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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    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 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.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2004

    Tough, but interesting read

    The description of the volcano was very interesting, but getting to that point (about half-way through the story) was dry and difficult to get through. Unless the reader has a solid grip on science and early world history, he or she will get lost in what Winchester is trying to bring out. This book takes patience to read, but is worth the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2004

    Lousy maps

    I'm finally at the point where the volcano really blew up. But, I have had a hard time pinpointing on the terrible maps where the towns that are in the forefront are: I was reduced to using a magnifying glass and even then strained my eyesight finding Anjer on the tiny Before Krakatoa map, which should have been enlarged and given its own page as well as the After Krakatoa map. Many other places mentioned I haven't bothered to squint to find, or they are nowhere on the maps in the book. It is nearly impossible to imagine the scope of the whole without knowing exactly where places are in relation to each other and to Krakatoa. This, in my opinion, severely lessens the impact the author was hoping for. The digressions about the modern science of geology solving some of the questions of Krakatoa were a big interruption in the flow of the story. It was interesting, but took away from the story-abruptly taking the reader from the 1800s and earlier history of the area to the mid-20th century and later sciences, along with some unnecessary personal recollections by the author, then back to the 1880s. However, in spite of what I feel are flaws in the editing process, it is a book I'm recommending to my friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2003

    Everything you wanted to know about Krakatoa and more

    Can you give half stars? 3 ½ stars sounds about right. Very interesting read that covers everything from geology to biology and even the political and sociological impact of the Krakatoa Volcano's massive 1883 explosion. I learned a lot and enjoyed much of the book, especially the discovery of Alfred Russel Wallace and the Wallace line. This amazing story and discovery is worth the price of the book. I did find the book rather uneven with a really poorly written first chapter, '.a Pointed Mountain', but give it time and you will find much to reward in later chapters. If the topic interests you, I'm sure you will enjoy this well-rounded review of the Krakatoa story.

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