A 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.