The Planter’s Wife

The Planter’s Wife

Synopsis Post War Malaya: in the wreckage of Japanese occupation, the world which the British knew had gone. Some return trying to rebuild their old lives, others to start anew. But British trained, Chinese jungle soldiers armed with weapons cached at the end of WW2 seek a different, communist future for Malaya: and so begins the ‘Emergency’, the bitter, bloody war waged for nine years against both the British and the Malays. After surviving three years in the camps in wartime Malaya, Dorothy returns from a grey, post war England to try and find the life which she knows can no longer really be. She meets steady, inglorious Harry who has jumped at the chance to build a life as a planter. SG Simmons brings to life this extraordinary period of change to weave upon it a very human tale. Metadata Imprint: BookCyclone Publication date: June, 2013 ISBN: 9789881554246 Price (paper): US$19.95/HK$160 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Price (e-book): US$7.99 Blurbage `A touching tale of colonial Malaya told with a warmth of human understanding by an accomplished story teller straight from the tradition of Paul Scott and Francis King.’ — Nigel Collett, acclaimed author of `The Butcher of Amritsar: General Reginald Dyer’. `Everyday material, is turned into something very powerful and moving. The Far East does lend itself so well to tales of heartbreak, as Somerset Maugham and the composer of Madam Butterfly discovered.’ –Lady short, who witnessed the Emergency alongside her husband, the commanding officer of the famed 6th Gurkha Rifles. Buy: Amazon Smashwords...

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Drought

Drought

Synopsis Drought, a translation of Iwan Simatupang’s novel, Kering (1972), is a joyous celebration of life and human commitment. Its hero is an ex-student, ex-soldier, and ex-bandit, who decides to transmigrate to one of the outer islands of Indonesia to restart life as a farmer. His near failure brings him into contact with a wonderful range of inspired madmen—bureaucrats, bandits, psychiatrists, religious teachers, and the beautiful woman known simply as the V.I.P. Combined, these characters bring into question the normalcy of conventional society. Drought shows Simatupang writing at the height of his powers and is a lyrical testimony to the strength—and the unpredictability—of the human character. Metadata Imprint: BookCyclone Publication date: 12 March, 2013 ISBN: 9789881554123 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 111,000 Price (e-book): US$11.99 Buy Ebook: Amazon Smashwords    ...

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If You Fall Down Seven Times Get Up Eight: Aspects of Practice for Gay and Lesbian Buddhists by Deshi

If You Fall Down Seven Times Get Up Eight: Aspects of Practice for Gay and Lesbian Buddhists by Deshi

Summary: If You Fall Down Seven Times Get Up Eight: Aspects of Practice for Gay and Lesbian Buddhists offers both male and female, beginner and veteran a discussion of those aspects of Buddhist practice which benefit gay people and which address current issues of prejudice and homophobia. It outlines clearly and with examples why the Buddhist Dharma is suited to gay people and how it can help them deal with suffering. Price: USD 7.99, HKD 62.99 Author/Editor: Deshi Publisher: BookCyclone ISBN: 978-988-15540-8-6 Buy: Paperback: Amazon E-books: Amazon Apple Barnes & Noble...

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Earth Dance

Earth Dance

Summary: Earth Dance, the story of four generations of Balinese women, centers on conflicts that arise between the demands of caste and personal desires.Narrated by Ida Ayu Telaga, a Balinese woman in her thirties, the novel shows Balinese women—as depicted by her mother, grandmother and female peers—to be motivated by two factors: the yearning to be beautiful, and the desire for a high-caste husband. Headstrong Telaga defies her mother’s wishes and marries the man of her dreams, who is a commoner. Thus, in a reversal of societal expectations, as shown in the novel by images of women who aspire to “liberation” through “marrying up”, Telaga’s emancipation is implicitly characterized as a move downwards, through transformation to the status of a commoner. Earth Dance also reveals that—like high-caste status—beauty, too, has a price. Behind the thick, glossy hair and golden complexion, lies a web of jealousy, derision and intrigue. Telaga, whose life is controlled by her mother’s avarice, her mother-in-law’s bitterness and the greed of her sister-in-law, has frequent cause to wonder: “Is this what it means to be a woman?” Price: USD 9.99, HKD 78.99 Author/Editor: Oka Rusmini Publisher: Lontar ISBN: 978-988-15539-8-0 Buy: Paperback: Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository E-books: Amazon...

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An Old Man’s Rules for Hitchhiking

An Old Man’s Rules for Hitchhiking

Summary: John A. McGlynn’s favorite motto was “never let the truth get in the way of a good lie” – but as is revealed in his imaginative tales of travels to Mexico, Indonesia, and other exotic ports of call, it is often in the fantastic that truths are found. Populated with characters Mark Twain would have appreciated, McGlynn’s stories are those of a modern-day Everyman, and are as recognizable to an American as they would be to an Indonesian about the common nature of man. His guide to hitchhiking, written after more than fifty years of experience on the road, displays a singular sense of wit and irony and provides remarkable insights into the foibles of mankind. Price: USD 9.99 Author/Editor: John A. McGlynn, Jr. Publisher: Godown-Lontar ISBN: 978-988-15541-1-6 Buy: Paperback: Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository E-books: Unavailable...

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The Painter of Lost Souls

The Painter of Lost Souls

Summary: A fast-paced, intensely emotional drama of Indonesian life high and low, set against the tumultuous backdrop of the reformasi era, after the fall of Suharto in 1999. The Painter of Lost Souls is the story of Sito, a brilliantly gifted artist who leaves his home in a poor village in Central Java while still in his teens, to make his name and his fortune in the royal city of Jogjakarta. Vatikiotis tells a suspenseful tale that weaves together a fascinating inside view of the art boom in Indonesia and the nation’s political ferment in the twenty-first century, haunted by ghosts of the nation’s bloody past. Yet the soul of the book is a young man’s coming of age. Drawing on the rich color and magic of Indonesia’s cultural heartland, this imaginative story of youthful fulfillment and triumph in the face of tragedy takes the reader deep into the creative soul and harsh social realities of modern Indonesia. Price: USD 9.99, HKD 78.99 Author/Editor: Michael Vatikiotis Publisher: Godown-Lontar ISBN: 978-988-15540-5-5 Buy: Paperback: Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository E-books: Amazon Smashwords...

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