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Best Books to Read Before Travelling to Bali

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Best books to read before travelling to Bali

These are the best books to read before travelling to Bali. Perhaps you are already in Bali. Sitting on one of the cool crisp beaches, relaxing, book in hand. Learn at about the culture in Bali. Learn about their spiritual and tradition teachings. Learn about the Balinese culture through the writen word.

Welcome to Hotel Kerobokan, or Hotel K, the tongue-in-cheek nickname for Kerobokan Jail, Bali's most notorious prison. It is a dark, bizarre and truly frightening underworld of sex, drugs, violence and squalor. Hotel K has become home to a procession of the infamous and the tragic, from the Bali Bombers to the Bali Nine.

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These two volumes present erudite yet informal essays on the visible -- sekala -- and the occult -- niskala -- elements of Bali's cultural life. The essays cover a wide range of topics, from magic and trance healing to cockfighting and seaweed farming. The author, who has lived on Bali for 28 years, is widely recognized as a self-taught guru of Balinese folk traditions.

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After Bali is Jason McCartney's account of how his life - and those of many thousands touched by the Bali bombing of October 2002 - was changed forever. His story is one of humanity overcoming adversity. McCartney is a normal young Australian, who happened to have an exceptional talent to play Australian Football. He was thrust into the hearts and minds of all Australians through his courageous fightback from horrible burns to 50 per cent of his body. His story is told in a matter-of-fact way, but is full of the spirit that saw him not only survive, but make a comeback to the AFL. He has become a true representative of Australian courage.

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The Dark Side of Paradise is an effective attempt to put the politics back into Bali's twentieth-century history. With a sure mastery of both Indonesian and Dutch sources, Robinson analyzes the class tensions between aristocrats and commoners during the late colonial period."--Times Literary Supplement"Robinson's work reaches beyond history, amply illustrating the possibilities of what might be termed a 'comparative historical sociology' approach."--Indonesia"Robinson's incisive, well-written work demolishes the fiction of the 'peaceful Balinese' that pervades academic and popular literature, and, for the first time, places modern political history directly into the middle of Balinese scholarship."--Choice"This is a brilliant book that must be read by anybody interested in modern Indonesia."--Journal of the Royal Institute of Linguistics and Anthropology

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Celebrated for the richness of its artistic and religious traditions, the island of Bali has made its distinctive culture the brand image of its tourist product. This has aroused fears among foreign observers and indigenous authorities alike, who wonder whether Balinese culture will survive the impact of tourism. The author also explores how tourism has contributed to the shaping of modern Balinese culture. An in-depth collection of tourism brochures, advertisements, postcards, newspaper cartoons, tourist snapshots, and fine art illustrate this analysis of not only has viewed Bali but also how the their visitors and the tourist industry.

 

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In this delightful memoir, Janet shares entertaining stories of being 'gently shaped like warm rice for offerings' as she adapts to another culture and way of life. She offers insights into the ancient myths and rituals still alive in Bali today and passes on delicious recipes handed down through generations of her husband's family.

 

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In this honest, heart-warming book, William Ingram shares a series of intimate moments that together sketch an illuminating portrait of a Balinese family. With wit and sensitivity, he relates captivating storiesfrom that of a special ceremony to stop a childs mischievousness to a poignant love-match which almost splits the family. His narrative explores the web of relationships that ties the members of the family to one another, their community and their ancestors. At the same time he candidly discloses a personal cross-cultural journey. Some of our notions of Bali as a paradise are affirmed by Ingrams tale. Others are dispelled only to reveal a resilient people who forgive life its tragedies and celebrate its gifts.

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In A House in Bali, McPhee unfolds a beguiling picture of a society long established, staggeringly poor in Western terms, but rich beyond belief in spiritual values and joy. The young composer writes about his discoveries of music in Bali and growing understanding of an astonishing culture where the arts are a prime preoccupation, and of the arts, music is supreme. Much has been written on Bali, but this classic work from 1947 remains the only narrative by a Western musician.

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Every year, millions of tourists visit Bali in Indonesia, but what you don t see in the glossy brochures is the rampant prostitution, the bloody turf wars waged between local gangs and the drug- and alcohol-induced Western hooliganism. Tourists are robbed, raped and murdered and get into vicious fights. In this raw and extraordinary expose, Scott offers up a Bali choking with violent street fights, cheap sex and aggressive crime.

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First published in 1937, Island of Bali has come to be regarded as a classic work on the Balinese people and their civilization. Written with remarkable clarity, Covarrubias describes the geography and nature of the island, along with the history of the people, providing a thorough account of the community, family, and individual in all spheres of Balinese life.

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Travelling will tear you apart and break you down and one of the toughest realities to face is the inequalities of the world! Be it the racism and coruption behind money and power in the western world or the cast system in India or tribal mentalities in Afirca. It may be the racism or sexisim you face and it will haunt you and you will never be able to explain it or come to terms with this unjust and unfair world we live in.

Vicki Baum's evocative historical novel recounts the lives of peasants and nobles in colonial Bali, reared against a backdrop of bloodshed and cultural invasion. Dutch imperialism brings upheaval and revolution to the beautiful island, and the Balinese rebel in what would become a powerful and poignant example of symbolic resistance. A Tale from Bali culminates with the historic Battle of Badung, in which thousands of Balinese soldiers, clothed in white and armed only with daggers, threw themselves upon the merciless efficiency of the Dutch guns.

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If you are heading to Japan I cannot recommend this fabulous and creative novel any stronger!

Appalled with the coruption of his daily life, Siladri decides to live the life of an ascetic with his wife and niece, but arch-witch Daya Datu and her protegee conspire to kill Siladri and kidnap his niece.

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Under the Volcano is dramatic history written by a master storyteller. Travellers come to Bali looking for paradise. Nehru called it “the morning of the world”. Yet this small island has seen much bloodshed – from the ritual suicides of Balinese warriors fighting the Dutch, to the massacres of 1965-66 and the bombings of 2002 and 2005. In Under the Volcano, Cameron Forbes looks at the blood and beauty of Bali through interviews, legends, reporting and history. He tells the stories of explorers, colonisers, surfers, artists, jihadists and drug-runners and above all of the Balinese themselves. In doing so he brings the island paradise into vibrant and disturbing focus.

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Erotic romance by Giselle Renarde explores lust and sexual fantasies on the sandy shores of Bali...

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