[Review] All The Light We Cannot See

Title : All The Light We Cannot See
Author : Anthony Doerr
Publisher : Scribner
Published : 2014
Page : 530 pages
My Rating : 4.5/5

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times)

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Review – Rebecca

Title : Rebecca
Author : Daphne du Maurier
Publisher : Arrow
Published : January 1992 by (first published 1938)
Page : 397 pages
My Rating : 4.5/5

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…”Ancient, beautiful Manderley, between the rose garden and the sea, is the county’s showpiece. Rebecca made it so – even a year after her death, Rebecca’s influence still rules there. How can Maxim de Winter’s shy new bride ever fill her place or escape her vital shadow?

A shadow that grows longer and darker as the brief summer fades, until, in a moment of climatic revelations, it threatens to eclipse Manderley and its inhabitants completely…

Daphne du Maurier’s masterpiece weaves a special magic that no-one who reads it will ever forget.

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Review – The Whispering Skull – Tengkorak Berbisik (Lockwood & Co. #2)

Title : The Whispering Skull (Lockwood&Co. #2)
Author : Jonathan Storud
Translator : Poppy D. Chusfani
Publisher : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Published : Januari 2015
Page : 488 pages
My Rating : 4.5/5

Hantu dan arwah gentayangan, waspadalah! Lockwood & Co. beraksi kembali.

Lockwood & Co. makin sibuk. Lucy dan George berusaha memecahkan misteri tengkorak bisa bicara yang terkurung dalam wadah-hantu, sementara Lockwood mencari kasus-kasus baru yang seru. Lalu mereka dihubungi untuk menyelidiki makam dokter kejam yang hidup pada zaman Victoria. Seperti biasa, segalanya jadi kacau—ada hantu mengerikan yang terlepas dan benda berbahaya yang hilang karena dicuri dari peti mati. Lockwood & Co. harus menemukan benda itu sebelum kekuatannya digunakan, tapi mereka harus berpacu dengan waktu.

Dan yang membuat keadaan makin gawat, si tengkorak dalam wadah-hantu mendadak bergerak…

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Review – Little Women – Gadis-Gadis March (#1)

Title : Little Women – Gadis-Gadis March (#1)
Author : Louisa May Alcott
Publisher : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Published : November 2014
Page : 376 pages
My Rating : 4.5/5

Kisah kehidupan keluarga March yang mempunyai empat orang putri, tinggal di daerah Concord, Amerika Serikat pada abad ke-19. Meg yang cantik, Jo yang tomboi, Beth yang rapuh, dan Amy yang artistik. Bersama Laurie, pemuda tetangga yang menjadi teman mereka sejak kecil, keempat gadis ini berusaha meraih impian masing-masing di tengah kondisi keluarga yang berat dan tengah ditinggal sang ayah yang harus ikut berperang.

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