IN THE REVIEW

The Not-So-Spiritual East

God's Dust: A Modern Asian Journey

by Ian Buruma
Beside the road that connects Solo to Jogjakarta in central Java, a beautiful village named Begajah was barely beginning its quest for a modern way of life when I arrived in 1971. People there lived under thatched roofs and padded barefooted down dirt paths. Its rice fields were meticulously cultivated.