Saturday, June 24, 2017

Book Review: The Spy & The Sun is Also A Star

Assalamualaikum and Hi.

Two books in a week. I shall high five myself.

Title: The Spy
Author: Paulo Coelho
Published Date: Nov 2016 
Price: RM85.90
Pages: 190 pages
Shop: Kinokuniya

The Spy is based on true events. When I picked this book, I didn’t know that. Turned out there are many available information, books and movies about her. I guess, in certain situation people will enjoy more things when they had no prior knowledge. For me, with this book, it was.

The book started with the execution of Mata Hari by firing squad. After reading that chapter, it is impossible for me to put it down. SPOILER ALERT Margaretha Zelle, born 1876, grew up in Netherlands and later married to an officer in the Dutch army stationed in Indonesia. Fast forward, she became a dazzling exotic dancer in Paris and used a stage name- Mata Hari. Her lifestyle of being independent, doing things on her own way brought her under suspicion. She was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs-Elysees and accused of espionage, a double agent to the German and France during World War I.

 “Even the tallest trees are able to grow from tiny seeds like these. Remember this, and try not to rush time.”

“I realized that I had always been a warrior, facing my battles without any bitterness; they were part of life.”

“And I understand what the Greeks meant by this: Love is an act of faith and its face should always be covered in mystery.”

Rating: 4.0/5….. there are some missing pieces that I want to learn more, like what happened to her child.

Title: The Sun is Also A Star
Author: Nicola Yoon (you might familiar with her famous book turned to movie-Everything, Everything)
Published date: Nov 2016
Price: RM 41.90
Pages: 348 pages
Shop: Popular

This book started out impressively for me. SPOILER ALERT. The story revolves between a Korean boy and Jamaican girl, both fixed to their own views of love. Although they are 17 in this book, but let’s applaud the author, Nicola Yoon for provoking our thoughts with these modern and fresh (millennia vibe) characters. The story then gets a bit mehh in the middle. First, it seems like heading to a cheesy modern romance ending-all romantic la. Second, the whole story happened in a day (almost). Yes we get it... magic happened quickly and love might strike you unexpectedly. I cannot help but be sceptical because there’s beyond in a real story than the secret logarithm of falling in love (blame my realist side, end of my 20s-self, aunty-aunty self).  However, towards the end, this book kinda surprised  me…. and shaken my perspective. 

There’s a lot of race related comments. I kinda see it coming but not that many and in a funny way.

The main male character has a ponytail. I mean manbun is like so a year ago (outdated la kan). But Mars with a long hair spells sexy in a different way. Give it a try.

“… how language can be slippery. A word can start off meaning one thing and end up meaning another. Is it from overuse and oversimplification…”

“A meter is a meter is a meter. Words shouldn’t be allowed to change meanings. Who decides that the meaning has changed, and when? Is there an-in between time when the words means both things? Or the time when the word doesn’t mean anything at all?”

“It's better to see life as it is, not as you wish it to be. things don't happen for a reason. They just happen.”

Rating: 4.5/5 (multiverses, evil grandfather paradox, dark matter, Novikov self-consistency principle)

I want to share more stories, opinions and quotes from both of the books. Tapi nanti more spoiler. 

Salam kemaafan di Aidilfitri. Salam sayang. N.

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