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Bali 1912 by Gregor Krause
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Feb 27, 12

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Read in May, 2011

This was a great book. One of those gems comprised of photogaphs and descriptions of Bali and Balinese life at the commencement of the European corruption. The good Doctor, entranced by what he saw, felt that he had to make a record of it before it all disappeared. How prescient he was. The last remnants of that wonderful culture have somehow survived the onslaught of 20th cenury tourism, the weight of that monolithic force of mindless explitation and consumerism is however still growing apace. It seems unlikely to me that anything of what once was will be left by the middle of this century. The weight of cold hard cash will turn the place into some bastard hybrid. How sad!

This book gives very precise and clear description of how the Balinese were living at the end of the 19th century and the photographs are magnificent and absolutely captivating. I am greatful to have been able to see them and to read this sensitive man's observations.....their existence damns all the more the actions of the white skinned monsters and morons who followed en masse. The very few who may have felt as the author did were simply swamped by western greed for instantaneous self gratification. My fellow countrymen have been prominent in that tsunami of ignorance. If there is one place in the world where Australians should be thinking of an alternative origin to answer the question of "Where do you come from?" Bali is it. For the first time in my life I had cause to look at my fellows with the disdain I once held for the ugly American abroad.
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