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January 25, 2010

Sayang

I was by chance at the Curve’s book fair last 2 weeks when I came across this book; Sayang by a Malaysian-Singapore-born Gopal Baratham. If it was not on discount, I wouldn’t dare to invest my Ringgit on a not-so-well-known local writer. I am like other Malaysians you see. We have a love affair for discounts and we always devoted our adorations to outlanders.

As I went through Sayang, I quickly learn that Gopal Baratham is not an unskilled writer at all. His constituents were overrun by vigorously active words, twisted in a way that you would disgrace your own English level.

I might be too expressive in depicting his endowment, but there’s nothing too shabby about the novel itself. As you go along, you might come across strings of thought-provoking and lurid words that you can read in some porn-base novel. Hush hush now dear friend, Sayang is not porn at all. It’s not. It is a story of a sixty-one-year-old schoolteacher; Joe Samy who married his own student half-of-his-age; Marie Kwan. He found out she was cheating on him while he himself struggling with the sexual envisage towards his own drug-addict son’s girlfriend. As the family falls apart, Joe Samy takes a hard lesson from life on the true meaning of Sayang.

Interesting enough? Wait till you reach the climax.

“Sayang… I know the word and its implications well. It was a truly Southeast Asian word, soft as its people and well-understood from Marang to Manila, Surabaya to Sulawesi, Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu. It describes a love bound to sadness, a tenderness trembling on the edge of tears, a passion from which pity could not be detached.”

I’MNOSUPERMAN: As weird as it sound, I can easily relate this book with my own life.

8 ulasan:

Ejay said...

bro, nak tanya...
normally, how long u take nak habiskan baca senaskah buku?

W. Hidney said...

biasanya kalau buku nipis mcm this one, i akan khatam dalam 3-4 hari. kalau mcm yg harry potter tu, i akan khatam dalam 2 minggu. bergantung dgn 'keseronokan' cerita tu. kadang2 buku nipis pun i akan amik masa sampai 2 minggu. kalau sgt tak best, i x akan abiskan. letak jer kat tepi dan baca buku lain ;)

Anonymous said...

Whoa ! Lemme guess. You are Marie Kwan ?

W. Hidney said...

anonymous... i am Logam. Kris's fren. who's logam? go n read sayang

k.e.r.i. said...

marang?
kampung aku tu.

W. Hidney said...

keri... hahaha yer ker?

AYIE said...

tengah buat review buku ni jugak..
maka 'terserempak'lah dengan blog anda. haha..
english anda hebat :)

W. Hidney said...

ayie... thanks ayie. biasa2 ajer la hehehe

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