Category: Book Reviews

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Jamie James and The Glamour of Strangeness

Jamie James’ book “The Glamour of Strangeness” is a global survey of exotes, artists and writers who “roam the world in search of the home they never had in the...

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Recruit To Revolution

John Coast was 31 when he flew to Bukittinggi in 1948. His life’s journey until that point had been one of youthful idealism when he had flirted with fascism while...

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Mama Says Relax

OK, I’ll admit it; I’ve been on a bit of a Will Meyrick-athon of late. He’s a busy guy, so we’ve busily been bringing you news of his latest ventures. But his...

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Jalan Jalan – A Novel of Indonesia

Mike Stoner Tuttle Publishing 2016 ISBN 978-0-8048-4629-5 The dozen or so books about Indonesia that I’ve reviewed, most for these pages, have been undertaken with...

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A Brief History of Indonesia

A Brief History of Indonesia Tim Hannigan pub. Tuttle 2015 pp.288 ISBN 978-0-8048-4476-5 (pbk) ISBN 978-0-4629-1716-7(ebook) The sub-title is far from brief: Sultans,...

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Jakarta Jive, Bali Blues

Living through interesting times and recording them as an observer, albeit with a strong attachment, offers a value not only for future historians, but also for those of...

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What do you pack?

Roberto Di Marco was born and grew up in Rome, Italy. He attended a liceo in Rome, earning degrees in philosophy, psychology, criminology and forensic psychiatry....

Portraits of Naomi Klein

Capitalism vs The Climate

We are entitled to look back at 2014 with some pride. Recent achievements include democratic elections where the old political elite were told where to go; while the...

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Eheng: A Journey to the Dayak Afterlife

An excerpt from Looking for Borneo, images, words and music inspired by the book, Crazy Little Heaven. Not far from here, at the end of an impossibly potholed jungle...

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Odyle Knight: Astrologer, Author, Lecturer

It is appropriate that the theme of divine providence is the common thread running through all of Odyle Knight’s three books. Her belief that a universal force guides...

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Fitriyanti Dahlia: Specializing in Biography

Writing a biography is very challenging. Not only does it include issues of access and information—length and depth—but it also risks exaggerating a subject’s...

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Contemporary Photography in Bali

Step inside any reputable bookstore in Bali and your eyes are quickly seduced by glossy, colourful images adorning the covers of magazines and books praising the virtues...

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Indonesia Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation

And explore Indonesia with a very keen eye and widening mind is what Elizabeth Pisani (EP) did for just over a year in 2011/12. She was first posted here by Reuters in...

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John H. McGlynn – The Lontar Foundation

For much of the world, Indonesia is an exotic country next to Bali, and Java is where coffee comes from. It's viewed as a land of smiles, of gamelan, spices, volcanoes,...