The Birdwoman's Palate by Laksmi Pamuntjak

The Birdwoman's Palate

In this exhilarating culinary novel, a woman’s road trip through Indonesia becomes a discovery of friendship, self, and other rare delicacies. Aruna is an epidemiologist dedicated to food and avian politics. One is heaven, the other earth. The two passions blend in unexpected ways when Aruna is asked to research a handful of isolated bird flu cases reported across Indonesia. While it’s put a crimp in her aunt’s West Java farm, and made her ...


Details The Birdwoman's Palate

TitleThe Birdwoman's Palate
Author
Release DateFeb 1st, 2018
PublisherAmazonCrossing
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Abandoned
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Reviews The Birdwoman's Palate

  • Harun Harahap
    2015-01-12
    Mungkin gue adalah satu dari sekian banyak pembaca buku ini karena terkesima dengan Amba karya Laksmi Pamuntjak. Sebenarnya memang tidak begitu relevan mengaitkan Amba dan Aruna. Tetapi begitulah adanya.Semenjak tahu penulis menerbitkan Aruna, gue sangat bersemangat untuk membacanya. Apalagi buku tersebut berkaitan dengan kuliner. Tentu ekspektasi gue tinggi banget karena penulis lebih dikenal sebagai food writer. Gue jadi mengira-ngira akan baga...
  • Susan Crowe
    2018-02-15
    I won this book in ebook format in a Goodreads giveaway.Ok, here we go. I didn't enjoy this book. At all. It was depressing and the language crude. But I did give it 3*s because it is very well written. It just wasn't something I enjoyed reading and I skimmed through a lot of it.
  • Darnia
    2017-01-04
    Sudah lama pingin baca ini, murni karena gw pernah baca Amba dan karena buku ini membicarakan tentang traveliner (traveling sambil kuliner). Buku ini...gimana ya....gw sama sekali nggak menyangka bahwa gw bakal disuguhi kasus Avian Flu! Jadi, mbak Aruna --yg bekerja di One World--, bersama Bono dan Nadezhda -- sahabat-sahabatnya--, serta Farish --kolega pada awalnya--, menjelajahi beberapa wilayah di Indonesia dimana terdapat suspect H5N1, yg ane...
  • Siria
    2018-03-15
    The Birdwoman's Palate has an intriguing premise and for the first couple of chapters I was thinking this would probably be a four star book. It tells the story about Aruna, an Indonesian woman in her mid-thirties who's a bit of a foodie and is working for a government agency during an outbreak of avian flu. As it became clearer that there was no real plot arc or structure to the book, and that the avian flu subplot was an odd McGuffin, I revised...
  • Peter Baran
    2018-01-16
    So my second Read Harder book and I am initially unsure of how to classify it. I think it would like to be literary fiction, and I initially thought it would be a culinary infected thriller about bird flu in Indonesia. It actually is a romance, both of the standard type and one of food - the heroine is a bird expert travelling Indonesia with her stuck up colleague trying to help cure or quarantine the 2011 SARS outbreak. Joining her are her best ...
  • Diann
    2018-01-10
    1 Star and a DNF designation (Did Not Finish). I was drawn to the story line. I like epidemiological mysteries and I enjoy food writing. It seemed an intriguing combination. I made it through 40% and could not read any more. The writing is good, but drawn out and laborious. There were several chapters that developed characters, which I thought could have been significantly condensed without losing the plot. The author seems to be forcing together...
  • Biondy
    2015-12-08
    Kalau disuruh menyimpulkan novel ini dalam satu kalimat, saya akan tulis: "Cerita tentang Aruna, seorang wanita yang melakukan wisata kuliner sambil menjalankan tugas kantornya untuk menyelidiki masalah flu burung".Cerita utamanya, seharusnya, tentang Aruna, seorang "ahli wabah" (alias konsultan epidemiologi) yang diutus oleh kantornya yang bekerja sama dengan Direktorat Penanggulangan Wabah dan Pemulihan Prasarana, yang merupakan bagian dari Kem...
  • Nagisa Paramita
    2014-12-10
    Saya pertama kenal dengan Laksmi Pamuntjak karena novel Amba dan saya jatuh cinta jungkir balik dengan Amba, dengan cara menulis Laksmi Pamuntjak melalui Amba. Maka saya tidak tunggu macam-macam ketika novel ini dirilis, langsung saya beli. Terjun dengan penuh keyakinan. Tapi mungkin saya berharap terlalu tinggi atau memang Laksmi Pamuntjak ingin menampilkan sesuatu yang berbeda di novel yang ini. Mungkin juga soal selera. Pertama dengar soal Aru...
  • Audrey
    2018-02-15
    Oh how I very much wanted this book to be better than it was. Note how that doesn't say I didn't enjoy it, because I did, but there's really no denying that it's a hot mess of a novel basically redeemed by lyrical and passionate food writing. As other reviewers have mentioned, trying to tie a culinary road trip around Indonesia with a subplot about avian flu epidemiology and government corruption is weird at best, and never fully gels. At one poi...
  • Ming
    2018-01-25
    This book was almost a "DNF" (Did Not Finish) for me. The English translation is solid. The tone is snarky, in fact, very snarky, but overly artificial and uncomfortable. Flippant but not witty. (Was the author or the translator trying to do a poor imitation of Carrie Bradshaw or Samantha Jones from "Sex in the City"?) Aruna, the main character, seems like an adolescent with displaced or misplaced anger.The main reason I read this book and slogge...
  • Lisa, M.
    2018-03-15
    Ini buku yang sangat ingin aku baca ketika pertama kali terbit. Konsepnya terbilang megah; menggabungkan kekayaan kuliner nusantara, politik, konspirasi. Terlebih profil si penulisnya memang menjanjikan bahwa karya ini enggak bakal kopong--dan memang tidak.Sayangnya, terlalu padat rupanya juga tidak baik. Ambisi untuk membuat karya yang padat rupanya malah bikin ini buku jadi semacam jalinan infodump; belum sempat menghayati satu hal, eh mendadak...
  • Melissa
    2018-01-08
    It's okay, kind of boring.This was a difficult book to get through. The beginning was so long, drawn out boring, that after chapter 7 (of 36 chapters), I seriously considered throwing in the towel. The book is about the main character, Aruna, trying various types of food with her friends while also covering aspects of work as an avian flu field investigator. The beginning describes boring office politics way to much, including planning meetings a...
  • Racysteed
    2018-01-31
    I made it about halfway through this one. It's not terrible but feels like an absentminded conversation between friends or being able to read someone's self-absorbed thoughts. There wasn't enough plot to keep me motivated.
  • Patricia L Kerr
    2018-01-17
    Too much foodSeriously, the characters should weigh 300 pounds with all the food they eat. Got tired reading about it. I had hoped to learn about their culture but they sound more like Americans obsessed with food and sex.
  • Hanny Wulandari Yasin
    2017-07-02
    Unpredict. Cool.
  • Viki Holmes
    2018-01-08
    Laksmi Pamuntjak's trademark lush prose and sparkling dialogue shine in this culinary journey through Indonesia from the perspective of epidemiologist Aruna. It's no surprise that the author of Jakarta's Good Food Guide should produce a novel suffused with the love of intense flavours and dishes, but it is Pamuntjak's discipline as a poet that makes the depictions of her home country so vivid and enticing. A novel to be savoured!
  • Rully Resa
    2016-08-07
    Sampai saat ini saya masih canggung ketika membaca karya dari penulis feminis. Stigma feminis selalu membayangi. Ada rasa "bosan" ketika sex dan status sosial lagi-lagi jadi sorotan. Tetapi disini agak berbeda (tidak sepenuhnya lepas dari sex dan status sosial) ketika gaya feminis yang dituangkan diatas makanan berhasil membangkitkan nafsu/gairah kuliner. Istilah yang dipakai saat ini adalah "foodporn". Biasanya foodporn disebarluaskan melalui ga...
  • Nhaz Montana
    2017-06-30
    Sampai ke beberapa halaman terakhir masih dibuat bosan saat membaca novel ini, bertahan karena penasaran semacam "serius nih gini doang? duuhh mana deh klimaksnya, mana deh serunya?". lalu kemudian mengendalikan diri sendiri dan meyakinkan bahwa tak semua novel atau tulisan yang masuk best seller harus SERU. di beberapa halaman terakhir mood saya yang sudah kebosanan terselamatkan oleh beberapa quote di buku yang yaah bisalah di-share. yap!! raga...
  • Nonna
    2016-02-27
    Kata-kata Laksmi begitu merdu. Bermain dengan metafora dan hiperbolis. Tapi saya tidak begitu suka ceritanya, karena bukan pecinta kuliner. Saya "terpaksa" menyelesaikan buku ini.
  • owleeya
    2015-11-13
    Jadi lapar.
  • Ernesto
    2018-01-27
    I am not sure what this novel is: A travel journal, a soul search, a love story.Aruna, works for an NGO that consults with a Ministry in Indonesia. Her description of the work there is one anybody working on a Ministry in Bolivia or any other developing country will make.I enjoyed the way Aruna describes the food. Although most of the names sound strange, it is interesting how the author is able to convey the pasion Aruna feels for the food. And ...
  • Erin Quinney
    2018-01-20
    This is an odd book--avian flu, relationships, politics, religion, a little Indonesian history a and a lot of food. A lot of food. The avian flu almost acts as a MacGuffin. The characters need to have a mission in order to eat their way across Indonesia and "Birdwoman" sounds interesting in a title, so...let's see...avian flu! Oh, and lets throw in some political conspiracies about big pharma so we can comment on the abysmal state of medical care...
  • Marie
    2018-02-04
    I have a lot of ambivalence about this book because I think that if I were more familiar with Indonesia (geography, food, culture), the book would hold more resonance for me. Importantly, I don't think that it is necessarily a novelist's job to familiarize me with a new place; writers are perfectly free to write from within a culture to readers within that culture, and such work is quite often beautiful and powerful. As an outsider, though, readi...
  • Sandra Wagner-Wright
    2018-01-25
    This is the story of a young, professional woman in a conservative culture as she comes into herself. We meet her as an insecure, lonely epidemiologist working for an NGO in Jakarta. She has a new assignment to investigate cases of avian flu and determine if they are an epidemic. But she also wants to sample regional cuisine. Aruna invites her friends Bono, a chief, and Nadezhda, a food writer, to come along for the food. Aruna’s colleague, Far...
  • Heather
    2018-01-14
    I am not sure if something was lost in the translation, but I felt the entire time I kept waiting for something to actually happen, when nothing ever really did, and the few things that did were just... anticlimactic as could be. I enjoyed the character or Aruna, but I wish she'd been given something to do other than wander from restaurant to restaurant (literally, the second half of the group's journey is truly going from one to the next, like.....
  • Crispin Reedy
    2018-01-27
    Here's another one where I dutifully read the book for my Peace Corps book club and then missed the meeting, lol. I enjoyed the book, but for me, the translation failed. Or perhaps there needed to be an English edition that is not simply a translation but which also includes more content. Because this book is TOTALLY about Indonesian food. And, the problem is that although the food is often described from a taste viewpoint, for an English reader,...
  • Zuzana
    2018-01-02
    I usually enjoy books about traveling, love books with food and different dishes but I really struggled to connect with this book. Food references were too deep and as I've never traveled to Asia, I found all names of the dishes blending into one. It was really really full of food, which made me hungry at times, but mostly just pages and pages of dishes, which sounded good, but contained so many ingredients and so much information, it became tiri...
  • N
    2018-03-08
    I Really Wanted to Like This BookI really wanted to like this book because the topics included in the novel sounded interesting -- food, relationships, travel. But we don't always get what we want and that was true in the case of this book. This was the longest 350 page book I have ever read. Aruna and her friends could not stop talking, or eating and talking about eating. Even while Aruna was sleeping she was recounting her dreams to her captive...
  • Teguh Affandi
    2014-11-04
    Aruna dan LidahnyaSerasa sedang menyaksikan acara kuliner di televisi. Aneka jenis makanan dan rumah makan, baik yang disebut secara eksplisit atau sekadar menyebutkan lokasi tanpa nama jelas, berceceran di mana-mana. Apalagi kalau sudah pada bagian diskripsi rasa dan visual yang lumayan bikin ngiler tapi juga ada yang didiskripsikan sebagai makanan buruk dan sukses bikin eneg. Saya sangat yakin makan bukan sekadar persoalan perut saja. Makan bis...
  • Maisya Farhati
    2017-07-04
    Jika pernah membaca salah satu novel karya Laksmi sebelumnya, Amba, maka buku ini akan terasa cukup berbeda. Karyanya yang satu ini tetap menarik. Namun menurut saya, konflik di novel ini terasa 'tipis'. Saya seakan membaca buku kuliner yang disisipi tokoh dan sedikit bumbu drama percintaan dan konspirasi politik. Pada akhirnya, saya menghabiskan buku ini demi menikmati cerita tentang kuliner, budaya, dan sisipan kritik sosial dari penulisnya lew...