Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Sukarno in his own words

I had no idea until today that Sukarno had an autobigraphy. But reading the following hilarious excerpts from it, where Sukarno refers to himself in the third person, I have to add it in my (alas, ever-lengthening) must-read list:

"The simplest way to describe Sukarno is to say that he is a great lover. He loves his country, he loves his people, he loves women, he loves art, and, best of all, he loves himself."

"Now, I must admit that in my youth I was so terribly handsome that I was almost girlish-looking. Because there were few female intellectuals in those days, there weren't many girl members and when Young Java put on a play I was always given the ingenue role. I actually put powder on my face and red on my lips. And I will tell you something, but I don't know what foreigners will think of a President who tells such things … Anyway, I will tell it. I bought two sweet breads. Round breads. Like rolls. And I stuffed them inside my blouse. With this addition to my shapely figure, everybody said I looked absolutely beautiful. Fortunately my part didn't call for kissing any boys on stage. I couldn't waste any money so after the show I pulled the breads out of my blouse and ate them."

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

hay, sukarno, bakla!

qcpaperboy said...

i'd like to read that sukarno autobio.

Scribbler said...

This is fabulous. I'm going to have to seek out the book.

Ronnel said...

Obviously, Sukarno was not a man given to false modesty. Terribly handsome--how many founders of great nation-states had the gumption to claim so? Hehehe. The braggadocio is so disarming it's almost endearing. But eating those bread rolls is something else. Frugality is always an admirable trait, especially for a would-be leader of a Third World nation.

BTW, Sukarno's daughter, Megawati, had none of that terrible handsomeness.

R. O. said...

if it's so disarming, then it is endearing. sorry, im nitpicking

Ronnel said...

Well, but not for me.

Anonymous said...

Sukarno, bading!

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