I read this book because I was stuck with My Name is Red. I thought I can handle Pamuk just fine but I was wrong. So I researched and found out WhiteI read this book because I was stuck with My Name is Red. I thought I can handle Pamuk just fine but I was wrong. So I researched and found out White Castle is a good start.
Maybe Pamuk just wasn't for me. Or maybe I started with a wrong book. This book is fancy - a vivid description of interplay with intellectual roles and the court, along with infidels. Nothing complex like My Name is Red (which is why it's a good introduction to Pamuk).
I took quite a time reading this book since I always holding it up. The storyline is quirky about two men who are from completely different culture met up in vastly gapping social brackets and how they go on with their lives from one man's point of view. It's introspective - exploring deep inside of what makes up "an identity" - and how the struggle for creating, sustaining and defending it is a real struggle and comparable to a two similar person with two different upbringings interact
One thing I noticed was Pamuk is very deep in his research about the sentiments, the culture and the practices of (may be 12th 13th - century?) Islamic Cordoba.
Since the novel I read was a translation I noticed the sentences are too long and sometimes just way too disruptive. It may be working fine in Turkish. ...more
Buku ini saya kira ialah buku yang menjelaskan. Lewat ini, saya yang memang biasa mengikuti karya Faisal Tehrani (FT) baik buku, mahupun di media sosiBuku ini saya kira ialah buku yang menjelaskan. Lewat ini, saya yang memang biasa mengikuti karya Faisal Tehrani (FT) baik buku, mahupun di media sosial seperti blog, Facebook dan Twitter - perasan akan perubahan dalam warna wacana beliau. Saya pernah tertanya-tanya, jika diberikan peluang menulis atau merombak karya beliau Tuhan Manusia, adakah masih akan sama?
Setelah membaca karya ini, saya tahu jawapannya mungkin tidak. Menyusuri karya-karya dan hasil penulisan beliau, saya merasakan metamorfosis beliau: daripada penulis yang sering dikecam golongan agamawan dan awam kerana menulis mengenai isu-isu sensitif Islam (i.e sektarianisme) tanpa kelayakan (ramai yang tidak tahu beliau berkelulusan Sarjana Muda Syariah daripada UM) sehinggalah beliau menjadi akademik dan berkecimpung dalam Kesusasteraan dan Hak Asasi. Gaya penulisan beliau masih sama - penuh sindiran, lancar dibaca dan sentiasa mengetuk kotak fikir supaya lebih ligat.
Dalam buku ini FT benar-benar menekankan peranannya sebagai sarjana hak asasi. Koleksi artikel, esei dan luahan ini diisi dengan wacana-wacana yang berbaur intelektual, dan disertakan dengan rujukannya (walau tidak semua dakwaannya disertakan rujukan). Rujukan FT berulang-ulang di dalam terbitan ini dan senang dikatakan beliau mengkritik keras Melayu dan sistem Feudalnya, serta kelemahan sejarah pemikiran alam Melayu berdasarkan Sejarah Melayu dan Hikayat Hang Tuah. Banyak daripada artikel/esei/luahan yang dikemukan menggunakan sumber rujuk ini untuk menyatakan kontradiksi pelaksanaan dalam Masyarakat. Beliau bertegas bahawa baginya, hak manusia itu datang pertama - dan kes-kes seputar isu semasa diulas melalui neraca ini. Selain mesej hak asasi, FT juga mengetengahkan mesej "agama sebagai alasan" yang sering dikitar dan digunapakai di Malaysia dalam mendekati banyak perkara, selalunya kepada musibah (MH 370, banjir, etc). Buku ini mengajak kita supaya lebih terbuka dalam menerima idea dan sama-sama bersetuju untuk menggunapakai hak asasi yang standard dalam menilai dan menggubal undang-undang.
Mesej mengenai keistimewaan Nabi SAW, leluhur Nabi, Syiah dan Iran juga diterapkan di dalam buku ini, secara terang dan tidak sembunyi tetapi biasanya hanya di hujung-hujung bab. FT tegar daripada dahulu hingga sekarang, untuk mengalihkan pandangan ke Iran dan Syiah sebagai "alternatif" merawat masalah ummah. Persoalan ini telah dihuraikan panjang dalam buku beliau Perempuan Nan Bercinta. Disertakan sekali satu esei khas mengenai falsafah nama-nama jalan di Iran, yang saya kira amat menarik. ...more
Armstrong did it again in this book; by laying us a clear and crisp overview of Buddha and what he signifies without hesitation to include rational juArmstrong did it again in this book; by laying us a clear and crisp overview of Buddha and what he signifies without hesitation to include rational justifications of the mythological realms surrounding the figure. I took quite a long time finishing this book and most of the time spent reading was during my commute to places. Armstrong does not neglect the message Gotama bought and weave it in the narrative casually without any disappointing chops.
The book; although laden with Buddhist jargons and practices does not intend to explain the religion but rather to shed some light on the figure himself.Sometimes, the stories she incorporated might be teary for the eyes to read but the significance of the stories - if linked correctly, may reinforce and sentimentalize the conception towards the figure.
The book is quite thin for its content but the messages lie between the lines are quite heavy - and warning; you may lost in the words without knowing what you read; especially to a non-Buddhist reader like me. For example, the stories of stories about Gotama seeking for the right to practice yogi are laden with terms and "transcendental" description of Nibbana. With careful reading, some ideas may be attained (although of course not Nibbana itself) of the pain and long for peace and solitude that any of right mind seeks....more
This is a story of a travelling evangelist to a foreign land is being brought forward to elicit dynamism of Christiani**spoiler alert** SPOILER ALERT:
This is a story of a travelling evangelist to a foreign land is being brought forward to elicit dynamism of Christianity (or even rigidity of Christianity?) in personal and communal sense. The novel starts with a letter, written by Father Rodriguez about the phenomenon that happens in Japan. Sadly their mentor, Father Ferreira is associated to apostasy due to the hardship he faced while executing his mission in Japan. Wanting to know the truth of Father Rodriguez along with his two friends set themselves for a journey of their lives although initially being received by reluctance by their superior. One of their friends died while in journey, and two others, Father Rodriguez and Garrpe continued their mission. The story then sets itself through letters of this two dedicated fathers, telling their hardships to their superior, although at the end, the story change its views totally and telling the story from a third view persona. Japan, being described repetitively as “swamp” in the stories show her resistance towards Christianity. Although at one point there were many Christians in the countries and the churches flourished, due to shift of politics and world international relation, Christians (Japanese and preachers alike) are persecuted. Many apostatized and many others were martyred through this era. Based on this setting the stories set its foot and embarked on intriguing theological/philosophical questions of Buddhism and Christianity. There are few interesting characters in the story. However, I will focus on two characters where the dynamism, dilemma and struggle are portrayed the most, Father Rodriguez and Kichijiro. Although the characters are two distinct persons but what they go through is relatable to any individual. Father Rodriguez tries his best to fulfill his priestly duty and he endures much pain too being in foreign land. Although the meeting with Father Ferreira is not what he expected how it to be, but the meeting gave a dimensional change in the stories. Rodriguez’s test starts as soon as he realized that God has been silent – silent to the persecution and silent to the betrayal. He even at one point hypothesized what if there is no God at all. The fact that he witnessed many people including his trusted companion Garrpe being martyred (which he perceived as not as glorious as what he heard) made his faith tested even more. He for the most part of the story disdains Kichijiro for what Kichijiro is – weak in faith. Kichijiro’s betrayal towards him makes him hates him even more. Endo even makes a comparison of such betrayal to that of Judas to Jesus. His despair towards God’s ignorance even triggers Rodriguez to think that Judas is an unfortunate character of a drama of glory of death and rise of Jesus. However, when he met Father Ferreira (or the locals called him Apostate Peter), on simple statement provoked his thought – if Jesus were in the same condition, he would apostatize. Such argument really brings Rodriguez to the ground of reality. Whereas Kichijiro, a weakling who Rodriguez theorizes would go very different fate, as a Christian if there’s no persecution – is a depiction of ego that we would always fail to concede. He is blamed, judged and justified due to his apostasy and betrayal. Rodriguez in many of his encounter with Kichijiro always demeans him, and only act out of his priestly duty, not out of understanding. However, after Rodriguez himself had apostatized (claiming he had a vision that Jesus asks himself to trample the picture) he now understood people like Kichijiro even more. He is now, although has apostatized, come to a new love to his Lord, a new kind of love that his church or fellow comrades might not be nodding in approval of it. In the end, Kichijiro asks for absolution from Rodriguez and he gave it like any priest would do. What struck me the most is the dialogue that Endo puts at the end, between Jesus and Rodrigues: “Lord I resented your silence.” “I was not silent, I suffered besides you.” “But you told Judas to go away: What thou dost do quickly. What happened to Judas?” “I did not say that. Just as I told you to step on the plaque, so I told Judas to do what he was going to do. For Judas was in anguish as you are now.” Again, the question what is Christian, and what is Christian act is raised in this novel, albeit more brilliantly than Black Robe, I reckoned. The internal struggle of Father Rodriguez and external struggle of Kichijiro is depicted brilliantly throughout this novel and force reader to think, not just for Kichijiro and Rodriguez, but for themselves. ...more