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Krakatau: Ketika Dunia Meledak, 27 Agustus 1883

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Apa hubungan letusan Krakatau tahun 1883 dengan
* tsunami Aceh tahun 2004?
* pergolakan Islam di Banten tahun 1888?
* cikal bakal perkebunan karet Indonesia?
* para penyair romantik Inggris seperti Gerard Manley Hopkins dan Marry Shelley?
* lukisan lanskap romantik Amerika aliran Hudson River?
* teori Evolusi Charles Darwin, yang pembuktiannya dilakukan dengan menunggangi hasil
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Paperback, 509 pages
Published April 2006 by Serambi (first published January 1st 2003)
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Will Byrnes
Nov 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, nature
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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Saleh MoonWalker
Onvan : Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded - Nevisande : Simon Winchester - ISBN : 60838590 - ISBN13 : 9780060838591 - Dar 464 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2003
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: history, sumatra
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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Simon Winchester, OBE, is a British writer, journalist and broadcaster who resides in the United States. Through his career at The Guardian, Winchester covered numerous significant events including Bloody Sunday and the Watergate Scandal. As an author, Simon Winchester has written or contributed to over a dozen nonfiction books and authored one novel, and his articles appear in several travel publ ...more
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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
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