I present you my first Indonesian literature that I ever purchased. But this one ain’t my first read cause I ever read other books by Hamka and I gotta I fall in love with their writing language. I mean, it is a bit different than Malay novel and I enjoy reading and acah-acah pronounce the words in their accent.
Buku-buku yang kita baca, orang-orang yang kita dengarkan, perkumpulan yang kita ikuti, akan membentuk perangai kita hingga tega melakukan apa pun. – Bapak
Title: Si Anak Cahaya
Author: Tere Liye
Publisher: Buku Republika (2018)
Si Anak Cahaya Synopsis
“Nama kau Nurmas, itu nama yang indah sekali. Nur itu cahaya, mas atau emas itu logam mulia yang berharga. Aku harap, suatu saat cahaya dan kemuliaan kau akan menyatu, berkilauan.”
Buku ini tentang Nurmas, si anak cahaya yang memiliki petualangan masa kecil yang penuh keceriaan dan menakjubkan. Apa yang sebenarnya dilakukan oleh Nurmas hingga penduduk seluruh kampung selalu mengingat kejadian yang membuatnya resmi dipanggil si anak cahaya?
Dari puluhan buku Tere Liye, serial buku ini adalah mahkotanya.
Si Anak Cahaya Review
First of all, I have no regret buying this book. The cover got my attention the most so basically this book was chosen based on its skin. It is my first literature from Tere Liye and I gotta admit that his writing is beautiful. Nothing drives me mad except trying to understand certain words that I don’t familiar with. But that ain’t really a big deal since I can google up the meaning of the words or simply ask my Indonesian squads. Everything else is just fine.
I finish the book with a content heart! The story truly reminds me of my childhood and my best friends. Except that I am no heroic like Nurmas and my best friends and I never go to farms together. Their friendship is what I would say to-die-for cause they stick together like glue and always there for each other through thick and thin. My favourite scenes in the book are definitely when four of them do things together because I can imagine the exciting moments they had especially when they are all silly and funny. Their traits are way so similar to my best friends and I can relate to each one of them!
I love that the content of the book is load with moral values and it all starts with Nurmas. From honesty to loyalty to braveness to being grateful for little things and more. It’s what I currently need in my life right now. Not saying I’m lack of those traits but I am in need of something to knock me so I can appreciate life better. Not everyone sees the little things as something to be cherished and some only focus only the huge and grand things thus this book will make you realize that living a moderate life is also a blessing.
Impressive enough how the author trying to connect the wise point to each scene which automatically making Nurmas as the best girl in town. Yeah, it seems overrated but it has to be her since the book is about her journey. Everyone admires her and it’s hilarious when her best friends’ parents keep on saying “apa pun yang dilakukan anak gadisnya Yahid, ikuti. biar kalian bisa belajar” every single time when they want to follow whatever Nurmas is doing. They even willingly to accompany Nurmas in everything.
When it comes to family issue, I gotta say there are few parts that literally makes me shed tears. Her family bonding is strong enough that it could break a stone. The moment when her parents said she will always be the special daughter in the house despite the newborn of her little brother really touched me. Well we all know parents who only love 4 out of their 5 children. I really dont understand when someone has to be a black sheep in a family. Why cant they love their children equally?
Reading this book feels like reading 5 books at the same time. The plot is still moving on the same track but you get to experience a myriad journey with Nurmas which finally build her character up until she is deserved and entitled to be called as Si Anak Cahaya. Hilarious, meaningful and such a page turner. When I say hilarious, I really mean it. Tere really knows how to joke around and tickle his reader!