Recto Verso

September 18, 2009

“Ya.” Sebotol mahal anggur putih ada di depan matamu, tapi kamu tak pernah tahu. Kamu terus menanti. Segelas air putih.

“Yes.” A bottle of expensive white wine is here in front of your eyes, but you never know it. You kept waiting. A glass of water.”

I know.

It’s been a year since this book was published.

And months since I borrowed it from my friend (maafkan saya, Fer… =p), but I didn’t touch the book until last night.

And even tough it’s not half as interesting as Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, nor as touching as Cecelia Ahern’s P.S. I Love You, I find myself unable to put it down.

Recto literally means the page on the right side of an open book, and Verso the left.

There’re eleven short stories in this…hmmm…work, with eleven corresponding songs.  It’s quite interesting, and this coming from a person who rarely reads Indonesian literature.

Dengar fiskinya, baca musiknya

Dengar fiksinya, baca musiknya

The second story of this book is about a guy (in this book he is known as simply ‘Abang’ , no names) who had autism, and he has been accustomed to spending his Sundays with a girl, ‘perempuan’. Then Abang’s younger brother returned from his studies overseas, and the girl started seeing him. The boys’ mother (Bunda) had a talk with the girl, saying that she’d prefer her to date Abang, since he loves the girl not only with his heart, but with his soul. And the girl replied by saying that Bunda cannot possibly know that, since she is not an angel who can know a person’s heart. Hence the title, “Malaikat Juga Tahu” (“Even Angels Know”?). LOL
The music video tells the short story written in the book version:

Nice way of spending an idle day. I haven’t finished the book yet, Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol showed up, and you know, Brown trumps all. =)


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