Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Book Recommendation

Just finished The Year of Living Dangerously, and I highly recommend it.

It is a romance set in a time and place where romance was still possible, because the world was uncertain and shifting, and life's decisions could be swayed one way or another, creating possibilities for both tragedy and good fortune.

The descriptions of Sukarno's Indonesia of the mid-60's and the political turmoil surrounding it are haunting, and create the perfect backdrop for an interesting novel.

It was apparently made into a movie, and I'm setting off right now to NetFlix to put it in the queue.


5969 said...

The Year of Living Dangerously is one of my most favorite movies in the world...it's unbelievable.

mfinlay said...

I just watched the movie with great fascination. One of the things which made it so fascinating was that I realized about halfway through who was present in Sukarno's Jakarta at the time: a very young Barack Hussein Obama. Barack's mother had recently married an Indonesian student in Hawaii who was recalled to Indonesia when the political turmoil which ended Sukarno's reign began to unfold.