Perempuan Patah Hati yang Kembali Menemukan Cinta Melalui Mimpi by Eka Kurniawan

perempuan patah hatiA Broken Hearted Woman Who Found Love Through Dream (Perempuan Patah Hati yang Kembali Menemukan Cinta Melalui Mimpi) is basically a short story collection under the Indonesian Writer Eka Kurniawan. This is a really stand-out Indonesian short story collection that I read recently. He was born in Tasikmalaya, West Java, November 28, 1975. He studied philosophy at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta and currently works as a writer. Kurniawan is known for some novels and short stories, which are translated to many languages. Everyone welcome to visit his blog, mostly talking about literature, which sometimes I visit during school holiday: www.ekakurniawan.com. 

This collection is full of different short stories that share lots of things with common. One thing sticking out most of all is irony, reminding me of O. Henry’s short stories. The story would move up high to its events, the climax, the falling action, and then the conclusion, where it suddenly drops in an ironical ending. An ending which ruins the entire plot in the first place as if Kurniawan makes a sharp return, an unexpected curve. The main character would do something for a reason–strive for a goal, and in the end, it was all for nothing. The story would normally end in a punch line–or final paragraph telling us the irony.

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100 Selected Stories by O. Henry

o henryO. Henry was just a pen name. His real name was William Sydney Porter and he was born at the year 1862 at Greensboro, North Carolina. He left school when he was 15 years old, and after some time, moved to Texas. Over there he was notable for some things, like editing a humor magazine and worked for a bank in Austin, but sadly, he was accused for stealing some money there, because he was a careless record keeper. Although he was most probably innocent, O. Henry freaked out, and fled to Honduras. After some time, he returned back to Austin to be with his dying wife. There he was judged, and spent three years in prison in Ohio.

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A Literary Chritmas, An Anthology

christmas anthologyWhat is an Anthology? An Anthology is a collection of other pieces of writings, like short stories or poems made by various authors or extracts from famous novels and play scripts. This story is an Anthology about Christmas: everything before Christmas, Christmas Eve, Christmas day, after Christmas, and finally, the New Year, written by Charles Dickens, Emily Brontë, William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, George Elliot, Rudyard Kipling, Anthony Trollope, and other famous authors.

This Anthology is special because it is not how the modern kind of Christmas is spent, the day when everyone buys expensive Christmas trees and presents at the various stores, while almost all children treat Christmas as ‘the day I get my presents’ day. Because the authors are people from the 19th and 20th century, of course the short stories are on how they spent it at that time, which was quite different, but also similar in some ways.

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The Best Short Stories by Guy de Maupassant

guy maupassantGuy de Maupassant was born in the year 1850, French author of the naturalistic school who is generally considered the greatest French short story writer. He was born at the Château de Miromesniel, Dieppe on August 5, 1850. In 1869 Maupassant started to study law in Paris, but soon, at the age of 20, he volunteered to serve in the army during the Franco-Prussian War. Between the years 1872 and 1880 Maupassant was a civil servant, first at the ministry of maritime affairs, then at the ministry of education. On January 2, in 1892, Maupassant tried to commit suicide by cutting his throat and was ommited to the celebrated private asylum of Dr. Esprit Blanche at Passy, in Paris, where he died on July 6, 1893.

Guy de Maupassant had wrote many interesting stories in this collection. Although he wrote on a wide variety of topics, the major recurring themes in his short stories are war, prostitution, and madness. His stories has deep meaning, that are really hard to describe, like George Orwell’s novels: one story could have lots of themes. His story also has many interesting twist and tricks ending, which reminds me of O’ Henry’s short stories which I am currently reading.

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Selected Stories by Anton Chekhov

anton chekhovAnton Chekhov was a Russian born in the Year 1860 in Tanganrog, Russia, and died in the year 1904, in Badenweiler, Germany. Throughout his life, he was famous for his dramas and short stories. He was the founder of two rural schools in his early career. Near the end of his life, he married an actress, Olga Knipper. He died because of a disease called tuberculosis when he was 44. He published a huge amount of plays in the year 1897 and has a huge collection of short stories. Anton Chekhov had a huge influence on the modern short story and the modern drama. In Russia, when he lived, Anton Chekhov was a legend.

Most of his stories in Selected Stories have certain motifs, like death and disease. His characters would often meet an untimely death. A reason for that was because Anton Chekhov was plagued by his tuberculosis disease in most of his adult life, which came and went, leaving head aching results. There are some also related about failed ideas, and many kinds of disappointments. Most of the time,  his main character in the stories are disappointed by events that force them to rethink their personal knowledge of the world, and this disappointment usually occurs toward the end of stories. Sometimes, the main characters are crushed with their failure, or hope for a better future.

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