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I would be interested to hear how Balinese or Indonesian readers respond to this tale - although it's written in English it's not hard to follow. But it touches on a very sensitive topic: victims' families, and perpetrators of that horrific time, still live side by side in Bali.
Lewis is a skilled, canny writer. He has framed his experience and his research in a raw and readable novel. He does not apologize for his characters, but reveals their part in the Massacre gradually and without leading either their lives or the plot to easy conclusions. Everyone in this book, from the CIA-connected expat to the old woman who roves the town asking after her lost daughters, rings true; they carry the richness of the plot with their actions and attitudes.
I definitely recommend Bones of the Dark Moon, both for its personalization of a problematic moment in history, and because it moves quickly and engages the reader completely. It is, indeed, a very hard book to put down--or to forget once you have.
None of the Western friends I've talked to have ever heard about these massacres. It's not openly discussed by the Balinese themselves. I understand there's a documentary film about it winning lots of prizes at the moment, so maybe - along with this excellent book - the time has come at last.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A novel that takes you there. I was very ignorant of the 1965 killings. It gives a good look at the past.Published 8 months ago by pollly
This book is a lot of things: a provocative view of the 1965 massacre in Bali, an insightful cultural view of Bali, and especially, a wonderful narrative with great story line and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by RogueReverend
Richard Lewis draws you into backstreets of Bali in this gripping tale based on historic events. His prose is brilliant and his characters feel as though they were the people you... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Cealarenne
Such an interesting book! I'd never heard of this massacre in history and stopped part way thru book to look it up and read about it. Good books make you do things like that. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Nick F Cooney
It's a truly great & interesting book. I started reading it and then I could only focus on keep reading it until i finish! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stella Vassilieva
Bali hasn’t always been the island paradise that visitors see today. One of the darkest moments of the island’s history, the anti-Communist movement of 1965, is brought to life in... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lynsey Nile
For anyone who has had anything kind of relationship with Bali over the last 50 years this is novel will really get hold of you. Read morePublished 21 months ago by stephen palmer
Loved this novel. It was compelling and beautifully written. I found the world it took me into quite fascinating. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Karen White