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Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation

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Staff Pick

Indonesia is interesting in its own right, but in Elizabeth Pisani's joyful hands, this improbable nation of 13,466 islands spanning over 3,300 miles becomes a fascinating cautionary tale about the benefits, limits, and dangers of enforcing a national identity. Pisani has spent many years living and working in Indonesia, and her historical and political insights and anecdotes are sharp, funny, and sympathetic, grounded in the oftentimes perplexing reality of island life. I found myself coveting her temerity as she island-hops, rides her motorbike up volcanoes, has tea with a corpse (twice), and participates in village rituals. She's optimistic but keenly aware of the nation's flaws; likewise, although many of her stories are hilarious and strange, they're also respectful — this never devolves into a "how weird are the Indonesians" travel piece. This book is wonderful and witty — a perfect pick for the Jared Diamond fan with wanderlust.
Recommended by Rhianna Walton, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

An entertaining and thought-provoking portrait of Indonesia: a rich, dynamic, and often maddening nation awash with contradictions.

About the Author

Elizabeth Pisani has lived in Indonesia at various times over the past twenty-five years, originally as a journalist and later as an HIV epidemiologist. The author of The Wisdom of Whores, she is based in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393088588
Author:
Pisani, Elizabeth
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Travel-Australia
Subject:
Australia & Oceania
Subject:
| Travel | Asia
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 illustrations
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
23.5 x 15.56 mm

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Product details 416 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393088588 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Indonesia is interesting in its own right, but in Elizabeth Pisani's joyful hands, this improbable nation of 13,466 islands spanning over 3,300 miles becomes a fascinating cautionary tale about the benefits, limits, and dangers of enforcing a national identity. Pisani has spent many years living and working in Indonesia, and her historical and political insights and anecdotes are sharp, funny, and sympathetic, grounded in the oftentimes perplexing reality of island life. I found myself coveting her temerity as she island-hops, rides her motorbike up volcanoes, has tea with a corpse (twice), and participates in village rituals. She's optimistic but keenly aware of the nation's flaws; likewise, although many of her stories are hilarious and strange, they're also respectful — this never devolves into a "how weird are the Indonesians" travel piece. This book is wonderful and witty — a perfect pick for the Jared Diamond fan with wanderlust.

"Synopsis" by , An entertaining and thought-provoking portrait of Indonesia: a rich, dynamic, and often maddening nation awash with contradictions.
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