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Jalan Jalan: A Novel of Indonesia

Jalan Jalan: A Novel of Indonesia (Paperback)

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Set on the lush tropical island of Sumatra, Jalan Jalan is the story of one man's attempt to escape from himself and the memory of his dead girlfriend. On the first page our narrator arrives in Indonesia, having taken a job in a ragtag language school where his fellow teachers are all misfits seemingly on the run from the realities of life in their home countries. "What sort of idiot takes a job after a five minute phone interview, in a country he knows nothing much about and on the other side of the world, in a school he's never heard of? Me idiot. That's who!" says the disaffected Newbie--a nickname given to him by his colleagues. This story of a quest for salvation in an exotic foreign land will appeal to fans of Alex Garland's The Beach, Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love and Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano. The title of the book comes from the Indonesian phrase jalan jalan ("walk walk") which one of the characters describes as: "Just fu$&ing walking man. Out for a stroll." To Newbie, whose real name is never revealed until the book's final page, the phrase aptly sums up the emotional detachment he seeks. Yet despite himself, he cannot help being transformed by his new experiences. "Raw, confrontational and aimed directly at anyone who has decided to take a hike from life, hide out for a while and reinvent who you are in another culture, it lays bare the vulnerability of the human psyche...Not for the fainthearted, this will take you on a journey which will be hard to forget, will hit deep and will, providing you enjoy this hard hitting style of writing, keep you entertained to the last page as you struggle, with Newbie, to discover just what life is really all about." -Blue Wolf Reviews

"Our adventurer is amusing as he struggles with everything. Simply staying clean poses a challenge for him in a land where `flat feet plop across the dusty shed skin of people unknown, limbs of dead insects, and dirt walked in by rodents'. A light and uplifting read." -Otago Daily Times

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Travel & MapsTravel writing Publisher: Tuttle Publishing Publication Date: 01/01/2016 ISBN-13: 9780804846295  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Mike Stoner lives in the UK, but has spent time in Asia and Eastern Europe. He graduated with distinction from the University of Kent with a MA in Creative Writing. He loves writing and intends to do an awful lot more before he keels over. He is married with two kids and currently lives in the United Kingdom.

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