This is your reward for wading through all the anti-man crap out there! But no matter! Just read it! So much pleasure to be had! Have some. Dieses Buch hat mich derart begeistert, dass ich kurz darauf selbst nach Indonesien gefahren bin. Charlie Chaplin. Mit fortschreitender Lesedauer, stellte sich davon bei mir eine zunehmende Langeweile ein.
Der Schluss wurde dann ziemlich kurz abgehandelt. Ob vielleicht zum Vorteil der Geschichte, kann ich leider nicht beantworten. View 2 comments.
Nov 20, Caroline rated it liked it. There are joyous escapades throughout the book, lighthearted but [Island of Demons] by Nigel Barley is an interestingly creative historical fictitious romp through Bali during the s and s when Indonesia was still under Dutch rule. There are joyous escapades throughout the book, lighthearted but falling short of being farcical.
Barley gives us glimpses of Balinese culture and music, the kind gentleness of the people, and the spirituality on the island that is so pervasive, even today. I think though, that Barley skates on what I consider important details. I've been to Bali a few times in my life, and there are subtleties in Balinese spirituality, Balinese dances and culture which Barley could have spent more time explaining for readers who have not been to that island. If he had done so, I believe it would have enriched the experience for his readers.
But as I've been, Barley brought me back to the sights, music, sounds and food of Bali that I so enjoyed.
Shannon Slater. Sign in. One of his associations was with King Francis I of France. He was largely responsible for the view the decadent, rich West held of Bali as a land of lush, lovely, lascivious lads and, well, really, what else matters? Other accounts illustrate Roberval acting not out of anger, but out of greed, hoping to inherit from Marguerite. Ancient Image Galleries. Paul rated it liked it Oct 03,
And I now long to return even if briefly, to reacquaint myself with the idyllic island I shall keep away from the tourist trap that is the southern tip of island. Apr 07, Tim Hannigan rated it really liked it. The artist Walter Spies was not shy about taking liberties himself, so he would probably be amused to know that more than a few liberties have been taken with the facts of his own life story in the interests of turning it into rollicking historical fiction.
Spies first came to Bali in the s, and was foremost among the shifting community of European bohemians who lived there in the last decades of Dutch colonial rule. Barley reportedly had intended to use all this detail for a biography, but then decided it would be more fun — for both writer and reader — to turn to fiction instead.
And fun it is. Und Reiselust entsteht sowieso.
leondumoulin.nl/language/classic/an-autobiography-of-anthony-trollope.php Feb 24, Nikki rated it really liked it. I read this book during my trip to Bali, to get a better idea of the Ubud circle of artists and Barley does a great job in making it come alive. The only reason I'm not giving it five stars which I award only to books I found absolutely perfect is that it dragged on towards I read this book during my trip to Bali, to get a better idea of the Ubud circle of artists and Barley does a great job in making it come alive. The only reason I'm not giving it five stars which I award only to books I found absolutely perfect is that it dragged on towards the end - like Barley felt the need to include the World War II years that somehow feel tacked on without being part of the story.
Still, for anyone travelling to Bali this should be a must-read. Dec 05, Josine van Heek rated it really liked it Shelves: asia. Excellent book to read when you are on the Indonesian island of Bali or when you are preparing for such a trip.
Feb 19, John Kitcher rated it liked it. Those books with pastel pictures on the font and huge capitalized Times New Roman fonts - I will never ever read one of those again. With that in mind, l tend to let my standards slip when buying second-hand books, hence this little number. He lives the life of an aristocrat in that he cares little for 3.
He lives the life of an aristocrat in that he cares little for money and everything for 'the crack'. Actually, he is piss-pot-poor but lives a captivating life in a dream setting.
The book was much better than l feared when looking at the book's front cover and very well written - lots of fun and dry humor mixed in. The book isn't about demons but the life of Walter Piss. Started off great 5 stars then started to taper towards the end as l got bored. Can't wait to go to Bali though Dec 22, Johanna DeBiase rated it it was ok Shelves: asia , recommended.
The narrator's voice is great. I loved learning more about the onset of ex-pats in Bali, especially Ubud, in the s. Currently traveling in Ubud, I could see first - hand what the book referred to and learn about some cultural origins. But ultimately that thread was too thin to keep me interested in a vague narrative arc. Dec 07, Lake Lady rated it really liked it. I highly recommend this bit of historical fiction to get a glimpse into the heyday of Westerners "discovering" Bali in the s and 30s.
I've been coming to Bali for over a decade and this book had some delightful insights and generally captures the roots of the culture of this intriguing island. The focus of the book is the life of the artist Walter Spies and his flamboyant exploits on the island and the many many celebrities of the day that crossed his path, from Margaret Mead and Gregory Bat I highly recommend this bit of historical fiction to get a glimpse into the heyday of Westerners "discovering" Bali in the s and 30s. The focus of the book is the life of the artist Walter Spies and his flamboyant exploits on the island and the many many celebrities of the day that crossed his path, from Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson to Cole Porter to director F.
If you're at all interested in Bali this is worth the read. Sep 23, Sven Mollet rated it really liked it. Not sure why this book is categorized as Gay. Apart form the fact it has a fictional gay character and that it focuses on a historical personage that is also gay, I found the book's relevance much larger than the sexuality of its characters. It feels more like an anthropological quest into the Balinese society and its foreign admirers during the period between the two world wars.
Excellent piece of writing, I bought into the plot mix of historical and fictional and the atmosphere felt like ove Not sure why this book is categorized as Gay.
Excellent piece of writing, I bought into the plot mix of historical and fictional and the atmosphere felt like overripe fruit with all its colour and smell. And it made me curious about traditional Balinese music. Apr 27, Leonard rated it did not like it. I love the Barley's old adventure in Cameroon.
But this novel is a misunderstanding. I am not sure who is the main character in this book: Walter and Rudolf? Or maybe both? The novel is full of random dialogues with almost every famous person, who visited Bali in the 's. I didn't discover any clue. Fortunately, the climate of Paradise Island from the early era of tourism is coming out of the novel. I expected much more from such good observer. Well, it seems that writing a historical novel is n I love the Barley's old adventure in Cameroon.
Well, it seems that writing a historical novel is not easy. Jul 13, Catrien Deys rated it liked it. This novel isn't very well edited, but still full of surprises and tropical delight. Eileen rated it liked it Jul 23, Patrick Wainwright rated it liked it Sep 30, Gediminas rated it it was amazing Jun 29, Quantity Add to basket. This item has been added to your basket View basket Checkout. Added to basket. Ross Poldark. Winston Graham. The White Queen. Philippa Gregory. An Echo in the Bone. Diana Gabaldon. Toni Morrison. The Leopard. Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.
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