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In the Time of Madness: Indonesia on the Edge of Chaos

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  228 ratings  ·  33 reviews
In the last years of the twentieth century, foreign correspondent Richard Lloyd Parry found himself in the vast island nation of Indonesia, one of the most alluring, mysterious, and violent countries in the world. For thirty-two years, it had been paralyzed by the grip of the dictator and mystic General Suharto, but now the age of Suharto was coming to an end. Would freedo ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published January 26th 2007 by Grove Press (first published 2005)
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Astri Apriyani
Saya membaca buku Richard Lloyd Parry ini yang sudah diterjemahkan dalam bahasa Indonesia, lalu berganti judul menjadi Zaman Edan: Indonesia di Ambang Kekacauan (Serambi, 2005).

Richard Lloyd Parry sendiri adalah wartawan The Times berkebangsaan Inggris, yang menjadi koresponden Asia. Basis kerjanya di Tokyo. Indonesia turut menjadi ranah liputannya untuk The Times, mengingat Indonesia masih termasuk region Asia.

Beberapa berita/peristiwa yang ditemuinya di Indonesia begitu mencengangkan. Saking m
“Buku ini membahas tentang kekerasan dan tentang rasa takut” (hal 25)

Demikian yang diungkapkan oleh Richard Lyyod Parry, jurnalis Times – London dalam kata pengantarnya di buku ini. Apa yang dikatakannya memang tak mengada-ngada. Buku yang ditulis berdasarkan hasil reportasenya ketika bertugas di Indonesia pada 1997-2001 memang secara umum memaparkan kekerasan yang pernah terjadi di beberapa bagian di wilayah Indonesia pada kurun waktu tersebut.

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Christopher Rex
Like a lot of books I end up reading, I'm not sure this is for everyone. But, I found it fascinating. In the late-1990s, Indo's long-time dictator (Suharto) was losing his grip on power and, as a result, the eclectic collection of islands known as Indonesia was unravelling and descending into self-inflicted chaos. The bizarre part of it was that the chaos and violence was as diverse and strange as the archipelago itself. Indo isn't really even a country, but rather a collection of insanely diffe ...more
Mindy McAdams
A very well written book by a journalist who stayed in Indonesia many times between 1996 and 2000. His eyewitness accounts of violence and horrible bloodshed in Kalimantan (Borneo) and East Timor, as well as his detailed reports of what happened in Jakarta when Suharto fell from power after 30 years, make for riveting reading. It is by far the best account I have read of the events of 1998 (pp. 87-170), and the chapter about Suharto (“Strength Without Sorcery”) should be required reading.
I read this book while I was in Indonesia and it was fascinating. It is a British journalist's experience in Indonesia during political turmoil and tribal wars. Amazing to hear tales of headhunting and cannibalism in modern times, but Richard Lloyd Parry saw it first hand.
It took me weeks to stomach this one. (My hyper-imaginativeness making me much too prone to overempathy). But finishing it was a project of high importance in order to fill in the blank space in my knowledge of modern Indonesian history, which was always so close - growing up as a child during the time - and yet so far from the comprehending mind of a minor. In my moment of naive idealism, it is my hope that such readings are presented at national schools across the country at the very least for ...more
Marina Zala
** Books 207 - 2014 **

Akhirnyaa Selesaii juga saya membaca buku "ringan" ini. Sangat berbobot dan mencekam!
Buku non fiksi ini berisi dari tiga bagian yaitu mengenai kalimantan(1997-1999), Jawa 1998 dan Timor Timur 1998-1999..

Dari tiga bagian itu semua kisahnya sangat menarik tetapi saya dibuat merinding dengan kisah di kalimantan (1997-1999) dimana Pertempuran antara dua kelompok etnis yaitu penduduk asli Dayak dan pendatang Madura. Ketika Penduduk asli "terdesak" oleh kedatangan pendatang dan
Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
gak ngerti kenapa bisa (?) buku yg bercerita ttg 'kekerasan' ini, begitu cepatnya dibaca, (mungkin) ini adalah salah satu pengalaman paling gak mengenakkan..sesuatu yang gak ingin diingat lagi, tapi sesuatu itu nyata terjadi diluar sana.. aku seumur-umur belum pernah ngeliat hal itu, dengan mata kepalaku sendiri, dan ketika Richard Llyord Parry..dengan begitu mengalirnya..sumpah! ini terjemahan kok bisa sebegitu luwesnya..salut buat yang nerjemahinnya nih :) ada kalanya ia (Llyord Parry) bisa be ...more
Reportase yang menarik dan penuh anekdot. Setelah baca ini, aku kok ya baru sadar kalo kita sebegitu seremnya sebagai bangsa yang katanya ramah tamah dan berbudi luhur?? o.O .. *Oooh..dari kacamata orang luar, kita begitu ya?!*>> begitu pikirku. buku ini, dari sudut pandangku, menggambarkan kita sebagai orang-orang yang menganggap kekerasan sebagai hal biasa untuk menyelesaikan masalah a.k.a berdarah dingin, dan juga mudah terpancing provokasi. Kita masih tetap bisa tersenyum dan bersopan ...more
Tadinya saya tidak percaya kalau Literary Review (London) menuliskan buku Richard Lloyd Parry ini merupakan gambaran nyata tentang sebuah bangsa yang sedang meluncur ke titik terendahnya. Tulisan itu pula yang tampak di cover depan buku Zaman Edan - Indonesia di Ambang Kekacauan. Meskipun ada banyak kekacauan dalam tahun-tahun terakhir ini, tetapi apakah ini tubir sebuah bangsa bernama Indonesia?

Setiap membaca buku saya mencari kenikmatan. Tetapi tidak dengan Zaman Edan. Asam lambung saya naik
This dude's seen decapitated heads used as tether balls, kids riding bicycles decorated with human limbs, Jakarta in full riot mode, and East Timor under siege on the day the UN announced it's independence. While describing these rather horrifying events, he also manages to squeeze a few sentences in about his relationship problems, neurosis, and contemplation about poop. Finally, as I am currently residing in Medan, Indonesia, I was disconcerted by how many parallels there were between his obse ...more
Abdul Wahid  Muhaemin
Masih terlalu banyak misteri-misteri yang masih gelap di dalam negeri yang memiliki jumlah rakyat terbesar keempat di dunia ini. Apa yang kita ketahui untuk lebih arif terhadapnya tidaklah cukup jika hanya menyentuh permukaan saja. Ricahard Lloyd Parry menggali apa yg terkubur sebagai enigma sampai pada borok-borok terdalamnya.
Sauki Basya
Membaca buku reportase jurnalistik ini seperti sedang membaca novel horor yang mengerikan. Indonesia menyimpan banyak sejarah kelam di balik senyuman ramahnya. Persis seperti hamster yang lucu nan menggemaskan tapi sekaligus kanibal!
Simpet Soge
Laporan langsung lapangan dari seorang wartawan cetak, menguak sejumlah hal yang luput dari perhatian umum di periode sejarah Indonesia modern.... Soal timor-timur, kerusuhan etnis dll.....
Preparation for Indonesia. Fascinating but violent book about the culture and history of Borneo during the mid 1990's (Madurese versus Borneo headhunters), the fall of Suharto regime, and then East Timor's independence from Indonesia. Written by a journalist who likes to get into the thick of things, it seems, but is disgusted with himself for leaving Timor once the city starts rioting against the UN. Actually, I admire his having stayed for so long. Good history, but I'm ready for something cal ...more
I really liked this book. I read it while traveling in Indonesia and it gave me a small window into a historical time. The author was a journalist covering Indonesia from the mid to late 90s at the time when Indonesians threw out their long term dictator Suharto. It gives a really good vivid view of what happened. It made me feel part of the action.

A big part of the book is about the conflict in East Timor. He recalls the bravery and shows the human face of the people fighting for freedom. He c
i don't know yet whether i can trust richard lloyd parry or not. i've only read his reports on ethnic conflicts in borneo (part 1 about kalimantan). but its already disturbing me.

is it true that the dayaks (the local in Borneo) slaughtered the maduras (settlers migrant) brutally? huh, i really want to doubt about that. but richard try really hard to convince me that it really happened in the period of 1998-1999.

however, i really recommended this book for those who study about social conflict.
This journalist was there for some of Indonesia's most violent, craziest recent history, and his account provides interesting insights into these events (if not life in general in Indonesia, which is difficult to do). Was especially neat for me to read both how different Parry's Indonesia was to the one I experienced, but also some of the frustrations and cultural differences that were similar.(However, not sure why it took me so long to read this book, so am giving it a 3 instead of a 4.)
Craig Scanlan
The book loses itself at times, but it kinda fits with the "real Heart of Darkness vibe" that kinda works in its favor. There are certainly a plethora of vividly disgusting images and moments when humanity just completely unravels into something you don't expect in the "modern" world.

Moments in this book will haunt me and make me have little desire to explore Indonesia. I appreciate the journalistic side of this history, to fit it into my academic knowledge.

Great read, basically.
Reading a book that begins with headhunters in Borneo wasn't something I found thrilling. What's wrong with these people, I asked myself at some point. Sure, I grew up hearing about the Dayaks but to read about them in great detail was something else. Nevertheless, In The Time Of Madness was very intriguing and quite an eye-opener, especially since Borneo is not far away from where I live (Singapore). The book is terrifying at times, but I'm glad I read it.
This is a basic introduction, written like a newspaper or magazine article, to some of the craziness that has happened in Indonesia - from headhunters in Borneo, the downfall of Suharto to the East Timor debacle. As a personal account its interesting, but as a historical account its a bit vague.
I knew nothing about modern Indonesian history and this gave me a little bit of background. I found some of the sections on East Timor to go on a little long, but since I knew almost nothing I needed to start from the bottom!
Mujib Burahman
Tell you the truth, a bit shocking to follow mr parry journey reflected in this book. read our people brutalism through foreigner eyes is quite somethin. I think i need a moment to deliberate for a moment after read his report.
Nov 23, 2011 Lina added it
A novel-features from a bravery journalist Richard Llyod Parry during his reportage in Indonesia. Well, we find out what really happened in Kalimantan's chaos, May's riots in Jakarta, and Timor Leste.
Interesting and fascinating book on Indonesian political culture and history. Well written, but for some odd reason, took an incredibly long time to read...
Just like Kurpizcinski, excellent stylistic reporting. Indonesia has some history and this book spells it out.
buku yang membantu kita untuk 'melawan lupa' tentang beberapa tragedi yang terjadi di indonesia.
very good account of Indonesia around the time of the fall of Suharto, very easy anecdotal style.
Sep 10, 2007 Daisy is currently reading it
my crazy Canadian co-worker gave it to me today, figured maybe I will read it..
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