This 60-feet narrow boat, which is also a bookshop, has toured the canals of Britain since 2011, along with bookshop rabbit Napoleon Bunnyparte.
I need a counter-balance to the hurly burly instant consumption lifestyle encountered outside my front door. My definition of a good book is one that takes you out of yourself, away from the frustrations of traffic jams and other stressful situations so that life drifts by. It might seem paradoxical that holidays are a good time to read, but a good book is like drinking wine with good food: they go together.
I imagine that I would find a really good read on the Book Barge because it encapsulates the notion of slow living.
When I lived in the UK, I made a point of becoming a member of my local public library, the first one of which was housed (and still is) in this magnificent building.
On my many travels I’ve always made a point of seeking out the most interesting bookshops, hopeful that I can find a good read among the second-hand selections. In a few places, including work staff rooms, I’ve set up a book exchange or two on my travels. This has guaranteed that I’ve always had a ‘book on the go’. This is a list of the many books I read when I circumnavigated the globe in 85-6: note that I don’t make any claims to be a literature buff.
For information about Indonesia’s bookshops, check this page.
Kinokuniya (located at Sogo Plaza Senayan, Sogo Plaza Indonesia, Pondok Indah Mall, and Grand Indonesia) is one of the largest English bookstores in Indonesia. And the only ones which apparently have copies of ‘my’ book, which I should add is the number one seller among books about Jakarta in its Kindle edition..
Periplus, the distributors of ‘my’ book, don’t stock it (eh?) in their bookstores , which are widespread throughout the archipelago.
There isn’t a public library system so for the large sector of society which lives near or below the poverty line and/or in the remoter areas of the country (some 100 million). One project which deserves a mention is Taman Bacaan Pelangi (Rainbow Reading Gardens), founded by Nila Tanzil, which has transported hundreds of books to Flores and Komodo so that children can get a glimpse into worlds beyond their own.
Finally, a reminder that I have a separate page (link above) for my book recommendations and reviews.