How Much Land Does A Man Need? – Leo Tolstoy

Buku mungil ini adalah satu dari 80 (iya, DELAPAN PULUH!) buku yang diterbitkan di bawah label Penguin Little Black Classics. Ada 2 cerpen karya Tolstoy di dalamnya: How Much Land Does A Man Need? dan What Men Live By. How Much Land Does A Man Need? dibuka oleh percakapan dua orang saudari (satunya bersuamikan petani, … Continue reading How Much Land Does A Man Need? – Leo Tolstoy


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

It's strange that even though I have been familiar with the character Alice since childhood (thanks to Disney), I have never actually read the book. While both of the Disney adaptations—the old-school animation and the latest one—are weird, I think the book was even weirder! Curiouser and curiouser! Alice would say. Alice, a curious child … Continue reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

It comes to this: I was in need of a light read after spending one and a half month preparing for IELTS. I don’t know exactly why I chose this book—maybe because I suddenly remember my history with The Princess Bride. I first bought The Princess Bride on impulse. The truth is I don’t like … Continue reading The Princess Bride – William Goldman

My Never-Ceasing Dilemma of Reading Classic Literature

I do not come from an English-speaking country. I fell in love with classic literature some years ago, and I started off mostly by reading Indonesian translations, and with time I read more and more classics in English. I also read works that are originally written in other languages than English—French and Russian for example—but … Continue reading My Never-Ceasing Dilemma of Reading Classic Literature

Two New (But Old) Jane Eyres

Sorry for the long absence! It’s been so difficult for me to compose new blog posts lately due to some things going on in my life—things I need to take care of, AND my laptop had broken down. For the time being, let me show you my two new (but old) Jane Eyres. Needless to … Continue reading Two New (But Old) Jane Eyres

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

[Review in Bahasa Indonesia and English] Adalah empat orang gadis sederhana keluarga March yang tinggal di Concord, Massachusetts: Meg, Jo, Beth, dan Amy. Mereka tinggal bersama ibu terkasih yang mereka panggil dengan panggilan sayang Marmee, sementara ayah mereka sedang pergi berjuang dalam perang. Buku ini pada umumnya bercerita tentang kehidupan sehari-hari para gadis March, tentang … Continue reading Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

Matilda – Roald Dahl

Once upon a time, there lived a reader. Her name was Matilda. No, Matilda wasn’t just a common reader. She began reading at the age of three, and at the age of four she devoured all newspapers and magazines she could find laying around her house, along with one cooking book that happened to be … Continue reading Matilda – Roald Dahl

Scene on Three #1: The Yearling

Scene on Three adalah meme yang dihost oleh Bzee yang mengajak kita menceritakan adegan favorit dalam sebuah buku. Di bawah ini adalah salah satu adegan favorit saya dari buku The Yearling karya Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, agak panjang sih tapi mudah-mudahan semua yang membacanya bisa menikmati adegan ini seperti saya menikmatinya. Note: […] berarti ada penggalan … Continue reading Scene on Three #1: The Yearling

My Favorite Opening Line – The Classics Club’s June meme

To be honest, I had to think over and over again to decide which opening sentence from a classic novel that I should call my favorite. And just so you know, if only the question was “What is your favourite closing sentence from a classic novel (and why)?” I would answer it easily, without thinking … Continue reading My Favorite Opening Line – The Classics Club’s June meme

Fahrenheit 451 Explained in a 3-Minute Video

Recently a Jack Collins e-mailed me about a video explaining Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 in less than 3 minutes. Academic Earth, a website that provides free online courses supported by world's top universities, explained one of the world’s dystopian masterpieces with excellent hand-drawn illustrations that make it all the more interesting. I usually consult for … Continue reading Fahrenheit 451 Explained in a 3-Minute Video