A Gecko for Luck

A Gecko for Luck

18 years in Indonesia

Horst H. Geerken

Paperback

392 Seiten

ISBN-13: 9783839152485

Verlag: Books on Demand

Erscheinungsdatum: 05.05.2015

Sprache: Englisch

Farbe: Nein

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The large house gecko, called tokek, is regarded as a lucky talisman by the Indonesians. When its 'Toke' resounds in the night, they count how many times it calls, both in town and in the country, and this number determines how lucky the call is. Only an odd number is lucky: seven is already quite good, but nine promises the peak of success and good fortune.

The author has spent 18 years in Indonesia and helped the young independent country in its development and construction on the sectors of telecommunications, electrotechnical and solar power engineering. Amusing and interesting events from his private and professional life during those years make this book historically interesting and also humorous reading for anyone who is interested in getting to know Indonesia off the beaten tourist track.

The author and his famliy had tokeks in both their house in Jakarta and their weekend home in Carita. He often has heard nine successive calls, and the prophecy was fulfilled: Indonesia has brought the author luck and happiness.
Horst H. Geerken

Horst H. Geerken

Horst H. Geerken kennt Indonesien seit über 55 Jahren. Er hat das ganze Land bereist und bereits mehrere einschlägige Werke mit historischen Fakten über den Archipel veröffentlicht, die auch auf Englisch und Bahasa Indonesia erschienen sind.

Website: www.horstgeerken.de

Indonesia di Mata Orang Jerman

Tempo

April 2010

(...)"A Gecko for Luck" presents the facts clearly and assertively and asks it readers to imagine a bright future for Indonesia. It is investigative and serious, but at the same time raw and playful. It's a pleasure to hear another side of the story."

SOROTAN-EKONID

April 2010

(...)While reading the book, the reader inevitably feels that the writer not only became a connoisseur of Indonesia after 18 years of staying here, but that he also developed a deep attachment to the country. Thus the book is not only worth to be read if one has recently come to Indonesia and started working here, just as Horst Geerken did. Even those who are already well-acqainted with the country will enjoy reading this book since they will rediscover much that they already know.(...)

German book shed lights on Indonesia's dark moment

Jakarta Post

Juli 2010

(...)"A Gecko for Luck" presents the facts clearly and assertively and asks it readers to imagine a bright future for Indonesia. It is investigative and serious, but at the same time raw and playful. (...)It's a pleasure to hear another side of the story."

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