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Laut Bercerita

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Jakarta, Maret 1998

Di sebuah senja, di sebuah rumah susun di Jakarta, mahasiswa bernama Biru Laut disergap empat lelaki tak dikenal. Bersama kawan-kawannya, Daniel Tumbuan, Sunu Dyantoro, Alex Perazon, dia dibawa ke sebuah tempat yang tak dikenal. Berbulan-bulan mereka disekap, diinterogasi, dipukul, ditendang, digantung, dan disetrum agar bersedia menjawab satu pertanyaan
Paperback, 389 pages
Published October 23rd 2017 by Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia
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Putri Amalia Handayani
I don't think my review will do it justice so I'm not going to write one. I'm just gonna say this story is incredible yet so painful they need to consider putting a warning sign or something on the cover😭😭 I cried a lot bc I could practically feel everyone's love to each other here. You really need to feel that yourself.

Also, this story happened, it's real, so I pray for those iblis (this term suits them best, I feel like the term 'devil' is too weak) who violated human rights to rot in hell and
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rating: 4.5/5
1998. Indonesia under Suharto. The story begins with the death of Biru Laut, who is among the twenty-two student activists abducted and tortured by the elite military force called Elang, is thrown into the sea and drowned to death. What follows is the reminiscences of his political and personal life as a student activist, a fugitive, a son, a brother, a lover, a friend, and a writer. The disappearance of Laut drives his sister Asmara to embark on the journey to discover the truth
Missy J
I tagged this book as "historical fiction" even though it deals with a subject that happened only a little over 20 years ago. In 1998, Suharto finally stepped down from power after ruling Indonesia for 30+ years. In the nineties, there were a lot of protests calling for his resignation, most famous the Trisakti Tragedy, in which 4 unarmed students were shot dead by the military. Students were at the forefront of the protests and there are still unresolved issues of kidnapped students whose where ...more
Khai Jian (KJ)
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Refusal is a tactic for survival. Refusing to believe that they were kidnapped, refusing to believe they were killed. All of them. All the ones who hadn't returned"

The Sea Speaks His Name is a true-story inspired novel written by Leila S. Chudori (intially published in Indonesian as Laut Bercerita) which sets in the Suharto era. The first half of the story was told from the point of view of Biru Laut and revolves around a group of student activists who were kidnapped and brutally tortured by th
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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"Dia juga berpesan agar kau hati-hati. Katanya Bapak dan Ibu ingin melihatmu di dapur dan duduk di meja makan bersama mereka."

Tengkleng and gulai are meals that unite Laut, Asmara, and their parents. Within their small family, literature and art were profoundly exchanged, it's flowing deep in their veins. It was two years after the disappearance of Laut, yet the three of them remained seated on their chairs, waiting for their oldest child to come back home. He didn't.

1998's monetary
Apr 11, 2021 rated it liked it
I feel bad giving this 3-stars but the goodreads rating system is based on whether or not we like this book, and not about how good the book is.
I personally find it great; I love the writing style, it flows nicely, easy to read, but still beautiful. I like the theme and I can see just how much research had been done to be able to write something as detailed and somehow personal like this. However, perhaps because the story was meant to highlight the struggle of these activists, it just... got re
Rahman Rasyidi
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have lost my words for this book.

This book settles my interest in Indonesian historical fiction books. It's ironic that I have read many books with background on international events but I have so little knowledge about Indonesian history. Special shoutout to Kyana for introducing me to brilliant Indonesian books (Burung-burung Manyar was also her recommendation).

The book also successsfully made me realize that there are so many things that I take for granted here in Indonesia. There are peop
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
never read a book that is as riveting and raw as this one. i loved it and it certainly brought more questions in my head about my own nation’s history.
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
i cried. a lot.
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what to say, this book broke me. ...more
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sea Speaks His Name sets in the 90’s of Indonesia under Suharto. Inspired by true events, Leila S. Chudori wrote a heartbreaking story of a group of student activists being abducted, tortured and interrogated by the military. The book was first published in Indonesian as Laut Bercerita and then translated into English by John McGlynn.

First part of the book was told by the protagonist, Biru Laut, an English Literature student. He was thrown into the sea and drowned to death after being tortur
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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this is my first (leila) chudori and I... Love. It.

i am a generation born around the end of Soeharto's regime, so my generation didn't get a first hand taste of the New Order. we are the first generation of the Reformation, so reading this book gave me a glimpse of how powerless the people were and how they fought restlessly for a democratic nation my generation tastes now.

i love the characters and how through the little details, chudori harmoniously makes strong characters. those little thing
Izzatur Rahmaniyah
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
As someone who enjoys historical fiction, I'm glad I've found and read this book. I always avoid reading Indonesian novel because it's too melancholic yet this book serves something different. It depicts what happened during Soeharto's reign. Some college students who cared about their country and its people fought for their rights. I love the story told by Laut. It is so powerful and intense. Couldn't imagine if that really happened in the past. But sorry I couldn't give this book 5 stars becau ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly lost words. I don't know much about politics and law, but this book opens my eyes about what this country holds for so long. Its darkest secret. 22 years later we still are not given the answer about 13 activists who remain missing up to this day. Where they are now. How their family deal with this. I don't even dare to imagine what they feel. Reading this book alone gave me lots of pain.

It's definitely a must read book! Everyone must know about this history and make sure it won't happ
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i truly have no words how to describe this book. i love the poems, i love how the author slipped a lot of pop songs references in the 90s and i loovee the characters.
Keith Morgan
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. Im a bule but my bahasa is pretty good so read the book in bahasa. As Leila has said in interviews, the korban (victims) are not just those who disappeared but also the families and loved ones left behind. It was interesting to read about the student activities in the early 90s. The torture scenes were difficult to read but a necessary part of the story. I have also read Leila's Pulang which is also a great book. ...more
Ming Yen PHAN
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possibly the most compelling and powerful work of fiction I have a read in a long while. A book which transcends its subject matter of a moment in the history of Indonesia into a meditation on life and death and humanity. A book that should be in any literature course at any institute of higher learning.
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm not crying, because i already have receive it, all about lose in this book. Losing someone is a part of life. Losing someone is a what you will learn. ...more
Birsilah Bakar
Apr 22, 2021 rated it liked it
I had a hunch that I would be absolutely floored by this book by the time I finished Chapter 1. I've never cried this fast. Normally it will require some build up but wow, it got to me ridiculously fast.

But I was only about half right.

The things I liked about the book were:

1) His name is my favourite colour. How cool is that?

2) I adore Laut's POV. He showed his depth as a writer, friend, brother, lover, son, revolutionist, and dreamer.

3) We shared 80% of the same interest in books.

4) His love fo
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I gave myself a few hours to collect my thoughts. It's always a bit harder to review books that I like rather than the ones I don't.

It's Saturday so we're back with the #Cabaran100MukaSurat by and since I'm already on page 205 so I figured I could soldier on til the end. It's not like it makes a difference. I'm free all day, every day until I get my placement.

I have always been interested in history but reading this made me realise I am very much behind. I know a lot about ancient hi
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've said it before to so many people who will listen when I first read Pulang, and I will say it once again: Leila Chudori is a genius! (Note: I will write this review in English for people who are interested in reading this book in its translated format, and just because I feel like I can be more eloquent in my reviews when I write in English).

The book stars our quiet protagonist: Laut, also meaning "sea", and sharing the title of the book which both means "the sea tells a story" or "Laut - th
Henry Wijaya
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Henry by: Dian Widi
Laut Bercerita tells the story of a student-activist named Biru Laut who fought against the tyranny of past Indonesian government during the Soeharto's regime. Starting with his curiosity to read books banned by the government, he joined a resistance movement, which helped those whose rights were violated by the government, and finally, which fought to topple the authoritarian regime as the regime got more repressively violent. Laut's struggle, as well as his friends, culminated in their own sac ...more
Athena Syarifa
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Written in my mother's tongue..

I'm not an avid reader of Indonesian authors, but I have to admit that this is my third Leila Chudori's book. I also have to admit that I learn my country's history in the best way by reading her historical fiction novels. Isn't that sad? Coincidentally, this book also has a part that tells you how history can best be learned by understanding human emotions as the main motives behind every historical events. It's not about what you have to memorize for the next his
Kartika Abdul Ghafar
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Set in the 90s during the remaining years of Suharto's regime, the story of Laut Bercerita ('The Sea Speaks His Name') follows a group of students at Gadja Madah University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This group of hopefuls organises clandestine meetings in abandoned homes, tucked away from the eyes of the police, where they critically discuss the government of the day, share photocopies of banned political literature and plan acts of protest in solidarity with powerless members of society. Split ...more
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't think i could write properly about this book, not even closer. This is actually the first of book of Leila Chudori that i read (people keep talking also about Pulang, already put it on my must read-list) and i've lost words; how powerful tf this book....

It not only asked me to emotionally come entering the story, feel what characters feel, listen what they hear, and see what they see; they feel so real and i couldn't even describe it as well as if they could embrace my knowledge and help
Rezky Ramadhani
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My very first book from Leila. This was recommended by my friend, and I thanked her for that.
It was a long time for me to read Indonesian literature again after I finished my study and surrounded by English, Irish-Scottish Literature.
Laut Bercerita by Leila is an amazing book to remind people, especially Indonesian society about the phenomenon happened in 1996 until 1998 when Indonesia were lead by a dictator. Using two point of views, the victim of the tragedy, Biru Laut and his sister, Asmara
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book made me realise how clueless and ignorant I was back in the days.

I was already a university student back in 1996 and was involved in several demonstrations demanding Soeharto to go down and put an end to the “New Order” and yet ironically, because of my ethnicity and my skin colour, I dared not to venture more than just “harmless” demonstration.

As a double minority in Indonesia, I was aware how limited our rights yet I never realised the extent of the grip of the government inc
Naura Nabila Haryanto
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"...mereka tak sempat mengecap sebuah Indonesia yang lain. Mereka hanya mengenal Indonesia yang berbeda, yang gelap dan keras". My kind of romance -- the one that includes the history, but also give personal experiences and perspectives from the main character. The language is very deep, its not cheesy but you can feel the meaning deeply. Leila has successfully made me feel the sorrow also the spirit and passion that lies in each character.
Last, I am ashamed on the perseverance of Laut and his
Neyna Difratia
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Laut Bercerita by Leila S Chudori is the first book I read in 2018. I simply forced myself to do so because she will hold a discussion in my town. Never thought that it was beautiful and really important book for me. I actually haven't read the first book (Pulang) written by her, so I have no idea what topic she actually write. But then I understand that she was a former journalist and got so many data so that she can write Laut Bercerita which tells about Biru Laut--Indonesian activist in 1998 ...more
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