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An Empire of the East by Norman Lewis
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Aug 18, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: travel, aid-development
Read in August, 2008

An honest and interesting look at Indonesia prior to "reformasi". Many travel books either provide an overly rosy picture of the people and places they visit (everything is interesting and the Western lifestyle is all wrong) or are condescending and critical. Lewis does not refrain from being critical, but at the same time provides a realistic, well-researched and empathetic look at the people and lifestyles in Aceh, East Timor and Papua. I think that he really captures Indonesia here - especially the outside-Jakarta/outside-Bali world that is most of Indonesia.
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