married, twenty-two-year-old student of Wak Katok. After thinking of his sins, including rape, murder, fornication, and theft, he attempts to strangle Pak Balam and then runs away from camp.
Sanip is a married twenty-five-year-old student of Wak Katok. He also frequented prostitutes and once kicked a copy of the Quran to the middle of the street. Talib is a married twenty-five-year-old student of Wak Katok. When he does speak, it is often a complaint. Pak Balam is a fifty-year-old villager who served as a soldier in the rebellion.
He is respected by the villagers as a devout Muslim and war hero. Pak Hitam is a nearly seventy-year-old dukun who wears all black. He is incredibly wealthy, and is rumored to have married over times.
He lives in a huma near the dammar collection area. Siti Rubiyah is the youngest and prettiest wife of Wak Hitam. It was named Best Book by Yayasan Buku Utama, a part of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, in ; its moral message was considered a good lesson for young adults. Scholar A. Teeuw considered Harimau! He considered the moral message too explicit, to the point of appearing forced. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Written in a Madiun prison as a response to Indonesians following President Sukarno 's leadership without question, it tells the story of seven dammar collectors who are attacked by a tiger on their way back to their village and are unable to be saved by their charismatic leader. The book was critically acclaimed, receiving the Best Book award from the Indonesian Department of Education and Culture. It has been translated into English , Dutch and Mandarin. When he was an adolescent, Mochtar Lubis often trekked into the jungles of Sumatra. Lubis later wrote that two events during this period, seeing a well-built yet abandoned hut and having a close call with a tiger, served partly as his inspiration for Harimau!
A self-educated journalist, Mochtar Lubis is a keen observer of how people respond to fear and stress during war and social upheaval. He gained recognition as the chief editor of the newspaper Indonesia Raya, in which he opposed the ideology that held sway through the mid's. After the overthrow of Sukarno, Lubis guided the magazine Horison to its position as the voice of contemporary literature and culture. Frank discussions of social and political life in Indonesia, along with attacks on government hypocrisy and inequities, earned Lubis the wrath of Sukarno.