By John Coast

ISBN-10: 0794602614

ISBN-13: 9780794602611

"If you recognize the place to seem, you could detect and realize what it used to be that intoxicating John Coast fifty years ago."Sir David Attenborough

This ebook is without doubt one of the nice classics approximately Bali, now with dozens of illustrations and photographs.

Dancing out of Bali is an engaging own account of a tender Englishman who settled in a small residence in Bali in the middle of the political turmoil that griped post–war Indonesia. There, he immersed himself in Balinese tradition and made bold plans to convey a troupe of Balinese dancers and musicians to Europe and the United States. The ebook relates John Coast's bold and noteworthy experience that took him from revolution in Indonesia to the footlights of London and Broadway. inside a number of weeks, the troupe had captured the hearts of audiences. listed below are images of Bali and tales of the performer's magic island and of the enthralling dancers, together with the gorgeous 12–year–old Ni Gusti Raka. She grew to become a celeb in a single day and extremely joyful audiences in all places in the course of the troupe's positive journey. it's also a narrative of Balinese tradition and lifestyles in Bali–following the devastating jap occupation–of song and dancing in Bali, of the various island's nice appearing dancers and musicians, and of the attraction, humor and historical values of the Balinese humans.

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We dropped our cheerful friends in the Denpasar market place, for they had shopping to do before the bus left at one o'clock, departing packed to the roof with its passengers, and on its roof baskets of fruit and fish and pottery and even bicycles. " "Certainly; it will be soon. " On the day of the Saba Temple Festival a puncture delayed us and it was eleven o'clock before we arrived. However, the moon was just coming up and we feared no incidents of violence during a festival, because no nationalistic youth, however disposed to violence, would dare risk the wrath of the gods by desecrating their celebrations.

Said the Anak Agung. " His eyes flew around the house, looked pityingly at my thatch, taking in every detail. After a few minutes Rantun entered with the coffee and at once our guests came to life. "Beh! " they both exclaimed. Rantun smiled and nodded and addressed the Anak Agung so enthusiastically that the coffee was almost lost, and the tall, hitherto solemn-faced individual who had come with the Anak Agung now became animated too, slapping his knee, asking questions like a machine gun of Made Rantun.

At last we were seated again, drinking coffee, and I dared continue. " A large sigh. "What can I say? The girl who was kidnapped was my elder brother's child. If we cannot protect our own family, the village certainly will not permit their daughters to join the Djanger club. When the present girls are married in their tum, no fresh ones will come forward to take their places. " At which he smiled cheerfully, which is the polite way to hide sorrow or regret, since it is considered childish and stupid to be miserable over something that you can do little or nothing to change.

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