Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night, or What You Will, a Shakespeare comedy, was written around 1601-1602 for the Twelfth Night celebration, and was first published on 1623. The plot of the play was derived from the short story “Of Apollonius and Silla” by Barnabe Rich, based on a story by Matteo Bandello. Twelfth Night tells us about Viola, who was cast ashore after her ship was wrecked in … Continue reading Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare

Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare

Julius Caesar was my very first attempt to read Shakespeare. Even though it was relatively short, I had a hard time reading this mainly because it was written in old English language. (Thanks to No Fear Shakespeare that I can conquer this!) The play was divided into 5 acts. The story of the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, revolves in Roman history, politics, conspiracy, betrayal, Caesar’s … Continue reading Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare

Gitanjali (Song Offerings) – Rabindranath Tagore

Gitanjali (Song Offerings) is a collection of poems Rabindranath Tagore wrote to express devotion to God. The word gitanjali is composed from “git”, which means song, and “anjali” which means offering, and thus mean “an offering of songs”. I decided to read a work by Tagore to take part in Blogger Buku Indonesia (BBI)’s project for October which is to review any work by Nobel … Continue reading Gitanjali (Song Offerings) – Rabindranath Tagore

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

“I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”   ***A SMALL TRUTH*** I am haunted by this book. Sit still, children. Death has a story to tell. It is about the book thief, who was but a fourteen year-old skinny German girl living in Nazi Germany, whose name was Liesel Meminger. The book thief first … Continue reading The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

To Christopher John Francis Boone, a mathematically gifted boy of fifteen with Asperger’s syndrome, his mind is sometimes like a machine, like a bread-slicing machine that isn’t working fast enough but the bread keeps coming and there is a blockage. Christopher knows all the countries in the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He loves animals but is foreign to … Continue reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

Little Lord Fauntleroy – Frances Hodgson Burnett

[Conclusion in English at the bottom of the post] Bagai ketiban durian runtuh. Itulah yang dialami Cedric Errol, bocah laki-laki berusia tujuh tahun yang harus kehilangan ayahnya di usia yang sangat muda. Suatu hari, si kecil Cedric yang hidup pas-pasan  bersama ibunya (yang dipanggil oleh Cedric dengan sebutan “Dearest”) dikagetkan dengan kedatangan seorang pengacara, Mr. Havisham, yang mengabarkan bahwa Cedric adalah Lord Fauntleroy, pewaris tunggal … Continue reading Little Lord Fauntleroy – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen

[Conclusion in English at the bottom of the post] Sang heroine dalam kisah ini adalah Catherine Morland, seorang gadis tujuh belas tahun yang naif dan tidak berpengalaman, serta hobi membaca terutama novel-novel gothic. Ia belum pernah mencicipi dunia di luar kampung halamannya di Fullerton. Sampai suatu ketika Mr. dan Mrs. Allen, teman dekat keluarga Morland; mengundang Catherine untuk menghabiskan waktu beberapa bulan bersama mereka di … Continue reading Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Surabaya, Indonesia, June 18th, 2012 Dear friend, I’ve just read a wonderful book called “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” a few weeks ago, and I thought that I’d write a personal letter to you recommending it. What first comes to your mind when you hear “World War II”? War must mean blood, chaos, ruthlessness, hope running out; don’t you think? Well, this … Continue reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thornton Wilder

“Sebab rancangan-Ku bukanlah rancanganmu, dan jalanmu bukanlah jalan-Ku, demikianlah Firman TUHAN. Seperti tingginya langit dari bumi, demikianlah tingginya jalan-Ku dari jalanmu dan rancangan-Ku dari rancanganmu.” (Yesaya 55:8-9) Siapakah dari umat manusia yang mengetahui rencana Tuhan, dan memahami rancangan-rancangan-Nya? Ketika sesuatu yang buruk terjadi, bukankah kita bertanya, “Mengapa?” “Mengapa hal ini terjadi?” “Mengapa hal itu menimpa kami?”, atau “Mengapa hal ini menimpa mereka?” Pertanyaan yang sama … Continue reading The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thornton Wilder

The Tale of Desperaux – Kate DiCamillo

This is a tale about a mouse, a princess, a king, some soup, a rat, a servant girl, a treacherous plan of revenge gone wrong. The story takes place in a castle and the dungeon underneath the castle. The mouse, Desperaux Tilling his name, was born as the last mouse to his parents and the only surviving one of his litter. Desperaux was born so … Continue reading The Tale of Desperaux – Kate DiCamillo