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Kurakatoa No Daifunka: Sekai No Rekishi O Ugokashita Kazan

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466 pages
Published 2004 by Hayakawa Shobō (first published January 1st 2003)
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Will Byrnes
Nov 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nature, nonfiction
Reading Simon Winchester books is a bit like reading a web page. You start in one place, but soon succumb to sundry alluring links. On-line, of course, we are all much likelier to then wander off on yet more linked tangents, but thankfully, in his actual, paper and ink book, Winchester keeps bringing us back to the main page. And a large page it is.

One can expect certain things in Simon Winchester books, a wide array of information, from a look at relevant geology, where appropriate, to history
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Silvana
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who have lots of reading time
Wow. This has got to be the most out of topic (OOT) book I’ve ever read. It saddens me to only award it two stars. I usually have a soft spot for nonfictions *sigh*

Why on earth did I do that? Some of my friends rated it five stars, after all… Here’s a glimpse of my train of thoughts while reading this book. You’ll see why.

Beginning:

“Yay, finally I get to read this book. A nonfiction about (something major happened in) Indonesia, oh the excitement!...*reading the first pages* Hmm ok, spice trade…
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Jason Koivu
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simon Winchester could turn your decrepit granny's boring old stories into lively, magical tales. He has a way of putting the reader into the past while making them feel as if the historical subjects he writes about are fresh and very much of the present. Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded is no exception. Though this raging volcano's past exploits in the form of catastrophic explosions can only be guessed at for lack of reliable eyewitnesses aside from its late 1800s eruption, Winchester stil ...more
Trevor
Sep 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, science
Another masterful book by Simon Winchester. I really enjoyed this one – so much so that I’ve bought a copy for my father for Father’s Day.

When I was in Primary School one of my teachers once spoke about Krakatoa. Most of what he said wasn’t true, for instance, he said that the tidal wave went around the world twice. Naturally, the 8 year old me had visions of a huge wall of water drowning the world. Krakatoa was bad, but not quite Biblical.

Winchester is a pure delight to read. He has such a va
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Emily
Nov 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2003
Over the weekend I read Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883, a book in which Simon Winchester has the gall to make fun of a geographically mistitled film called "Krakatoa, East of Java," while himself failing to provide an adequate map of the region. There are historical maps, there are maps of where the sound of the explosion could be heard, there are numerous diagrams of fault-lines and continental and oceanic plates, and there is even a black-and-white reproduction of a pain ...more
Helvry Sinaga
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sumatra, history
Apakah suatu kebanggaan bila sebuah bencana pernah menjadi buah bibir internasional. Belum hilang di benak kita bencana tsunami di Banda Aceh dan sekitarnya yang menelan korban jiwa lebih dari 100.000 jiwa. Oktober 2010 lalu, erupsi Merapi turut menambah catatan bencana terbesar bagi negeri kita ini. Letusan Gunung vulkanik telah lama menjadi langganan bagi wilayah negeri kita. Rekor yang tidak terkalahkan adalah letusan Gunung Toba yang membentuk caldera Danau Toba, serta letusan Gunung Tambora ...more
Betsy
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts slowly, but really becomes interesting as the rumbles of Krakatoa become more ominous resulting in several eruptions. Eventually, most of the volcano disappears into the sea. Along with the eruptions, the area suffers a massive tsunami which causes a great loss of life. I've always been fascinated by volcanoes such as Krakatoa and Tambora so this was a good read for me. And with the reappearance of another volcanic cone, Anakrakatoa, presents the possibility of another devastati ...more
Mike
All gone. Plenty lives lost. That is the story of Krakatoa, only the 5th greatest volcanic explosion in history but probably the loudest. What intrigued me was Winchester’s assertion that this natural disaster was the first world-wide “social media” event. It happened at a time when communication technology enabled the news to be transmitted world-wide in a few hours through undersea telegraph cables. In the Victorian age, science was “sexy” and many amateur science aficionados are fascinated ...more
Josh
Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Entertaining, interesting and tedious (sometimes all at once), Winchester's take on the eruption of Krakatoa and its after effects is a smorgasbord of general geological history, historical re-enactment of the eruption and the end of Dutch colonialism in what is now known as Indonesia.

With that said, my three star rating reflects some of my 'cons' with this book. He tends to repeat himself about specific things over and over and the chronology is off-putting (he goes back and forth between befo
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cameron
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this several years ago but remember it clearly. It is a terrific book and moves at a fast clip, The kind of book you can't put down. How an author can create such tension and awe when every reader knows what happened, is beyond me.
Wonderful journalism and descriptions which put you in the middle of everything happening to the characters he discusses.
Deborah Ideiosepius
In Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded Simon Winchester again weaves the subtle magic of telling a factual story with the fascination that is too often reserved for thrillers. Krakatoa is a real life thriller, the most long lastingly impressive volcanic eruption in so many ways and all are explored in this book.

First there is the historical element; 1883 when the final eruption occurred is definitely historical, but recent enough that there are a lot of records and eye witness reports to draw f
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Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
This book was pretty good. It did get quite dry at points, and draaaaag on when it did get dry. I did learn a lot more of the history before Krakatoa erupted, which is the vast majority of this book.
GoldGato
Krakatoa. Krakatoa! Krakatoa.

Simon Winchester does it again. He lured me into purchasing this book because of the subject itself... the monstrous volcanic explosion that became the byword for catastrophe. And once again, Winchester let me down. The man does his homework, he gets the research done, and he has his facts in line.

But. He. Is. Boring.

How can a book about a volcano that obliterated an island and launched a massive killer tsunami be dull? I mean, Charlton Heston should be running thro
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JT
Apr 17, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History/Science
Shelves: goodsolidread
Alright, I know I scored this with 3 stars, but that is because it is just LONG and DULL in places.

This book is about the last great Global event right before the modern era of the industrial revolution. You learn so much and gain such an insight into this event that you can't help but feel smarter. Hell, you feel like you've earned your PhD. in Geology or some anthropological earth science by the time you reach the end of this bad mamma-jamma!

If you have a few weeks of your life to waste (pro
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Cara
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Krakatoa is a scientific history of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, a volcano located on a small island between Java and Sumatra in what is now Indonesia and what was then the Dutch East Indies. Like all Simon Winchester books, this one takes a long, erratic detour over the course of a couple hundred pages before actually reaching the point. That won't hinder your enjoyment of the book as long as you're not in a hurry, but I thought I should mention it.

Winchester studied geology in college, and t
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S.
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hookah
when I first saw KRAKATOA some eight or whatever years ago, I flipped through it at the bookstore and thought it unimpressive. hardcovers are what, $25 these days, and if you think about it, that's four or five movies (depending on the theatre/ netflix or blockbuster) or it's a lobster dinner or its a night's stay at a guesthouse in bali or singapore. don't underestimate the power of $25 ! since that time, I've now read 7 full Simon Winchester books and have a copy of one or two more buried some ...more
Yael
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On August 27, 1883, an immense volcano on an island in the Sunda Straits of immense archipelago that was the Dutch East Indies (now called Indonesia) annihilated itself in an explosion that changed the world. Thousands of people in the vicinity of the volcano died right there; many more were made homeless and destitute as a result of it. The shock wave from that titanic explosion manifested as atmospheric pressure waves -- sound waves -- heard thousands of miles away, and the disaster was follow ...more
Nicole
Jan 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted this book to be better than it was. While it has a lot of factual information about Krakatoa, it tells the tale with a number of sidetracks and blind alleys rather than in a linear fashion. At many points, it's hard to tell whether the author is relating something that happened before, during, or after the explosion.

And, unfortunately, the explosion itself is a very small portion of the book. Winchester dedicates 64 pages to explaining the origins of continental drift theory. Why
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CD
Mar 07, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Dependable historical story telling can be a dry glass in a desert for many readers. Winchester is a very fine writer, fine to the point of absurdum with descriptions that sometime take him down a path that does not always work on the written page. Having heard him speak and listened to his reading of his works it both pushes my rating of this back to 3 stars and down to 3 stars at the same time.

Nothing is left out it seems from this story, but where detail and richness of information is lacking
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Gary ONeill
This is a work of non-fiction about one of the hugest volcanic eruptions that has ever happened since there were humans on the planet. Krakatoa (between Java and Sumatra in Indonesia) erupted in 1883, a massive explosion that could be heard in Mauritius - 3000 kilometers away! The eruption and the resulting tidal wave killed 35000 people and it threw so much volcanic dust into the atmosphere that there were amazing sunsets for three years after the eruption.

I found the book fascinating. The writ
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MisterFweem
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot of the reviews I've read for this book criticize Winchester for being, well, slow. Slow to get to the action, or whatever.

Well, this isn't that kind of book. Though it's written of a Hollywood blockbuster event, this isn't popular fiction. It's a scientist's approach to a worldwide calamity, and as a result of that, Winchester earns the right to be a bit slow and methodical, delving into the significance of Indonesia in the science of evolution and how the science of plate tectonics plays
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Mindy Kannon
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nature, history, science
Wow this book is too interesting.
Love the science of volcanoes and geology!
I must read if you are interested in the way the earth moves and how we are all globally connected!
Super!
Andrea
Informative book on an interesting subject, but way too padded with tangential subjects, like spice trade, Dutch colonialism, tectonic plate science history, Islamic revolution in Indonesia, etc. Understandably, all of these are important to see the big picture of Krakatoa's role in political, cultural, and economic histories of the geographical area, but these digressions are often distracting. The actual meat of the book is lean and spread out thin, which makes it quite easy to put the book as ...more
Jim
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Parts of this book had the potential to be boring, particularly some of geological data, but the material is presented in such an engaging manner as to hold the reader's interest throughout. Hell, I even found the acknowledgements interesting! All you will ever need to know about the eruption of Krakatoa contained in one easy volume!
Moriartyandherbooks
An interesting read. Very informative, although sometimes repetitive. I would say that anyone who has an interest in the topic would really enjoy this book!
Feisty Harriet
You’ve heard of the island-volcano Krakatoa, right? Exploded in 1883 off the coast of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia? Well, if not, buckle your seat belt because I’m about to get my geek on. Krakatoa was the largest recorded volcanic explosion in history, killing 36,000 people and sending so much ash and pumice into the stratosphere–miles above the surface of the earth–that it blocked out the sun for years causing the earth’s temperature to cool by several degrees (as recorded in polar ice caps a ...more
Clif Hostetler
Aug 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
The reader of this book learns about plate tectonics, bio-diversity, the Wallace Line, and history of the Dutch East Indies Company before reaching the big explosion. Then there's the false start, followed later by the big blast, and then all sorts of stories follow. Then there's more science lessons about tsunamis, shock waves, jet stream, and other stuff. The author strings all these topics together into a most fascinating tale.

I thought the author pushed things a bit too far when he suggested
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
This is not just about that famous volcano, Krakatoa, in Indonesia [near Java and Sumatra:]. The book consumed almost 400 pages because it likewise dealt with topics related to the volcano, and volcanoes in general.

There were chapters about spices and the spice trade. Spices are the in thing at that time, and the area where Krakatoa was was where most of the spices were harvested at that time. Naturally, the Europeans competed with each other in this spice trade and somehow it was the Dutch who
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Clare O'Beara
What I like about this book is that it's not just volcanism or the history of one location. Like a huge jigsaw puzzle, the tale brings together all the colonisation and advances in science that were happening right then, right there, and connecting the world more swiftly and thoroughly than ever. From the naturalists who were discovering continental drift theory as a way of accounting for different flora and fauna on different islands in one archipelago, to understanding magma chambers under vol ...more
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3.5***

On August 27, 1883 the volcano Krakatoa exploded in a cataclysmic eruption that literally annihilated the island. The explosion resulted in more deaths than any other natural disaster – over 36,000 people lost their lives (most due to the resultant tsunami). This is a natural history of the island, the geological forces that led to its formation, destruction and rebirth, and the aftermath of that event.

The enormous magnitude of this eruption is hard to imagi
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“The scientific world of the time was in the midst of a terrible ferment, with discoveries and realizations coming at an unseemly rate. To many in the ranks of the conservative and the devout, the new theories of geology and biology were delivering a series of hammer blows to mankind's self-regard. Geologists in particular seemed to have gone berserk, to have thrown off all sense of proper obeisance to their Maker... Mankind, it seemed, was now suddenly rather – dare one say it? – insignificant. He may not have been, as he had eternally supposed, specially created.” 1 likes
“Sophisticated human beings were on hand to see this volcano's convulsions, they were able to investigate the event, and they were able to attempt to understand the processes that had caused such dreadful violence...their observations, painstaking and precise as science demanded, collided head-on with a most discomfiting reality: that while in 1883 the world was becoming ever more scientifically advanced, it was in part because of these same advances that its people found themselves in a strangely febrile and delicately balanced condition...” 0 likes
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