Errata (as of 31/10/2016)
Author: Masatoshi Iguchi
Title: Java Essay - The Hisstory and Culture of a Southern Country (Hard Cover)
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd., Leicester, UK
Date: 15 January 2015
Format: Royal, 342 pages
ISBN-10: 178462151X; ISBN-13: 978-1784621513
Chapter Page Line or locatiom Error Correction
Introduction 15 Last line Bharataputra Balaputradewa
“ 23 Table, Year 648 Kaling Keling
“ 24 Table, Year 850 Bharataputra Balaputradewa
“ 24 Table, Year 898 Kayuwangi Watukara
“ 28 Table, Year 1922 Gyuana Dutch Guiana
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, and entertaining too, February 8, 2015
This review is from: Java Essay: The History and Culture of a Southern Country (Kindle Edition)
This is a deeply researched book, but written in a highly accessible style. The reading is assisted in no small way by a good Index so you needn't have the names (unfamiliar sounding to a Westerner) at immediate recall going forward in the book. The quite dramatic history of the various kingdoms in Java is treated from about AD 100 but the Dutch (and English!) periods of more recent times furnish much to savour as well. It is a book that can fill many hours for those interested in the history and the rich culture of Java. Nice illustrations.
by Doetze Sikkema
As posted on Amazon website:
I have to declare an interest since I have received a review copy of this volume. Nevertheless I find it a particularly exciting volume since it serves to place the history and development of Java in both its historical and geographical context.
The author, a distinguished Japanese scientist, now retired, spent some years in Java, initially as part of his original career, but subsequently his awareness of the culture and ethnography of the island became a major concern in its own right. The original volume was published in the Japanese language a few years ago; subsequently this translation into English has apparently been extended and more fully illustrated.
The quality of production is exemplary and, in my view, the book would appeal to a wide variety of readers. These would seem to include those with a purely academic interest in the development of Java, and Indonesia, as well as travellers and those with a wider awareness of Asian peoples and their cultures. Overall I am very happy to recommend it.
by Arthur David