Historic Fiction about the events in Java in the lead up to the massive volcanic explosion of Krakatoa.From book blurbSuddenly there was a trench across the beach, about ten meters away from the fishermen, where before there had been nothing but flat sand. The fishermen moved quickly away as the trench heaved grey ash across the sand. They sprinted when it hurled black rocHistoric Fiction about the events in Java in the lead up to the massive volcanic explosion of Krakatoa.From book blurbSuddenly there was a trench across the beach, about ten meters away from the fishermen, where before there had been nothing but flat sand. The fishermen moved quickly away as the trench heaved grey ash across the sand. They sprinted when it hurled black rocks at them.Kerta didn't want to go to Krakatoa.He knows that a dark spirit, Orang Aljeh, is there and he is terrified he might wake it. But Kerta is there on the volcano, and the Ghost of Krakatoa has woken up.A powerful story of survival and loss based on the real-life events of the Krakatoa eruption in 1883.Winner of the 2010 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award Patricia Wrightson Prize...
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Krakatoa Lighthouse Reviews
It's odd that nowadays I happen to be stumbling across books that are so incredible in their concepts yet awkwardly put together and executed, in terms of writing and characterization. KRAKATOA LIGHTHOUSE tells the story of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa through the eyes of a young Javanese boy named Kerta. The world building is richly done even though, thank god, the author refrains from overzealous descriptions. Kerta is a nice enough character even though he never does really flare to life on the page. I enjoyed the dynamic between Jan and Kerta and even though the story was primarily about an entire community, I would have liked the author to explore their relationship a bit more.There is an overwhelming amount of names and characters in this novel, most of them unnecessary. The writing is clunky and shifts between POVs for no apparent reason. The occasional typos right in between an action scene make it even harder to understand what's going on. It's made even worse by the droning style of Baillie's writing.My primary beef was with the writing but looking past that, the story is kind of addictive. It's enjoyable and fast-paced and even though half the time I wasn't sure which of the five people who happen to share roughly the same name were speaking, the dialogue was good. The best part was the end however, when the volcano really goes insane, and the drama - which Baillie is better at than most things - shone through.The story is gripping, haunting and terrifying and Kerta comes into his own as a character, especially when he begins to show some resistance against the spirits which seem to paralyze the rest of the Javanese people with fear. All in all, a good enough book. Not the best I've ever read but I certainly didn't regret reading it.3.5 Stars.
I mostly wanted to read this to learn something about a volcano eruption that I had never heard about before. Since I didn't know anything, that wasn't too hard to reach. But I feel like I didn't got that much out of it except for many different names; it was hard to keep them all together. When the volcano actually errupts in the end the story isn't as exciting as you'd expect from a narrative about a natural disaster. It just didn't really get to me. And I was a bit annoyed by spelling mistakes, I usually don't notice anything in English (but every little thing in German) but in this book even I noticed something was off multiple times.
This is an exciting fictional recount of the days leading up to the Krakatoa eruption of 18933 through the life of a young Javanese man. The unequal relationships between the Javanese people and the Dutch is explained well, as is the village life and events of this time and place. The story ends with the unexpected consequences of the eruption and how it changed the world of the Javanese people and the rest of the world.
I don't how Baillie managed to make the eruption of Krakatoa and the turbulent dramas surrounding colonialism in 19th century Indonesia seem so boring.