Indonesia Etc

Indonesia Etc

Exploring the Improbable Nation

Book - 2014
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Jakarta tweets more than any other city on earth, but 80million Indonesians live without electricity and many of itscommunities still share in ritual sacrifices. Declaring independencein 1945, Indonesia said it would "work out the detailsof the transfer of power etc. as soon as possible." With over300 ethnic groups spread across 13,500 islands, the world'sfourth most populous nation has been working on that"etc." ever since. Bewitched by Indonesia for twenty-fiveyears, Elizabeth Pisani recently traveled 26,000 miles aroundthe archipelago in search of the links that bind this impossiblydisparate nation. Fearless and funny, Pisani shares herdeck space with pigs and cows, bunks down in a sulfurousvolcano, and takes tea with a corpse. Along the way, sheobserves Big Men with child brides, debates corruption andcannibalism, and ponders "sticky" traditions that cannot beerased.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780393088588
0393088588
Characteristics: 404 pages : maps

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lukasevansherman
Aug 22, 2015

"'We the people of Indonesia, hereby declare the independence of Indonesia. Matters relating to the transfer of power etc. will be executed carefully and as soon as possible.'
Indonesia has been working on that 'etc.' ever since."
Indonesia is a huge, populous, diverse country consisting of thousands of islands and the world's largest Muslim population, yet other than tourist favorite Bali, little is known about it in the West. Journalist and health worker Elizabeth Pisani's book is part travelogue and part history of the "improbable nation." Good travel writing is hard to do and she doesn't really excel at that, while it's too haphazard to function as a coherent history of the country. Not bad, but disappointing. Check out the documentaries "The Act of Killing" and "The Look of Silence."

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Ichigaga
Apr 02, 2015

This book provided me with a deep understanding of Indonesia. Having been to Indonesia, the country makes more sense to me now.

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