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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883

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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

A well written story

Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883, by Simon Winchester, was an informative read with an interesting point of view. The book starts off not by talking about Krakatoa, but with the history of the spice trade in the Sunda Strait. Winchester explains th...
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883, by Simon Winchester, was an informative read with an interesting point of view. The book starts off not by talking about Krakatoa, but with the history of the spice trade in the Sunda Strait. Winchester explains the importance of the spices, the struggle for control, and the victory of the Dutch. He explains Dutch ideals and their vast trade network with the natives of Java and Banten, and the large amount of Javanese spices and Bantenese jewels the Dutch received. The Dutch settle on the small, quaint island of Batavia, (an island in the Sunda strait), that was filled with rich soil, dense foliage and amazing animal life. The Dutch build manors, ports, lighthouses, and the like all over the island and transform it into a rare example of a perfect world with nature living beside humanity, coexisting in a small island world in peace. After a long time of peaceful existence in this utopian world, the most horrible, terrible thing takes place. Through out the entire book Winchester uses detailed, factual information to support his opinions. What is fact, and what is not, is clearly stated so one does not confuse fact with opinion. The book is spun into a complex, gratifying story with painstaking detail in each chapter. Winchester thoroughly explains his opinions, and backs them up with weighted evidence. This book is a convincing, well written story about a disaster so large it had an affect on the entire planet. This story really opened my eyes as to how extraordinarily massive this explosion and resulting tsunamis really were, and how they changed the world. They leveled cities, completely wiped out islands near by, and killed over 36,000 people. The eruption also actually changed the weather because the massive ash cloud it produced blocked out the sun. Winchester has written a wonderful book that will interest teenagers and adults alike.

posted by Anonymous on January 1, 2007

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Like some other reviewers mentioned it takes quite awhile to get

Like some other reviewers mentioned it takes quite awhile to get to the actual volcano in this book about a volcano. And I also add my voice to those readers wanting more maps.
Ebook-wise, this version needs to be cleaned up a bit. There were a couple of paragraphs that...
Like some other reviewers mentioned it takes quite awhile to get to the actual volcano in this book about a volcano. And I also add my voice to those readers wanting more maps.
Ebook-wise, this version needs to be cleaned up a bit. There were a couple of paragraphs that were repeated as well as odd word substitutions. (There were several times when the word "die" was used instead of "the". That is, unless author Simon Winchester was sending me a subliminal message.)

posted by A_Woman on December 25, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Technical vs Story

    Soooo much technical/scientific background before you get to the actual story. Some was fascinating, some interesting and some just downright boring and tedious.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2007

    Not Enough About Krakatoa

    The Day the World Exploded August 27, 1883 written by Simon Winchester is a book full of information. The information given however can sometimes drift off the direct topic of Krakatoa. It's not necessarily a bad thing though as I learned alot about other things like trade and different scientists from around the world. I wished there was more direct information about Krakatoa. I wanted to know about the eruption, what caused it, and what it's effects were. This book talks about those things but in only about three or four chapters out of ten. Another objection I have is that the story was slow. I found myself skimming over parts and having to go back and reread them. This book is not an easy read. There is a lot of information and a lot of it is fairly complicated. Simon Winchester gets into not just Krakatoa but Indonesia as well. When reading it you must decipher his topics, what is related and what was not. Winchester jumps from topic to topic which makes it harder to follow though gives a lot of information on Krakatoa. The longest chapter in the book is all about the eruption and different views of people and different views of locations. Also, it was about what people were feeling and going through when the eruption occured. Winchester obviously did alot of research and it shows. The book is packed full of good imformation that he clearly thought was important even though I personally did not see it as being relevant. If you want to know a lot about all sort of different things about volcanoes and our world along with Krakatoa then it may be a good read for some people. If you are looking for a book that is all about Krakatoa this may not be the right book for you. I was disappointed.

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