We Come Apart by Sarah Crosson and Brian Conaghan

Book Review: ‘We Come Apart’, friendship in the unlikeliest of situations

Author’s note: The book review has been posted in The Jakarta Post during my internship days. You can find the link here. Check it out and give the book review some love! Continue reading “We Come Apart by Sarah Crosson and Brian Conaghan”


The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco

the mysterious flameAmnesia is never a good thing to begin with. Especially losing your episode memory. Giambattista Bodoni couldn’t remember anything. Who his name was, who his wife was, who he was, everything was erased. He felt like he was floating in fog, and he couldn’t find his way out. It may be your usual amnesia story, except that Yambo (that is what everyone calls him, and I will continue to refer to him as Yambo as typing Giambattista is much more complicated) remembered passages for almost every book that he has read before in his life.

It’s funny because this book alludes to so many books that I’ve read before. I nearly laughed out loud when I came across Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Moby Dick‘s famous opening line in the book. Of course, since I’ve only started reading heavy literature three years ago, I don’t get all of the jokes inside this book.

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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

cover-1Q84To begin things with things, I have the tendency to pronounce the title of this book as ‘I Q Eighty Four’ instead of ‘One Q Eighty Four’. The title itself can obviously mean many things in the book. Of course, the reason for the book title is given half way through the first book (yes, it is a trilogy.) It is made pretty clearly that IQ84 stands as a name for the world that Anomame (the main character of this book) has stumbled on. It is to remind her that the world is no longer the 1984 that she had known. But this also alludes something else. Many critics had said that 1Q84 rivals George Orwell’s 1984, being like a parallel Asian literature form of it. It can be observed that 1984 has been alluded many times in the book. It is clear that Haruki Muakami loves putting reference to other writers in his book. I remember laughing out loud when Charles Dickens was mentioned. The memory of suffering to read his Great Expectations hit me really hard.

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The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna

the year of hareSo, you’re a journalist who lives in a world that’s slowly dissolving into black and white. You barely love you wife anymore, and you’re starting to hate the job that you had used to love so much. You’re being pestered to sell your boat that you have worked so long to buy, and you hate it. And now here you are, driving along with a fellow college who happens to be a photographer and referred to nothing else in the novel, arguing about your destination on whether you should go spend the night in Heinola or Helsinki and then suddenly you hear a thump on the car that the photographer was driving. When you finally stumble out of the car, you see it. The hare who was lying huddled towards the sidewalk, it’s leg clearly broken.

When Vatanen found the hare, his whole life changed in a instant. The hare itself could be said to be a catalyst. With the hare, he dropped everything from his old life. He literally walked away from his old life. Like, when the photographer friend of his wanted him to hurry up and get in the car, he just walked away with the hare into the forest to help setting its leg up. So since the photographer is naturally a bad tempered kind of guy, he drove away. (Only to slightly regret it later.) However, Vatanen didn’t exactly just drop off from the face of the Earth. He did everything cleanly a little bit later, like get his money, sell that boat that he has been trying to keep for ages, and end things with his wife and job, but that was later.

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