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Krakatoa by Simon Winchester
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Jul 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, history-general, science
Read from June 16 to July 10, 2011 — I own a copy

I quite enjoyed this novel. I've read other Simon Winchester books before; the making of the Oxford English Dictionary, the Map of the UK (geological) and have found his interests quite varied. I was somewhat worried at the beginning that this story might be too scientific as he tried to explain tectonic plates and the makings of the Earth, but my fears were unfounded. The story was varied and interesting and got even more so as it got deeper into it. It covered such areas, as the development of the telegraph system and how the Explosion of Krakatoa made it so viable and the world a 'global village'. He covered the Dutch settlement in Java and Sumatra, the explosion and its devastation and its overall impact on the Earth itself. He went into the social impacts of the explosion, the rise of Islamism in Indonesia and finally the current situation. Overall, this was an entertaining, very interesting story and I look forward to reading the other Winchester stories I have on my shelf.
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Reading Progress

06/17/2011 page 10
2.0%
06/20/2011 page 60
13.0% "I enjoy his style. The story covers much more than just the volcano explosion; you get much interesting information on the history and geography, etc about the area. Very enjoyable so far"
07/06/2011 page 240
52.0% "The description of the eruptions and follow-on events was very exciting. Very interesting book so far"
07/10/2011 page 370
80.0% "I've quite enjoyed. It got off to a slow start, with some technical info on tectonic plates and such, but I've enjoyed the variety of the subject matter; history of the area, description of the volcano, impact on the world, etc.. very intersting"
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James Thane I thought this was a really interesting book as well. winchester tells a very compelling story.


Bill I've read a few of his books; he does craft a very interesting tale.


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