Title: Jalan Tak Ada Ujung
Author: Mochtar Lubis
Publisher: Yayasan Obor Indonesia
Book Size: 11 x 17 cm
Year of Publication: 1952
The book “Jalan Tak Ada Ujung” is written by Mochtar Lubis, released in 1952. This book is the third book he wrote after ” Senja di Jakarta” and “Harimau! Harimau!”.
The story begins when a teacher named Isa lives in the reform era. The problem is the main background of the life of Isa. The economic crisis, the circumstances, and the gap between him and his wife should be enough to make him feel hopeless.
the youths were trying hard against the invaders to leave Indonesia. The event was successful in making the city of Jakarta a very tense and tense place. After the Proclamation of Independence was exacerbated by the chaos that occurred such as the food crisis, social pressures, and an increasingly worsening economy.
At that time Isa met with Hazil in the underground revolutionary warfare. This war must be fought by young people to defeat the NICA Soldiers and the Soekarno rebel policies. Hazil and Isa are equally ambitious although both have significant differences in character. Isa is very fond of tenderness and full of fear, but Hazil is very eager to win independence.
The most unfortunate thing is when Isa can be appointed as someone important in the movement because of his position as an honorable teacher.
The adhesive between Isa and Hazil is music. the desperation of Isa And the courage of the Hazil to die for independence bridges them into one and the same situation, a situation of defensive struggle.
The intensity of the friendship of Isa and hazil that is increasingly attached to deliver them into something strange. Something close to, betrayal, relationships, love and lust. Lies present to cover up other lies outwit the axiom of Isa.
Besides that, the flow of the revolution increasingly made Isa feel afraid of death so that in his mind not to participate in the struggle for independence.
Isa seemed to not want to see the oppression and violence that became the daily food of the revolutionary era. He arrived at a time of detention and weakness. He must save Hazil and his friends and only by fighting his fears can he do it.
In the end the teacher can successfully fight his fears and succeed in saving Rahmat with hazil from NICA. Whatever power, struggle does not always have sincerity.
The road has no end in detailing the empirical atmosphere of relations between characters. The depiction of space and time and dark times in Indonesia is packaged in the story of struggle and betrayal. For Isa lived like an endless road despite defeating his fear, life is always endless.