As usual, Simon Winchester has written a solid, interesting, educational book about a fascinating historical/scientific event. I enjoyed it overall, and certain parts - particularly the chapters that described the actual volcano and the aftermath - were quite exciting. Still, I think Winchester's books are getting a little formulaic, and they could use more editing. This is good book to pass the time on an airplane ride or a day off.
Full of fascinating information, some of it even related to Krakatoa! The author meanders a lot when he writes, and I suspect plagiarizes his own work.
Book written in 2003, he states early on that "Probably... it will be many years... before anything will befall the world...that will be as terrible as what took place..[at Krakatoa]..", yet the next year in the same part of the world almost 10 times as many people died in the tsunami as died in the 1883 explosion.
Simon Winchester presents the facts and the history behind this natural disaster. What I found most interesting was how far-reaching the effects of Krakatoa's eruption were, and the interesting ways they were able to prove it. Winchester presents this all in a reader-friendly style which is easy to understand even if you are not a geologist. Very enjoyable reading! Put it on your wishlist today!
Winchester creates an interesting and meticulous tale of Krakatoa's 1883 eruption. He includes enough historical and scientific detail to please the informed lay person, layered with enough adventure and excitement to appeal to a more casual reader. His personal enthusiasm for the topic is evident, and makes even his frequent tangents worthwhile. I would have liked more and better maps, though, given how essential an understanding of the geography is for this story.
Kay M. reviewed Krakatoa : The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 on
Excellent account of an historical event and the underlying geology which caused it. In addition, the author goes into the social upheaval resulting from this devastating eruption. I strongly recommend this book and others by this author (The book Atlantic is equally fascinating)