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About the Author

The author of the popular young adult novel "The Killing Sea" (Simon & Schuster) about the 2004 tsunami, Richard Lewis returns to fiction for adults in "Bones of the Dark Moon," drawing on his own life experiences . Born and raised in Bali, Indonesia, as a nine-year-old boy he was an eyewitness to the events surrounding the massacres of 1965 and the effect they had on his neighbors and friends. After graduating from American university, Richard returned to Bali, where he now lives with his wife and family, dedicating his time to writing, surfing and finding the perfect chili sauce.

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  • File Size: 2077 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Saritaksu Editions (July 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E0BKI6Q
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Richard Lewis is a master story teller. Once you pick this book up you won't be able to put it down. For any of us, (that's most of us) who have no idea of the genocide that happened in Indonesia in 1965, this book will educate, inform, shock and astound you and keep you hanging til the last page. I highly recommend it. Another great publication by Balinese publisher, Saritaksu Editions.
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Bones of the Dark Moon is a well researched and sensitively written novel addressing an important time in Bali's troubled past. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to understand more about the dynamics of the events of 1965 and the lasting impact of those events on Bali today.
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Richard E Lewis clearly has a deep knowledge of Bali, and like many long-term residents of the island has heard many tales of the horrors of 1965. So his weaving together of a contemporary tale of that time is credible, and his storytelling skills are pretty good too. This is an exotic page turner that has numerous leads and counter-leads, and feels like it has been written for Hollywood: it's a good read. But as Mr Lewis admits in the Acknowledgements, Bones of the Dark Moon was written for a western audience, so almost all of the characters speak with a western voice. I could almost hear the Californian twang coming from some of the Balinese. And, Mr Lewis gives us all the answers to his mystery at the end...! Well, almost all the answers. Don't want to spoil the story for you.
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.
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I loved this book. The characters were interesting; the story was compelling. The book was very well written and shed light on a very painful political situation.
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Richard Lewis, the son of missionaries, has lived in Bali most of his life, and was nine years old when an estimated 50,000 "Communists" were slaughter by Nationalists--sometimes their own neighbors--on his adopted Island. That this massacre is not known far outside Indonesia, except by history buffs who've sought out non-fiction books on the subject and audiences who have seen the recent documentary, The Act of Killing, speaks both to the complicated Indonesian culture, and the political history of the nation. It is not easy for a non-Indonesian to understand this time, the motivations behind it, or even the muted aftermath.

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.
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"Bones" is compelling, challenging, comprehensive, informing and - well, words escape me. Lewis writes with authority and compassion. His near-lifetime presence in Bali shines through. Few writers so entreatingly and convincingly blend fiction and fact. I've read very few books that have so startled, shifted and shaken the reader. Just when I "knew" what would be the outcome - bang, another twist. Suspense galore. While not such exact portraits of the characters physical appearance Lewis paints with vivid strokes their larger personhood. And such diversity in each one of them. That old phrase,"I just couldn't stop reading..." is more than cliche about "Bones." One would hop this book makes it to the wide screen - even if movie producers would want to change things. But it would be difficult for them to make changes of improvement. Well done, Richard E. Lewis!
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Talk about intrigue spiked with romance and violence! I started reading Bones of the Dark Moon one morning and finished it the following evening. Richard Lewis has proven himself to be a remarkable storyteller. He seamlessly wove a multi-layered plot that fluctuates between today’s Indonesian Bali and that of 1965 Bali when the Communists were determined to overthrow the Nationalist government, pitting neighbor against neighbor and shattering families that once were united and strong. A must-read to the final page, with an ending so twisted I didn’t see it coming.
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I found it difficult to put this book down. I'm in Bali at the moment and wanted to understand more about the island's culture and recent history. This book provides that in spades, weaving together the stories of various individuals in 1965 and modern day Bali.

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.
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