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✓ Read ✓ Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester ✓ Krakatoa is a scientific history of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, a volcano located on a small island between Java and Sumatra in what is now Indonesia and what was then the Dutch East Indies Like all Simon Winchester books, this one takes a long, erratic detour over the course of a couple hundred pages before actually reaching the point That won t hinder your enjoyment of the book as long as you re not in a hurry, but I thought I should mention it.
Winchester studied geology in college, and though he ended up working as a journalist, it s clear he s still passionate about the subject As a science writer, he s really excellent He explains the science behind volcanos, as well as the history of the study of plate tectonics, continental drift, and vulcanolgy This is the most interesting part of the book However, as a history writer, Winchester is, well, not so goo Over the weekend I read Krakatoa The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883, a book in which Simon Winchester has the gall to make fun of a geographically mistitled film called Krakatoa, East of Java, while himself failing to provide an adequate map of the region There are historical maps, there are maps of where the sound of the explosion could be heard, there are numerous diagrams of fault lines and continental and oceanic plates, and there is even a black and white reproduction of a painting showing a marvelously colorful post Krakatoa sunset but there isn t a single map showing where the volcanic island lay in respect to its near neighbors Java and Sumatra Nor is there a map showing the pre eruption island to scale, nor one showing the progress of the fatal tsunamis.
That oversight could stand in for the faults of the book in The Bestselling Author Of The Professor And The Madman And The Map That Changed The World Examines The Enduring And World Changing Effects Of The Catastrophic Eruption Off The Coast Of Java Of The Earth S Most Dangerous Volcano Krakatoa The Legendary Annihilation InOf The Volcano Island Of Krakatoa The Name Has Since Become A Byword For A Cataclysmic Disaster Was Followed By An Immense Tsunami That Killed Nearly Forty Thousand People Beyond The Purely Physical Horrors Of An Event That Has Only Very Recently Been Properly Understood, The Eruption Changed The World In Ways Than Could Possibly Be Imagined Dust Swirled Round The Planet For Years, Causing Temperatures To Plummet And Sunsets To Turn Vivid With Lurid And Unsettling Displays Of Light The Effects Of The Immense Waves Were Felt As Far Away As France Barometers In Bogot And Washington, DC Went Haywire Bodies Were Washed Up In Zanzibar The Sound Of The Island S Destruction Was Heard In Australia And India And On Islands Thousands Of Miles Away Most Significant Of All In View Of Today S New Political Climate The Eruption Helped To Trigger In Java A Wave Of Murderous Anti Western Militancy Among Fundamentalist Muslims One Of The First Outbreaks Of Islamic Inspired Killings Anywhere Simon Winchester S Long Experience In The World Wandering As Well As His Knowledge Of History And Geology Give Us An Entirely New Perspective On This Fascinating And Iconic Event As He Brings It Telling Back To Life Another masterful book by Simon Winchester I really enjoyed this one so much so that I ve bought a copy for my father for Father s Day When I was in Primary School one of my teachers once spoke about Krakatoa Most of what he said wasn t true, for instance, he said that the tidal wave went around the world twice Naturally, the 8 year old me had visions of a huge wall of water drowning the world Krakatoa was bad, but not quite Biblical Winchester is a pure delight to read He has such a vast spread of interests and a keen and unfailing eye for the ludicrous and the amusing that it is hard to tell what delight is next in store The discussion on the Circus that was in town at the time of the bang was magical exactly the sort of thing that I find irresistible The idea of the man who caught cannonballs for a living losin In Krakatoa The Day the World Exploded Simon Winchester again weaves the subtle magic of telling a factual story with the fascination that is too often reserved for thrillers Krakatoa is a real life thriller, the most long lastingly impressive volcanic eruption in so many ways and all are explored in this book.
First there is the historical element 1883 when the final eruption occurred is definitely historical, but recent enough that there are a lot of records and eye witness reports to draw from, so it is well documented history Before the eruption is covered however we are given an insightful, in depth look at the social political situation in the region How the Dutch came to be in power there, the we Krakatoa Krakatoa Krakatoa.
Simon Winchester does it again He lured me into purchasing this book because of the subject itself the monstrous volcanic explosion that became the byword for catastrophe And once again, Winchester let me down The man does his homework, he gets the research done, and he has his facts in line But He Is Boring.
How can a book about a volcano that obliterated an island and launched a massive killer tsunami be dull I mean, Charlton Heston should be running through the pages or something The reader should be cowering beneath the bedsheets with a flashlight, terrified of what might erupt from the next page to be turned We re talking about a disaster that lifted a SHIP and carried it into the jungle, where it rested with its entombed sailors for decades Wow.
But He Is Boring.
Three stars for excellent research and factual knowledge, but a Entertaining, interesting and tedious sometimes all at once , Winchester s take on the eruption of Krakatoa and its after effects is a smorgasbord of general geological history, historical re enactment of the eruption and the end of Dutch colonialism in what is now known as Indonesia With that said, my three star rating reflects some of my cons with this book He tends to repeat himself about specific things over and over and the chronology is off putting he goes back and forth between before and after the eruption and then back before causing slight confusion I enjoyed learning about plate tectonics continental drift theory once again, but I can see how some may find it tedious since Krakatoa isn t really referred to in detail until later on in the book.
As I enjoyed The Professor and the Madman A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Maki Apakah suatu kebanggaan bila sebuah bencana pernah menjadi buah bibir internasional Belum hilang di benak kita bencana tsunami di Banda Aceh dan sekitarnya yang menelan korban jiwa lebih dari 100.
000 jiwa Oktober 2010 lalu, erupsi Merapi turut menambah catatan bencana terbesar bagi negeri kita ini Letusan Gunung vulkanik telah lama menjadi langganan bagi wilayah negeri kita Rekor yang tidak terkalahkan adalah letusan Gunung Toba yang membentuk caldera Danau Toba, serta letusan Gunung Tambora di Sumbawa, letusan Gunung Agung di Bali 1963 , serta letusan Krakatau 1883.
Sebuah gunung dengan puncak lancip Gunung tersebut mengeluarkan asap Di sekelilingnya ada es Itulah gambar pada cover buku ini Lukisan tersebut berjudul Sunset over the Ice on Chaumont Bay, Lake Ontario yang dilukis oleh pelukis Amerika, Frederic Edwin Church yang terinspirasi oleh letusan krakatau.
Update 26 12 2018 Eruption event and underwater landslide at Anak Krakatau occurred on December 23, 2018, killing over than 400 people and counting Pictures review Wow This has got to be the most out of topic OOT book I ve ever read It saddens me to only award it two stars I usually have a soft spot for nonfictions sigh Why on earth did I do that Some of my friends rated it five stars, after all Here s a glimpse of my train of thoughts while reading this book You ll see why.
Beginning Yay, finally I get to read this book A nonfiction about something major happened in Indonesia, oh the excitement reading the first pages Hmm ok, spice trade.
Dutch early occupation I already know most of the things here but obviously the author never intended this book only for Indonesians so okay lah But but now he s talking about map making what the I have Simon Winchester could turn your decrepit granny s boring old stories into lively, magical tales He has a way of putting the reader into the past while making them feel as if the historical subjects he writes about are fresh and very much of the present Krakatoa The Day the World Exploded is no exception Though this raging volcano s past exploits in the form of catastrophic explosions can only be guessed at for lack of reliable eyewitnesses aside from its late 1800s eruption, Winchester still manages to crowd your senses with the sights, sounds, smells and very feel of the whole experience Why only 4 stars for such great writing The exposition gets boggy at times Because there is so little information on the history of Krakatoa s first supposed explosions, extraneo