Indonesia Etc

Indonesia Etc

Exploring the Improbable Nation

Book - 2014
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An entertaining and thought-provoking portrait of Indonesia: a rich, dynamic, and often maddening nation awash with contradictions. Jakarta tweets more than any other city on earth, but 80 million Indonesians live without electricity and many of its communities still share in ritual sacrifices. Declaring independence in 1945, Indonesia said it would 'work out the details of the transfer of power etc. as soon as possible.' With over 300 ethnic groups spread across 13,500 islands, the world's fourth most populous nation has been working on that 'etc.' ever since. Bewitched by Indonesia for twenty-five years, Elizabeth Pisani recently traveled 26,000 miles around the archipelago in search of the links that bind this impossibly disparate nation. Fearless and funny, Pisani shares her deck space with pigs and cows, bunks down in a sulfurous volcano, and takes tea with a corpse. Along the way, she observes Big Men with child brides, debates corruption and cannibalism, and ponders 'sticky' traditions that cannot be erased.
Publisher: New York, NY :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393088588
Branch Call Number: 915.98 PIS NVD
Characteristics: 404 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Indonesia et cetera


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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."

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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