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Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation [Format Kindle]

Elizabeth Pisani

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It's hard to imagine the energy, tenacity and intimate background knowledge needed to write this book. Luckily, Elizabeth Pisani has these qualities in droves. Read it, even if you don't think you're interested in Indonesia it s inspiring on so many levels, from the boundless curiosity and warmth of the author to the country s spectacular miracle of geo-political confidence and experimentation. --Emma Larkin, author of Everything is Broken and Secret Histories"<br ><br >'Indonesia is a pretty bewildering area to wrangle comprehensively into one book, but Elizabeth Pisani does a great job. The former foreign correspondent's extensive travels through her old patch find her dealing with the more colourful aspects of modern Indonesia and the corruption that blights it' --Wanderlust<br ><br >'Sharp, enjoyable and well-organised... Pisani writes well and has an outsider's eye for the extraordinary and the idiosyncratic' --Literary Review<br ><br >'This book, part travelogue and part history, is a lively condensation of some of her encounters with a country that is as disparate in its politics as it is in its geography and people' --'NS Recommends', New Statesman<br ><br >'Engaging... Pisani is an erudite and adventurous travelling companion. This is a humane, intelligent travelogue that makes an initially daunting subject come gloriously alive' --Sunday Business Post<br ><br >'An affectionate portrait of a diverse, dynamic and eccentric country' --'Top Summer Reads', Financial Times<br ><br >'Meticulous, colourful and often funny... Indonesia Etc. gives a vivid sense of what Indonesia feels, smells, and tastes like. Pisani is relentlessly curious and her ability to pitch up anywhere and grasp the essence of the place is truly impressive. For anyone about to visit the place, her book is an essential companion' --Guardian<br ><br >'Indonesia Etc is an absorbing 13,000-mile ramble around this sprawling, little-known archipelago' --Independent<br ><br >'Accessible and entertaining… The characters that populate Indonesia Etc are diverse and vividly described. Certain themes - Indonesian identity; corruption - are common themes, but Pisani examines them sensitively and from multiple angles' --Geographical Magazine<br ><br >'Indonesia Etc is an absorbing 13,000-mile ramble around this sprawling, little-known archipelago' --Independent<br ><br >'A warm and punchy travelogue' --'Travel book of the year', The Times<br ><br >'A richly entertaining account' --'Book of the year', Economist

'Pisani's perceptiveness is as honed as her wit is wise' --Travel book of the year chosen by Tom Adair, Scotsman

'A richly entertaining account'

'...the author moves between the separate worlds of men and women, talks to young and old, rich and poor, [and] brings multiple perspectives to the issues she raises. Indonesians come alive to us in all their contradictions and humanity: Elizabeth Pisani persuades us that Indonesia is indeed an improbable nation.'Jean Gelman-Taylor, TLS --'Book of the year', Economist

Présentation de l'éditeur

“A spectacular achievement and one of the very best travel books I have read.”—Simon Winchester, Wall Street Journal


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 over 13,500 islands, the world’s fourth most populous nation has been working on that “etc.” ever since. Author Elizabeth Pisani traveled 26,000 miles in search of the links that bind this disparate nation.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2740 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 417 pages
  • Editeur : W. W. Norton & Company; Édition : 1 (23 juin 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00FQUDRVS
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Composition améliorée: Activé
  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°81.033 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good insights into Eastern Indonesia 30 juillet 2014
Par Sean - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
The book does provides some interesting insights into Eastern Indonesia which is very rarely written about. I find the absolutes a bit simplistic - example shallow rich ('air-kissing') Jakartas versus poor earnest villagers (read the real Indonesian). Also the 'old' Jakarta has not disappeared at all, although the number and range of street sellers have definitely declined as mini markets and malls proliferate. Ms Pisani is heavy on adjectives which does bring to life the country in all its senses, but sometimes she tries a little too hard. 'A Moulin Rouge of flayed buffalo legs' is just plain silly. Also as a long term Jakarta resident, I note some inaccuracies. Page 29 - refers to the extortion of hotel guests to get them out of flooded waters in laundry bins. That is unfair. I was there on that fateful Saturday morning when an adjacent reservoir overflowed and flooded the then Regent Hotel (now Four Seasons). The hotel staff were fantastic, and I did not witness any attempts to extort the guests...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Magnesium flashes of extreme violence 11 août 2014
Par H. Schneider - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
A gutsy and witty travel book written by an English woman, a former journalist and public health worker.
She travels through the backwoods and centers of Indonesia. Years of inside knowledge, personal contacts, language skills, historical, social, and political insights go into the narrative. Memories from earlier trips add a time axis to the trip.

I recommend the book. The agenda is determined by a healthy skepticism against religions and politicians, by a commitment to conservation causes, and by sympathies for the underdogs. I assume the book is most valuable to people who have some knowledge of Indonesia. It is not an introduction for novices.

For the question that moves most people (which role will political Islam play in the future of the country?), the book gives information that can improve our understanding. The author is not an alarmist, but she is not crazy enough to deal in prophecies. On key environmental issues like deforestation, she is not optimistic.
Many chapters about different parts of the country touch the subject of past outbreaks of violence, be it between religious or ethnic groups, or the big outbreak of murder lust in the 1960s. A subject with many explanations, but beyond comprehension.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I'm such a lousy tourist that I'm sure I'd be better off reading this book rather than heading out as ... 3 juillet 2014
Par John A - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is really a fabulous book, not to be missed by anyone who has visited Indonesia -- or anywhere else for that matter. I've never been, and now cannot wait to visit. But only if the author agrees to accompany me. My treat! I'm such a lousy tourist that I'm sure I'd be better off reading this book rather than heading out as she did, via rickety boat and motorbike.

Elizabeth Pisani is an incredible guide, enough outside of the myriad cultures of Indonesia to observe clearly, but obviously deeply in love with what she calls her "bad boyfriend." I would travel with her anytime, anywhere. She is also an excellent writer; every page was a joy, like wandering a great city and just letting your feet take you to places of surprise and delight.

I've been all over the world, and spend about half of every year in Asia and Africa at this point. Due to my work, I spend far too much time in 3-star hotels, boring restaurants and official meeting rooms. Pisani reminds us that just a few steps outside of the circles navigated by tourists and business travelers exists a whole world of wonders. Reward yourself, and read this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 EXploding exploratiON! 4 juillet 2014
Par Gerald - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
whimsical and wonderful, really tells a fine tale of Indonesia, her people, culture, food and fun. Intersting tidbits, solid stories and an excellent insightful view of this huge, wet, sprawling nation. Pisani has a story tellers gift and a researcher's clever and clear eye for detail. Good maps highlight the read, then ends, sadly, all too quickly.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A classic travelog 1 juillet 2014
Par Kelley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
A well written classic travelog which goes into the nuances of Indonesia as I have never read before. Mixes humour, historical background and a cast of personailties into a very nice read.
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