A Bit Of Book Review: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

For those who follow me on my other social medias, know that I'm so into Haruki Murakami these days.

Haruki Murakami is a famous writer from Japan, born in Kyoto, 1949.  His works have been translated into more than 40 languages.

Ever since I've heard about Murakami, 1Q84 has been the most famous & some people complain about how difficult the books is to absorb.  I was so eager to read the book, so I bought one.

1Q84 took set mostly in Tokyo.  The main characters were a girl named Aomame, who turned out to be an assassin for homicide suspects, and Tengo, the calm, good-guy type, writer, and a math teacher.  The story line itself is not that surprising in the beginning.  Just the characters' routines, and their own problems.  But as you keep turning the pages, the conflicts went even crazier.

It began from the ultimate breath-taking novel titled 'Air Chrysalis' that had been written by a dyslexia girl named Fuka-Eri.  Murakami had perfectly described Fuka-Eri as a beautiful, flawless 17 years old girl who spoke oddly.  Tengo, as the direction from his buddy named Komatsu, forced him to be a ghost writer of Air Chrysalis because he believed that the work would win the national competition - and it turned to be the winner.  The Air Chrysalis itself told a story about a girl who lived in the very strict religion area, and there were mysterious character named Little People.

Aomame's family was a member of religious organization, but Aomame decided to leave her family because she didn't stand the routines.  As the pages turned, you could see the connection between Tengo's conflict and Aomame's.

I'm not going to be a spoiler, so here is my own opinion about this book.

The cover.  I like the cover that was published by Vintage publisher.
The novel has more than 900 pages, which is so satisfying for me.

And here is the main opinion, the story.

The thing I love the most from this book is the story line.  It's actually quite predictable when you recognize that each character has connection to each other ("I know they will meet!"), but you have no idea how Murakami make the connection exists.  Murakami has his own way to do it, in every novel he has written though.
The conflicts are not common, Murakami keeps adding his psychological, scientific, and artsy view in this story.  The world that has two moons?  And 'cat town'?  Only Murakami can make it happen into the words.
The characters.  To be honest, the main characters aren't as rich as Kafka On The Shore's story.  A girl, and a boy.  Despite of the unusual conflicts they're having, the personalities were quite ordinary.  What I love the most is the additional character.  Let's say Ushikawa, the ugly-looking antagonist, and Fuka-Eri the mysterious dyslexia girl.  Maybe because they are not the main characters, Murakami has described them in details and I just could feel them better than Aomame and Tengo.

If you're reading this, and considering to read Murakami's work for the first time, I warn you, don't expect he will explain every conflict in details.  Murakami loves to leave the readers puzzled, asked "Where the hell this character go?  How about the blablablabla and bla?".  I have read 3 of his works, and it always turned out to be like that.  But I guess, that's just how Murakami writes, and I adore it.  I worship his works.

Overall, this book has left a great impression for me.  Every time my friends ask me about what 1Q84 tells, honestly I can't have a right word to explain it.  The genre is so mixed.  You'll find romance, science-fiction, and mystery in one story, which is the great point from this book.  You can find so many lessons here.  My favorite lesson that I got?

Carl Jung's infamous line.

And here's a bit of my favorite line from the book:

"Most people are not looking for provable truths.  As you said, truth is often accompanied by intense pain, and almost no one is looking for painful truths.  What people need is beautiful, comforting stories that make them feel as if their lives have some meaning."

Wonderwall - Oasis

I don't believe that anybody feels
The way I do about you now

And all the roads we have to walk are winding
And all the lights that lead us there are blinding
There are many things that I would
Like to say to you
But I don't know how

Because maybe
You're gonna be the one that saves me
And after all
You're my wonderwall

Been playing this song for some days.
Reminds me of someone who spent his night for me, listened to my stories.
You know how much I want to talk to you.
Listening to this song keeps reminding me of you.

I miss you.






End Of Freshman Year's Favorites

Syifa A.'s end of freshman year's favorites:

1. The beautiful interior from Nicole's Kitchen and Lounge
I mean, you see the picture and you know the reasons, right?  It's so flawless, white chairs & tables are everywhere.  Great views, but sadly, the meals were average, and quite pricey.  This restaurant is located in Puncak, pretty far from Jakarta. Love to have a beauty-culinary travel?  This is quite recommended! (for the place though).

2. Roti Gempol, Bandung
THIS IS MY FAVORITE.  Since the first time I tasted it, I fell in love with it.  Yes, their specialties are in bread and noodles, but I strongly recommend the bread.  The bread is home-made, fresh from the oven.  You can choose either the sweet or salty (usually with eggs/hams) tastes.  The place itself is small, but homey.  Great place for you to have a quick breakfast.... pssst, this place opens until evening!  Oh, and the price is also affordable (rather.. cheap!) :) 

3.  Taman Hutan Raya, Bandung
If you love being at the out door, this place is heaven.  It's a forest actually, and it's beautiful.  Green, green, everywhere.  Lovely place for photo-shoot, and you can go to the historical Japanese/Dutch cave where are located in this public forest.  Recommended to visit there during the morning/noon!

4.  SDN Angkasa 1, Bandung
The only reason why we went there is because Kak Agha had ever gone there during elementary school.  I love the picture of 4 of us, it was the happiest, and funnest trip I've ever had with them!

5.  Foods
(Everyone knows the reasons, like, duh.)

6. Instax's pictures
I don't have my own instax camera, but I borrow one from my senior.  Special for the meetings with my girlfriends!  Actually, I'd like to have one, but the camera is quite expensive and (especially) the film itself is not affordable for a person like me.  Still, I love having some instax's pictures.  I can put the picture in my wallet right away!

7.  College, and Them
Yes, those people in my pictures.  They are from batch 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.  While I'm just a freshman (no, soon I'm gonna be a sophomore).  They are the kindest (sometimes the meanest), funniest, and the most caring people I've ever met in college.  The reason of why I love being in college until night.  Through the mean jokes, and laughter, they teach me a lot of things.  They are my favorites, for sure!

Last but not least,
going out with my favorite girls, best friends since junior and high school.

My life has been so good for me these days!  I'm on holiday, yet I'm quite busy these days.  So many stories I want to publish on this blog, but I guess we have to wait!

Have a nice day, and oh, happy fasting for all my Muslims friends out there! :)


Jatuh Cinta Itu Menyesakkan

Yang aku tahu, setiap aku jatuh cinta aku merasakan sesak.
Ibu bilang jatuh cinta itu indah, tetapi mengapa hal yang indah itu malah menyesakkan dadaku?

Jatuh cinta itu aneh.
Tidak hanya jatuh cinta, sih, tetapi cinta itu aneh.
Dan menyadari bahwa aku jatuh cinta kepadamu, membuat cinta terasa aneh.
Dan melihat kau berubah karena cinta, membuat cinta terasa semakin aneh.

Satu hari itu, kau berbicara padaku mengenai cinta, dan bagaimana kau menggambarkan cinta sebagai sesuatu yang menguatkanmu.
Beberapa bulan kemudian, kau terkoyak oleh apa yang kau sebut sebagai cinta.
Dia pergi.
Dia pergi meninggalkanmu, setelah luka yang dia miliki sembuh.

Sedangkan aku masih duduk tertegun,
melihat perkembanganmu yang masih tertatih-tatih oleh cinta.

Tahu kah kau,
disaat kau sedang meratapi kesedihanmu akan cintanya yang telah pergi,
Kau adalah alasan dari mengapa aku dapat percaya akan cinta?
Disaat kau sedang mengenang bagaimana ia bisa lepas darimu,
Kau adalah alasan dari mengapa aku terjaga setiap malam?

Memendam perasaan ini membuatku sesak,
menahan keinginan untuk membuatmu tahu,
hanya akan membuatku lebih sesak.

Ternyata jatuh cinta itu menyesakkan.
Orang Inggris bilang, jatuh cinta membuat kita memiliki kupu-kupu di dalam perut kita,
Tapi aku rasa,
Jatuh cinta membuat paru-paruku terisi penuh dengan sesuatu,
Mungkin saja kupu-kupu,
atau mungkin sesuatu yang lain.
Yang aku tahu pasti,
Jatuh cinta itu menyesakkan.