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Based on the Emmy award-winning documentary series of the same name, Ring of Fire is a first-person account of the adventures of two English brothers as they explore the astonishingly rich cultures of the Indonesian islands. nduring record of a vanishing world.


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Based on the Emmy award-winning documentary series of the same name, Ring of Fire is a first-person account of the adventures of two English brothers as they explore the astonishingly rich cultures of the Indonesian islands. nduring record of a vanishing world.

30 review for Ring of Fire: An Indonesia Odyssey

  1. 4 out of 5

    Calzean

    Two English brothers travel through the remoter areas of Indonesia in the early 1970s. They have an interest in documentary making, ancient beliefs and why people live they way they do. Fascinating stories as they journey into the far flung islands and meet many tribes, cultures, ceremonies and people. When they returned 10 years later the march of progress has changed much. When I visited some of these places in the past 5 years they were unrecognisable to what the Blair brothers witnessed. Thi Two English brothers travel through the remoter areas of Indonesia in the early 1970s. They have an interest in documentary making, ancient beliefs and why people live they way they do. Fascinating stories as they journey into the far flung islands and meet many tribes, cultures, ceremonies and people. When they returned 10 years later the march of progress has changed much. When I visited some of these places in the past 5 years they were unrecognisable to what the Blair brothers witnessed. This book shows the richness of the Indonesian people.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Missy J

    I love this book so much. I also love the documentary which the Blair brothers made before this book was published. It's a book I should've read a long time ago, because it's a book that was written for me! The Blair brothers started to explore Indonesia in the late sixties, and the remaining surviving brother is still living in Indonesia. This book takes you to the far eastern corners of Indonesia; Papua, Aru Islands, the original Spice islands, Sumba, Sulawesi, Komodo Island, but also visits B I love this book so much. I also love the documentary which the Blair brothers made before this book was published. It's a book I should've read a long time ago, because it's a book that was written for me! The Blair brothers started to explore Indonesia in the late sixties, and the remaining surviving brother is still living in Indonesia. This book takes you to the far eastern corners of Indonesia; Papua, Aru Islands, the original Spice islands, Sumba, Sulawesi, Komodo Island, but also visits Bali and Krakatau. The brothers were inspired by Alfred Wallace's "Malay Archipelago" adventure and wanted to replicate it. They did it during a time before mass-tourism and the Internet. How I envy them. I also love how respectful the Blair brothers were to the local people. It was refreshing to see them get along with most people in their journey and try to understand the other side. They speak fluent Bahasa Indonesia and mingled well with the locals. They went to visit the Asmat tribe in Papua and despite the fact that they hadn't reached the Stone Age yet, the Blair brothers recognized that their lives consisted of a lot of leisure time equivalent to the West's 'affluent society'. They only took from nature the little they needed and the rest of the time was dedicated to games, storytelling and war. I was also amazed how they were faced with the supernatural. Many modern people would dismiss it with a shrug, but they were open to magic and superstitions (how the black cat warned him before his Hollywood A-frame burned down; how a dream propelled Lawrence to turn the prahu replica of their boat in other direction and tada! the wind emerged for their sail; how Lorne's wide-angle lens fell into the water when they were filming during gusty winds and the prahu's captain nodded in approval of their "offering"). I learned so much from this book. About the diversity of the archipelago (mimic octopus who can transform himself into 16 different sea creatures (wow!); the Greater Bird of Paradise, which is a symbol of the soul and of eternal life; tarsiers, who in Borneo are believed to be our ancestral spirits; the psycho-navigators in the jungles of Borneo; "bisu", transvestite priests living in harmony in the southern Muslim villages of Sulawesi, which just tells me that people back then were way more tolerant and religion wasn't so black and white like what we believe it to be in the past, "These people, our people, don't know who we are any more. They treat us worse than their women. Our job has always been to stand just between heaven and earth - to be neither pain nor joy, man nor woman, but to stand beyond the dualities which rule this world. We can remain sensitive to the voices of spirits, and can dream of events to come, though few people listen to us now."). Lawrence Blair presents us with some fascinating facts. For instance, how we humans are actually descended from reptiles (there are three layers to our brain; the top layer is the neocortex which is responsible for our rational thinking, beneath it we find the limbic system responsible for emotions and intuitive responses, and beneath that is the Reptilian (R-) complex, governing our deepest autonomic functions! That's probably why many ancient societies all came up with dragons in their stories! In Indonesian, we use an expression "tanah air" (literally meaning 'land water') to refer to our nation. Blair highlighted that many societies in Indonesia seek a balance between the two which is essential to our lives. The book is filled with a generous amount of humor, which was very enjoyable. When Blair described how the Bugis pirates quickly adapted and learned how to drive cars, yet maintained the habit to keep the lights off to not be detected by enemies. How the Bugis pirates were feared and entered the English language as the 'boogeyman'. How the Asmat cannibals describe the Malay flesh to be too sweet, the white flesh too salty, but Chinese flesh perfectly delicious. Finally, I highlighted several quotes in this book. What impressed me a lot was his observation on the continental vs. the island mind. "The Wallace Line also appears to mark the division between two very different kinds of mind - the 'continental' and the 'oceanic'. There is increasing evidence that the original island peoples did not migrate eastwards from continental Asia, but evolved independently for millennia amongst the isolated atolls of the south Pacific - resulting in a different turn of mind. [...] Severed from the rest of the world by sea and sky, an atoll-dweller, unlike a continental people, cannot easily resolve his differences with neighbours by simply fighting or moving on if he loses. He must adapt, turn inwards, integrate with his community. Food and possessions become shared, rather than bought and sold. Decisions, too, tend to be collective, rather than autocratic. So limited are the staples, materials and real estate of an atoll-dweller that every food, object and square yard of his diminutive space becomes invested with mana, an invisible, inter-connecting kind of holy force, making everything individually 'alive'. Rein is given to the intuitive, or 'right brain', faculties which perceive wholes, rather than their parts. Whereas the 'continental' mind is logical, monotheistic and autocratic, the 'oceanic' mind tends to be holistic, polytheistic and democratic." "All this has only reinforced my suspicion that adventure travel, whether armchair, or up close-and-personal, has less to do with what's there to be seen as what we have in us to see. WE can travel the globe and see nothing, or wander through our own gardens and be filled with awe by what we'd never previously imagined. For me, Indonesia remains one of the last wild bits at the bottom of the garden of our world" - Lawrence Blair (2009) "Only now, when the tribal peoples have almost gone, has the West awakened to the fact that, rather than their lands and possessions, ti is their subtle abilities and specialized environmental wisdom, forged since the beginning of time, which are of paramount importance to us all." "We had come to Sumba for a glimpse of our earliest beginnings, of megaliths and the origins of war, where a warrior still looked his opponent in the eyes, but we had found something more. It seemed there was no animosity here but, rather, a recognition that we are all participants in the interplay of light and darkness, order and chaos, reflected in the life-giving seasons of the planet itself, if we but knew how to interpret them like the Ratu." "Remember, from now on, wherever you go amongst the tribes of man, you will bear the mark of Aping, as a reminder that all life forms are part of a single tree." - Nanyet (Penan Dayak) "The Bird of Paradise, it seemed, had beckoned us on and led us in, to stand here in this place high in the land of volcanoes. It was here in Bali, after returning from the Toraja Star Children, that I first recognized what they meant by us all being born half of heaven and half of earth. And after the mounted warsports of Sumba it was in Balinese ritual that I saw with new eyes the battle for balance between light and darkness. And after Borneo, returning to the sacred Banyan tree and its simian custodians, I had felt that all great trees, what's left of them, do indeed link heaven and earth in a single forest of life."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Duvall

    I liked the 'Ring of Fire" videos a lot, but this book is even better. It contains considerably more information than the videos, and its style is superb. The book describes Lawrence and Lorne Blair's explorations in Indonesia in the 1970s and 1980s: headhunters, grubs for treats, leeches, visions, dragons, semi-pirates and more! Lawrence Blair's writing is witty, moving, and never fails to entertain. This is easily the best travel account I've ever read and a fitting companion to Wallace's "The I liked the 'Ring of Fire" videos a lot, but this book is even better. It contains considerably more information than the videos, and its style is superb. The book describes Lawrence and Lorne Blair's explorations in Indonesia in the 1970s and 1980s: headhunters, grubs for treats, leeches, visions, dragons, semi-pirates and more! Lawrence Blair's writing is witty, moving, and never fails to entertain. This is easily the best travel account I've ever read and a fitting companion to Wallace's "The Malay Archipelago."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara

    liat sinopsisnya jadi merasa ketampar.. Ring of Fire menceritakan persinggahan kakak-beradik Blair di kepulauan paling besar dan kurang dikenal di dunia.. yaah kita tau itu mengarah kemana.. :(

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ivan

    The incredible emotional heights and the abyssal lows while reading this book is a force of nature in itself. One cannot help but deplore the gone "stewardship" of nature, due to both the overenthusiastic Indonesian authorities, unscrupulous international businessman, the idealistic foreign naturalists documentarists and anthropologists and the oblivious and power-eschewing native inhabitants of the jungles, beaches, islands and cities of Indonesia. Who was wrong - nobody was wrong, and everybody The incredible emotional heights and the abyssal lows while reading this book is a force of nature in itself. One cannot help but deplore the gone "stewardship" of nature, due to both the overenthusiastic Indonesian authorities, unscrupulous international businessman, the idealistic foreign naturalists documentarists and anthropologists and the oblivious and power-eschewing native inhabitants of the jungles, beaches, islands and cities of Indonesia. Who was wrong - nobody was wrong, and everybody was. The native cultures could not continue to live, but gave way due to the pressures of increasing interest in the natural resources, the attraction of exoticism, which ultimately destroys or denatures the 'native customs' of every place on Earth, and the demographic laws, which made the lives of the forest dwellers unsustainable, once a significant portion of them and their Malay and Chinese Indonesian co-citizenry embraced modern consumer way of life and the modern medical care, instantly (over the historical timescale) overpopulating what used to be an untouched part of the world. This is a cautionary tale among many other cautionary tales that ones will often inadvertently destroy what they love most, because they love it, and because they want the world to know how much it is being loved. I'm leaving this book with a heavy heart.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rina Handayani

    Petualangan di negeri "bantah berantah" Indonesia yang unik, kadang konyol, dan sangat mengagumkan. Diawali ambisi menemukan burung Cendrawasih Kuning-Besar, membawa dua bersaudara Blair mengembara di pedalaman Indonesia dan bercengkerama dengan damai bersama suku yang dulunya terkenal pengayau yang justru sangat ditakuti oleh tak sedikit orang Indonesia. Mereka diterima di Toraja, diperlakukan bak keluarga di Asmat, berkelana bersama suku Dayak, bertemu komodo yang masih liar, hingga mengabadik Petualangan di negeri "bantah berantah" Indonesia yang unik, kadang konyol, dan sangat mengagumkan. Diawali ambisi menemukan burung Cendrawasih Kuning-Besar, membawa dua bersaudara Blair mengembara di pedalaman Indonesia dan bercengkerama dengan damai bersama suku yang dulunya terkenal pengayau yang justru sangat ditakuti oleh tak sedikit orang Indonesia. Mereka diterima di Toraja, diperlakukan bak keluarga di Asmat, berkelana bersama suku Dayak, bertemu komodo yang masih liar, hingga mengabadikan tarian prajurit di Sumba. Keren...!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Asdar Munandar

    Siapa sangka Alfred Russel Wales penemu Wallance line dan teori seleksi alam yang konon merupakan cikal bakal atau landasan kuat teori evolusi Carles Darwin "origin of species" pernah berkeunjung ke nusantara pada abad ke 19. Walles menulis penemuannya “ The Malay Archipelago: The Land of The Orangutan and The Birds Paradise (1869)”. Tulisan ini didasarkan catatan perjalanannya dipulau-pulau disebelah timur Singapura pada tahun 1850an. dan uniknya dia bepergian sendiri selama delapan tahun melal Siapa sangka Alfred Russel Wales penemu Wallance line dan teori seleksi alam yang konon merupakan cikal bakal atau landasan kuat teori evolusi Carles Darwin "origin of species" pernah berkeunjung ke nusantara pada abad ke 19. Walles menulis penemuannya “ The Malay Archipelago: The Land of The Orangutan and The Birds Paradise (1869)”. Tulisan ini didasarkan catatan perjalanannya dipulau-pulau disebelah timur Singapura pada tahun 1850an. dan uniknya dia bepergian sendiri selama delapan tahun melalui kepulauan rempah terbesar di dunia dan yang paling jarang dijelajahi oleh bangsa manapun. Dari buku itulah yang menginsprisai Blair bersaudara Lawrence dan Lorne memulai petualangannya menemukan Burung Surga bersurai kuning itu di kedalaman hutang kepulauan Aru. Tempat pertama yang dia datangi di Indonesia adalah Makasar, tempat para pelaut ulung dan perompak bugis yang terkenal kuat dan tampa rasa takut mengarungi samudera. Layar Kapal mereka berwarna hitam menggambarkan kengerian dan sangat menakutkan bagi semua pelaut yang berpapasan di samudera Degan memanfaatkan keahlian melaut suku bugis dan memanfaatkan angin musone, petuaalngan Blair bersaudara bermula. menempueh jarak 1.500 mil melalui kepulauan rempah-rempah dan menyeberangi laut banda, Blair mencatatatkan dirinya sebagai orang barat pertama yang merekam secara langsung burung cendrawasi menari di habitatnya di kepulauan Aru. Selama lebih dari dua dekade di Indonesia Blair bersaudara menjelajahi Nusantara. Keduanya melawat banyak tempat, antara lain Krakatau, Bira, Toraja, Aru, Borneo serta Asmat. Proyek Ring of Fire dimulai pada 1972 dengan dana bersumber antara lain dari BBC dan Ringo Starr, penabuh drum The Beatles. Buku Ring of Fire terbit pada 1988. Versi filmnya yang tidak bisa dipisahkan dari buku ini terdiri dari lima episode, diluncurkan oleh PBS dan BBC juga pada 1988. Episode pertamanya, Spice Island Saga, menuturkan ekspedisi napak tilas Alfred Russel Wallace menaiki pinisi sementara episode selanjutnya membahas banyak tempat yang dikunjungi dan sempat didokumentasikannya di Indonesia. Film dokumenter yang terbagi menjadi 5 potongan film ini menjadi salah satu film dokumenter tentang Indonesia yang paling banyak ditonton dan terlaris sejauh ini. Bab-bab pertama buku ini banyak membahas bagaimana suku bugis di pesisir sulawesi dan kempuan melaut mereka yang terkenal tangguh dan bengis. selain itu pada bab-bab awal buku ini Laurance menceritakan pengalamannnya mengadiri pemakanan Raja Terakhir orang Toraja, Puang Sangkala. pemakaman yang megah, sakral dan mistis. Pada Sesi selanjutnya, Blair menceritakan kekagumannya pada hewan Purba sisa jaman prasejarah Naga Komodo di Pulau komodo juga pemandangan bawah laut yang menakjubkan di perairannya. Tak jauh dari Komodo, Pertempuran antara kesatria-kesatria berkuda di Sumba juga menarik perhatiannya. perpaduan antara tradisi berkuda yang tangguh dan pemandangan bebukitan yang indah serta kehidupan masarakan desa yang begitu harmonis dengan alam serta kepercayaan dan tradisi mistis nenek moyang yang masih sangat kuat juga kecanduan mereka terhadap sirih. Perjalanan Blair terus berlanjut termasuk persinggahan mereka di Buton dan sambutan meriah kesultanan Buton pada saat itu dan bagaimana dia secara tidak sengaja menemukan ikan yang berwarna biru cerah dengan sorot mata setajam lampu 5 wat yang mengeluarkan cahaya seperti aurora, peristiwa terlangkah dan paling menakjubkan yang dia temui di perairan Bandanaira. Selanjutnya pada separuh halam buku ini Blair menceritakan pertemuannya dengan suku Asmat. Menumpang penerbangan gratis yang membawanya ke pedalaman Papua. Blair bertemu dengan suku kanibal. Suku Asmat. Blair mendokumentasikan dengan baik bagaimana suku ini bertahan secara mengangumkan dijantung hutan primer Papua Nugini. Blair menghabiskan waktu berhari-hari di Asmat. Berusaha memahami suku Asmat seperti apa adanya. Bahkan berhasil menemukan sejumlah fakta tentang hilangnya Michael Rockefeller, putra bungsu gubernur negara bagian New york, Nelson Rockefeller sekaligus cicit John D. Rockefeller, pendiri standar oil company yang juga merupakan salah satu orang paling kaya dalam sejarah ummat manusia. Buku ini benar-benar didasarkan penelitian ilmiah, berlatar belakan pendidikan antropologi yang sangat relevan dengan pendekatan Etnographi naturalisyang dia gunakan. Blair bersaudara kadang kala harus berdiam diri disatu tempat hanya untuk memahami dan menjelaskan fenomena yang tampak sebagaimana adanya. Pemahaman yang mendalam seperti itu tidak bisa didapatkan dengan hanya melihat sekilas, pemahaman akan sesuatu harus didasarkan dari interaksi, keterlibatan yang intens dan kemapuan memahami apa yang menjadi makna mendasar dari suatu peristiwa dan budaya sebagaimana ciri khas penelitan etnographi. Membaca Indonesia melalui buku tipis yang hanya setebal 400an halaman ini tentunya masih sangat kurang. Keragaman budaya Indonesia terlalu luas dan terlalu singkat jika hanya dipelajari dalam kurung waktu satu atau dua dekade. Butuh waktu bertahun-tahun memang untuk memahami multikulturalisme yang ada di Indonesia. Sayangnya budaya-budaya unik itu sedang terseok-seok melawan jaman, hampir punah terbentur dengan perkembangan zaman yang semakin modern dan materalistis. Buku ini menurutku buku catatan perjalanan terbaik tentang Indonesia sejauh ini yang pernah saya baca, pun diterjemahkan dengan sama baiknya oleh Tiyas Palar. Satu-satunya kekurangan buku ini adalah rentang waktu yang terlalu jauh antara zaman saya membacanya dan era yang diceritakan Blair. Banyak hal telah berubah di Indonesia. Saya sangat menyesal kenapa buku sebagus ini baru saya temukan sekarang. Mewakili penduduk Indonesia saya merasa berkewajiban mengucapkan banyak terimakasih kepada Lawrance dan Lorn Blair karena telah mendedikasikan hidupnya untuk menghasilkan karya tentang Indonesia yang begitu luar biasa ini. Saya rasa bahkan orang Indonesia sendiri pun tidak banyak yang memiliki minat seperti apa yang telah dilakukan oleh mereka. Sekali lagi, terimakasih Lawrence dan Lorne Blair untuk karya yang luar biasa ini.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Many people who happened to step off the beaten track in Indonesia must have caught themselves thinking that they have been somehow transported to some other country - no tourists, touts, colourful memorabilia or yoga shops can be seen around. Instead, the quiet, must-covered carvings and sudden sense of mystery abound. The book is about that other country of tribes, traditional celebrations, and the endless variety of lore, flora, fauna, and all things imaginable - and unimaginable - under heav Many people who happened to step off the beaten track in Indonesia must have caught themselves thinking that they have been somehow transported to some other country - no tourists, touts, colourful memorabilia or yoga shops can be seen around. Instead, the quiet, must-covered carvings and sudden sense of mystery abound. The book is about that other country of tribes, traditional celebrations, and the endless variety of lore, flora, fauna, and all things imaginable - and unimaginable - under heaven. "Ring of Fire" is an ode to the young and ancient country of thousands of islands and a eulogy to some of its vanishing facets. If I was to recommend one book to read about Indonesia, it would be this one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    AS

    Very interesting. This book will get you completely lost (in amazing way) and tickle your curiosity about one country called Indonesia and its beauty.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dedy Ahmad Hermansyah

    Review lengkap akan saya buat atas buku bagus dan fenomenal ini. Untuk sementara ini saya sajikan dulu fakta-fakta menarik terkait buku ini. Buku ini ditulis dua bersaudara: Lawrence Blair dan Lorne Blair (alm). Biaya untuk 9 bulan pertama ekspedisi mereka yang diceritakan dalam buku ini, pinjaman 2000 dolar didapatkan dari Ringo Starr, personel The Beatles. Mick Jagger, vokalis utama The Rolling Stones, pernah memberikan hadiah natal ke sahabatnya, David Bowie, buku RIng of Fire ini beserta satu Review lengkap akan saya buat atas buku bagus dan fenomenal ini. Untuk sementara ini saya sajikan dulu fakta-fakta menarik terkait buku ini. Buku ini ditulis dua bersaudara: Lawrence Blair dan Lorne Blair (alm). Biaya untuk 9 bulan pertama ekspedisi mereka yang diceritakan dalam buku ini, pinjaman 2000 dolar didapatkan dari Ringo Starr, personel The Beatles. Mick Jagger, vokalis utama The Rolling Stones, pernah memberikan hadiah natal ke sahabatnya, David Bowie, buku RIng of Fire ini beserta satu filmnya. Menariknya, David Bowie juga memberi hadiah yang sama ke Mick Jagger. Jadi mereka saling menukar hadiah yang sama satu sama lain. Joop Ave, Menteri Pariwisata masa Soeharto, berkata ke Lawrence Blair, dua tahun setelah buku ini dirilis, manajer Garuda mengatakan penjualan tiket meningkat dua kali lipat. Indonesia diserbu turis seusai buku itu diterbitkan. Filmnya sendiri ditayangkan di TV 60 negara. Tapi buku ini bukan tentang perjalanan mengeksploitasi keindahan, justru ia mengudar petualangan penuh risiko ke daerah-daerah pedalaman di Indonesia selama 10 tahun. Ia mengulik cara pikir berbagai etnis. Mungkin karena penulisnya sendiri seorang ahli psikoantropologi.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sapta N.W.

    Kisah perjalanan Lawrance Blair dan adiknya Lorne dalam menfilmkan berbagai kebudayaan Indonesia. Uniknya buku ini ditulis dengan detail dan tentu dari sudut pandang Lawrence selaku penulis. Banyak adegan-adegan yang digambarkan begitu detail, menghasilkan banyak ketegangan. Dari ini aku semakin yakin bahwa buku adalah jendela dunia. Karena tanpa perlu merogoh kocek terlalu dalam kita bisa menikmati keindahan panorama Indonesia. Mulai dari pulau Anak Krakatau, pedalaman Tana Toraja, hingga bertua Kisah perjalanan Lawrance Blair dan adiknya Lorne dalam menfilmkan berbagai kebudayaan Indonesia. Uniknya buku ini ditulis dengan detail dan tentu dari sudut pandang Lawrence selaku penulis. Banyak adegan-adegan yang digambarkan begitu detail, menghasilkan banyak ketegangan. Dari ini aku semakin yakin bahwa buku adalah jendela dunia. Karena tanpa perlu merogoh kocek terlalu dalam kita bisa menikmati keindahan panorama Indonesia. Mulai dari pulau Anak Krakatau, pedalaman Tana Toraja, hingga bertualang dengan pinisi Suku Bugis. Sungguh buku yang asik dan momen yang pas! Karena ketika membaca berita tentang erupsi Anak Krakatau, aku membayangkan secara jelas bagaimana berada di sana. Di Buku ini, semua hal itu benar-benar terlihat nyata! Rekomended untukmu yang suka traveling!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Azar Widadsyah

    Membaca Ring of Fire - manuskrip perjalanan Blair bersaudara dalam mengelilingi sudut Indonesia yang bahkan tak terbayangkan keberadaannya memberikan pengalaman serupa fase trance. Liar dan tak terprediksi. Meskipun terkesan sedikit mengabaikan penuturan cerita dan mengandalkan kekuatan petualangan semata, Blair bersaudara berhasil memperkenalkan kembali suku-suku terasing, budaya yang besar kemungkinan telah menepi dari riuh perubahan, hingga ragam flora fauna yang terancam eksistensinya. Dari K Membaca Ring of Fire - manuskrip perjalanan Blair bersaudara dalam mengelilingi sudut Indonesia yang bahkan tak terbayangkan keberadaannya memberikan pengalaman serupa fase trance. Liar dan tak terprediksi. Meskipun terkesan sedikit mengabaikan penuturan cerita dan mengandalkan kekuatan petualangan semata, Blair bersaudara berhasil memperkenalkan kembali suku-suku terasing, budaya yang besar kemungkinan telah menepi dari riuh perubahan, hingga ragam flora fauna yang terancam eksistensinya. Dari Komodo hingga Suku Asmat, Kapal Pinisi hingga tombak dan totem peperangan, segalanya dikemas dengan rapi, terlalu rapi bahkan, sebagai manifesto bangsa yang sayangnya - perlu dana jutaan dolar dan hati gigih tanpa gentar untuk menyelaminya.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dolf van der Haven

    Quite entertaining, but suffering from being dated. A bit too much smelling from 1970's hippie magic memes. Portrays Indonesia as if it is a collection of pre-modern animistic tribes, which it absolutely is not. Nevertheless interesting reading about isolated peoples that still exist(-ed) in a modern world. Quite entertaining, but suffering from being dated. A bit too much smelling from 1970's hippie magic memes. Portrays Indonesia as if it is a collection of pre-modern animistic tribes, which it absolutely is not. Nevertheless interesting reading about isolated peoples that still exist(-ed) in a modern world.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nur Wulan Nugrahani

    Buku ini di luar ekspektasi sih. Udah aku beli dari 2 tahun lalu dan baru aku buka sekarang sebagai perayaan kemerdekaan, dan gak nyesel! Jadi mengenal Indonesia lebih jauh. Tapi dengan aku sekarang yang lebih melek dengan isu pascakolonialisme dan masyarakat adat, jadi banyak muncul pertanyaan kritis: sudahkah kita benar-benar merdeka, tidak terjajah dan menjajah manusia lain?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Read during our trip to Indonesia. The book was so good from the inception to the companion documentary (funded in part by Ringo Starr) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_of... Read during our trip to Indonesia. The book was so good from the inception to the companion documentary (funded in part by Ringo Starr) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_of...

  16. 5 out of 5

    David Dewata

    Rada mbulet sih dan rada bingung bacae 😂😂

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sashapecks

    Fascinating tales of adventure travel complete with Asmat cannibals, primordial Komodo dragons and the elusive 'dream warriors' of Borneo. Fascinating tales of adventure travel complete with Asmat cannibals, primordial Komodo dragons and the elusive 'dream warriors' of Borneo.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marnie Z

    Didn't finish... Didn't finish...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vivienne Kruger

    British brothers Lawrence and Lorne Blair set out in the 1960s on a marvelous, thought-provoking, ten-year adventure through the 3,000-mile length of the remote Indonesian archipelago. Inspired by a dog-eared copy of Alfred Russell Wallace’s The Malay Archipelago —and his nineteenth century voyage of scientific exploration and discovery--their unforgettable odyssey set sail out of the Celebes (Sulawesi) for the Spice Islands on a perilous schooner crossing with the seafaring Bugis. Tossed to and British brothers Lawrence and Lorne Blair set out in the 1960s on a marvelous, thought-provoking, ten-year adventure through the 3,000-mile length of the remote Indonesian archipelago. Inspired by a dog-eared copy of Alfred Russell Wallace’s The Malay Archipelago —and his nineteenth century voyage of scientific exploration and discovery--their unforgettable odyssey set sail out of the Celebes (Sulawesi) for the Spice Islands on a perilous schooner crossing with the seafaring Bugis. Tossed to and fro from home port Makassar to isolated Aru Island—stalked all the way by rotting ship beams and the specter of pirates—they were rewarded with one of the rarest sights on earth—the fluffy white plumage of the elusive Bird of Paradise. Metaphysical, anthropological, and intellectual in tone—with a healthy dose of dry wit and humor—the Blairs take you along as they confront komodo dragons, chew betel nut in Sumba, witness a traditional Pasola battle, and herald the annual arrival on shore of the sacred nyale sea worms. Full of naive courage and boundless curiosity, they sought out Asmat headhunters/cannibals in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Undaunted, these dream wanderers went eye to eye with the fiery blast furnace of simmering Krakatoa. They commandeered a longboat upriver and trekked through the leech-ridden jungles of Borneo with native guides on an arduous land search for the secretive, traditional Punan hunter-gatherers. Ring of Fire chronicles their cultural encounters on Java as they visited the sultan’s court (and sacred “kris” knife) and an acupuncturist who harnessed yin/yang energy to heal the sick with self-generated electric charges. Open-minded and non-judgmental about the diverse religions and customs they encountered, the Blairs became deeply enchanted by trance, and by the shadow screen nether world of the wayang kulit. Their travels took them back to Sulawesi for the funeral of the last king of Tanah Torajah—into a unique architectural-animist pocket where boat-shaped roofs rise out of the cool forest floor representing ancestral sky ships on their descent from heaven to earth. The thrill-seeking, nomadic Blairs unexpectedly found themselves permanently landlocked and suspended—mind, soul, and body—in the island Shangrila that they discovered in Bali. An artist friend in Pengosekan—a vibrantly creative community of farmers and painters—invited them to build a new house on his land. In true, cooperative Balinese style, the brothers had only to pay for the necessary raw materials (bamboo, coconut wood, and elephant grass) and the religious celebration at the completion of the structure. The people of Pengosekan freely contributed their skilled labor and artistic expertise; this shared investment in and commitment to each other’s dwellings works to further bind the village together. Sleeping and learning in their open-air platform obervatory perched high above the sculpted jade rice terraces, the Blair brothers came to call Bali their very own, lifelong island of the gods. They would return time and again—in between sometimes dangerous, always enlightening meetings with natural peoples along the equatorial frontier—to their permanent home base in Bali. It is here that they fell in love with one culture and one island out of the hundreds that they visited. Lawrence and Lorne fully explored their adopted pied à terre—from startling footage of the eruption of Mt. Agung in 1963, to the cremation of famous 116-year-old Balinese artist Lempoad, to the opulent funeral procession of the last rajah of Gianyar. (When Lorne died on his beloved Bali in 1996, he was cremated and his remains returned to the sea in accordance with Bali-Hindu religious rites.) Their amazing adventures (available in book or video format) are the stuff of storybook legends—from the hidden rainforest peoples of Borneo, to islands where magicians still hold sway, to the sun-speckled spiritual haven of heart-shaped Bali.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Utari

    Membaca buku karya Blair bersaudara, jujur membuat saya iri. Bagaimana tidak, dari sebuah tulisan tentang keindahan bulu cendrawasih yang mereka baca mampu mengantar keduanya datang ke Indonesia. Prosesnya memang tidak mudah karena berbagai keterbatasan yang mereka miliki, terutama dana membuat impian itu tidak mudah diwujudkan. Tetapi dengan kerja keras dan keyakinan, impian itu bisa juga diwujudkan. Pelan-pelan mereka menapaki daerah-daerah pedalaman, dimulai dari daerah sumatera, seperti menyu Membaca buku karya Blair bersaudara, jujur membuat saya iri. Bagaimana tidak, dari sebuah tulisan tentang keindahan bulu cendrawasih yang mereka baca mampu mengantar keduanya datang ke Indonesia. Prosesnya memang tidak mudah karena berbagai keterbatasan yang mereka miliki, terutama dana membuat impian itu tidak mudah diwujudkan. Tetapi dengan kerja keras dan keyakinan, impian itu bisa juga diwujudkan. Pelan-pelan mereka menapaki daerah-daerah pedalaman, dimulai dari daerah sumatera, seperti menyusun puzzle perjalanan saja. Sebagai dua orang asing, kedatangan mereka jelas mengundang banyak perhatian. Tetapi dengan caranya kedua bersaudara ini bisa diterima dan menyatu dengan warga di daerah yang mereka kunjungi. Berkat rol-rol film yang meraka bawa, dengan jumlah sangat terbatas, Blair bersaudara dapat mendokumentasikan berbagai peristiwa dan keindahan alam Indonesia. Termasuk saat pemakaman seorang bangsawan besar di daerah Toraja. Bagaimana mereka mengikuti setiap runtutan upacara sambil tinggal di rumah panggung yang disediakan untuk para tamu. Mulai dari upacara penyambutan para tamu, pelepasan jenazah, sampai pemakamannya. Kisah konyol terjadi ketika keduanya nekat memfilmkan proses pemasukan peti jenazah ke dalam kuburan batu yang berada di gua-gua. Mereka berhasil, tetapi keduanya harus bersusah payah keluar dari gua dan terpaksa tertinggal prosesi pembakaran rumah tempat jenazah disemayamkan. Meski kecewa, mereka terus melanjutkan perjalanan untuk menemui suku Bugis yang bisa mengantar mereka ke daerah timur dengan perahu phinisi. Dibantu oleh banyak orang yang semula mereka tidak kenal, Blair bersaudara dapat mencapai perkampungan warga Bugis. Berkat bantuan ketua adat setempat perahu phinisi pun didapat. Perjalanan dimulai tepat seperti yang diperkirakan oleh ketua adat setelah dilakukan upacara adat. Sebuah miniatur perahu phinisi diberikan dan diletakkan di dalam kapal. Ini bukan oleh-oleh biasa, tetapi mempunyai peran penting dalam pelayaran. Kesalahan peletakan ternyata berpengaruh pada kecepatan kapal, begitu posisi dirubah dan diperbaiki, angin seperti datang dan perahu pun berlayar menuju timur. Tempat sang cendrawasih berada. Uniknya, keinginan untuk mengabadikan si cantik cendrawasih seperti tidak terlaksana sebab tempat mereka menari seperti dimantrai. Hanya keindahan yang terlihat oleh mata ketika para cendrawasih menari. Dan hanya bisa dikenang dan diceritakan melalui tulisan. Sungguh, sebuah buku yang sangat memikat untuk dibaca.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bill Leach

    Great book recording a number of visits to rarely visited cultures in Indonesia, capturing many unusual practices and ways of life. The work was assembled into a video - Ring of Fire: An Indonesian Odyssey. At least some chapters are available on youtube. Chapter 1 - introduction to Indonesia, and how these journeys started. Chapter 2 - visit to Anak Krakatoa (child of Krakatoa, where they experienced the on-going volcanic activity. A bit on exploration of the area, Darwin and Wallace, and the Wal Great book recording a number of visits to rarely visited cultures in Indonesia, capturing many unusual practices and ways of life. The work was assembled into a video - Ring of Fire: An Indonesian Odyssey. At least some chapters are available on youtube. Chapter 1 - introduction to Indonesia, and how these journeys started. Chapter 2 - visit to Anak Krakatoa (child of Krakatoa, where they experienced the on-going volcanic activity. A bit on exploration of the area, Darwin and Wallace, and the Wallace Line. Chapter 3 - visit to the Toraja tribe of the Celebes Highlands. The people believe their ancestors descended form the Pleiades in starships. The funeral for the recently dead king, including the village built solely for that purpose. The placing of the Tau-Tau or mannequin representing the king. Chapter 4 - visit to the Biranese of Bouton Island. The python hunters. Time spent in Makassar obtaining passage with the Bugis, famed in the past as pirates. The Bisus, a rare sect of androgynous priests. Chapter 5 - visit to Banda, supplier of much nutmeg. The laweri fish with bright eyes, used as nightlights for the children. Visit to the Ke Islands, the eastern most reach of Islam. Pearl diving to 100 feet with ancient hard-hat equipment. Viewing the Greater Bird of Paradise. Chapter 6 - visit to the Asmat of the Aru Islands. Tribal fighting were the souls of the dead warriors are kept in ornate 'bis' poles until the killing can be revenged. The disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in 1961 during his quest to acquire bis poles. The Blair's questioning appear to establish that he was killed by the Otjanep tribe in revenge for their warriors killed by an earlier Dutch intrusion. Chapter 7 - visit to Komodo and the Komodo dragon. Chapter 8 - visit to Sumba, also kown as Sandalwood Island. The Pasola battle, a mock warfare conducted on the small, agile horses of the island. Chapter 9 - travel to the interior of Borneo to visit the Punans. Led by Bereyo, master rhino hunter. The Punan water-music played by the girls on the surface of the river. Chapter 10 - Gusti Nyoman, the great Balinese artist (lived to 116 years). 'Dynamo Jack', the healer, and his apparent powers to produce electrical charges and to ignite paper by hand.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Steven S

    Perjalanan menyusuri keindahan nusantara yang sangat mengagumkan Setiap kita pasti pernah mendengar perjalanan Ring of Fire Adventure (ROFA) di acara Kick Andy, petualangan keliling Indonesia oleh Youk Tanzil dan tim. Namun jauh sebelumnya telah ada sebuah perjalanan oleh kakak beradik Blair, mereka "gila" akan keindahan Indonesia lewat literatur dan singkat cerita tercipta film dokumenter berjudul "Ring of Fire" pada tahun 1991. Nah, buku ini merupakan pelengkapnya, jauh merangkum setiap detail Perjalanan menyusuri keindahan nusantara yang sangat mengagumkan Setiap kita pasti pernah mendengar perjalanan Ring of Fire Adventure (ROFA) di acara Kick Andy, petualangan keliling Indonesia oleh Youk Tanzil dan tim. Namun jauh sebelumnya telah ada sebuah perjalanan oleh kakak beradik Blair, mereka "gila" akan keindahan Indonesia lewat literatur dan singkat cerita tercipta film dokumenter berjudul "Ring of Fire" pada tahun 1991. Nah, buku ini merupakan pelengkapnya, jauh merangkum setiap detail perjalanan mereka. "Kecintaannya & perhatiannya terhadap Indonesia melebihi orang Indonesia sendiri" -Youk Tanzil Membaca hingga halaman terakhir buku ini, tidak ada satupun cerita yang tidak berfaedah, membuat saya terhisap dalam perjalanan mereka. RoF ditulis dengan narasi yang membawa kita ikut masuk dalam pengalaman tidak ternilai berupa menjejaki tanah-tanah terasing Indonesia, melintasi ribuan kilometer dari perjalanan beresiko tinggi, mendengar suara alam dan melihat Indonesia yang belum terjamah seutuhnya. Pengalaman manis dan pahit mengelilingi nusantara ditulis dengan apik di buku ini. Jelas bahwa buku ini merupakan salah satu warisan paling berharga buat anak cucu kita kelak. Di saat keindahan asli Indonesia mulai hilang, tergerus oleh keserakahan manusia dalam mengeruk kekayaan alam. kelak dengan menikmati buku ini, kita masih bisa dengan bangga menyatakan negeri kita begitu luar biasa. Pengalaman penulis berkenalan dengan suku bugis demi perjalanan menuju ke timur jauh, menaiki kapal pinisi hingga melihat gunung api di pulau Banda, singgah untuk melihat burung Cenderawasih kuning-Besar yang hanya diketahui orang lokal lokasinya, memburu komodo, nonton perang antar manusia di Sumba, menjelajah borneo hingga melihat air terjun dan mendapat oleh-oleh ditato oleh orang Punan. Ditutup apik dengan cerita seniman legendaris berumur 116 tahun asal Bali, I Gusti Nyoman Lempad. Memang benar, saya belum tentu bisa berkeliling Indonesia, menikmati semua kekayaan "surga" Indonesia, namun saya sangat puas bisa berkeliling menapaki Indonesia lewat buku ini. RoF direkomendasikan untuk semua masyarakat Indonesia maupun Internasional yang tertarik dengan kekayaan alam dan budaya Indonesia. Mulai dari seniman, akademisi, hingga petualang. Inilah petualangan nyata menyusuri Indonesia dalam lingkaran api.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Quicksilver Quill

    Ring of Fire: An Indonesia Odyssey follows the brothers Blair—the intrepid and indefatigable Lawrence and Lorne—on an unforgettable journey through Indonesia. As far as travel narratives go, this one is pretty amazing. From their encounters with headhunting tribes, sinister pirates, and tropical storms to venomous reptiles, bloodthirsty leeches, and lava-vomiting volcanoes, it is almost a wonder they both survived to tell the tale. Lawrence relates most of their adventures from his perspective, a Ring of Fire: An Indonesia Odyssey follows the brothers Blair—the intrepid and indefatigable Lawrence and Lorne—on an unforgettable journey through Indonesia. As far as travel narratives go, this one is pretty amazing. From their encounters with headhunting tribes, sinister pirates, and tropical storms to venomous reptiles, bloodthirsty leeches, and lava-vomiting volcanoes, it is almost a wonder they both survived to tell the tale. Lawrence relates most of their adventures from his perspective, and he has an entertaining writing style with many apt metaphors and intriguing descriptions. You get a great feel for what they went through and what it must have been like—not only the strangeness of it all, the dangers, and the inevitable hardships, but also the beauty, the wonder, and the mystical and enchanting moments. You will not soon forget their encounter with the Greater Bird of Paradise, or their journey to reach it aboard a Bugis prahu. Their escapades with the Komodo Dragon is the stuff of primordial nightmares, while their journey through the ‘Big White’ of Borneo is an odyssey in itself. Cannibal tribes, bizarre rites and rituals, and tropical island beauties round things out. All in all, Ring of Fire is a fascinating memoir, especially for anyone eager to learn more about the islands of Indonesia. While at times you may wonder if the Blair brothers were half mad to attempt what they did, it is a testament to their passion and curiosity that they pulled off their many adventures and left an entertaining and enlightening record for posterity besides.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rotua Damanik

    Saya membaca buku ini dengan perasaan yang campur aduk. Senang, bangga, antusias, iri, kesal, sampai khawatir. Senang karena akhirnya saya mendapatkan dan membaca buku ini. Banggga karena Nusantara itu ternyata memang benar-benar indah, elok, eksotis, menarik, dan tak akan habis kata untuk mengungkapkannya. Antusias karena saya sangat penasaran dengan keadaan Indonesia di masa dahulu, sewaktu suku-suku di berbagai pulau masih mempertahankan tradisi adi luhung warisan leluhurnya. Iri karena saya Saya membaca buku ini dengan perasaan yang campur aduk. Senang, bangga, antusias, iri, kesal, sampai khawatir. Senang karena akhirnya saya mendapatkan dan membaca buku ini. Banggga karena Nusantara itu ternyata memang benar-benar indah, elok, eksotis, menarik, dan tak akan habis kata untuk mengungkapkannya. Antusias karena saya sangat penasaran dengan keadaan Indonesia di masa dahulu, sewaktu suku-suku di berbagai pulau masih mempertahankan tradisi adi luhung warisan leluhurnya. Iri karena saya tahu tidak akan bisa lagi melihat Nusantara yang eksotis seperti yang diceritakan dalam buku ini. Kesal karena ternyata para petualang yang sempat mampir di Nusantara telah mengambil terlalu banyak dari kita. Dan saya benar-benar khawatir karena jika dibandingkan dengan cerita dalam buku ini, sepertinya bangsa kita secara perlahan-lahan sedang kehilangan jati dirinya. Namun tak perlu khawatir, jika punya rencana membaca buku ini segeralah! Tak ada alasan untuk tidak membacanya. Suatu kisah petualangan yang akan membawa pembacanya ke Indonesia di tahun 70-an. Dimulai dari Makassar, Toraja, dan Tanjung Bira. Lalu mengarungi lautan di Indonesia bagian timur menggunakan kapal-kapal phinisi berlayar tinggi yang semakin langka yang hanya mengandalkan angin untuk melaju. Hingga melihat suku-suku pedalaman Papua yang belum banyak bersentuhan dengan peradaban modern. Kemudian berakhir dalam sebuah petualangan yang mencerahkan mencari suku Dayak nomaden terakhir di belantara hutan Pulau Kalimantan.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aditya Widyani

    Just finished reading it, and my first thought is; Blair brothers are really have a strong mental condition, and they are (believe me) super witty. I mean, they still made such a really funny jokes in a tense situation. Well, it supposed to be tense but instead felt horrified, I was laughing (Like what happened in Asmat tribe). I love how they portrayed their odyssey, which doesn't makes me bored. At all. They did 10 years research, adapted from one tribe to the other one, ate their weird food, w Just finished reading it, and my first thought is; Blair brothers are really have a strong mental condition, and they are (believe me) super witty. I mean, they still made such a really funny jokes in a tense situation. Well, it supposed to be tense but instead felt horrified, I was laughing (Like what happened in Asmat tribe). I love how they portrayed their odyssey, which doesn't makes me bored. At all. They did 10 years research, adapted from one tribe to the other one, ate their weird food, walk for miles, almost died many times, and another cool experience. This book is really inspiring me, show me that Indonesia is such a beautiful country with a lot of diversity; ethnicity, cultures, flora and fauna. It also shows me that in Indonesia there are still a lot of isolated people with their 'virgin' nature. their adventures were really cool!! Love this book so much! Absolutely recommended!!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Haji

    Buku ini teman ketika berangkat dan pulang kantor. saya membeli edisi bahasa indonesia. Jadi pengen ke Maluku... Catatanku: Luar biasa! Sangat inspiratif. Lebih dari 35 tahun mengeksplorasi Indonesia. Sayapun belum tentu mengetahui banyak seperti pengalaman Dr.Blair dalam kecintaannya terhadap negeri kami. Saya jadi terpicu untuk ingin melihat langsung Cenderawaih, burung terindah dengan ekor emasnya, dan beberapa ikan yang besar di daerah kepulauan Aru. Peperangan suku sumba barat juga sangat mey Buku ini teman ketika berangkat dan pulang kantor. saya membeli edisi bahasa indonesia. Jadi pengen ke Maluku... Catatanku: Luar biasa! Sangat inspiratif. Lebih dari 35 tahun mengeksplorasi Indonesia. Sayapun belum tentu mengetahui banyak seperti pengalaman Dr.Blair dalam kecintaannya terhadap negeri kami. Saya jadi terpicu untuk ingin melihat langsung Cenderawaih, burung terindah dengan ekor emasnya, dan beberapa ikan yang besar di daerah kepulauan Aru. Peperangan suku sumba barat juga sangat meyakinkan. Peperangan yang mungkin tak pernah di publish lagi di abad 21 ini. Buku ini harus dibaca oleh mereka yang mengaku "orang indonesia". Tentunya tetap berani unyuk melindungi nilai-nilai budaya lokal yang begitu besar melindungi dan menjaga lingkungan warisan leluhur.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eka Suzie

    Dua bersaudara Blair,Lawrence dan Lorne menghabiskan 10 tahun berpetualang di kepualaun Indonesia. Kepulauan-kepulauan yang amat eksotik yang dihuni pelaut-pelaut ulung bugis, para penyihir dengan mantra-mantra mereka, para suku kanibal di pedalaman Papua yang mempunyai jiwa seni tinggi dengan ukiran2 mereka yang sampai terkenal di daratan Eropa dan Amerika,para pengelana mimpi di tanah Borneo, tak lupa mahluk-mahluk cantik dan epic mencuat didalam buku ini, binatang yang indah hidup di negri do Dua bersaudara Blair,Lawrence dan Lorne menghabiskan 10 tahun berpetualang di kepualaun Indonesia. Kepulauan-kepulauan yang amat eksotik yang dihuni pelaut-pelaut ulung bugis, para penyihir dengan mantra-mantra mereka, para suku kanibal di pedalaman Papua yang mempunyai jiwa seni tinggi dengan ukiran2 mereka yang sampai terkenal di daratan Eropa dan Amerika,para pengelana mimpi di tanah Borneo, tak lupa mahluk-mahluk cantik dan epic mencuat didalam buku ini, binatang yang indah hidup di negri dongeng yang membuat seorang Alfred Russel Wallace terkagum-kagum. Buku ini membuat saya ikut hanyut memasuki negri dongeng ini, dan seolah ikut bertualang bersama petualang sejati Lawrance dan Lorne, sampai akhirnya saya tersadar negri dongeng ini adalah negri saya sendiri. Indonesia.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tim Chamberlain

    The 'Ring of Fire' films captivated me when they were originally broadcast in the late 1980s and I found the book similarly enchanting. Some twenty years later when I re-read the book I was amazed at how much of it I had absorbed! Lawrence Blair has a wonderful lilting and lyrical sense of prose which is a delight to read, and all the more so because the tales of travel and adventure which he relates here are quite remarkable. I've written at more length about this book and the original films he The 'Ring of Fire' films captivated me when they were originally broadcast in the late 1980s and I found the book similarly enchanting. Some twenty years later when I re-read the book I was amazed at how much of it I had absorbed! Lawrence Blair has a wonderful lilting and lyrical sense of prose which is a delight to read, and all the more so because the tales of travel and adventure which he relates here are quite remarkable. I've written at more length about this book and the original films here on my blog.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jorn Straten

    This book is really fascinating and a must-read for travelers. An adventure through the archipelago of Indonesia with thrills, mystery and humor. Explore astonishingly rich cultures of the Indonesian islands. While reading, you are feeling like one of the explorers. Chapter Nine "The dream Wanderers of Borneo" was the most mesmerizing part for me. I'm thankful that the Blair brothers shared their adventure of a lifetime with me. This book is really fascinating and a must-read for travelers. An adventure through the archipelago of Indonesia with thrills, mystery and humor. Explore astonishingly rich cultures of the Indonesian islands. While reading, you are feeling like one of the explorers. Chapter Nine "The dream Wanderers of Borneo" was the most mesmerizing part for me. I'm thankful that the Blair brothers shared their adventure of a lifetime with me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nyonyakunyit

    Exciting documents the ten-year voyage of Lorne and Lawrence Blair, through the world’s largest and least known archipelago — the exotic, mysterious islands of Indonesia. These islands form a chain of active volcanos that arc down and around into the Pacific to form the “Ring of Fire.” Read this book make happy, proud and feel blessed to live in a land that (for foreigners) is so beautiful. But is Indonesia still as beautiful as before?

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