Jumat, 31 Agustus 2012

The House of The Spirit (Isabel Allende)



Paperback, 600 halaman
Published: July 2010, Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Rating: 4/5: 

Kisah seputar tiga perempuan generasi Trueba dari America Latin dibuka dengan tibanya seekor ajning kumal yang nantinya bernama Barabas. Seekor anjing kumal yang disayang setengah mati oleh si kecil Clara, yang nantinya mempunyai peran penting dalam silsilah keluarganya sendiri, Del Valle dan keluarga suaminya Trueba.

Banyak sekali karakter penting dalam novel ini. Baiklah saya sebut satu persatu: Esteban Trueba, lelaki yang membagi dirinya sendiri sebagai malaikat sekaligus iblis, baik bagi keluarganya sendiri dan juga masyarakat sekitarnya serta negaranya sendiri. Clara Del Valle, istrinya yang sangat dicintainya hingga akhir hayatnya lebih sering berada di ‘tempat lain’ ketika fisiknya berada di samping suaminya. Bagaimana tidak, Clara adalah cenayang keluarga yang selalu mampu membaca masa depan, termasuk kematian dirinya sendiri. Arwahnya pun masih sering gentayangan memberi bimbingan keluarganya, termasuk suami yang lebih dari separo hidup rumah tangganya dibiarkan ngoceh sendiri.

Minggu, 12 Agustus 2012

Iriver Cover Story Ebook Reader (Korea)



It feels like a dream to have this gadget. I’ve been involved in ebook since 2006 or so. At that time, I got my cell phone, Sony Ericsson K750i, as my e-reader. Later, I got O2 as my e-reader. I did enjoy this gadget to read any kinds of books even though the lit converter was not as easy as today. The PDA I got really came in handy. It could handle many kinds of tasks, not to mention the browser, the windows mobile, etc. I was extremely broken hearted when it was broken one day after I got an accident when I was biking. From then on, the comfort of reading in PDA kept haunting until I finally found Iriver Cover Story EB05.

It a bit broke my heart when I read a posting in a blog, saying that the writer of the blog had been dreaming of having an e-reader for 4 years until he finally got one. Did I have to wait that long to get my dream e-reader? Thanks God, I don’t need to wait that long. At first I set my heart to Sony PRS 900 after reading an article in a tabloid. But then, I realized that there’s no chance for me to get one since the price is high through the sky. As an alternative, I kept browsing here and there to find one affordable e-reader. There are so many brands of e-reader that I could name all. I read all the specifications, the formats, and above all, the price. So far, Iriver is the one I could afford.

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Sabtu, 11 Agustus 2012

ON THE ISLAND (Tracey Garvis Graves)



Format: ebook
Published October 11, 2011 
Rating 3/5

Raffie:  How old are you? I’m 37, don’t you know that?
Dave: I don’t speak Vietnamese. Why are you asking?
Raffie: let me guess. Twenty nine?
Dave: nope
Raffie: no? older? You don’t look thirty to me.
Dave: I’m twenty three
Raffie: No, you’re not. Let me see your license. (after seeing  Dave’s license). Oh, my God. You’re a child. I have aT-shirt older than you.
HAHAHAHAHA…

Itu adalah cuplikan dialog dari film jadul berjudul PRIME yang dibintangi oleh Merryl Streep dan Uma Thurman. Kisahnya sendiri berpusat pada hubungan beda usia dengan issue agama. Endingnya? Nonton sendiri ya kalau belum sempet nonton. Bintang 4,5 deh untuk film ini.