The Conch Bearer (Keong Ajaib)
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In a dingy shack in the less-than-desirable Indian neighborhood he calls home, twelve-year-old Anand is entrusted with a conch shell that possesses mystical powers. His task is to return the shell to its rightful home many hundreds of miles away. Accompanying him are Nisha, a headstrong but resourceful child of the streets, and a mysterious man of indeterminate age and sur...more
272 pages
Published 2004 by Gramedia
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Maria M. Elmvang
Well-written, but I couldn't help thinking something was missing. I never really started caring for the main characters, and the book never 'drew me in' properly - I never stopped being aware that it was a book. I can't put my finger on anything specific that Divakaruni did 'wrong', so I don't know why I lacked sympathy for the characters, but it did mean that while the plot was interesting, I finished the book more out of a sense of duty than anything else.
Rachel Brown
A children’s fantasy set in modern India.

12-year-old Anand’s Kolkata family was happily middle-class until his father disappeared, his sister went catatonic, and the family sank into poverty. Anand had to drop out of school and work for a mean tea-stall owner.

But when he gives his last food to an old man, he is pulled into the old man’s quest to return a magic talking conch to a legendary brotherhood of healers. Accompanied by the old man and a homeless girl, Anand goes on a very traditional que...more
Kana Haya
Anand was only a 12 years old boy when Abhaydatta came to his little home to ask him to be the conch bearer. Anand was amazed with the beauty of the magical conch shell so that he dare to accept the offer. Anand's mother didn't allowed him at first. but after she found out Meera, Anand's little sister who got ill for past two years, started to talked and laugh at the family, she allowed Anand go with heavyhearted.

Along with Nissa, a sweeper girl who insist to go with him, Anand and Abhaydatta t...more
Justin
This book was.... Words can not even describe for me.
I found it on a "Free Books" bookshelf at school. The cover intrigued me so I picked it up to read.

The basic plot: Young Anand who lives (I think) in India in squalor with his poor mother and mentally inhibited sister has a pretty terrible life. His longing for a life of magic and stories soon finds him swept away into an exciting and dramatic quest to restore and ancient power to its rightful resting place while avoiding the evil that stole...more
Resa
The Conch Bearer begins with Anad, a poor boy, spending his days, time, and energy pouring tea for a nasty and cruel boss. The story is set in India. Anad’s fate was not always so dismal, for once he had a father who provided for his family, but his father left to make more money for his family in Dubai. At first the checks his father sent were enough to keep his small family, his mother and his mentally handicapped sister, afloat. But soon the checks stopped coming and word from his father ceas...more
hannah
Reasons I was worried about this book:

-The synopsis sounds like The Fellowship of the Ring. I haven't actually read that, and I barely remember the movie because I watched it during a period of seven-hour daily headaches, but yeah.

-The paperback cover kind of sucks, especially compared to the hardcover my friend was reading.

-In addition to making it sound like Frodo in India, the synopsis also makes the book sound like a dime a dozen.

But:

-It's refreshing to see a middle grade fantasy that's not...more
Tra-Kay
At first I really enjoyed the setting and local flavor. I liked the protagonist, Anand, for his determination and kindness. Sure, the writing was nothing special, but who knew what might happen?

Unfortunately, what happens is a series of highly predictable, over-foreshadowed events. The reader is told of almost every event before it occurs. The dialogue is stilted. The prose is awkward and dull. Things happen that make little sense (Anand and Nisha are told to cross a river by "listening" to it,...more
Devi R. Ayu
sumpah..awalnya bete banget baca buku ini..habisnya pemeran utamanya adalah orang yang sangat peragu n kerap membuat kesalahan..setelah dipikir-pikir itu sangat manusia sekali.Menyuruh manusia untuk tidak cemas dan tidak berpikiran buruk malah sama sekali tidak manusiawi^^

Ide cerita keong ajaib ini tampak sebelas duabelas dengan buku lord of the ring...

Pesan yang bisa diambil, datang pada akhir cerita saat sang pemeran utama, Anand, disuruh memilih salah satu diantara 3 kebajikan. Apakah itu Kej...more
Niko
This book is like Lord of the Rings meets Lost Horizon - with traces of Slumdog Millionaire and Harry Potter through a lens of eastern mysticism. While the exotic setting and descriptions were enough to win me, the narration and storytelling are outstanding as well. There is a good balance of character development, action, and plot advancement.

A couple moments are predictable, almost cliché perhaps. But I feel that it is more than made up for in this unique youth novel. One repeating theme is th...more
Jenn
I was never quite as engaged with this as I wanted to be, and a lot of it felt predictable and familiar--sort of an Indian version of Harry Potter (or, I suppose, a hundred other quest stories), and definitely geared toward the younger end of the age range. All of the parts that grounded the story in India were my favorites--the truly mouthwatering descriptions of Indian food, and the whole sequence at the end, which felt the most different and original. And there are some lovely turns of phrase...more
Minli
Despite the Indian origin (and major points for a fantasy written in a non-Western tradition), The Conch Bearer was kind of traditional, structure wise... basically, what you would expect of a high fantasy for a middle grade set. I was hoping it would surprise me.

The writing was good--especially the descriptions of food! It would be an interesting companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, though the characters are not as memorable. Nisha was actually kind of annoying for most of it, and I...more
Plainsboro Public Library
This enticing novel is about a youthful boy named Anand who lives in a petite shack. This story takes place in India. Anand works at a coffee shop who is run by a cruel owner and lives with his mother and younger sister surviving on minimum wage. His father was last seen by the family when he was leaving to go to Delhi to work on an architectural project promising to send the paychecks back home. Anand's mother wrote numerous letters to him in which few were replied and over time all those lette...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I think I have mixed feelings on this one, which evens out to about an okay read. I was initially really excited to get to read a fantasy story based on Indian mythology and somehow maybe it just didn't seem Indian enough. I guess I expected more typical monsters, creatures, fables, and gods, or at least an author's note to talk about traditional features that were included. Sure, the voice on the recording had a heavy Indian accent, but that was often more grating than descriptive of the settin...more
Zoltaire
I love books that take me to places. In the case of The Conch Bearer, it is india. It's a modern day fairy tale and adventure story about a twelve-year-old boy named Anand, a believer in magic and living a destitute life with his mother and ill sister in the city of Calcutta.

One day, an old healer, attracted by Anand's faith in magic, shows up at his doorstep and entrusts him with a powerful magic conch shell. In exchange for curing Anand's ill sister, Anand must undertake a dangerous journey t...more
Alvina
Judul : The Conch Bearer; Keong Ajaib
Nama anak laki-laki itu Anand, umurnya dua belas tahun. Ia hidup di Kolkata, India, bersama Ibu dan seorang adik perempuannya yang bernama Meera. Ayahnya bekerja di Dubai tetapi sudah beberapa bulan ia tidak mengirimkan kabar lagi kepada keluarganya. Sedangkan uang tabungan ibunya sedikit demi sedikit mulai habis digunakan untuk biaya pengobatan Meera, gadis kecil itu berubah menjadi pendiam dan sering ketakutan setelah suatu peristiwa mengerikan menimpanya.

A...more
indri
#2010-56#

Jika Tuhan telah
memberi kita sebuah kehidupan yang sempurna, maka tidak akan ada tujuan kita untuk (terus) hidup.


if God had gave us the perfect life, then there'll never be a question what we're living for.

Cerita tentang anak lelaki yang tiba-tiba menjadi pahlawan untuk menyelamatkan dunia dengan benda ajaib yang dibawanya sepertinya sangat biasa. Pertempuran melawan penjahat, dan berakhir dengan si penjahat mati karena serangan si anak. Sangat jelas pada tipe cerita seperti ini. Sehing...more
Widiyanti Natalia
Hm... Ini novel fiksi fantasi India pertamaku. Covernya boleh juga lah, mengundang rasa penasaranku. Waktu lihat judulnya, Keong Ajaib—dan gambar yang mengilustrasikan keong itu—aku malah jadi ingat salah satu episode serial Spongebob. Apa mungkin ceritanya mirip seperti itu ya? Berbicara dan meminta petunjuk dari keong?

Segera setelah ibuku menyelesaikannya, aku langsung mulai membacanya. Ternyata gaya bahasanya tidak berbeda jauh dengan gaya bahasa novel-novel fiksi fantasi Inggris yang biasa k...more
Hendra
Novel fiksi fantasi ini dapat dikategorikan sebagai bacaan anak-anak/ remaja, dapat dilihat dari ukuran font yg digunakan juga pesan-pesan yang terselip di dalamnya. Membaca novel ini serasa membaca cerita Harry Potter digabungkan dengan cerita Lord of the Ring diringkas menjadi sebuah novel 272 halaman. Tokoh Surabhanu dapat dibilang mirip dengan karakter Voldemort di Harry Poter, kisah persaudaraan pembawa keong (Brotherhood of the Conch) ini juga jelas sangat mirip dengan persekutuan pembawa...more
ice
lumayan, daripada nggak baca buku samasekali. yang jelas, kalau dah biasa baca Harry Potter, atau Lord of the Rings, yah nggak usah membandingkan. Tiap buku emang nggak bisa dibandingkan sih, tapi karena genrenya sama dan terpaksa membandingkan...ya kesimpulan saya sama dengan jumlah bintang yang saya berikan di review ala kadarnya ini. dua dah cukup.
awalnya menarik, proses dan ending biasa. jadi, biasa aja. malah kesannya lamaaaaaaaaaa banget. capek.
idenya hampir sama dengan LoTR, tapi nggak co...more
Catherine Siemann
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THE CONCH BEARER ( Keong Ajaib )
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Penerjemah : Gita Yuliani K.
Penerbit : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Terbitan : Jakarta, februari 2004
Tebal : 272 Halaman

Hal pertama yang aku suka dari novel ini adalah covernya, gambar gunung-gemunung, keong dan sepasang mata dengan dasar coklat. Menarik, tidak terlalu kanak-kanak dan sesuai dengan isi cerita. Novel ini sebenarnya juga tidak terlalu tebal, tetapi ukuran huruf yang digunakannya dalam penulisannya ( yang aku rasa ) disesuaikan de...more
Danie P.
This is a great fantasy adventure book that features a non-white character as the hero. There are so few of these types of novels around that its always a joy to find one that not only features a non-white hero but is also written in a manner that completely wraps the reader up into the world of the story.
Anand's famliy is down on his luck, his dad disappeared while working in Abu Dhabi, he works at a tea stall and his sister hasn't spoken since she witnessed a man being murdered. All that chan...more
Daria
I've had this book in my classroom for years but have never picked it up until now. I have been invited to chair a panel featuring Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, so I figured I should read some of her books. This one was fantastic--fast moving and beautifully written! I look forward to her other books.

While working at a tea stall to help support his family, Anand meets an old man with a mystical air about him. He forms an immediate connection with this man and before he knows it, he is on a quest t...more
Jianing
This book is about how a poor boy , Anand wishes his life would change. Then one night, a mysterious old man appears on his doorstep and tells him the story of the Silvery Valley and of the powerful conch shell that must be returned to its rightful home there. Anand soon found himself swept up in the quest, ensuring that the conch is kept safe from harm. Along his journey, he had a companion, a girl called Nisha and they had to cross many obstacles. In the end, after Anand managed to bring the c...more
Lyman Phillips
Sep 07, 2007 Lyman Phillips rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Potter Readers
Shelves: juvenile
This is a great book in these post Potter months.

The main character is a young boy living in a slum in India. He totes tea, scrounges fruit and tries to help out his family.

But he finds out that he may have a higher purpose in life. On that he cannot imagine and that will lead him across the Indian subcontinent.

He will meet new friends, find new abilities in him, and make hard and sometimes terrible decisions.

This is a great book that can teach kids about maturing, learning to make tough decisio...more
Leigh Statham
I picked this book up at the library because I liked the cover (not the same as pictured here.. it was cooler). So I was surprised to be happily sucked into Divakaruni's world of magic, hope, fear, love and adventure. It's not often that you pick up a random book and love it immediately. I think one of my favorite parts of this book, besides the main character, was the FOOD!!! She talks about all kinds of wonderful Indian food to the point that I'm drooling after every chapter. Either they are f...more
Joy
Apr 29, 2009 Joy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joy by: previous in the series to a goodreads advanced copy I won.
The Conch Bearer wasn't as engaging as I would have liked. Having read many young adult books, this was my first venture in Indian culture. It had all the mystery and adventure that I enjoy in the genre, however for me, it's fantasy enjoyment couldn't compare to the likes of Harry Potter or The Goose Girl.

An admirable quote:
When Anand is asked to choose between three virtues.
"I cannot choose just one. The three virtues are connected--one can't exist fully without the other. Without one, the oth
...more
GoldenjoyBazyll
Aug 05, 2008 GoldenjoyBazyll rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Jen/ Barb/ Betsy/ Lauren
Recommended to GoldenjoyBazyll by: Browsing internet for something new
The final test for the hero in this unusual book is to decide which is the most important of the three virtures: Compassion/ Honesty/ Loyality. Which would you choose????? I chose loyality... Jen and Daveed said Compassion.... however after reading the book it made me realize how much deeper the question truly was. Jen made a great point.... we have been trained to not look beyond the surface... just like with standardized testing. Just fill in the dot! Well, the hero could not just fill in the...more
Gwen the Librarian
12-year-old Anand lives in a shack in the slums of Kolkata and works for a cruel tea merchant. He copes with his miserable existence by collecting folktales and believing in magic. When a mysterious old man offers to make Anand his assistant on an important and mystical journey, Anand jumps at the chance. Soon Anand discovers that he has the unique power to be the conch bearer – one who carries a magical conch shell back to its home in the secret valley of the Brotherhood, high in the Himalayas....more
Megan
Excellent book! Although I do wonder how young readers (book is classified for 8-12 years) will grasp its deeper meaning. Reminded me sort of the Celestine Prophecy because of its mystical journey. In anycase, it is a great read-a-loud book because parents will see the spiritual significant story line and the kids will just enjoy the very well written adventure.
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