This book was okay. Both authors try to tell us more about British people and British in general, from the point of view of British people. Quite ente...moreThis book was okay. Both authors try to tell us more about British people and British in general, from the point of view of British people. Quite entertaining in some parts, quite boring in another parts. If you want to get an insight on British lifestyle, you might have a look at this book. However, don't expect that all Brits look like what's been described in this book. If you need some doses of fun, you also can read this book. You will laugh, I believe, especially if you've ever spent some times in your life living in Great Britain. Don't take it too seriously, really.
I bought this book over a year ago and I picked this book honestly just because its cover. I knew that I won't find this kind of book outside UK, so I decided to just buy it. Now, it becomes a souvenir for me.
To sum up my review, despite all of those stereotypes, I just wanna say that British people are nice and warm. This is a humble opinion from an international student who once studied there for a year. :)(less)
When I was in the middle of reading this book, for once I thought that it would be nice to be a time-traveller. We know what will happen to us in the...moreWhen I was in the middle of reading this book, for once I thought that it would be nice to be a time-traveller. We know what will happen to us in the future, while at the same time we can also travel back to our past to fix things that we didn't want to happen. But then, being a time-traveller like Henry, after a certain period could be very frustrating. As a reader, even I can actually feel his frustration.
I laughed, smiled, and almost got teary eyes when I read this book. It's 500-ish pages and I finished it for just a little over a week. Quite unusual for me who have a slow reading pace. This book is just too good to be put down.
I love Claire and Henry's relationship. I love Alba. And my most favorite part of this book is the idea of time-traveller itself. The author mentioned that 'time-travelling' is a kind of genetic disorder. Of course, that's a fiction. But, somehow it really caught my attention, since I'm working in science field and I was born an observer. Haha. We never know if someday people will find a scientific evidence of 'time-travelling'. Wow, it must be interesting.
Three stars for the amazing story and plots. Plus one star for the science fiction. I don't give a full five stars because I didn't really like the ending. My reaction after finish reading this book was like : "It's just like that??"
And why there's so many negative reviews about this book? (less)
For those of you who are still, sometimes, thinking about your past and telling yourself "what happen if only I did that"; "what happen if only I didn...moreFor those of you who are still, sometimes, thinking about your past and telling yourself "what happen if only I did that"; "what happen if only I didn't do that". For those of you who are still trying to deal with your past. This book is definitely for you guys. Out of 13 short stories in it, I like most of them but there are one or two stories which I (honestly) don't like.
My favorite is the one by Feba Sukmana, titled "Sepucuk Surat Cinta di Sebuah Stasiun Kereta".
"Mungkin hidup adalah keadaan terberi. Seperti musik di restoran ini. Kita tak punya kendali lagu apa yang akan diputar. Anggaplah restoran ini semesta. Musik yang terdengar adalah hidup. Pilihannya ada dua : kita bisa memaki musik yang tak kita suka. Atau, kita bisa menikmati alunannya, apapun lagu yang diputar." -Feba Sukmana(less)
This is a compilation of Murakami's short stories. I always amazed on his ability to choose a perfect diction even for a simple phrase. He mostly talk...moreThis is a compilation of Murakami's short stories. I always amazed on his ability to choose a perfect diction even for a simple phrase. He mostly talk about love, life, and relationship between humans. There are 17 short stories in total. Although it seems that Murakami wants to show the reader that it is the last short story, that gives the soul to this book, that story titled "The Elephant Vanishes" is not my favorite. Sorry.
I highlighted some of my favorite quotes in this book. One of them is :
"I may be a good-for nothing, but at least I don't get in the way of other people" (taken from the short story titled "Family Affair")
If you compare this book to his 2 other works, Kafka on The Shore and Norwegian Wood, I would say that this book does not exceed those 2 books to be honest. That's why I give 3 stars (and not 5). (less)