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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 (original: 2003; edição: 2004)

de Simon Winchester (Autor)

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"The author examines the enduring and world-changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the earth's most dangerous volcano - Krakatoa." "The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa - the name has since become a byword for a cataclysmic disaster - was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event that has only very recently been properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round the planet for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid with lurid and unsettling displays of light. The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France. Barometers in Bogota and Washington, D. C., went haywire. Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. The sound of the island's destruction was heard in Australia and India and on islands thousands of miles away. Most significant of all - in view of today's new political climate - the eruption helped to trigger in Java a wave of murderous anti-Western militancy among fundamentalist Muslims: one of the first outbreaks of Islamic-inspired killings anywhere."--BOOK JACKET.… (mais)
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Título:Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
Autores:Simon Winchester (Autor)
Informação:Harper Perennial (2004), Edition: First Edition Thus, 448 pages
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"Civilization exist by geologic consent, subject to change without notice" Will Durant


I have been anxious to read this book since I found it at used book sale in the Spring. This is an event I knew hardly anything about, Thumbing through it before buying it, it seemed a good choice. I don't regret buying or reading it, however, there is more to this book than the eruption of Krakatoa and the devastation that resulted from it.

The first 150 pages gives an in-depth history of the Dutch Colonization of what we now know as Indonesian. Also among this section Winchester somehow gets off topic and tells the history of Lloyds of London, and Rueters News. It is a trial to get through if you were not expecting it. The writing of the history, the story was just fine- a lot of fun facts-just not what I was expecting.

Half-way through we finally get to the meat of the story-UGH now we are bogged down with a million and one scientific terms and explanations. I love how another reviewer put it "extraneous supporting data that was collected and explained, and that can be long-winded, meandering and at times tedious. ".

The last section of the book delves into how Krakatoa also "erupted" the political climate in this area of the world. The population of Muslims in this area of the world is quite large, however in the early 19th century their practice of Islam was much different than what we know today. A lot of mystical beliefs were combined with religion. Some Javanese believe(d) that Java's location is the closest area where Heaven and Earth meet-thus there can be transmissions to and from the two spheres. Many believed the eruption of Krakatoa was a sign that End Of Days were upon us. Winchester makes a connection between fanatical Islam and the eruption. All of this was very interesting-but the story of Krakatoa, what I was looking for- was only a small piece of this book.

Do I understand photodissociation or plate tectonics any better-absolutely not. If you are a science nerd, you may enjoy this book a bit better than I did. If all you want is the story of Krakaoa, I would look elsewhere. I gave the book 3 stars for being well written and 1/2 star for the fun facts I learned a long the way. ( )
  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
An in-depth review of the volcanic explosion of Krakatoa. The book covered more than the eruption and its immediate effects, describing the pre-eruption history of Krakatoa, the science of volcanoes, plate tectonics, etc. There were times the author seemed to go into more detail than I needed, but that is a demonstration of the author’s thoroughness. His discussion of the eruption itself, its violence, its massive effects, were quite descriptive. And he completes the story in ways I didn't anticipate, such as how the study of this eruption at that time led to advances in weather prediction and forecasting, how the eruption was interpreted as a sign from Allah by radical Islamists of the era, and how fauna and flora developed on the brand new island formed after the eruption. Like other Simon Winchester books, this was well researched and insightful. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
If you like geology, volcanoes, history, science in general, and any combination of these, I bet you will enjoy this book. Connecting macro history/geology with daily careful tracing of the event as it enfolded in 1883, with colonial history, made this quite the interesting read for me. ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
1.5 stars

Krakatoa is a volcano that erupted in 1883. I think it has erupted many(?) times since then.

Can’t tell much more about this, as I (unfortunately) listened to the audio. It was a male British voice (the author), so I recognized immediately that I was in trouble. I was bored. It didn’t hold my interest at all. It did seem to start with a lot of historical information about the area (Java, Sumatra). Beyond that, I think it took a long time to get to the volcano, but even then, I wasn’t really listening. For some reason, he went on about Islam at the end, though I’m unsure as to why. Despite listening to the entire thing, I’m having to read other summaries and reviews to find out what happened. ( )
  LibraryCin | Oct 18, 2020 |
A marvelous multi-disciplinary account of the science, history, and continuing impact of the 5th worst volcanic eruption ever recorded. Very informative and, for a book about a major international disaster, it is surprisingly hopeful. Winchester has written another winner! ( )
  dele2451 | Aug 8, 2020 |
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Most controversially, Winchester attempts to credit Krakatoa with the rise of militant Islamism in Indonesia.
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"The author examines the enduring and world-changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the earth's most dangerous volcano - Krakatoa." "The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa - the name has since become a byword for a cataclysmic disaster - was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event that has only very recently been properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round the planet for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid with lurid and unsettling displays of light. The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France. Barometers in Bogota and Washington, D. C., went haywire. Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. The sound of the island's destruction was heard in Australia and India and on islands thousands of miles away. Most significant of all - in view of today's new political climate - the eruption helped to trigger in Java a wave of murderous anti-Western militancy among fundamentalist Muslims: one of the first outbreaks of Islamic-inspired killings anywhere."--BOOK JACKET.

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