She died; Yasmin Ahmad. But she is alive in every single page and mind that she touched. And all the minds that remember her gave away her pieces, insShe died; Yasmin Ahmad. But she is alive in every single page and mind that she touched. And all the minds that remember her gave away her pieces, inspiration, really, in the book, "Yasmin How You Know?". For that, she is immortal because she's collecting pahala in her kubur right now (God willing). The way a dead teacher collects when their educations have been passed down. The way a human tells a truth, a child to its mother, a virtue to a beggar.
She opened me in pages I procrastinate to focus; religion, race, humanity, humility, kindness, humour, forgiveness and love. And in some ways, she reminded me of what I am. That she and I are not more than another. No race is. No religion is. Nobody is. The imperfections that perfect. "Alhamdulillah", she would say. And all praises to God.
I am grateful that they collected the thoughts for us to read and be inspired by. I am recommending this. I was just inspired and I need to share. She is lovely. This book is her 'pesanan'.
Meanwhile, I believe I just found out that I've forgotten how so possible it is to be romantically in love with Allah, the Unlimited.
Masa mula-mula baca, style sempoi narration dia aku ingat macam Ahadiat Akashah yang mak aku tak bagi baca sebab tak membina otak. This one's differenMasa mula-mula baca, style sempoi narration dia aku ingat macam Ahadiat Akashah yang mak aku tak bagi baca sebab tak membina otak. This one's different though, tak bodoh kot. Even to the end, it makes sense to think of it as a trick yang Neddo buat semata-mata nak publish. It is still a book, in the end, with too good to be true plot twists and controversial ending ( at least kontroversi la dalam kepala aku kan) and to think of it as breaking the typical Malay book concepts, it has the gist but it is not sufficient. Why did I say it was a trick? Takkanla korang boleh pandai sangat fikir dia nak develop this character yang menjadi diri dia for 2/3 of his life, untuk tiba-tiba dispesongkan ke jalan yang 'betul',(betul by expectation, doesn't mean it's betul). So what is the concept here? Menjadi diri sendiri adalah salah? Go figure. And to be different, is to make it believable. This is, not believable somehow. It is almost sufficient to go out of the typical stream down the sea when it touched about LGBT, similar concept of forbidden love ( kalau novel Melayu lain, 'forbidden love' dia bila kau suka bini orang, laki orang, gf/bf orang... typical sangatlah kan although concept dia sama), memory loss, best friend who loves you more than a friend, eh... Kan dah sama dengan novel drama Melayu lain. Kelainan dia bab LGBT tu sampailah dia tak tranny balik. TIBA-TIBA? Meraung aku baca. But what the author tells you, you shouldn't swallow them whole. That's when your brain should work. And if it works, the first half of this book represents the minority, the LGBT, is just like you. They have feelings, they work like you, they think like you, they live like you. Tak ada satu pun yang lain sampai homophobics yang terbaca review ni boleh muntah terbelahak kalau ter'kawan' dengan LGBT. Tak ada sebab homophobics nak caci makhluk Tuhan yang bernafas udara yang sama. Tak ada sebab dia LGBT, dia lagi hina dari kau. Dia pun manusia.
It's still unclear if the author tried to 'repair the damage' or tried to make you think broad about this situation in Malaysia when she uncovered the second half of the book. Whatever it is, it's a novel worth reading, and discussed....more
I am amazed by Reddi's creativity and flexibility in exploring her characters given that this is a compilation of short stories, and they came as natuI am amazed by Reddi's creativity and flexibility in exploring her characters given that this is a compilation of short stories, and they came as natural as real characters could be. She could be old, she could be young, rebellious, conservative, cultural or contemporary, innocent or motivated, and all the values were embedded so well in her characters, I got the sensation of looking from their points of view. They're simple stories, emphasizing the principles of cultural references and how culture survives modernization/migration. They don't need plot twists. Each one carries their own core. Not every story is plausible, mind you. Because of the cores too, I think, there is a couple of stories capable to make you angry by their schools of thoughts. But I guess, that's how it was suppose to be. I don't think I go overboard if I say that this book is rich....more
I don't really agree with most of Paulo Coelho's theories of life, of ancient traditional, of tradition and sometimes, of love. But I don't object thiI don't really agree with most of Paulo Coelho's theories of life, of ancient traditional, of tradition and sometimes, of love. But I don't object this book, for it talks about dream and how the universe conspires to help you to get it. To really break the book into details, I find it a little bit dissatisfying but it gets the message across. The boy's destiny, or dream, was not the treasure to be exact but to travel. It takes courage, it takes risks of losing everything to pay the universe, but it gets you to your dream. Even if we could be conceived into thinking that this boy's destiny was really the treasure since the boy had recurrent dreams about it literally. Let's think about it this way, to travel was his main dream. Other things were just side dreams helping him to get his main dream. I like the talk of one, the soul language and the language of the world, but he gives it out that it is as simple as understanding the most basic way the life interacts with you. What Coelho said in the book was rather words juggling, which opposes his own theory, his own reason. His book is one of the books that tries to recapture alchemist in intended sophisticated way, trying to dismiss the simplicity. But I think he couldn't help that either. He couldn't have asked better than the book how to appreciate nature. Maybe simplicity is not so simple at all. I like this better than Brida though, for I feel connection and I found a lot of true quotes throughout worth sharing....more
I can't quite place how I would like this book because sometimes, the narration was a little redundant and annoyed me. Finishing this book was not a hI can't quite place how I would like this book because sometimes, the narration was a little redundant and annoyed me. Finishing this book was not a hard thing, as I say it is pretty much a gripping one, the one book you can't really let go until it finishes. But upon finishing it, I was left with a little tinge of disappointment. Just that tad, not much.
It must have something to do with the whole book being the memory pieces gathered together by Kathy, a story telling of some sort and I find it too short a memory and lack a lot of emotional depth. In fact, I find it unconvincing at times, I tried to relate it with them being clones after all; that maybe I could be tricked into believing that clones are soulless thus less human. But the last few chapters were a bit touchy but also superficially tested, and had the author gave some times to dwell on it, it would have been a weeping session for me.
It started off with childhood memories around 5-6 years of age, related to the first piece of memory most of us had. Began at school and just like a typical boarding school experience for the most of Part One, minus the parents and replaced with guardians instead. I looked for suggestions of parents or family or natural courses, like would they know a love for a parent because when the song 'Never Let Me Go' was played, Kathy was describing the motherly love for a child. That clearly suggested natural maternal instincts, but faded away or hidden for the rest of the story.
Another 2 parts were about the other 2 distinct age range the narrator belonged because the story was in a chronicle order, how Kathy saw it or recalled it.
I also tried to reason this book being about the relationships of Kath, Ruth and Tommy but that also needs more digging in it because the passing of each character, or completion as the narrator put it, was not too pressing, as if it was completely natural and mildly, if not at all, grieved at. So did the arguments, the fights, other relationships, and the intimate moments which was why I said it lacked emotional depths, as if they don't matter much. Kathy sounds like someone who lacks attachment (despite the author's attempts to link her with Ruth and Tommy especially). But I bet they all were that detached. The last part was sad though.
Well, if the book has been about Hailsham then, it would've made more sense so I assumed that's what it was. That the narrator was actually trying to tell us about Hailsham being a movement to preserve humanity, so that the world knows that human clones are humans too.
Oddly placed though, I must say. But nonetheless, I enjoyed reading it. *This was a birthday gift to a dear friend....more
This book took months to get my attention. When I read the first tens of pages, I disliked it a lot ; the narration, the characters, the plot, I thoug This book took months to get my attention. When I read the first tens of pages, I disliked it a lot ; the narration, the characters, the plot, I thought I had put it down for good. I picked it up again on one sleepless night to get bored. I did get bored and it was still a long dragging story of two best friends, but this time around it sounded real. So I was hooked, although it takes patience to endure its very real narration of a few decades of timeline. It tells about Clare and Sally, college best friends who tell each other everything (or most of the things), who became the chosen family members and whose wobbly friendship goes so strong it's very real. Clare then turned or to be an AIDS specialist and Sally, a lawyer for women. It sounds perfect as if it's a collaborated achievement, but dark secrets; trust me this is not any story with the time to tell in a movie, and dark secrets are no fictions; of Sally's family in many ways affected Clare. The long dragging narration is somehow excusable, given the messages and the plot twists and details the author wanted to slip in. But seriously, I'll just give away some keywords you might want to relate with this story. College best friends, California, family, a skeleton in everyone's closet, a father who embezzled money for daughter's happiness, a father who has a pornography empire, a spark of envy, found out about skeletons, homosexuality, gay brother, AIDS, failed marriages, divorce, single mother, omitting father figure, drug addict, fucked up lifestyle, your best friend is not that innocent, supplies heroin, death of a patient, family is important, mom's suicide, AIDS stigma, stranger than family, Justifying murder, honesty, love, possessive, love again and a friendship one should really call the best when you keep learning about each other and accept them flaws and all. Anyone should have that kind of friendship....more
The chronological order is lost as intended by the author and it dwells more on Rachel's mind of the post tragedy. The tragedy was elaborated more byThe chronological order is lost as intended by the author and it dwells more on Rachel's mind of the post tragedy. The tragedy was elaborated more by her dead mother's diary and other parallel characters, which I found convincing because Rachel herself couldn't discuss about it earlier on given the traumatic scar she might have gotten from it. I was mostly intrigued by the motive of mass suicide her mother committed but later on explained and it somehow sounded sensible to me. I admitted I was skeptical at first that maybe the motive isn't that great, wouldn't really fit to kill her own kids and wondered if the author would twist the plot, like maybe it wasn't a mass suicide but a homicide instead. But the plot went like how it was supposed to and as heartbreaking as it is that Rachel grew a broken girl, I think the story was pretty smooth. (view spoiler)[And the title is literal, mind you. (hide spoiler)]...more
I was actually looking for Joy Luck Club but found this instead in a warehouse sale a few months back. I’m still on an ongoing looking for her other bI was actually looking for Joy Luck Club but found this instead in a warehouse sale a few months back. I’m still on an ongoing looking for her other books since this one, I’m not kidding, made me think big of Amy Tan. I have to say I looked at the reviews and most of them who claimed to be Amy Tan’s fans uttered disappointment in this book. Since I enjoy this and not despising it, I am inevitably looking forward to greater novels by this author.
(view spoiler)[SPOILER ALERT: Don’t be fooled by the note to the reader. Amy Tan succeeded in deceiving the readers, me, that this might as well be non-fiction having started with the note of the beginning of the story. That Bibi Chen, the main character, could dislodge that much information to the living world through trances and unconscious writing of another woman is odd. The note however also reminded readers that the author, in this case Amy Tan, might ‘ficitonize’ the story. All in all, she captured it beautifully and I, for some moments, believed in Bibi Chen. Read: Amy Tan did include matter of facts in the book just so you know. (hide spoiler)]
What I found most beguiling in this book is Bibi Chen’s narration. This book is a first person narration therefore the main character is the narrator. But instead of making it feels far-fetched from the readers (as I found in recent books), I somehow connected and I swear to God I heard her imaginary voice speaking to me as I read it. The strength and the tones suit a living soul to me, and it does not take me long to realize how almost-realistic the main narrator is in illogical way. Besides, I don’t think 12+ characters are too much in this book since Bibi Chen was almost biased to describe her friends although her coverage was very extensive. I’d say the word is intimate but I found out that Amy Tan also used similar adjective to describe first-person narration.
While wittily humored, this is also a placidly paced book. I will not say it suits as a bedtime story as I got lost without continuous reading and I believed the book itself is interesting enough to not be put down. It’s just, when I paused in the middle; I had the difficulty to find the extensive time. But I guess it’s just me.
Saving fish from drowning is also an interesting title. It plays with the idea of how does a fish drown when it lives underwater which is basically its vital situation. How do you suppose human could drown on land? I have the most basic idea a medical student could come up with though so I got that. And for a fish to drown is simply by taking it out of the water, as one might do to a human vice versa.
It’s not the question on how to save a fish from drowning but mainly the intention of it or maybe too; the result of it. That’s something you might want to figure out yourself as you go along with the book. ...more
I think somehow she wasn't a very likable kid. But let's not miss the fact that what her mummy did to her was very wrong. This is a story worth readingI think somehow she wasn't a very likable kid. But let's not miss the fact that what her mummy did to her was very wrong. This is a story worth reading because it happened, and it was factual that one can go very far despite wrong start. However, being a memoir that it is, the book lacks the power in its sentences. One may find it boring and redundant in the earlier part. I say, I couldn't really get on with its flow until later part when it became fast paced. There was no flow actually except the chronological order, which may be confusing when you get to the trial part. The earlier chapters of the book was mainly the collection of memories of her emotions that stops as abrupt as it starts. The emotions somehow were not portrayed well, because she rather described the strength of her childhood than writing herself crying. I found it a bit unrealistic in a sense, which might have given me the idea that she was not a likable character as a kid. Pushing the literature view aside, I found the real story interesting to be recognized....more