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Dispatch: 23 January 2017
Bali Sugar: A Tale of Tropical Love, G/Brook, Steve/Paper/064643764X/S054-D1
It is 1998. In Indonesia, Suharto has gone and Megawati Sukarnoputri has not yet arrived as President.
Back in Australia, Arnold Gold, married, two teenage children, wants to write a satire on pornography. But he feels constrained by the domestic demands of suburban Melbourne, and rents a room in Kuta, Bali. Now at last he can devote all his time to "Monica's Mouth". Bu of course, it is not to be. His new life is increasingly taken up by Dutch tourists, Australian Greeks, some decidedly odd religious fringe-dwellers and a beguiling local lady, who threatens to pull out the rug from under his existing marriage. Through her he also gets mixed up with Indonesian politics, the Australian media and a bloke he once thought of as a good friend. "Monica's Mouth" slips further and further into the background and Arnold breaks through into a completely new dimension.
It could happen to anyone.