With the same nostalgic resonance consistent throughout, the book takes you through the shifting sands of time - including the birth of his people and his own childhood on the river, the instrumental role his father, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien, played in maintaining Brunei's independence, and his own entry into the life of 'officialdom' in the Government, steering the counWith the same nostalgic resonance consistent throughout, the book takes you through the shifting sands of time - including the birth of his people and his own childhood on the river, the instrumental role his father, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien, played in maintaining Brunei's independence, and his own entry into the life of 'officialdom' in the Government, steering the country by his brother's side to where she is today. In recounting history, the gritty bits are not sidestepped. He talks about Brunei's dilemma in the tug-of-war between the Malaysian Federation and the fight to keep together as a nation, the rebellion in 1962 involving a terrifying midnight siege on the Istana and the 1963 "Konfrontasi" inspired by communist extremists. The description of the devastation of the world wars and their global effects are atmospheric - first, World War II, and then the Cold War which was the casus belli of the turmoil and unstable conditions in South East Asia. What makes his side of the story interesting is that he, being in Foreign Affairs and then a Minister, was in the thick of it at the time. Although the book consigns a lot of chapters to political history, "Time and the River" is no didactic political tome. Instead, it is a simple book, a "sweet" (as one reader comments) collection of reminiscences and introspective musings taken from the colourful journey of a Prince's life. Of course, there are the fun sections too that tell of carefree days at Sandhurst, UK, when he was a longhaired teen in the Swinging Sixties. You can almost hear the rock and roll in the background as he takes you through the fashion and the fast cars of Carnaby Street. "Time and the River" is no plodder. Flowing like the current of the river from whence its inspiration was drawn, the prose moves with a pace described by another reader as, "a page turner." - Helena Hon, Brunei Press...
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time and the river brunei darussalam 1947 2000 Reviews
BruneiAssociation-A Part of the World No Longer Apart"Study the past if you would define the future.""The Zopfan declaration: That Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore and Thailand are determined to exert initially necessary efforts to secure the recognition of, and respect for South East Asia.""The existing special treaty relations between The United Kingdom and the state if Brunei, which are inconsistent with full international responsibility as a sovereign and independent state, shall terminate with effect from five years from 31 December 1978.""The top keeps spinning and or people watch it closely and judge the way we play it.""Total concentration. Balance. Perseverance. A southeast Asian way of life!""Chiang Mai Initiative of 2001: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, japan, People's republic of China, Republic of Korea and observer: Papua New Guinea."
A combination memoir and 20th-century history of Brunei, written by the Sultan's brother, who is also Brunei's Foreign Minister. (Wikipedia says his full name is Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Perdana Wazir Sahibul Himmah Wal-Waqar Pengiran Muda Mohamed Bolkiah, but he just goes by the last two.) Bolkiah's pride in his country is obvious and I learned a lot about Brunei from the book, when I had known little before -- just that it was tiny, it had oil wealth and it was ruled by a sultan. He writes clearly and plainly about Brunei's trials, tribulations and triumphs, and also about his own experiences growing up as the prince of what was then a deeply impoverished country ravaged by World War II and fighting for its own existence.The second half of the book, where Bolkiah talked about his job as Foreign Minister, was much less interesting to me. I think it got very repetitive, particularly the photographs, which were all just monotonous images of Bolkiah shaking hands and sitting down with various world leaders. It was still pretty impressive, though, and left me feeling glad I wasn't royalty. Too much responsibility.