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Ramadan Sky ❰Download❯ ➽ Ramadan Sky Author Nichola Hunter – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk A contemporary twist on a classic story of forbidden love, set in Jakarta, capital city of IndonesiaWhen Vic accepts a teaching position in Jakarta, she has already been working and travelling in Asia A contemporary twist on a classic story of forbidden love, set in Jakarta, capital city of IndonesiaWhen Vic accepts a teaching position in Jakarta, she has already been working and travelling in Asia for many years she thinks she knows what to expect However, before long she becomes troubled by the casual coexistence of vast wealth and woeful poverty, and by the stark differences in freedom and power between the men and the women It also becomes apparent that there will be no support or companionship from her fellow Westerners and colleaguesFajar has lived in Jakarta all his life He gets by, loaning money from friends and family, spending his nights racing, and his days working on the roads as an ojek driver When he impresses a customer with his understanding of English, he sees an opportunity He dedicates himself to being the woman s driver taking her to and from work, running her errands He thinks he s won bigNeither Fajar nor Vic expect to find friendship and solace in their strange arrangement But, before long, they will step outside the s of their cultures together, crossing a boundary that will shake both of their lives.

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  • 102 pages
  • Ramadan Sky
  • Nichola Hunter
  • 20 September 2018

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  1. Margitte Margitte says:

    Ramadan Sky by Nichola Hunter BLURB A contemporary twist on a classic story of forbidden love, set in Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia.When Vic accepts a teaching position in Jakarta, she has already been working and travelling in Asia for many years she thinks she knows what to expect However, before long she becomes troubled by the casual coexistence of vast wealth and woeful poverty, and by the stark differences in freedom and power between the men and the women It also becomes app Ramadan Sky by Nichola Hunter BLURB A contemporary twist on a classic story of forbidden love, set in Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia.When Vic accepts a teaching position in Jakarta, she has already been working and travelling in Asia for many years she thinks she knows what to expect However, before long she becomes troubled by the casual coexistence of vast wealth and woeful poverty, and by the stark differences in freedom and power between the men and the women It also becomes apparent that there will be no support or companionship from her fellow Westerners and colleagues.Fajar has lived in Jakarta all his life He gets by, loaning money from friends and family, spending his nights racing, and his days working on the roads as an ojek driver When he impresses a customer with his understanding of English, he sees an opportunity He dedicates himself to being the woman s driver taking her to and from work, running her errands He thinks he s won big.Neither Fajar nor Vic expect to find friendship and solace in their strange arrangement But, before long, they will step outside the s of their cultures together, crossing a boundary that will shake both of their lives.COMMENTS Since I also added the blurb, I will only summarize my impressions here.Three characters tell the story in alternating chapters.Fajar The jobless young Jakartan who ends up using his motorbike as a taxi to earn an meager income This way he meets Victoria.Victoria The much older English teacher from Australia who applies for a teaching position and hires Fajar to be her personal driver.Aryanti the Muslim young girl who first fell in love with Fajar, but then rejects him because of his unemployment, and then starts obsessing about him to a point of becoming dangerous.The love triangle sparks passion in all three lovers that eventually rules everything in their day Animosity rings loud for the white unmarried woman for Fajar who benefits, as a Muslim man, from the situation for Aryanti who decides to put a spell on Fajar and tries to scare the white woman away.There is no romance in the story However, what started as a loveless passionate affair between the cougar Victoria and the young Fajar, slowly spirals into muchthan she ever bargained for Passion becomes a weapon for all three characters.The story is a fast paced, energetic, emotionally almost aggressive novella, highlighting the differences between cultures, between rich and poor between religious and nonreligious outlooks on life and the attitudes of the ex pat white women and men in Jakarta The tale is winded around realistic, almost cynical and often harsh descriptions of the people, the city and the cultures.There is picturesque prose in the book, which makes it an interesting read There is, however, very little to romanticize reality Informative, for sure As a novella it was well written and detailed I can t say I loved it But it was worth reading.A Netgalley read

  2. Sue Sue says:

    A somewhat unusual story, Ramadan Sky presents the uneasy relationship between Vic, a 40 year old Australian woman arriving in Jakarta to teach English as a Second Languague Fajar, the young motorbike driver who ferries her around the city and becomes her lover and Aryanti, Faraj s former fiance, who still loves him In an impoverished city of impossible pollution, religious barriers, poverty and futility, with islands of extreme wealth, Vic s situation seems almost unreal In fact for a part A somewhat unusual story, Ramadan Sky presents the uneasy relationship between Vic, a 40 year old Australian woman arriving in Jakarta to teach English as a Second Languague Fajar, the young motorbike driver who ferries her around the city and becomes her lover and Aryanti, Faraj s former fiance, who still loves him In an impoverished city of impossible pollution, religious barriers, poverty and futility, with islands of extreme wealth, Vic s situation seems almost unreal In fact for a part of the story I really didn t see this relationship happening at all Vic seemed a force out of another, earlier novel where the white woman man helps the dark skinned man woman move beyond their means.But this is amodern story and it includes a wry look at modern pitfalls including the use of cell phones I was left feeling tossed between cultures as Vic likely felt, unsure where I wanted to land but knowing that I needed change.There is some gorgeous writing here in the descriptions of Vic s first sight of Jakarta from the plane, engulfed in a petrochemical smog, in the pictures of the weather, the stultifying air and its affect on people.All in all, an interesting read of a different place and culture with an age old love triangle.A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley for the purpose of review

  3. Sarah Cypher Sarah Cypher says:

    Ramadan Sky tells the story of a brief and inevitably ill fated cross cultural love triangle set in Jakarta Against the city s backdrop of poverty and corruption, the story unfolds over most of a year as Vic, an Australian English teacher, falls for her much younger and hot tempered ojek driver, Fajar He has an on again, off again engagement to a girl in his neighborhood, Aryanti, the kind of good Muslim girl he can marry, but will never quite love.The novel makes graceful use of three or rea Ramadan Sky tells the story of a brief and inevitably ill fated cross cultural love triangle set in Jakarta Against the city s backdrop of poverty and corruption, the story unfolds over most of a year as Vic, an Australian English teacher, falls for her much younger and hot tempered ojek driver, Fajar He has an on again, off again engagement to a girl in his neighborhood, Aryanti, the kind of good Muslim girl he can marry, but will never quite love.The novel makes graceful use of three or really four different narrators each character in the triangle, plus Vic s journal This is a feat for such a short novel, but the choice gives us useful access to what is most important in this particular story economic strangulation that narrows young people s futures to a few unattractive options, and the expatriate loneliness behind Vic s financial patronage, which adds an uncomfortable element of dependence to her relationship with Fajar We get a layered portrait of a Westerner s experience in an economically crippled city, a deceptively simple love story shaded with a dark history of neo colonialism.What I love about these kinds of stories I m also thinking of Linda Horowitz s While the Sands Whisper, which I edited last year , is that they depict the impossible complexities of a normal human relationship when it gets hung up on the rocks of money, history, culture, and need We ve all fallen for someone we hesitate to bring home to meet the fam, and it s here, through this lens, that we re also given a sidelong but rich glimpse into a different world I m a sucker for stories about Islam, and though Ramadan Sky could be told using almost any set of traditions that chafe their younger generation, this was my first encounter with Indonesia in fiction The setting details are rich, and thanks to Vic s droll sense of humor, the portraits of expats are funny.I give the book four stars pretty much my highest rating for everything short of Atwood and Tolkien

  4. Terry Gibson Terry Gibson says:

    Ramadan Sky by Nichola HunterI ve just read this book that my wife reviewed for netgalley My wife and daughter are intellectuals They review books for their literary merits and tend to be analytical in their reviews whereas I, am an ordinary bloke, who decides whether he likes a book or not by gut reaction This novella I did not like it was bitter, racist and contemptuous of the Indonesian society depicted I ve never been to Indonesia, and know nothing about it, but suspect that it is prob Ramadan Sky by Nichola HunterI ve just read this book that my wife reviewed for netgalley My wife and daughter are intellectuals They review books for their literary merits and tend to be analytical in their reviews whereas I, am an ordinary bloke, who decides whether he likes a book or not by gut reaction This novella I did not like it was bitter, racist and contemptuous of the Indonesian society depicted I ve never been to Indonesia, and know nothing about it, but suspect that it is probably not dissimilar to India, the country in which my wife and I have worked for the last 15 years I love this country and respect and accept its culture, poverty, corruption and all As for the ex pat community portrayed, I have worked with many ex pats and found them nice, easygoing people, who do a good job, with enthusiasm Many have become friends over the years they are certainly nothing like the ex pats depicted in this novella It was well written and literate, so I should give it something, but I so disliked the story, that although I have had to show one star, I give it zero stars

  5. Jolene Jolene says:

    Thank you Netgalley and Harper Collins for providing this in exchange for an honest review Hunter has a gift for realistic writing characters People are never 100% good or bad, and she was true to that The low rating is because while the writing was wonderful, I didn t care for the story or the characters so much Just because characters are realistic, doesn t mean they re actually likable You have a grown woman who taunts a teenage girl The teenager has stalkerish tendencies And Fajar i Thank you Netgalley and Harper Collins for providing this in exchange for an honest review Hunter has a gift for realistic writing characters People are never 100% good or bad, and she was true to that The low rating is because while the writing was wonderful, I didn t care for the story or the characters so much Just because characters are realistic, doesn t mean they re actually likable You have a grown woman who taunts a teenage girl The teenager has stalkerish tendencies And Fajar is just a fucking dick I m not sure if I d read anything by the author again I would definitely give her another try, but I wouldn t be able to read a full length book with such unlikable characters

  6. Kevin Bergeron Kevin Bergeron says:

    Jakarta, the setting for this novella, is depicted as a bleak but strangely appealing place As a rose can grow from the side of a brick building, beauty will assert itself The sights and sounds of Jakarta, the ugly as well as the beautiful, are vividly conveyed, with extraordinary poetic sensibility.The lives of the three main characters through whose points of view the story is told, are also bleak Vic is a lonely, going on forty Australian woman who arrives in Jakarta to teach, and is depre Jakarta, the setting for this novella, is depicted as a bleak but strangely appealing place As a rose can grow from the side of a brick building, beauty will assert itself The sights and sounds of Jakarta, the ugly as well as the beautiful, are vividly conveyed, with extraordinary poetic sensibility.The lives of the three main characters through whose points of view the story is told, are also bleak Vic is a lonely, going on forty Australian woman who arrives in Jakarta to teach, and is depressed by her surroundings and what she sees as a stifling, repressive society.She meets Fahar, a young Indonesian man, and the two begin what might be described as a relationship of convenience, during which Fahar becomes engaged to a young Indonesian woman, Arianti, while continuing to see Vic.Early on in this novella the reader realizes that this situation is not going to end up happy for any of them It seems as though everybody is using their relationship to get something from the other person, and the characters make little pretense about their arrangements.Their story is told with empathy and a deep understanding The reader is immediately swept up in the lives of the characters, and wishes for them to dare to dream, and for their dreams to come true It really is not they who are at fault so much as their surroundings and clashing cultural backgrounds For the most part they are just making the best of their situation asserting their humanity, exercising freedom to the limited extent allowed It seems that true and lasting love cannot flourish in such an environment.I was fully engaged from beginning to end, and read it in two sittings A couple of minor criticisms The font size, as one reviewer has already mentioned, changes depending upon from whose point of view the chapter is being told The author s command of voice and character is such that these font changes are unnecessary Also, there are some typographical errors, not so many as to distract the reader from the engrossing story, but perhaps these might be corrected in a future edition.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it

  7. Leelah Saachi Leelah Saachi says:

    This is art.Yes this is mesmerizing and in a wonderful way Reading the first chapter, I was transported to Jakarta, which is foreign to me but I was there.I felt myself b r e a t h e while reading it felt like sitting i n a mellow river, filled with smells from the landscape around You have an uncanny talent for descriptions that burst with L I F E This is art they watched me together with 4 eyes and many claws waiting to pounce And The beginning of change is a small laneway that This is art.Yes this is mesmerizing and in a wonderful way Reading the first chapter, I was transported to Jakarta, which is foreign to me but I was there.I felt myself b r e a t h e while reading it felt like sitting i n a mellow river, filled with smells from the landscape around You have an uncanny talent for descriptions that burst with L I F E This is art they watched me together with 4 eyes and many claws waiting to pounce And The beginning of change is a small laneway that opens like magic into a rice field Some of your expressions are so organic that they are healing the perception is so full, so precise, and I can take part of it and allowing myself to be healed by its fullness.Did I mention that this is art leelah Saachi

  8. Alessandra Alessandra says:

    E galley received through Netgalley for review.

  9. Darnia Darnia says:

    I received the e Arc copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewWhat could I say about this novella, besides the almost perfect details of all of the familiar things that Nicola Hunter had described about my country or the capital city, actually It is a sunny day, but nothing shimmers or sparkles.There is one particular woman I pass every day on the way to my office She sits on the concrete in the hot, damp weather with faraway expression of cattle A filthy baby lies on a square of I received the e Arc copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewWhat could I say about this novella, besides the almost perfect details of all of the familiar things that Nicola Hunter had described about my country or the capital city, actually It is a sunny day, but nothing shimmers or sparkles.There is one particular woman I pass every day on the way to my office She sits on the concrete in the hot, damp weather with faraway expression of cattle A filthy baby lies on a square of cloth next to her and, next to that, a child scratches at ulcerated leg.I especially don t understand the casual, uneffected way that the rich people seem to trample all over the poor You have everything that belongs to everybody else locked up in your own impenetrable vault, and down in the street, where there should be hospitals and schools, there areof these malls going up.On Sunday afternoons you see the well heeled families of Jakarta eating dim sum and ravioli in the vast, expensive eateries sitting at the tables while maid stands up next to them, holding the baby.Familiar, is it I would complaint nothing for those descriptions, because for some reasons, it was accurate It doesn t mean that the whole cities in Indonesia like that, but everything happened in Jakarta especially the bad things, like fires, demonstrations, etc always became the national issues And for the result, people always thought that THAT was Indonesia looked like.The main story of this novella islike a sinetron Indonesian soap opera , with Fajar, a poor ojek driver, who had a relationship with two orwomen Aryanti, is his true girlfriend means he will married her soon and Vic, an Australian teacher, to whom Fajar made an affair The story about their relationship also predictable how could you can t predict a triangle love story but how Nicola Hunter gave her personal opinions about things happened made the storyinteresting The intriques happened during the Ramadan, so that s the novella title came from also, Fajar and Aryanti were Muslims, but the way they followed the Islam s rules were differents.It also told with three POV s, so the reader would know what exactly happened in the three main characters lifes, including the morals and the way Indonesian people ruled their days and, also what the foreign citizen things about Indonesian society, especially in Jakarta and Tangerang, maybe.I, personally, like this novella There were few authors, especially not an Indonesian, who brought an idea about a love story which put Jakarta as the location And with this novella, Nicola Hunter also spoke her minds about people which must struggled with poverty When you are young, of course, it is easier, because of the perfect body and the flawless skin ans the belief that the future might bring anything at all When you get older, it s harder The dissappointnent starts to show through the cracks, and cheap clothes do not forgive an ageing body It is only youth that can outshine povertyAnd she also brought a religion s issue, that religions through the poor people in this country means nothing, besides made them such as the hypocrite people, or just a cover to avoid other people judgementThere are many naughty girls in Jakarta They will wear their jilbab every day, and keep their faces very sweet and pure, but once inside a room with a man, it is a different story We find them on Facebook from internet cafe, and meet them in Jakarta Raya.Fajar is a conventional Muslim He will break the rules, but only in the way they are allowed to be broken.I think this is also an issue in this country How money could be master of people soul and nothing besides it matter And so do the ex pats though about Indonesian employees, which usually got the lower position from them in their own country Mostly Jakarta s people fight with poverty and made them selves not in the trap of it Government with their renewed rules also made it getting worse outsourcings and jobs field policies, and so many others That s why, those ex pat, with their different government, different rules and different cultures, won t understand for what happened in this city.When I asked about it at work, they raised their eyebrows as if to say Oh you new people don t understand anything And they are right I don t understand a lot of things about this place

  10. Ramisa R Ramisa R says:

    I have very mixed feelings about Ramadan Sky Although I adore the realistic and heartbreaking portrayal of relationships and society, I found most of the characters intolerable and not a good representation of Indonesia The themes mentioned were evident in many countries, and are still relevant in modern society Firstly, the reason I kept going with this novel was the gorgeous writing Concise sentences, blunt commentary and sometimes gritty perspective of what it s like to be a differ I have very mixed feelings about Ramadan Sky Although I adore the realistic and heartbreaking portrayal of relationships and society, I found most of the characters intolerable and not a good representation of Indonesia The themes mentioned were evident in many countries, and are still relevant in modern society Firstly, the reason I kept going with this novel was the gorgeous writing Concise sentences, blunt commentary and sometimes gritty perspective of what it s like to be a different person in a new country A lot of the key themes were explored, and having three narrators although Vic and Fajar remain the main two creates a better understanding of each character and the overall theme What is blatantly obvious and almost doesn t need stating to one character, is clearly interpreted differently by another I also loved the descriptions of Indonesia, as in the scenery and physical, tangible features, and found them to be quite accurate Ramadan Sky has a lot of good points which kept me reading.However, the reason I have mixed feelings is because of the characters and the rather demeaning portrayal Although I understand the main character is Australian, and probably cannot comprehend the vast changes in this new country, I found myself repulsed by her quick judgements and hollow conclusions I initially loved her character, but it changed throughout the course of the story, and her unfavourable side becameevident through the fear of social expectations, childish tantrums and overall unsympathetic personality This would be perfectly reasonable, if the other characters weren t shed in a bad light either But, unfortunately, they were and all of them betrayed, abandoned, and occasionally swore at the main character Any efforts to like and connect with the characters something I was doing naturally vanished in the last third of the book, where it was basically lies, deception, and an overall unchanging view of Indonesia.Overall, I am rating this three stars because I don t believe it deserves any less for the beautiful writing However, I found the story had no plot none of the characters changed throughout the course of the story, and Vic is left with heartbreak and an even larger hatred for the country Similarly, the other two characters most likely won t have changed, either although this is not shown in the book itself

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