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Krakatoa by Simon Winchester
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Nov 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fictions
Recommended to Mark by: Matthew
Read from June 10 to November 10, 2011

I always attracted to history, especially if it has connection with (natural) disasters.

That's why when a book like Krakatoa: The Day The World Exploded got published, I always have an urge to read it (and whenever possible, to buy and add it into my personal library).

I mean, a book such as Krakatoa is like a perfect combo: a history book that tries to fully describe a big disaster, a catastrophe, which is widely believed has major impact and affected history of human kind, especially in the Dutch's East Indies (now Indonesia).

I heard there were two movies about the infamous Krakatau explosion in 1883, but only found one from YouTube: the now infamous "Krakatoa: East of Java". Well, I still think it is much better to read a book than see a dramatized, stressful family drama. Right?

For readers who want or plan to read the Bahasa Indonesia-translated version, I suggest you to think again. The translation quality is so bad, hard to understand and has too many errors. I wonder whether its editor(s) got sacked after this particular project.

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Cindy The good Krakatoa film is called Krakatoa: The Last Days. It's available here:

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