[Buku] The Metamorphosis

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Judul Buku : The Metamorphosis

Penulis : Franz Kafka

Tahun : 1915

Jumlah Halaman : 77 hlm.

This text is a translation from the German by Ian Johnston, Malaspina University-College Nanaimo, BC. It has been prepared for students in the Liberal Studies and English departments. This document is in the public domain, released, January 1999

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QUOTES

He didn’t forget to remind himself from time to time of the fact that calm (indeed the calmest) reflection might be better than the most confused decisions. p. 9

As he heard his mother’s words Gregor realized that the lack of all immediate human contact, together with the monotonous life surrounded by the family over the course of these two months must have confused his understanding… p. 43

SUMMARY

Buku ini menceritakan tentang seorang pemuda bernama Gregor Samsa yang suatu hari tiba-tiba terbangun menjadi seekor serangga. Mulanya, Gregor menduga bahwa itu hanya karena ia kelelahan akibat kerja sehari-hari sebagai salesman. Tapi ternyata, perubahan wujud fisiknya itu nyata. Akibatnya, Gregor yang merupakan satu-satunya tulang punggung keluarganya tidak mampu menafkahi keluarganya lagi yang beranggotakan ayah, ibu, dan adiknya perempuannya Grete.

Di sini tidak dijelaskan secara tertulis ya kalau keluarga Samsa sadar bahwa Gregor berubah menjadi serangga. Lanjutkan membaca [Buku] The Metamorphosis

Menjadi Mahasiswa Semester 5 di Turki

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Jadi mahasiswa semester 5 itu banyak banget tekanannya. Tekanan nyari tempat magang, tekanan mengingat teori untuk dipraktikkan di lapangan, tekanan rencana setelah lulus, dan bagi mahasiswa yang kuliah dengan bahasa asing, tekanan dari ekspektasi orang lain – dosen, temen dan siapapun itu – mengenai kemampuan bahasa. Ya kali ya, udah tinggal di Turki hampir 4 tahun, bahasa Turki-nya masih belepotan.

 

Agak ajaib memang kalau ngebayangin gimana saya bisa naik ke semester 5 dengan bahasa Turki yang tidak sempurna. Namun perlu diingat bahwa nilai ujian tidak bisa semata-mata dibandingkan dengan kemampuan berbahasa sehari-hari. Buat saya, berbicara dalam bahasa Turki memang masih susah karena tidak ada usaha untuk memperlancarnya. Satu-satunya tempat saya praktik bahasa Turki itu di kampus.

Di asrama, saya tinggal bareng orang Indonesia. Keluar asrama pun, mainnya sama orang Indonesia. Baca buku dan nonton apalagi. Bahasa Turki nyaris tidak tersentuh, kecuali adanya paksaan seperti belajar untuk ujian. Jadi, kalau lulus ujian, itu semata-mata karena kita punya waktu untuk mempelajari materi sehingga kosakata dan tata bahasanya sudah terlatih dan tersusun. Beda jauh lah dari komunikasi normal yang spontan dan dinamis. Lanjutkan membaca Menjadi Mahasiswa Semester 5 di Turki

[Resensi Buku] The Racketeer

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Judul Buku : The Racketeer

Penulis : John Grisham

Penerbit : Bantam Books

Tahun : 2012

Kota : New York, US

Jumlah Halaman : 340 hlm.

“The Racketeer is guilty of only one thing: keeping us engaged until the very last page.”

USA Today

In the history of the United States, only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five. His body is found in his remote lakeside cabin. There is no sign of forced entry or struggle. Just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett  and his young secretary. And one large, state – of – the – art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.

One man, a former attorney, knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and why. But that man, Malcolm Bannister, is currently residing in the Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg,  Maryland. Though serving time, Malcolm has an ace up his sleeve. He has information the FBI would love to know. Malcolm would love to tell them. But everything has a price – and the man known as the Racketeer wasn’t born yesterday.

“A satisfying, deeply engrossing thriller in which different forms of justice are ultimately served.” – The Washington Post

“Fast – past… with enough  startling plot twists- and changes of scenery, from Miami to Montego Bay and beyond – to surprise even the most suspicious reader.”

– The Wall Street Journal

“Tautly plotted.”

– Entertainment Weekly

QUOTES

I wish there was a wall, one ten feet tall, made of solid brick, with coils of glistening razor wire along its top, one that would keep me from gazing at the hills and dreaming of freedom. p.8

There are so many cruel twists in a long prison term. One is the feeling of being slowly forgotten by the world and by those you love and need. p.13

It’s hard to believe he could have missed the story of the murder, but it’s also entirely possible. Just because I read several newspaper a day doesn’t mean everyone does. p.32 Lanjutkan membaca [Resensi Buku] The Racketeer