Membedah P.Ramlee by Daniyal Kadir

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Pages: 207 pages
Genre: Non-fiction
Goodreads Rating: 3.96
Rating: 2 

Sedikit kecewa kerana ia hanyalah catatan-catatan peribadi penulis (penulis ada menyatakan dalam prakata) Pandangan dalam buku ini adalah semata-mata pandangan dan kurang argumen sokongan untuk menyokong pandangan pandangan penulis. Bahasa yang digunakan juga agak repetitif dan tidak ada kepelbagaian dalam kosa kata. Tapi di satu sisi yang lain, kupasan kupasan penulis amat menarik untuk diteliti dengan lebih lanjut. Apa apa pun, saya masih gembira dengan penulisan ini, buat saya mahu menonton kembali filem filem P.Ramlee.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Pages: 550 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 4.35
Rating: 

Alright, I think everyone knows what The Book Thief is all about. It is a story of Liesel Meminger, an orphan, who was being taken to live with a pair of foster parent in Molching during the Nazi regime. She unofficially became a book thief when she first stole a book at her brother’s burial rite.

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The greatest thing I love about this book is the brilliant and absorbing narrative. Book Thief is narrated by a first person narrator who was known as Death who narrates in a weary and sometimes, humorous tone. Death is by far the most remarkable and important narrator I have ever encountered – This could have simply been another story about the Holocaust, but instead, Zusak nailed the story by using Death as the narrator. Brilliant. Some may find the narration device weird, but I liked it. It is alternately emotional, serious and almost saccharine.

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As for the language, well, it is beautifully haunted, poetic and powerful. The writing style is so vivid and descriptive, it just swallowed me in. Some people may not like it because of its slow development but it was perfect for me. The odd pairing of words sequence, the detailed sensory experiences, and the way situations explained left me speechless, that is how powerful the book is. To steal words from the book itself, the story is “so ugly and so glorious” at the same time.

I embraced each of the characters and I know they will cling to my heart for years to come. The curious and strong-willed Liesel, the kind-hearted Hubermanns, the crazy Rudy Steiner, Max Vanderburg and even the supporting characters. They will certainly live in my heart.

I cried so many times. It was the unaware, silent tears streaming down my face for several pages sort of cry and I, literally spent the last 50 pages weeping. My poor little heart is broken. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year, an evocative and bittersweet piece of literature. Highly recommended.

The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

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Pages: 354 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Sufism, Religion
Goodreads Rating: 4.16

My Rating: 5 

Okay, where do I start with a book like this? I’m scared my review wont do the book justice, because this book is a beauty, devastatingly beautiful.

The Forty Rules of Love consists of two parallel narratives. The first narrative is about Ella, who works for a literary agency and she was given a book entitled Sweet Blasphemy and yep, the Sweet Blasphemy is the second narrative of this novel. It’s a story of the great mystic Sufi, Jalaluddin Rumi with his soul instructor, disciple, companion and a soulmate, Shams of Tabriz in their quest for eternal love of God. The crust of the story is about yes, the old and frequently written theme – love – but not the typical cheesy and mushy stuffs of love, it is something different, a widened concept of love.

The first narrative of Ella was somehow odd and empty, I didn’t find it exciting as the second one. Shafak really nailed in narrating the second narrative, the Sweet Blasphemy. The way it was shown from many perspectives, from Shams perspective, the beggar, Sulaiman the Drunk, Desert Rose the Harlot, and Rumi;s family was really captivating. I loved everything about this book and most of it is because of Shams of Tabriz, from his exquisite rules of love, to his bold personality, to his love and belief in God, EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM WAS SO BEAUTIFUL AND MESMERIZING. This is the first time that I have so much respect for a book character. Nak fangirling pun macam serba salah sebab hormat, kah kah kah.

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This is definitely one of the best books I have ever read. The narratives, the characters, the plot twists, the 40 rules themselves, are a marvelous piece of wisdom and inspiration. A must read for everyone. A book that goes beyond all faiths, beliefs, thoughts and current societal conditions. Highly recommended!

Hello, everyone

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My third blog, so far. I deleted the first one and instantly regretted the act.
As for the second account, I forgot the password. No regret as it contained nothing.

Basically, I miss writing. Therefore, hello.