19 September 2017

BOOK REVIEW: NORWEGIAN WOOD BY HARUKI MURAKAMI


This is the cover page of the novel, not the usual red vintage international. Purchased at MPH SACC Mall for RM 37.95


Synopsis:

Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before.  Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable.  As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman



My review: 

Norwegian Wood is the first from Murakami I’ve read. My sole reason for picking it was due to my curiosity. Mostly raved, talked about all over internet. People who read it would describe NW as heartbreaking and would left you unspeakable after that last flip of page. AND that’s exactly how I felt towards the ending of NW.

The story is about Watanabe and Naoko who are best friends since childhood together with Kizuki, entangle in this complicated and twisted relationship bound by their inexorable grieving of Kizuki’s death. In the journey to cope with the loss, Watanabe and Naoko became friends with a few people that make up the story. I like how NW not only focuses the story of the hero and heroine, but it also highlights these minor characters. In a way, together with Watanabe and Naoko, these people shared how the cause of fate and luck dragged them to an unfathomable.

NW is a tragedy and rampant with suicide as the main focus, if I were to sum it up. It leaves you hollow with an indescribable sadness. Despite that, Murakami makes the tragedy sounds beautiful with his narratives and play of words. Mind you, this book is not for a light read. But I guess anyone who tried to read Murakami would know that his stories are brutal in sort of way. Therefore, if you are a very young reader (16 and below) you shouldn’t be reading any of his. Characters in this book seem to be pertinent to the idea of suicide being the cure to all. Naoko told Watanabe that the suicidal thoughts run in her family, and she as well have the tendency to commit it.

I am not the biggest fan of the idea, but I get where Murakami is going with the suicidal theme. Suicide in Asian countries like Japan is the highest caused of death among its citizen. Despite it being a catharsis, he wants it to appear beautiful nevertheless. But it’s a fiction, it didn’t have to make sense. It just needs to feel real to readers. Yeah, got sex also this book

The book did not have a happy ending. It ends with TRAGEDY. And therefore, read it with cautious.

This is my first time reading something so heavy, but I am glad I did it. I would love to read more from Murakami’s and in the process of locating used book available in Malaysia (because I am a cheapskate Smile with tongue out)

p/s: I like to point out an oblivion that I am nowhere an expert in writing a book review. Imagine my review as written by someone with no apparent interest in reading, somehow stuck between herself and a piece of book. The review is like a child pretending as revelation for what she just discovered from that manuscript. To put it simply, what I write can appear to be somewhat bullshit, but you will understand it in between of many bullshits I wrote. Enjoice!

11 September 2017

Book Review: Breathe by Dr Beni Rusani


Breathe written by Dr Beni Rusani

A little background of the author, if you don't know him yet, he is known by his fans as Dr. Mike Malaysia. Well, honestly I don't really know who he is until this one time I got really curious as to why his tweets are being retweeted so many time by people. Did a little bit of checking on google. Turns out he is a cardiologist at IJN. He's active on socmeds (instagram and twitter) . This is his first solo piece, but this is not his first time writing as he is one of the co-authors for the best selling novel Diagnosis written by other fellow doctors as well. 

About the book:

Synopsis 

"I'm dying"
His pulse weakened.
For a brief moment, his muddled mind became clear and he could thing.
"Stay afloat, breathe. Just keep breathing."

Dr Adam is a cardiologist who knows how to help others. The only thing he can't fix is himself. When a heart attack threatens his life. Adam is given a chance to look at his past to redicsover the friendship and the love he lost. In his darkest hours, friends and strangers are racing against time to save him. Yet, the key to his survival and future might lie in his past.

All Adam wants is a second chance,
And, time is running out...


The book is divided into 18 chapters, a prologue and epilogue. As you can read from the synopsis of the book, the story line revolves around Dr Adam final hour (sort of) fighting for life, and in between, he started having this flashback.

The main theme of this novel is about death, how it is inevitable even for a cardiologist who deal with similar cases on day to day basis, but ironically he's the one in the final sprint of life. 

So basically, from what I can gather, he meant to say that before everyone's last breath, we will start having this flashback. It sort of the main theme of this novel in my honest opinion. The flow of the story is nicely written in a way that pulls you together with Dr Adam to join his journey revisiting his old memories. 

He revisits his memories from the time before his graduation, early years of freshie years and how he falls in love with Julia. The most heart wrenching of his flashback when he reminisces his mistakes that cost the lives of other people at his own hands. They were happy moments as well. But my favourite part of this story was Mad Doc and the story behind his characters. Somehow I imagined Mad Doc as Jason Momoa- Khal Drogo, Daenerys's husband. I know right, over gila.



They were some things left unanswered. But he probably did it on purpose just to left room for a sequel. If a sequel is possible, I would love to know what happened between him and Julia as they were going through a divorce process at that time. It just blows my mind how the relationship ended because he was so in love with her. Next, I want to know more of Mad Doc and also Shah. 

I've read on Twitter that people cried over this novel and how sad some parts are. I couldn't agree more on this. You can really feel so much from such a tiny and short novel as Breathe. The roller coaster of emotions is wild in my honest opinion. I finish it in 5 hours with a lot of long break in between haha. 


But, if you're just starting to read English novel, but don't know where to start I really recommended you Breathe as stepping stone. Dr Beni writes it eloquently with almost no unfamiliar vocabulary and short sentences for ease of reading. He said it so many times on twitter his main purpose is to attract non-English reader to start reading English. You will enjoy it and not feel forced at all. Added with a great storyline, I guarantee that you will pick up another English novel after you read Breathe.


And that is all for my review. Let me know what you think if you've read Breathe hehe

10 September 2017

Life on the net... a rant and reminiscing some good old memories

Hello everyone

Most of us find comfort on social media and see it as an escapism from our obligations (daily job, house chores, family duty) which seems like a good thing if we use it moderately.

Nothing wrong if you want to lash out dissatisfaction on certain someone, but do it discretely without revealing explicit details. Most of us say mean things unanimously to get our message delivered. Becuase that someone follows us on soc med. And you think that's the only way to let your anger out. Gosh, it hurts ok. To know a friend kutuk you online and other people would know about it as well. At least cover up some parts of the story even if you desperately need to confess a thing or two. I find it hurtful to read a status or tweet of other people kutuk their friends and I happened to know them too. I'm no saint too, but I've stopped doing this long ago. I used to kutuk my friends jugak. I would unmention them in tweet but it's always obvious who I talked about. I also had a fight my a lot of people because my blog was quite popular in high school that people would know when I kutuk them in my blog post hahaha. But I changed ok. That was long ago, when my brain cells still not yet functioning properly. I become a better person online as I get older and of course I need to be wiser.

Social medias got crazy, with additional sites being added in world wide web. Remember myspace? I tak sempat friendster. Myspace pun sempat guna 2 years je rasa but I remember feeling the desperate need to go online that I'm willing to stay up till late afternoon just to go to cyber cafe nearby my school. I would spent a lot of money on prepaid so I could browse internet on my phone. Dulu-dulu ingat lagi, internet free after 12 a.m I would download all new songs and this where I start doing crazy stuffs on internet ­čśéTime ni mengutuk orang takda siapa peduli, because not many people can afford the internet to be online. Most people are like me, time on internet are spent at cyber cafe. I forced my dad to buy a new pc and install internet if I got good results.

This is how I started blogging. I can't remember the day I was off from internet. From all I could remember, even on school days, I would spent at least 2-3 hours online. Read stuff, blog walking (cool term! Comment down below if you know what it means hehe) , I learn how to code my blog template. I was really good at it that I write tutorial thought not that many because the process of recording the method was tedious as fruck I stopped doing it after 2 tutorial hahaha. I was also obsessed on earning side pocket money from blogging because I know it was possible! I did earn some money enough to buy me a chocolate haha. Trust me it's really difficult because you have to consistently update your blog and make sure you write quality content to attract traffic to your blog (SEO)


The old days were fun, the now is very wild. Maybe because pretty much everyone on earth owns a smartphone, so the internet is accessible. The cost has become relatively cheaper as well. Thanks to globalisation. Just be sure to be a human with a conscience. You shouldn't try to pick a fight with someone for nothing at all. For all I know we can still be a decent human being and humanity still exist deep beneath. That's all

Well, I think this is quite a rant don't you think? This is because it's been on draft for a very long time haha. I kinda just went through my draft posts one by one to find that it has been nicely written but left hang

Have a nice day everyone!
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