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In the time of madness : Indonesia on the edge of chaos

by Lloyd Parry, Richard.

Format: Print Book 2005
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction DS620.2.P37 2005
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Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  DS620.2.P37 2005
Northland Public Library Nonfiction 959.8039 P24
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  959.8039 P24
In the last years of the twentieth century, longtime journalist Richard Lloyd Parry found himself in the vast island nation of Indonesia, one of the most alluring, mysterious, and violent countries in the world. For thirty-two years, it had been paralyzed by the grip of the dictator and mystic General Suharto, but now the age of Suharto was coming to an end. Would freedom prevail, or merely lawlessness? On the island of Borneo, tribesmen embarked on a savage war of headhunting and cannibalism. Vast jungles burned uncontrollably; money lost its value; there were plane crashes and volcanic eruptions. After the tumultuous fall of Suharto came the vote on independence from Indonesia for the tiny occupied country of East Timor. And it was here, trapped in the besieged compound of the United Nations, that Lloyd Parry reached his own breaking point. A book of hair-raising immediacy and a riveting account of a voyage into the abyss, "In the Time of Madness" is an accomplishment in the great tradition of Conrad, Orwell, and Ryszard Kapuscinski.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Between 1996 and 1999, British foreign correspondent Parry repeatedly forayed into some of the worst strife rending the islands of Indonesia, a nation emerging tumultuously from the dictatorship of General Suharto. This boldly reported, introspective account-"a book about violence, and about being afraid"-is his attempt to make sense, however incompletely, of what happened in Java, Borneo and East Timor. In Borneo, Parry saw seven decapitated heads, among other horrors, when he went to report on "an ethnic war of scarcely imaginable savagery." He witnessed the collapse of the rupiah and the 1998 mass student protests in Jakarta on the occasion of Suharto's reappointment. As the East Timorese agitated for independence from Indonesian rule, Parry ventured into the East Timor jungle to meet with rebels. And when the independence referendum soon thereafter brought Indonesia's military might down on East Timor, a Portuguese colony until 1975, Parry holed up in the U.N. compound at the vortex of the violence. He laments his self-protecting decision to leave the compound, though, comparing himself unfavorably to fearless Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski-"doused in benzene at the burning roadblocks." Holding Parry's writing to Kapuscinski's gold standard reveals it to be a little light on analysis and heavy on self-reflection, though it is clipped, vivid and honest. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Lloyd Parry, Richard -- Travel -- Indonesia.
Indonesia -- Description and travel.
Timor-Leste -- History -- Autonomy and independence movements.
Publisher New York :Grove Press,2005
Edition 1st American ed.
Language English
Description 315 pages : maps ; 24 cm
ISBN 0802118089
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