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Beloved Land: Stories, Struggles and Secrets from Timor-Leste

Beloved Land: Stories, Struggles and Secrets from Timor-Leste AEDS Book review 6,4 Gordon Peake Scribe Melbourne and London vi+25pp. £14.99 GBP, paperback Map, abbreviations, sources and index ISBN: 978-1-922247-30-8 Keywords East Timor, Languages, Stories, Portuguese, Indonesian Review DOI 10.1108/AEDS-07-2016-0061 Peake’s book is a brilliant and attractive vade mecum for scholars and travellers on their way to Timor-Leste. As suggested by its title, this colourful history, memoir and reportage tells the fascinating story of the first new country of the twenty-first century. This work conveys the energy of the East Timorese and the beauty of their island according to the author’s perceptions. Gordon Peake teaches in Canberra at the Australian National University (ANU) College of Asia and the Pacific. He spent four years in Timor-Leste, and also researched in West Timor from the Oecusse enclave (“a place with water” in the local Meto language) which is a special economic zone of the East Timorese Government. The book is divided into ten chapters. “A land of Babel” tells of Timor-Leste’s incredible variety of languages: including Eastern Makassae from Baucau, the second city, Kemak spoken in the West by Gastaõ Salsinha, a Lieutenant who became a rebel against his will, and Meto in Oecusse, which is the only indigenous language http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Education and Development Studies Emerald Publishing

Beloved Land: Stories, Struggles and Secrets from Timor-Leste

Asian Education and Development Studies , Volume 6 (4): 3 – Oct 2, 2017

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AEDS Book review 6,4 Gordon Peake Scribe Melbourne and London vi+25pp. £14.99 GBP, paperback Map, abbreviations, sources and index ISBN: 978-1-922247-30-8 Keywords East Timor, Languages, Stories, Portuguese, Indonesian Review DOI 10.1108/AEDS-07-2016-0061 Peake’s book is a brilliant and attractive vade mecum for scholars and travellers on their way to Timor-Leste. As suggested by its title, this colourful history, memoir and reportage tells the fascinating story of the first new country of the twenty-first century. This work conveys the energy of the East Timorese and the beauty of their island according to the author’s perceptions. Gordon Peake teaches in Canberra at the Australian National University (ANU) College of Asia and the Pacific. He spent four years in Timor-Leste, and also researched in West Timor from the Oecusse enclave (“a place with water” in the local Meto language) which is a special economic zone of the East Timorese Government. The book is divided into ten chapters. “A land of Babel” tells of Timor-Leste’s incredible variety of languages: including Eastern Makassae from Baucau, the second city, Kemak spoken in the West by Gastaõ Salsinha, a Lieutenant who became a rebel against his will, and Meto in Oecusse, which is the only indigenous language

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Asian Education and Development StudiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 2, 2017

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