Indonesia Etc

Indonesia Etc

Exploring the Improbable Nation

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

Baker & Taylor
Paints a unique picture of Indonesia and its citizens, where eighty million residents from over three hundred ethnic groups across 13,500 islands live without electricity and some communities still participate in ritual sacrifices.

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Searching for the benang merah, or red thread that binds the disparate parts of Indonesia together, previous resident and Indonesian-fluent Pisani, spent one year in random selection of Indonesian experiences. The former foreign correspondent for Reuter and current HIV epidemiologist put aside her London consultancy, and with a rule of just say yes, traveled more than 40,000 kilometers by motor bike, bus, boat, and plane, visiting more than three-fourths of the “Bad Boyfriend’s” provinces, ultimately finding a nation quite different than the one she thought she knew. There are 13 chapters: improbable nation; the ties that bind; sticky culture; resident aliens, the emperor is far away; happy families; spoils of the earth; profits on ice; historical fictions; misfits; indigenous arts; faith healing; the other Indonesia. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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Paints a unique picture of Indonesia and its citizens, where 80 million residents from over 300 ethnic groups across 13,500 islands live without electricity and some communities still participate in ritual sacrifices. 12,000 first printing.
"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"--Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, c2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393088588
Branch Call Number: 915.98 PIS
Characteristics: 404 p. :,maps ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: Indonesia etcetera

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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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