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In the Time of Madness by Richard Lloyd Parry
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Feb 02, 11

Read in February, 2011

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 observations of the people in these devastating situations and the people I spend most of my time with here (everybody - the looters, the killers, and those who were murdered). . . . . while the culture is warm and friendly, the collectivist culture and total lack of organization make Indonesia ripe for future strife and mob mentality. . . . hopefully I am wrong.
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message 1: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn That's pretty disturbing, Erin!


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