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

by Simon Winchester | History |
ISBN: 006093736x Global Overview for this book
Registered by jamesmum of Richmond, British Columbia Canada on 6/2/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by jamesmum from Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Thursday, June 02, 2005
This is a nonfiction look at the geology, zoology, and botany of the Java/Sumatra area, and the causes that lead up to the self-destructive eruption of Krakatoa in August 1883. Expect to read a good deal of history, politics, and science in this book, in addition to details of the eruption itself - this is, after all, a Simon Winchester book. For those with a keener-than-average interest in volcanoes and plate tectonics in general, and the Java/Sumatra region in particular, this book is a treasure.

6/2/05: Sending to MaryZee as a RABCK (from the RABCK relay on, as it's on her wish list. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 2 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Thursday, June 16, 2005
This arrived safely yesterday - hubby forgot to tell me I had a package (when I asked him if I got anything in today's mail, he told me I got 2 the other day and asked me if that wasn't enough - no!)

Thanks for thinking of me, JamesMum. I'll read this and pass it on as soon as I can.

Journal Entry 3 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Saturday, August 19, 2006
Just to let Jamesmum know, I've finally gotten around to reading this book, and I'm really enjoying it! I'm only about 1/3 finished, but it's going very quickly. I read Winchester's The Meaning of Everything a couple of months ago, and found that one very accessible. It put me in the mind to read another of his books, and I've already got plans for this one. It will be going into my "Books about Things" bookbox when I've finished, for a bit of traveling. Thanks again for sending this to me.

Journal Entry 4 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Monday, August 21, 2006
As I'm reading this book, I keep wondering about the 2004 Asian tsunami, and how it relates. So I had to research this and found this article in Wikipedia. Krakatoa is also mentioned in these sections of the article - Signs and warnings and Casualties in historical context.

Journal Entry 5 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Excellent, excellent book. I really enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to encountering more of Winchester's work. I've read several of his books now, and it seems as though each one gets better and better. This book was a lot of history, with a good chunk of geology, some zoology and biology, and just a bit of politics thrown into the mix. Very easily readable, and I would recommend this to anyone, especially since the Asian Tsunami of 2004. This book has a lot of interesting information and explanation about what causes these types of events, and the aftereffects.

Many thanks again, Jamesmum. This book will be traveling soon.

Journal Entry 6 by wingmaryzeewing at Books about Things bookbox in Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, September 05, 2006

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Putting into my "Books about Things" bookbox.

Journal Entry 7 by gomboggit from Baker City, Oregon USA on Wednesday, September 20, 2006
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