Whenever you want it, the universe will support you.... That is the quotation which I remember the most with this book (even though it is not the exactWhenever you want it, the universe will support you.... That is the quotation which I remember the most with this book (even though it is not the exact word-by-word quotation). ...more
This is really a good book for me. Even I am not saying that I am a feminist, since thActually, I read the Indonesian version Perempuan di Titik Nol.
This is really a good book for me. Even I am not saying that I am a feminist, since the term still need to be discussed, this still a good book.
Sometimes, we just too easy to judge others because of their physical appearances, socio-economical status or their jobs.
Firdaus, a sex commercial person, the main role in this book said that she is a free woman because she has her own body. She won't let any men "paid" if she doesn't want to. Not like a "common" housewives in the story. They are so proud to be good housewives, to fulfill their husbands' lusts. Sometimes, they loose their selves. They "just" someone who being owned by men.
GREAT isn't it? Another point-of-view which need to be realized....more
This book used to be placed in the children books shelf. It may be so, because the story of little prince will get children's enthusiasm. But, it is wThis book used to be placed in the children books shelf. It may be so, because the story of little prince will get children's enthusiasm. But, it is wrong to see the book by the cover!
Teenagers, adults or even elderlies can read and put deeper meaning on the story. And to be honest, I don't want to grow-up to be adults like in the story. How bored it gonna be!!!...more
The boy get dumped in the ocean, alone with the tiger in a tiny boat.
Pi is a boy who have high interest to religion and spirituality. He got anxiousThe boy get dumped in the ocean, alone with the tiger in a tiny boat.
Pi is a boy who have high interest to religion and spirituality. He got anxious because he hold almost all religions. He doesn't see the point, why he has to hold only one and why the Priest from those religions try so hard to "get" him into their religion.
The struggle to living. How we have to be the Alpha instead of Omega. Not to be rude to the Omega, just simply to get respect and live.
How the hope came and gone... And how to lift-up the spirit.
I read this book, and easily get into the story. Just like I observe by myself the story. And it is easy to compare the story to my daily life....more
Definitely an extraordinary comic/manga. Really....
At the first time I know the book, I don't like it because of the drawings. It just not like Yu AsaDefinitely an extraordinary comic/manga. Really....
At the first time I know the book, I don't like it because of the drawings. It just not like Yu Asagiri's which provides a book full of beauty and handsome persons. HeHeHe....
But then... Don't judge the book by its cover! It talks about family relationship which is not an easy thing, especially when you only "half" brother and sister. However, each of member in the family always give something to the family. And we simply will miss something when the family is not in the complete formation.
It also shows how the beauty can come outside because of the power of love. ...more
I really wait for this last book of Harry Potter. And I am the one of a lot of people who did the pre-order.
And I can't help myself to keep on readingI really wait for this last book of Harry Potter. And I am the one of a lot of people who did the pre-order.
And I can't help myself to keep on reading 'till the end. The story is moving fast, which is in one point help to keep the intense on high level.
And I honor JK Rowling to keep on track, that she will get it (Harry Potter's story) end on the 7th books. At least, she didn't prolong the story intentionally, which sometimes blurred the story....more
Mitch Albom is a good writer and storry-teller. This book, the same with The Five People You Meet in Heaven, a story about someone's story of life. HeMitch Albom is a good writer and storry-teller. This book, the same with The Five People You Meet in Heaven, a story about someone's story of life. He made it clear, easy but not as a boring one.
This is a story about family. And, I read this book from a distant of my home, therefore I feel sad and guilty almost all the time. How stubborn am I to my parents. How bad am I as a daughter! How many times I didn't stand up for my parents, while there were a lot of times when they stand up for me.
Here are my two favorite quotations from this book: 1. "...now you know how badly someone wanted you...Children forget that sometimes. They think of themselves as a burden instead of a wish granted."
2. "Going back to something is harder than you think." ...more
It is again, a book to share how a person in terminal illness cope with his situation. Even how to face it medically. Would we dare to take a new-unproved treatment like Randy Pausch did? I might not. Would we be able to put aside 'the disease instead of the symptoms', like what Randy Pausch had wrote? Might not.
Moreover, how great the support that he had. Jai, his wife, has totally and abundantly support him. She coped [and copes:] to let Randy gave the last lecture. She put aside her ego to share the rest of his husband's life with others, even strangers...
The different thing with Tuesday with Morrie is because this book had written by the patient himself [with certain help of course:], while Mitch Albom wrote the book for Morrie. Indeed, both have completed one another to not only improve my understanding on patients with terminal illness [and their families:], but most importantly they teach me about the value of life itself......more
Elie Wiesel Elie Wiesel adalah salah satu saksi hidup kekejaman NAZI dengan berbagai kamp konsentrasi untuk memusnahkan etnis Yahudi di daerah Eropa (Jerman dan daerah-daerah yang berhasil dikuasai oleh tentara SS).
Kamp konsentrasi yang terkenal paling kejam pun pernah dirasakan oleh Elie Wiesel (Auschwitz). Menurut prolog dari beliau, buku ini sebenarnya sudah pernah diterbitkan dulu, jadi ini adalah versi revisi. Revisi ini dilakukan oleh istri beliau (Marion Wiesel) dikarenakan menurut beliau (dalam prolognya), lebih memahami gaya bicaranya dan mampu menyampaikan secara lebih baik kepada orang lain.
Buku ini bercerita mengenai sosok Elie Wiesel yang saat itu berusia 13 tahun dan harus mengaku berusia 18 tahun agar "diijinkan" hidup dan memperkecil kemungkinan langsung "dihadiahi" cerobong krematorium. Cerobong itu adalah tempat manusia Yahudi yang dianggap tidak berguna untuk dibakar. Pembakaran ini tentu tidaklah seperti upacara "Ngaben" atau kremasi seperti layaknya manusia beradab, namun benar-benar dibakar. Tidak sedikit yang langsung dilemparkan begitu saja ke dalam cerobong itu dan kemudian mati secara perlahan, termasuk para bayi-bayi tak berdosa (yang mungkin dianggap "berdosa" karena terlahir Yahudi).
Bagaimana kisah perjuangan melawan "hukuman mati" terus dilakukan oleh beliau dan ayahnya serta rekan-rekannya yang lain di kamp konsentrasi. Anak remaja berusia 13 tahun yang sudah harus berjuang antara hidup dan mati, memiliki dan memberikan semangat hidup bersama sang Ayah seraya wajib untuk tidak selalu teringat akan keadaan Ibu dan saudara perempuannya yang terpisah sejak awal (kamp konsentrasi dipisahkan antara laki-laki dan perempuan).
Para tawanan diharuskan untuk menghancurkan empati dan kesetiakawanan, setidaknya selama mereka masih berstatuskan tawanan. Mereka harus membuat diri tidak peduli ketika seorang rekan terjatuh, terinjak-injak oleh rekan-rekan yang lain karena kram perut sambil terus berlari tanpa henti sepanjang 20 KM dengan hujan salju dengan pakaian seadanya. Bagaimana seorang anak menyalahkan Ayahnya sendiri yang terus memanggil dirinya untuk menemani sang Ayah menjelang kematiannya. Kemarahan permintaan terakhir yang sederhana dari sang Ayah tak mampu dipenuhi karena anaknya tidak berani bergerak mendekat dan mendobrak tentara SS yang memukuli ayahnya.
Ditunjukkan pula betapa sangat rapuhnya manusia itu. Banyak dari tawanan itu adalah manusia-manusia yang taat beribadah, dan patuh beragama. Tidak sedikit yang merupakan Rabbi (pemuka agama) dan Elie Wiesel sendiri merupakan anak yang gemar mempelajari Kitab-Kitab agama. Dari sekian besar rasa cinta dan patuh kepada Tuhan, mereka bisa kehilangan semuanya itu dalam waktu singat di kamp konsentrasi. Meragukan dan marah akan besar dan kasih Tuhan karena telah memberikan "hukuman" dan membuat ketidakadilan seperti yang mereka rasakan atau lihat. Walau tentu, tetap ada yang terus melantunkan doa sebagai penguat perjuangan.
Saya tidak bisa berhenti merasa merinding dan bergidik selama membaca buku ini. Memang, tidak sampai meneteskan air mata, namun dapat merasakan amarah dan kesedihan dalam hati.
Apapun itu, bagi mereka yang menyukai buku tentang kemanusiaan dan sejarah, buku ini pantas dibaca dan diresapi. Buku yang tidak terlalu tebal dengan bahasa ringan namun mengena, seperti mendegar seorang anak remaja bercerita secara langsung. Mari dan silahkan membacanya, supaya harapan salah satu saksi hidup dapat tercapai, yaitu agar masa lalunya tidak menjadi masa depan siapa pun dari kita....more
The ideal school, which let the students explore their interests and skills. Let the students explore their "world". To enjoy the life instead of scarThe ideal school, which let the students explore their interests and skills. Let the students explore their "world". To enjoy the life instead of scare-to-death of punishment from teachers.
How we can be a better person by appreciate what has been given to us, to be thankful. To let the world know that there are hope for everyone, for Totto-Chan who be punished as unbearable children. For her friend who has physical disability. For all people.
The Headmaster is great!!! How he can have that kind of classroom at that moment? Even now, still hard to find... People keep thinking that to study hard in the class, memorize all the subjects as the best way to be a success person....more
This book consists a lot of short stories, philosophical ones from all over the world I guess.
One of my favorite is the story of religiosity market. AThis book consists a lot of short stories, philosophical ones from all over the world I guess.
One of my favorite is the story of religiosity market. All the sellers say that they offer the best religion among others. The one who will save the followers to a better after-life. The one who will save the followers from suffers. They just keep on shouting each others, to give proofs. Meanwhile, GOD Himself walks by... And HE feels embarrass with the situation....more
This is a good book to understand the Chinese culture where patriarchy plays the important role. People expect to have boy than girl, as the descendanThis is a good book to understand the Chinese culture where patriarchy plays the important role. People expect to have boy than girl, as the descendant of the family. Whenever the mothers delivered another girls, sometimes the girls have to be thrown away or be kept but don't have the equal rights.
I share the same experience and observe similar situation as what Amy Chua puts in this book. Not only because I am a Chinese-Indonesian which means tI share the same experience and observe similar situation as what Amy Chua puts in this book. Not only because I am a Chinese-Indonesian which means to take part into a minority group, but also as the first daughter.
It is true that the first child, we need to be the example to the younger. We need to strive for the best, more than what we thought we could. It is true that there are prohibitions from the parents on doing "leisure" activities such as sleepover. I even share the same thought as what Sophia, the first daughter, feels on the way the mother treat her children. Although, what Lulu feels toward Sophia, is more or less the same as how my little brother feels toward me.
To strengthen what this book says, whenever I feel tired with the expectations and spill it out, my mother will say:
"what we did give you benefits, look at yourself now. you would not be like this if we were easy on you"
So, for those who have interest on culture, parenting, children, sociology and even psychology, this book is a great source. Although the ending can be much better :)...more
At first, I thought that this is a religious novel. I feel amazed because there are only a few novel which have Christianity background in Indonesia.At first, I thought that this is a religious novel. I feel amazed because there are only a few novel which have Christianity background in Indonesia. Anyway, I always believe that art is something that we can share with others, no matter who they are, what their religions, and so on.
I feel satisfied with this book. It advised that we have to live without regret. We have to fight as hard as we can, but we also have to learn how to let it flow.
On the other hand, this book captured many social issues only in 236 pages. Here are things that I remember...
1. Currently, life is being a product of capitalism. We don't care anything else, except how to fulfill what we need. Money and power are the most important thing. We forgot the essences of living. In that case, we have tendencies to help others as long as we can see the benefits. Everything has to be measured and tangible!!! What a pity!
2. The office environment, where there are people who compete in a deceitful way. Justify whatever it needs to reassure their positions.
3. The inter-culture and inter-religion relationships. There is no boundaries to have a good and strong relationship. That we have to focus on the similarities instead of differences. To remind us that the most important thing is willingness to share, instead of demographical characteristics. To remind that there are undercover-unfair-competitions based on religion, ethnic or other characteristics. For example, community put their trust on Koh Abun who has Chinese ancestry, to lead their neighborhood district. Or the habit to see that even in the office, there are preferences based on demographic characteristics instead of professionalism.
4. How people have tendencies to underestimate what others' belief. They only see what they want to see in a way they get used to, as a justification.
5. How justice without trial happens in Indonesia, which actually happens in this world. Again, a reminder to have an open-minded point-of-view, to see the reality behind anything. That life is not simply as we understand.
5. Inspire us to believe that The Almighty speaks to us through many ways.
Arswendo succeed to take the reader to get in through the story. It seems like the readers were there and observe the characters. He gave religious perspective, without any intention to be a preacher which is good. I am sick with those people who always speak this and that in the name of religion. I hate this kind of people. They want to be seemed as religious persons (and even leaders), but they forgot to practice the goodness. Even worse, some of them put their religious knowledge as a tool to get power!!!
Last, I do love the character of Naya (Nayarana) in this book. He is a fighter! He doesn't care with what people may say about him. He always be a bad boy in the family, a violent one. But He fought for what he believe and those who He cared about. And his life in this book, gives a proof, that people may change! He changed because he wanted it, not because people told him to do so!!!...more