Book Review: Tentang Kamu – Tere Liye

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534 pages
Published: October 2016
Publisher: Putra Bangsa
Genre: Fiction, Mystery

Synopsis:

Terima kasih untuk kesempatan mengenalmu, itu adalah salah satu anugerah terbesar hidupku. Cinta memang tidak perlu ditemukan, cintalah yang akan menemukan kita. Terima kasih. Nasihat lama itu benar sekali, aku tidak akan menangis karena sesuatu telah berakhir, tapi aku akan tersenyum karena sesuatu itu pernah terjadi. Masa lalu. Rasa sakit. Masa depan. Mimpi-mimpi. Semua akan berlalu, seperti sungai yang mengalir. Maka biarlah hidupku mengalir seperti sungai kehidupan.

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Atas dasar pekerjaan, Zaman Zulkarnaen harus menelusuri hidup seorang kliennya, perempuan pemegang paspor Inggris yang barusan meninggal dan mewariskan harta yang jumlahnya bisa menyaingi kekayaan Ratu Inggris. Tiga negara, lima kota, beribu luka. Hingga akhirnya Zaman mengerti, bahwa ini bukan sekadar perkara mengerti jalan hidup seorang klien, melainkan pengejawantahan prinsip kuat di tengah cobaan yang terus mendera.

Tentang Kamu adalah novel terbaru Tere Liye. Sebuah karya yang tak hanya akan membawa pembacanya menyelami sebuah petualangan yang seru dan sarat emosi, tapi juga memberikan nilai positif sehingga membuat hidup serasa lebih patut disyukuri. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Tere Liye is an author with a great ability in writing a wide range of topics. As illustrations, “Sunset Bersama Rosie” took Bali’s boombing as the background. Next, I read “Hujan”, which told us what our future would be with the rapid development of technology. Then I read this book, which was presented like a biography.

Just like “Hujan,” you may have a wrong impression about this book at first due to its title. It might give you an idea that this is a full romance book, but apparently it’s not. “Tentang Kamu” showed the life of Sri Ningsih, the woman who lead this story. She was pictured as an ordinary woman at the begining. Then after you read further, you would find how amazing she was. Sri Ningsih was just a girl from a small distric who traveled to jakarta after her family’s gone. She started her job as a common worker then she kept improving her skill and career as a business woman. She also traveled from one place to another, but who know that, apparently, a terror haunting her?

In my opinion, the author wrote Sri Ningsih’s history in detail. He told us about Sri Ningsih’s parents and their brief history before she was born as well as her hometown. Then it was followed  by Sri Ningsih’s greatest moments of her life before her death. Amazingly, Tere Liye could relate it to some of real histories in Indonesia, such as PKI attack in September 1965 and Malapetaka January 15. He also put some insight about Jakarta around the previous two-three decades.

Although he wrote such a great story about Sri Ningsih, however, the conflict wasn’t there. At the beginning, the writer presented her has passed away and left a large amount of her asset without an official heir. She just left a diary for the law firm she hired to find the clue. You might see that she was a person with mystery and it was where the conflict began. In my view, the attorney, whose been assigned to take care of her case as well as the male lead, also faced a similar problem to Sri Ningsih’s.

Regarding Sri Ningsih’s character, this is the first time for me to find such an idiot protagonist. Some people, perhaps, will appraise Sri Ningsih’s traits and personality, but I’m not among those people. I don’t hate Sri, in fact I quite adore her because she was smart, vigilant, brave and innovative. She pissed me off because she was too kind, even to her enemy. She let her hurt herself multiple times. If she was a little bit fierce then I might loved her. However, she still gave me a point. Although it was just a fictional character, I agree that the writer must put some flaws in her to show us that no one’s perfect. Without those imperfections there would be no interesting  story.. 

Lastly, “Tentang Kamu” was one of the great story written by Tere Liye. For those who love (light) history and mystery, I would recommend you to read this. I also have taken some quotes that are written in this book. You will find that some of them are quite long because they are the part of some letters Sri Ningsih wrote in the story.

Ada banyak hal-hal hebat yang tampil sederhana. Bahkan sejatinya, banyak momen berharga dalam hidup datang dari hal-hal kecil yang luput kita perhatikan, karena kita terlalu sibuk mengurusi sebaliknya.”

“Saat kita sudah melakukan yang terbaik dan tetap gagal, apa lagi yang harus kita lakukan? Berapa kali kita harus mencoba hingga tahu bahwa kita telah tiba pada batas akhirnya? 2x, 5x, 10x, atau berpuluh-puluh kali hingga kita tak dapat menghitungnya lagi? Berapa kali kita harus menerima kenyataan, untuk tahu bahwa kita memang tidak berbakat, sesuatu itu bukan jalan hidup kita, lantas melangkah mundur? Aku sekarang tahu jawabannya. Di sini, di kota yang sibuk mengejar dan dikejar pembangunan, gedung-gedung tinggi tumbuh seperti jamur di musim hujan. Di sini, di kota tempat harapan ribuan pendatang berlabuh, tiap hari terminal, stasiun padat oleh penduduk baru. Lampu-lampu gemerlap, jalan-jalan luas, kawasan hijau yang semakin habis, orang-orang mengejar mimpi. Terima kasih atas pelajaran tentang keteguhan. Aku tahu sekarang, pertanyaan terpentingnya bukan berapa kali kita gagal, melainkan berapa kali kita bangkit lagi, lagi, dan lagi setelah gagal tersebut. Jika kita gagal 1000x, maka pastikan kita bangkit 1001x.”

“… Terima kasih untuk kesempatan mengenalmu, Itu adalah salah satu anugerah terbesar hidupku. Nasihat-nasihat lama itu benar, cinta memang tidak perlu ditemukan, cintalah yang akan menemukan kita. Terima kasih. Aku tidak akan menangis karena sesuatu telah berakhir, tapi aku akan tersenyum karena sesuatu itu pernah terjadi. Karena dicintai begitu dalam oleh orang lain akan memberikan kita kekuatan, sementara mencintai orang lain dengan sungguh-sungguh akan memberi kita keberanian.”


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