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[Resensi Buku] Wendy’s Wishes

Wendy’s Wishes merupakan salah satu buku yang paling sering saya baca ulang selama ini. Mungkin sudah ada 5 kali. Setiap kali mau membaca ulang buku ini, saya bertanya kepada diri sendiri, apakah pendapat saya mengenai buku ini tetap sama? Kenyataannya, pola pikir dan pandangan seseorang dapat berubah seiiring berjalannya waktu.

Wendy digambarkan sebagai gadis 19 tahun yang sangat ambisius, egois, dan temperamental. Suka menjadi pusat perhatian, membuatnya bersikukuh menggapai impiannya menjadi seorang model. Wendy terlahir dari keluarga berada. Namun ayahnya bangkrut dan bunuh diri. Disusul dengan ibunya yang jatuh sakit dan meninggal dunia. Wendy lalu dirawat oleh keluarga saudari ibunya yang sederhana; beranggotakan Tante May, Paman Jimmy, Viona dan Tommy.

Berambisi menjadi model, Wendy menginvestasikan uangnya untuk perawatan diri dan membeli barang-barang impor. Tante May sering mengeluh soal ini. Tante May dan keluarganya ingin Wendy kuliah di sekolah yang memberikannya ijazah. Sedangkan Wendy bersikeras ingin mengenyam pendidikan di sekolah model terbaik yang biayanya menguras kantong.

Karir Wendy dimulai dengan kemenangannya menjadi Runner Up dalam pemilihan Dara Jelita. Meskipun memperoleh gelar, Wendy tidak puas jika tidak menjadi juara utama. Bagaimanapun, lampu sorot hanya menyorot yang pertama. Ia makin geram setelah tahu bahwa pemilihan juara utama Dara Jelita hanyalah settingan. Triana, mantan anak walikota sekaligus mantan pecandu narkoba itu terpilih untuk mempromosikan ajang Dara Jelita dengan salah satu kegiatannya yaitu kampanye anti narkoba. Pemenang utama sudah dipilih jauh sebelum kompetisi.

Wendy merasa tidak diperlakukan secara adil. Lanjutkan membaca “[Resensi Buku] Wendy’s Wishes”

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[Resensi Buku] Ranah 3 Warna

Judul Buku : Ranah 3 Warna

Penulis : A. Fuadi

Penerbit : Gramedia

Tahun : Cetakan kedelapan, Juli 2013

Jumlah Halaman : 477 hlm.

Alif baru saja tamat dari Pondok Madani. Dia bahkan sudah bisa bermimpi dalam bahasa Arab dan Inggris. Impiannya? Tinggi betul ingin belajar teknologi tinggi di Bandung seperti Habibie, lalu merantau sampai ke Amerika.

Dengan semangat menggelegak dia pulang kampung ke Maninjau dan tak sabar ingin segera kuliah. Namun kawan karibnya,  Randai, meragukan Alif mampu lulus UMPTN. Lalu dia sadar, ada satu hal penting yang dia tidak punya. Ijazah SMA. Bagaimana mungkin mengejar semua cita-cita tinggi tanpa ijazah?

Terinspirasi semangat tim dinamit Denmark, dia mendobrak rintangan berat. Baru saja dia tersenyum, badai lain menggempurnya silih berganti tanpa ampun. Alif letih dan mulai bertanya-tanya: “Sampai kapan aku harus teguh bersabar menghadapi semua cobaan hidup ini?” Hampir saja dia menyerah.

Rupanya “mantra” man jadda wajada saja tidak cukup sakti dalam memenangkan hidup. Alif teringat “mantra” kedua yang diajarkan di Pondok Madani: man shabara zhafira. Siapa yang bersabar akan beruntung. Berbekal kedua mantra itu dia songsong badai hidup satu persatu. Bisakah dia memenangkan semua impiannya?

Kemana nasib membawa Alif? Apa saja 3 ranah berbeda warna itu? Siapakah Raisa? Bagaimana persaingannya dengan Randai? Apa kabar Sahibul Menara? Kenapa sampai muncul Obelix, orang Indian, Michael Jordan, dan Kesatria Berpantun? Apa hadiah Tuhan buat sebuah kesabaran yang kukuh?

Ranah 3 Warna adalah hikayat tentang bagaimana impian tetap wajib dibela habis-habisan walau hidup digelung nestapa tak berkesudahan. Tuhan sungguh bersama orang yang sabar.

QUOTES

“… siapa saja yang mewakilkan urusannya kepada Tuhan, maka Dia akan ‘mencukupkan’ semua kebutuhan kita…” hlm. 35

Dunia akan tetap berputar. Kenapa aku mengharapkan dunia yang berubah? Seharusnya akulah yang menyesuaikan dan dengan begitu bisa mengubah duniaku. hlm. 107 Lanjutkan membaca “[Resensi Buku] Ranah 3 Warna”

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[Resensi Buku] Dressed to Kill

NON-FICTION/AUTOBIOGRAPHY
The Remarkable True Story of A Female Apache Pilot on The Frontline

Judul Buku : Dressed to Kill
Penulis : Charlotte Madison
Penerbit : Headline Review
Tahun : 2010
Jumlah Halaman : 341 hlm.

‘Truly unique. Charlotte is just like one of us, but she’s also on the frontline in Afghanistan. This brilliant book has us gripped.’ HOT STARS

‘Gripping and full-bloodied, Charlotte’s excellent book is sure to fly off the shelves’ News of The World

‘Charlotte Madison is one hell of a pilot’ Ed Macy, bestselling author of APACHE

She’s young. She’s glamorous. You’ll never guess what she does for a living…

Captain Charlotte Madison is a typical 26-years-old-woman.

She reads glossy magazines, worries about her bingo wings and is planning her wedding. She also flies Apache helicopters for a living and is trained to shoot and kill from the air.

Britain’s first ever female Apache pilot, Charlotte knows exactly what it’s like to fight on the frontline in one of the Army’s deadliest machines.

From her intensive training to her tours of duty in Afghanistan, Charlotte shares all the dramatic details. Just imagine.

– Being confined in an airless cockpit for up to eleven hours

– Being the only woman amongst men
– What it feels like to kill – or be killed – in the name of duty

DRESSED TO KILL is the extraordinary, gritty and exhilarating tale of life on the front line, told by a woman who proves that whatever the men can do, women can do just as well.

QUOTES
I am scared that, if I open the door to my emotions, I just won’t be able to shut it. p.145

… every loss of life is one too many. p.167

The truth is that, while you’re away, all you can think of is getting home and getting back to normal, but when you get home, you realize that normal doesn’t exist with you. Lanjutkan membaca “[Resensi Buku] Dressed to Kill”

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[Resensi Buku] The Runaway Jury

Judul Buku : The Runaway Jury

Penulis : John Grisham

Penerbit : Arrow Books

Tahun : 1997

Jumlah Halaman : 484 hlm.

Every jury has a leader and the verdict belongs to him

In Biloxi, Mississippi, a landmark trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake begins routinely, then swerves mysteriously off course. The jury is behaving strangely, and at least one juror is convinced he’s being watched. Soon they have to be sequestered. Then a tip from an anonymous young woman suggests she is able to predict the jurors’ increasingly odd behaviour.

Is the jury somehow being manipulated, or even controlled? If so, by whom? And, more importantly, why?

‘Beautifully paced and plotted and full of delightful twists. Grisham’s mastery of form has never been more evident … a marvellous read’

David Robson, Sunday Telegraph

‘This book is a joy. One of those books you regret having to finish’

Neil Shand, Daily Express

‘Grisham creates a terrific level of suspense. I could not put it down’

Frances Hegarty, Mail on Sunday

‘Riveting … Grisham is a superb, instinctive storyteller’

Marcel Berlins, The Times

QUOTES

Tobacco companies spend billions misleading the public. They conduct studies which claim to prove smoking is virtually harmless. They spend 2 billion a year on advertising alone, then claim people make informed choices about whether or not to smoke. It’s simply not true. People, especially teenagers, receive confusing signals. Smoking appears to be fun, sophisticated, even healthy. p.231

Kadang bingung juga kan. Iklan rokok selalu menggunakan model lelaki dengan badan bugar yang tampak sangat sehat dan ‘pria’ berdasarkan pandangan publik dengan caranya naik gununglah, naik motor lah, dikelilingi wanita lah, yang jelas mengaminkan pandangan publik mengenai apa yang dianggap sangat ‘pria’ sehat. Adalagi kasus dimulainya konsumsi rokok di kalangan perempuan yang konon melibatkan pandangan ‘kebebasan’. Rokok memang tidak ada kaitannya dengan kebebasan secara langsung. Namun Edward Bernays berhasil menggunakan teori psikoanalisis Sigmund Freud untuk memperdaya konsumen dan melakukan propoganda dengan berdalih Freedom. Semuanya hanya demi meraup sebanya-banyaknya keuntungan.

Oh ya, di luar bungkus rokok memang normalnya sudah tertulis bahayanya. Tapi kita semua tentu sadar bahwa gambar, apalagi video, lebih kuat pengaruhnya daripada sebuah tulisan kecil di bagian bawah bungkus rokok. Jadi?

Pertama, kamu diberitahu secara tidak langsung bahwa merokok itu perihal kebebasan, pilihan, dan sesuatu yang keren. Kebanyakan orang mulai merokok di bawah usia 18 tahun. Ketika kamu tahu dan sadar akan dampak rokok, sudah terlalu terlambat untuk berhenti. Kamu sudah terlanjur ketagihan di usia tuamu. Anakmu pun melihatmu merokok, melihat iklan rokok yang keren, dan mulai merokok juga sebelum usianya menginjak 18. Akhirnya, rokok tidak bisa dihentikan dari generasi ke generasi.

Konon, perusahaan rokok bisa mengurangi kadar nikotin untuk mengurangi tingkat kecanduan. Namun konon juga, buat apa menguranginya jika semakin banyak memasukkan nikotin artinya semakin banyak konsumen, dan konsumen artinya keuntungan? Lanjutkan membaca “[Resensi Buku] The Runaway Jury”

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[Resensi Buku] The Firm

 

THEY MADE HIM AN OFFER HE SHOULD HAVE REFUSED.

bukalapak.jpgJudul Buku : The Firm

Penulis : John Grisham

Penerbit : Dell Publishing

Tahun : Februari 1992

Jumlah Halaman : 501 hlm.

“L.A. Law meets The Godfather… The next book you’ll see everybody reading – the way we all carted around presumed innocent.” – USA Today

At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. He made a deadly mistake.

When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. The firm teased him a BMW, paid off his school loans, arranged a mortgage, and hired him a decorator. Mitch McDeere should have remembered what his brother Ray – doing fifteen years in a Tennessee jail – already knew. You never get nothing for nothing. Now the FBI has the lowdown on Match’s firm and needs his help. Mitch is caught between a rock and a hard place, with no choice – if he wants to live.

“Taut, fast and relentless… A ride worth taking.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“Keeps the reader hooked… From the creepy first chapters… to the vise-tightening midsection and on to the take-the-money-and-run finale.” – The Wall Street Journal

A literary guild main selection

QUOTES

“… It’s a cutthroat business where the weak are eaten and the strong get rich. It’s a marathon. He who endures wins the gold.”

“And dies at the finish line.” p. 97

Last year he was a hotshot Harvard man with job offers in every pocket.

Now he was a millionaire, and would soon have a price on his head.

Funny what a year can do. p.370

SUMMARY

Mitchell Y. McDeere merupakan lulusan Harvard Law School top 3 di angkatannya. Setelah lulus, ia memperoleh tawaran pekerjaan dari banyak perusahaan hukum besar di Amerika. Dengan mempertimbangkan gaji dan tunjangan, Mitch McDeere memilih perusahaan hukum Bendini, Lambert & Locke di Memphis. Baru masuk saja Mitch udah dikasih BMW – ia bebas milih warnanya, student loans nya dilunasin,  diutangin rumah gedongan dan gaji yang besar. Hidupnya mendadak berputar arah lah. Maklum yah, perusahaan hukum Bendini, Lambert & Locke hanya merekrut satu orang saja setiap tahunnya. Terbaik dari yang terbaik lah. Jadi, tunjangan yang didapat Mitch sangat besar di usianya yang masih sangat belia. Baru lulus kuliah, bo. Lanjutkan membaca “[Resensi Buku] The Firm”

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[Review Buku] Woman on the Other Shore

Woman on the Other Shore
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Judul Buku : Woman on the Other Shore

Penulis : Mitsuyo Kakuta

Penerbit : Kodansha International

Tahun : 2007 (Japanese version, 2004)

Jumlah Halaman : 271 hlm.

The poignant and soothing story of two thirty-five-year-old women- one a housewife and a mother, the other an unmarried company president-and their unlikely friendship, by one of the most popular and perceptive writers in Japan today.

This compelling novel, widely acclaimed for its perceptive portrayal of the everyday lives and struggles of Japanese women, struck a deep chord with readers throughout Japan. In 2005 it won the prestigious Naoki Prize, awarded semiannually for the best work of popular fiction by an established writer.

Sayoko, a thirty-five-year-old homemaker with a three-year-old child, begins working for Aoi, a free-spirited, single career woman her own age who runs a travel agency-housekeeping business. Timid and unable to connect with other mothers in her neighborhood, Sayoko finds herself drawn to Aoi’s independent lifestyle and easygoing personality. The two hit it off from the start, beginning a friendship that is for Sayoko also a reaffirmation of what living is about.

Aoi, meanwhile, has not always been the self-confident person she appears to be. Severe classroom bullying in junior high had forced her to change schools, uprooting her and her family to the countryside; and at her new school, she was so afraid of again becoming the object of her classmates’ cruelties that she spent most of her time steering clear of those around her.

The present-day friendship between Sayoko and Aoi on the one hand, and Aoi’s painful high school past on the other, form a gripping two-tier narrative that converges in the final chapter. The book touches on a broad range of issues of concern to women today, from marriage and child-rearing to being single and working for oneself. It is a universal story about both the fear and the joy of opening up to others.

QUOTES

“I want you to know, Aokins, that you don’t have anything to be afraid of at school. Even if you’re right, even if they keep passing the icy treatment from one person to another like you say and it comes round to you, I’ll always be your friend, and I’ll do everything I can to stand up for you, if you always have at least one person to talk to, then you’ve got nothing to be afraid of, right?” p. 76

“… The true cause of plummeting birthrates isn’t women who work, it’s the grievances of happily married housewives.” P. 90

To find something that makes you unafraid of being alone, rather than to have so many friends that you wind up being terrified of solitude. p.95

When she found her job, Sayoko had promised herself several things to make sure there wouldn’t be any problems. No matter how busy she got, she would keep up her house. Lanjutkan membaca “[Review Buku] Woman on the Other Shore”

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[Resensi Buku] Botchan karya Natsume Soseki

botchan
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Judul Buku : Botchan

Penulis : Natsume Soseki

Penerbit : Japanese Literature P

ublishing Project (JLPP)

Tahun : 2005

Jumlah Halaman : 172 hlm.

“Soseki’s lightest and funniest work.”

–          Donald Keene

“Natsume Soseki is unquestionably one of the Japan’s greatest modern novelists, and the easiest approach to his work is through his delightful early satire, Botchan.”

–          Oliver Statler

This rillicking rebel, and the spice and pace of the narrative, will appeal to parent, teacher, and schoolchild alike.”

–          Times Literary Supplement

Like The Catcher in the Rye or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Botchan, a hilarious tale about a young man’s rebellion against “the system” in a country school, is a classic of its kind. Among Japanese readers both young and old has enjoyed a timeless popularity, making it, according to Donald Keene, “probably the most widely read novel in modern Japan.”

The setting is Japan’s deep south, where the author himself spent some time teaching English in a boys’ school. Into this conservative world, with its social proprieties and established pecking order, breezes Botchan, down from the big city, with scant respect for either his elders or his noisy young charges; and the result is a chain of collisions large and small.

Much of the story seems to occur in summer, against the drone of cicadas, and in many ways this is a summer book – light, funny, never slow-moving. Here, in a lively new translation much better suited to Western tastes than any of its forebears, Botchan’s homespun appeal is all the more apparent, and even those who have never been near the sunlit island on which these calamitous episodes take place should find in it uninterrupted entertainment.

QUOTES

Living in a little town where everybody knows everybody’s business is no fun! (p.46)

Mischief and punishment go hand in hand – it’s knowing that the punishment comes with it that makes it fun to dare to do mischief. (p.54) Lanjutkan membaca “[Resensi Buku] Botchan karya Natsume Soseki”