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Reading culture: The long journey to becoming a developed nation

  • Betsy Sahetapy

Jakarta | Sat, October 15 2011 | 11:19 am

PREMIUM In the past, I used to see a Finnish girl, who rode the same school bus with me, reading a book every day during the bus journey.

Curiously, I once asked her, ”How long does it take you to read a 500-or so page book?” She replied, “Two or three days.” As a book lover who needs one or two weeks to finish such a book, I was astonished at how fast this fifth grader could read books th...