Published: March, 2014
Published by: Red Mountain Shadows Publishing
Trade paperback, 224 pages
The author reveals interesting elements of Indonesian society. The Balinese are a religious people, as evidenced by the over 20,000 Hindu temples on the main island, one of which figures in this story; also Indonesian law requires that everyone hold an identity card on which is written the person’s religion. Not a concept that would endear North Americans. Moreover, blasphemy is illegal and you can be arrested for profanity!
Graceful, elegant Balinese dancing described in the book features the telling of a story through fingers, hands, and body gestures, including head and eye movements. And who wouldn’t want to go swimming with the dolphins in the turquoise-blue waters of Bali. Lotus and jasmine flowers, lush vegetation, swaying palm trees and beautiful terraced hillsides in which rice is grown completes the picture of a romantic, exotic escape. Not to mention that Amelia is forever humming tunes from the musical of the 1950’s, “South Pacific” set in the mystical island of Bali Ha’i.