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A French voyeur in Bali

  • Bruce W. Carpenter

    Contributor

Bali   /   Sun, July 13 2008   /  10:06 am

Bali Today 2: Love and Social Life
Jean Couteau et al
2008, KPG Press, Jakarta
248 pages with cartoon illustrations
To the Balinese the sexual and love meeting is more than just an affair of two people. It is a cosmic encounter. --Jean Couteau, Aug. 23, 1992 For those delighted by Bali Today: Modernity (2005), a quirky collection of witty non-fiction stories and satirical cartoons documenting Bali in transition, Bali Today 2: Love and Social Life, the second book in this trilogy, offers more offbeat views from the island's underbelly. While the second book, like the first, is full of irony, satire and mirth, there is also a deeper, more sober, undercurrent in its exploration of the clash between traditional and post-modern Balinese values and customs affecting a society that literally moved from Medievalism to Tourist Paradise in ...